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Aigle
ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 7, Aigle–St-Maurice
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ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 6, Vevey–Aigle
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Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Stage 1, Aigle–Leysin
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Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Stage 8, Gryon–Aigle
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Sentier des vignes de Aigle à Bex
Sentier des vignes de Aigle à Bex
Route 106, Aigle–Bex
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Aigle
Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 8, Montbovon–Aigle
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Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 5, Martigny–Montreux
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Tour du Haut-Lac
Tour du Haut-Lac
Route 120, Le Bouveret–Le Bouveret
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Mountain biking in

Aigle
Bretaye-Ollon Bike

Skating in

Aigle
Rhône Skate
Rhône Skate
Stage 4, Martigny–Aigle
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Aigle
Aigle

Aigle

Aigle is situated on the eastern edge of the lower Rhone Valley. The castle in the middle of vineyards can be seen from afar and houses an attractive wine museum. Several small railways open up the countryside around Aigle.
Aigle (415 m) in Canton Vaud has an extended industrial and business zone on the valley floor as well as vineyards on sunny slopes. In the 18th century, Aigle profited from rich subterranean salt deposits. However, this operation moved permanently to neighbouring Bex in 1798.

Three narrow-gauge lines of the Transports Publics du Chablais start at the Aigle SBB railway station: the 6.3 km long Aigle-Leysin cogwheel railway, the Aigle–Ollon–Monthey–Champéry line, which also has several cogwheel sections, and the Aigle–Le Sépey–Les Diablerets line. An extension over the Col du Pillon to Gstaad connecting to the Montreux-Berner Oberland Railway MOB has never been realized.

Aigle developed into an important commercial town thanks to its position on the trading routes into the Valais and over the Great St Bernard Pass. The showpiece of the tiny town, which in medieval times consisted of seven quarters, is the Quartier du Bourg with its picturesque narrow lanes and houses built closely together, some with adjoining arcades.

Aigle’s most famous building is its castle in the middle of the vineyards. The castle has a wall with three round towers and a battlement parapet. The oldest part is the rectangular keep. In 1475, during the Burgundian War, the Bernese succeeded in taking possession of the castle: in the process the stronghold was almost destroyed but was rebuilt from 1482-85 and used as the seat of the bailiff until 1798. The castle is now a wine museum (Musée de la vigne et du vin et de l'etiquette) and well worth a visit. Next to the castle stands a large tithe barn (Maison de la dîme) dating from 1587.

Aigle is the seat of the International Cycling Union (UCI) and also has a velodrome with a 200 metre track and other facilities for cycle sport. The Canton Vaud town also has a rope park (Parc Aventure) and the Fondation Hervé Automoblile Museum with several rare vintage vehicles.

Highlights

  • Schloss Aigle – surrounded by vineyards, the castle towers over the town. With attractive wine museum.
  • Aigle townscape – on the picturesque cobbled Rue Jérusalem old houses stand linked by arcaded entrances.
  • Three narrow-gauge railways lead from Aigle railway station to famous regional summer and winter resorts.
Aigle is situated on the eastern edge of the lower Rhone Valley. The castle in the middle of vineyards can be seen from afar and houses an attractive wine museum. Several small railways open up the countryside around Aigle.
Aigle (415 m) in Canton Vaud has an extended industrial and business zone on the valley floor as well as vineyards on sunny slopes. In the 18th century, Aigle profited from rich subterranean salt deposits. However, this operation moved permanently to neighbouring Bex in 1798.

Three narrow-gauge lines of the Transports Publics du Chablais start at the Aigle SBB railway station: the 6.3 km long Aigle-Leysin cogwheel railway, the Aigle–Ollon–Monthey–Champéry line, which also has several cogwheel sections, and the Aigle–Le Sépey–Les Diablerets line. An extension over the Col du Pillon to Gstaad connecting to the Montreux-Berner Oberland Railway MOB has never been realized.

Aigle developed into an important commercial town thanks to its position on the trading routes into the Valais and over the Great St Bernard Pass. The showpiece of the tiny town, which in medieval times consisted of seven quarters, is the Quartier du Bourg with its picturesque narrow lanes and houses built closely together, some with adjoining arcades.

Aigle’s most famous building is its castle in the middle of the vineyards. The castle has a wall with three round towers and a battlement parapet. The oldest part is the rectangular keep. In 1475, during the Burgundian War, the Bernese succeeded in taking possession of the castle: in the process the stronghold was almost destroyed but was rebuilt from 1482-85 and used as the seat of the bailiff until 1798. The castle is now a wine museum (Musée de la vigne et du vin et de l'etiquette) and well worth a visit. Next to the castle stands a large tithe barn (Maison de la dîme) dating from 1587.

Aigle is the seat of the International Cycling Union (UCI) and also has a velodrome with a 200 metre track and other facilities for cycle sport. The Canton Vaud town also has a rope park (Parc Aventure) and the Fondation Hervé Automoblile Museum with several rare vintage vehicles.

Highlights

  • Schloss Aigle – surrounded by vineyards, the castle towers over the town. With attractive wine museum.
  • Aigle townscape – on the picturesque cobbled Rue Jérusalem old houses stand linked by arcaded entrances.
  • Three narrow-gauge railways lead from Aigle railway station to famous regional summer and winter resorts.

Arrival and return Aigle

Adresse

Office du Tourisme d'Aigle
Rue Colomb 5
Case postale 100
1860 Aigle
Tel. +41 (0)24 466 30 00
tourisme@aigle.ch
www.aigle.ch

Hiking in

Aigle
ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 7, Aigle–St-Maurice
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ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 6, Vevey–Aigle
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Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Stage 1, Aigle–Leysin
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Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Stage 8, Gryon–Aigle
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Sentier des vignes de Aigle à Bex
Sentier des vignes de Aigle à Bex
Route 106, Aigle–Bex
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Cycling in

Aigle
Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 8, Montbovon–Aigle
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Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 5, Martigny–Montreux
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Tour du Haut-Lac
Tour du Haut-Lac
Route 120, Le Bouveret–Le Bouveret
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Mountain biking in

Aigle
Bretaye-Ollon Bike

Skating in

Aigle
Rhône Skate
Rhône Skate
Stage 4, Martigny–Aigle
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