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Yvonand
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Stage 1, Yverdon-les-Bains–Estavayer-le-Lac
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Chemin des grèves du Lac de Neuchâtel
Chemin des grèves du Lac de Neuchâtel
Route 284, Yvonand–Estavayer-le-Lac
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Chemin du Vallon des Vaux
Chemin du Vallon des Vaux
Route 129, Yvonand–Yvonand
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Yvonand
Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 6, Ins–Yverdon
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Yvonand

With its harbour and long sandy beach on the southern shores of Lac de Neuchâtel, Yvonand has become a small holiday resort. Cultural-historical sites can be discovered on hikes and cycling tours into the surrounding area.
Yvonand (438m) is situated not far from the district capital of Yverdon-les-Bains, in a wide estuary where the Mentue flows into Lace de Neuchâtel. The shore area is flat and surrounded by a belt of rushland and woodland. The plain extends in parts to a steep cliff in the hinterland, above which lies an undulating high plateau. The Mentue and Vaux rivers have etched deep V-shaped valleys into the molasse layers, over which stretch two over 100 metre-high motorway viaducts.

Yvonand can look back on an ancient settlement history spanning several epochs, from the first cave dwellers in the Vallon de Vaux and lake dwellers with houses on piles in the bay to a Roman settlement on the road from Eburodunum (Yverdon) to Aventicum (Avenches). The foundations of a Roman villa were excavated at the hamlet of Mordagne and an extraordinary mosaic was discovered at la Baume in 1778. It consisted of around 800,000 small stones and was destroyed overnight by farmers who believed it concealed a treasure.

Agriculture and crafts were the mainstays of the local economy for centuries. The construction of the railway and road along the lakeside in the 19th century brought industrial development to Yvonand. The village has become a residential area in recent decades and the harbour, campsite and beautiful 200-metre-long sandy beach have made it a popular small holiday resort.

There are many sights worth seeing on hikes through the area surrounding Yvonand. La Roche de la Baume (near Rovray) is a cliff high above the village with an exceptional view of the lake and Jura mountains. 14th-century forgers used the sandstone caves as hideaways. Abri-sous-Roche in the Vallon de Vaux is a prehistoric site in the rock 50 metres above the Vaux river, and farther valley-inwards stands the 12th century tower of Saint-Martin with spectacular views across the region. After this comes the 17th century Chêne-Pâquier Church with its unusual oval shape and the Roman catacombs underneath the village church at Démoret. Theme trails such as the Frog Trail («Sentier des grenouilles») that leads from pond to pond or the «Sentier du tri» about waste separation and recycling complete the network of hiking trails.

The entrance to the Grande Cariçaie nature conservation area is a two-hour walk or four-minute train ride from Yvonand. It is the largest lakeside marshland in Switzerland. Trails through the marshes, woodlands, prairie landscape and an ornithological observatory guarantee an in-depth look at nature. Well-maintained cycling routes lead from Yvonand to the historic towns of Estavayer-le-Lac, Grandson and Yverdon-les-Bains with its famous sulphur spa.

Highlights

  • Sand beach: A 200-metre-long gently sloping beach with direct access from the campsite attracts all age groups to the lake in summer.
  • Numerous historic sites ranging from Roman relics to forgers’ caves can be visited along Yvonand’s hiking trails.
  • Grande Cariçaie: Nature conservation area of international importance along the southern shore of the lake. Marshland habitat for 1000 species of flora and 10,000 species of fauna. Nature centre of Champ-Pittet open from May to October.
With its harbour and long sandy beach on the southern shores of Lac de Neuchâtel, Yvonand has become a small holiday resort. Cultural-historical sites can be discovered on hikes and cycling tours into the surrounding area.
Yvonand (438m) is situated not far from the district capital of Yverdon-les-Bains, in a wide estuary where the Mentue flows into Lace de Neuchâtel. The shore area is flat and surrounded by a belt of rushland and woodland. The plain extends in parts to a steep cliff in the hinterland, above which lies an undulating high plateau. The Mentue and Vaux rivers have etched deep V-shaped valleys into the molasse layers, over which stretch two over 100 metre-high motorway viaducts.

Yvonand can look back on an ancient settlement history spanning several epochs, from the first cave dwellers in the Vallon de Vaux and lake dwellers with houses on piles in the bay to a Roman settlement on the road from Eburodunum (Yverdon) to Aventicum (Avenches). The foundations of a Roman villa were excavated at the hamlet of Mordagne and an extraordinary mosaic was discovered at la Baume in 1778. It consisted of around 800,000 small stones and was destroyed overnight by farmers who believed it concealed a treasure.

Agriculture and crafts were the mainstays of the local economy for centuries. The construction of the railway and road along the lakeside in the 19th century brought industrial development to Yvonand. The village has become a residential area in recent decades and the harbour, campsite and beautiful 200-metre-long sandy beach have made it a popular small holiday resort.

There are many sights worth seeing on hikes through the area surrounding Yvonand. La Roche de la Baume (near Rovray) is a cliff high above the village with an exceptional view of the lake and Jura mountains. 14th-century forgers used the sandstone caves as hideaways. Abri-sous-Roche in the Vallon de Vaux is a prehistoric site in the rock 50 metres above the Vaux river, and farther valley-inwards stands the 12th century tower of Saint-Martin with spectacular views across the region. After this comes the 17th century Chêne-Pâquier Church with its unusual oval shape and the Roman catacombs underneath the village church at Démoret. Theme trails such as the Frog Trail («Sentier des grenouilles») that leads from pond to pond or the «Sentier du tri» about waste separation and recycling complete the network of hiking trails.

The entrance to the Grande Cariçaie nature conservation area is a two-hour walk or four-minute train ride from Yvonand. It is the largest lakeside marshland in Switzerland. Trails through the marshes, woodlands, prairie landscape and an ornithological observatory guarantee an in-depth look at nature. Well-maintained cycling routes lead from Yvonand to the historic towns of Estavayer-le-Lac, Grandson and Yverdon-les-Bains with its famous sulphur spa.

Highlights

  • Sand beach: A 200-metre-long gently sloping beach with direct access from the campsite attracts all age groups to the lake in summer.
  • Numerous historic sites ranging from Roman relics to forgers’ caves can be visited along Yvonand’s hiking trails.
  • Grande Cariçaie: Nature conservation area of international importance along the southern shore of the lake. Marshland habitat for 1000 species of flora and 10,000 species of fauna. Nature centre of Champ-Pittet open from May to October.

Arrival and return Yvonand

Adresse

Office du Tourisme Yvonand
Avenue du Temple 15
1462 Yvonand
Tel. +41 (0)24 430 22 02
yvonand.menthue@gmail.com
www.yvonand-tourisme.ch

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Hôtel de la Gare
Hôtel de la Gare
Yvonand
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Hiking in

Yvonand
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Stage 1, Yverdon-les-Bains–Estavayer-le-Lac
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Chemin des grèves du Lac de Neuchâtel
Chemin des grèves du Lac de Neuchâtel
Route 284, Yvonand–Estavayer-le-Lac
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Chemin du Vallon des Vaux
Chemin du Vallon des Vaux
Route 129, Yvonand–Yvonand
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Cycling in

Yvonand
Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 6, Ins–Yverdon
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