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Orbe
ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 2, Ste-Croix–Orbe
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ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 3, Orbe–Cossonay
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Orbe
Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 7, Yverdon–Lausanne
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Jurasüdfuss-Route
Jurasüdfuss-Route
Stage 4, Yverdon-les-Bains–Bière
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Boucle de la Plaine de l'Orbe
Boucle de la Plaine de l'Orbe
Route 487, Orbe–Grandson
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Orbe

Extremely impressive Roman mosaics, a picturesque medieval old town and a rugged, narrow gorge to the west of the town. It’s well worth making a stop in the Vaud town of Orbe.
Orbe, altitude 479 m, is located 10 km south-west of Yverdon, around 40 metres above the intensively farmed Plaine de l'Orb on a promontory of land surrounded on three sides by the River Orbe. The town is a regional industrial commercial and administrative centre. An industrial quarter has developed on the Orbe plain with businesses including a Nestlé chocolate factory. Orbe owes this industry and not passenger traffic the small, only 4km-long branch line connecting it to the SBB station at Chavornay.

The Romans founded a settlement known as Urba here in around 150 AD, but it never achieved any particular significance. There was also an impressive Roman estate at today’s Boscéaz, considered one of the biggest of its kind in Switzerland. Mosaics found from the time of 200 to 230 AD decorated eight rooms of a Roman villa with around one hundred rooms and rank as the most important mosaic finds north of the Alps. The preserved mosaic floors can be visited in situ.

Orbe has a picturesque medieval townscape consisting of an upper part (Vieux-Bourg) with three streets lengthwise and one across, as well as a lower part (Neuf-Bourg) ending at the Pont du Moulinet, a bridge dating from 1421.

The town once had six churches; today only three are still in existence. The Church of Notre-Dame, an outstanding structure in flamboyant late-Gothic style was built after a town fire destroyed the town church in 1407.

The old town features many grand townhouses and patrician dwellings built between the 16th and 19th centuries. The castle dating from the 13th century was largely destroyed by the Confederates in 1475. Today only the round keep and square tower remain. More fascinating historical facts can be found in the Musée du Vieil-Orbe.

Flowing from the direction of Vallorbe, the River Orbe has sought its own path through the countryside and has created a narrow gorge with thundering waterfalls. A romantic footpath winds through this gorge, sometimes at the edge of the water, sometimes cut into the rock and sometimes at an almost dizzying height. The most spectacular point is the Saut du Day, where the Orbe rushes down over several steps to the valley.

Highlights

  • Roman mosaics, - geometric shapes, Roman gods, animals, carts and labyrinths decorate this once huge Roman estate north of Orbe.
  • Old town of Orbe – picturesque centre with many townhouses and patrician dwellings from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
  • Gorges de l'Orbe – an in places spectacular footpath through the narrow, rugged and romantic Orbe gorge.
Extremely impressive Roman mosaics, a picturesque medieval old town and a rugged, narrow gorge to the west of the town. It’s well worth making a stop in the Vaud town of Orbe.
Orbe, altitude 479 m, is located 10 km south-west of Yverdon, around 40 metres above the intensively farmed Plaine de l'Orb on a promontory of land surrounded on three sides by the River Orbe. The town is a regional industrial commercial and administrative centre. An industrial quarter has developed on the Orbe plain with businesses including a Nestlé chocolate factory. Orbe owes this industry and not passenger traffic the small, only 4km-long branch line connecting it to the SBB station at Chavornay.

The Romans founded a settlement known as Urba here in around 150 AD, but it never achieved any particular significance. There was also an impressive Roman estate at today’s Boscéaz, considered one of the biggest of its kind in Switzerland. Mosaics found from the time of 200 to 230 AD decorated eight rooms of a Roman villa with around one hundred rooms and rank as the most important mosaic finds north of the Alps. The preserved mosaic floors can be visited in situ.

Orbe has a picturesque medieval townscape consisting of an upper part (Vieux-Bourg) with three streets lengthwise and one across, as well as a lower part (Neuf-Bourg) ending at the Pont du Moulinet, a bridge dating from 1421.

The town once had six churches; today only three are still in existence. The Church of Notre-Dame, an outstanding structure in flamboyant late-Gothic style was built after a town fire destroyed the town church in 1407.

The old town features many grand townhouses and patrician dwellings built between the 16th and 19th centuries. The castle dating from the 13th century was largely destroyed by the Confederates in 1475. Today only the round keep and square tower remain. More fascinating historical facts can be found in the Musée du Vieil-Orbe.

Flowing from the direction of Vallorbe, the River Orbe has sought its own path through the countryside and has created a narrow gorge with thundering waterfalls. A romantic footpath winds through this gorge, sometimes at the edge of the water, sometimes cut into the rock and sometimes at an almost dizzying height. The most spectacular point is the Saut du Day, where the Orbe rushes down over several steps to the valley.

Highlights

  • Roman mosaics, - geometric shapes, Roman gods, animals, carts and labyrinths decorate this once huge Roman estate north of Orbe.
  • Old town of Orbe – picturesque centre with many townhouses and patrician dwellings from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
  • Gorges de l'Orbe – an in places spectacular footpath through the narrow, rugged and romantic Orbe gorge.

Arrival and return Orbe

Adresse

Office du Tourisme d'Orbe et environs
Grand-rue 1
Cp 164
1350 Orbe
Tel. +41 (0)24 442 92 37
tourisme@orbe.ch
www.orbe-tourisme.ch

Services

Accommodation

Hotel et Restaurant des Mosaïques
Hotel et Restaurant des Mosaïques
Orbe
Hôtel Restaurant Au Chasseur
Hôtel Restaurant Au Chasseur
Orbe
TCS Camping Orbe
TCS Camping Orbe
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Places of interest

Mosaïques romaines d’Orbe-Boscéaz
Mosaïques romaines d’Orbe-Boscéaz
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Hiking in

Orbe
ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 2, Ste-Croix–Orbe
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ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 3, Orbe–Cossonay
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Cycling in

Orbe
Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 7, Yverdon–Lausanne
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Jurasüdfuss-Route
Jurasüdfuss-Route
Stage 4, Yverdon-les-Bains–Bière
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Boucle de la Plaine de l'Orbe
Boucle de la Plaine de l'Orbe
Route 487, Orbe–Grandson
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