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Moudon
ViaJacobi
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Stage 15, Romont (FR)–Moudon
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Stage 16, Moudon–Lausanne
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Moudon
Sense–Glâne–Veveyse
Sense–Glâne–Veveyse
Stage 4, Romont FR–Châtel-St-Denis
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Le Jorat–Trois Lacs–Emme
Le Jorat–Trois Lacs–Emme
Stage 1, Lausanne–Payerne
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Gros de Vaud–La Côte
Gros de Vaud–La Côte
Stage 1, Payerne–Echallens (Goumoens)
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 1, Lausanne–Romont
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Broye champêtre à vélo
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Route 472, Moudon–Villars-le-Comte–Lucens–Moudon
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Moudon
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Moudon

Moudon lies in the pretty and fertile centre section of the Broye Valley in Canton Vaud. The town saw a period of prosperity in the 14th century when it was ruled over by the Counts of Savoy. Most of the buildings that give the town its medieval character were built during this period.
In Gallo-Roman times, Moudon was a stage on the road from Aventicum (Avenches) through the Broye Valley via Octodurum (Martigny) and over the Col du Grand Saint-Bernard pass traversal to Rome. At an altitude of 510 metres, Moudon is situated to the north-east of the Jorat high plateau and has a medieval old town split into two sections: the original upper town, named Le Bourg und the lower town, which was built during the 13th century on the banks of the Broye River. All that remains of the fortified circumference wall is the impressive 12th century Broye tower.

The important church of Saint-Etienne stands at the south-eastern corner of the lower town. The oldest parts of this triple-naved church in the western Swiss neo-Gothic and high-Gothic style date back to the 13th century. Within are 13th to 17th century frescos and stained glass, a stone pulpit added in 1695 and a richly carved choir from circa 1500.

Buildings of significance in the lower town include the arsenal (1774-75) that was formerly in use as a corn exchange and the former Hôpital de Malte built in 1556. The Hôtel de Ville (town hall) with its arcades was built between 1835 and 1842. There are several well-preserved 16th to 18th century bourgeois and patrician houses.

The grand, representative 15th to 18th century buildings transformed the high mediaeval appearance of the upper town. The late Gothic Maison des Etat du Pays de Vaud was built during the outgoing 15th century. The Musée du Vieux-Moudon is housed in the Château de Rochefort, an impressive castle with tiered turrets, built in 1595 at the highest point of the upper town. The museum exhibits a collection that illustrates the history of agricultural and artisanal life in the town. Another 17th century building, the Maison de Denezy, has a collection of the works by Moudon painter Eugène Burnand (1850 – 1921).

Leisure facilities in Moudon include a swimming pool, camping site, tennis courts and a network of footpaths and bridle paths.

Highlights

  • Historic old town – picturesque mediaeval upper and lower town with several well-preserved 16th to 17th century bourgeois and patrician houses.
  • Château de Rochefort – impressive, late 16th century castle in the old town. Home to the Musée du Vieux-Moudon.
Moudon lies in the pretty and fertile centre section of the Broye Valley in Canton Vaud. The town saw a period of prosperity in the 14th century when it was ruled over by the Counts of Savoy. Most of the buildings that give the town its medieval character were built during this period.
In Gallo-Roman times, Moudon was a stage on the road from Aventicum (Avenches) through the Broye Valley via Octodurum (Martigny) and over the Col du Grand Saint-Bernard pass traversal to Rome. At an altitude of 510 metres, Moudon is situated to the north-east of the Jorat high plateau and has a medieval old town split into two sections: the original upper town, named Le Bourg und the lower town, which was built during the 13th century on the banks of the Broye River. All that remains of the fortified circumference wall is the impressive 12th century Broye tower.

The important church of Saint-Etienne stands at the south-eastern corner of the lower town. The oldest parts of this triple-naved church in the western Swiss neo-Gothic and high-Gothic style date back to the 13th century. Within are 13th to 17th century frescos and stained glass, a stone pulpit added in 1695 and a richly carved choir from circa 1500.

Buildings of significance in the lower town include the arsenal (1774-75) that was formerly in use as a corn exchange and the former Hôpital de Malte built in 1556. The Hôtel de Ville (town hall) with its arcades was built between 1835 and 1842. There are several well-preserved 16th to 18th century bourgeois and patrician houses.

The grand, representative 15th to 18th century buildings transformed the high mediaeval appearance of the upper town. The late Gothic Maison des Etat du Pays de Vaud was built during the outgoing 15th century. The Musée du Vieux-Moudon is housed in the Château de Rochefort, an impressive castle with tiered turrets, built in 1595 at the highest point of the upper town. The museum exhibits a collection that illustrates the history of agricultural and artisanal life in the town. Another 17th century building, the Maison de Denezy, has a collection of the works by Moudon painter Eugène Burnand (1850 – 1921).

Leisure facilities in Moudon include a swimming pool, camping site, tennis courts and a network of footpaths and bridle paths.

Highlights

  • Historic old town – picturesque mediaeval upper and lower town with several well-preserved 16th to 17th century bourgeois and patrician houses.
  • Château de Rochefort – impressive, late 16th century castle in the old town. Home to the Musée du Vieux-Moudon.

Arrival and return Moudon

Adresse

Office du Tourisme de Moudon
Place de la Douane
1510 Moudon
Tel. +41 (0)21 905 88 66
office.tourisme@moudon.ch
www.moudon.ch

Services

Places of interest

Vieux-Moudon Museum
Vieux-Moudon Museum
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Hiking in

Moudon
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 15, Romont (FR)–Moudon
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 16, Moudon–Lausanne
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Cycling in

Moudon
Sense–Glâne–Veveyse
Sense–Glâne–Veveyse
Stage 4, Romont FR–Châtel-St-Denis
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Le Jorat–Trois Lacs–Emme
Le Jorat–Trois Lacs–Emme
Stage 1, Lausanne–Payerne
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Gros de Vaud–La Côte
Gros de Vaud–La Côte
Stage 1, Payerne–Echallens (Goumoens)
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 1, Lausanne–Romont
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Broye champêtre à vélo
Broye champêtre à vélo
Route 472, Moudon–Villars-le-Comte–Lucens–Moudon
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