70 ViaFrancigena
70 ViaFrancigena
70 ViaFrancigena
70 ViaFrancigena

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ViaFrancigena

ViaFrancigena

Ste-Croix–Col du Gd St-Bernard

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ViaFrancigena

ViaFrancigena

Established 2000 years ago, in medieval times the ViaFrancigena became the most important pilgrims’ path in Europe. In Switzerland it leads through beautiful Jura and Alpine landscapes, the stage on the Grossen St. Bernhard being particularly magnificent.
In 990, Sigerich, Archbishop of Canterbury, returned to England from Rome and documented the stages on his journey, a route known even to the Romans. His itinerary is now considered the oldest description of the ViaFrancigena through Europe. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Frankenstrasse remained one of the major arterial roads, used by traders, soldiers and crowned heads of state. Since 1300, it has been regarded as the most important pilgrims’ path in Europe, crossing Switzerland via the Jura and Alps.

The Swiss stage runs through a variety of landscapes and is without doubt also one of the most spectacular pilgrims’ paths in Europe. The route from Sainte-Croix to Vuiteboeuf leads past unique sections of cart tracks then alongside the quiet Venoge to Lac Léman. Stops at Romainmôtier Abbey and the Roman mosaics in Orbe are highly recommended.

From Lausanne, the ViaFrancigena runs through the vineyards of Lavaux to the bend in the Rhone. From the ancient city of Octodurus, it winds through the narrow pass shaped by the wild waters of the Drance to the northern slopes of the Grossen Sankt Bernhard-Pass. In Val d’Entremont, medieval villages line the route, which peaks in the aptly-named Combe des Morts.
Established 2000 years ago, in medieval times the ViaFrancigena became the most important pilgrims’ path in Europe. In Switzerland it leads through beautiful Jura and Alpine landscapes, the stage on the Grossen St. Bernhard being particularly magnificent.
In 990, Sigerich, Archbishop of Canterbury, returned to England from Rome and documented the stages on his journey, a route known even to the Romans. His itinerary is now considered the oldest description of the ViaFrancigena through Europe. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Frankenstrasse remained one of the major arterial roads, used by traders, soldiers and crowned heads of state. Since 1300, it has been regarded as the most important pilgrims’ path in Europe, crossing Switzerland via the Jura and Alps.

The Swiss stage runs through a variety of landscapes and is without doubt also one of the most spectacular pilgrims’ paths in Europe. The route from Sainte-Croix to Vuiteboeuf leads past unique sections of cart tracks then alongside the quiet Venoge to Lac Léman. Stops at Romainmôtier Abbey and the Roman mosaics in Orbe are highly recommended.

From Lausanne, the ViaFrancigena runs through the vineyards of Lavaux to the bend in the Rhone. From the ancient city of Octodurus, it winds through the narrow pass shaped by the wild waters of the Drance to the northern slopes of the Grossen Sankt Bernhard-Pass. In Val d’Entremont, medieval villages line the route, which peaks in the aptly-named Combe des Morts.

Services

Accommodation

Chambres d’hôtes Grangette Bellevue
Chambres d’hôtes Grangette Bellevue
Sainte-Croix
BnB Les Replans
BnB Les Replans
Ste-Croix
Hôtel de France
Hôtel de France
Ste-Croix
La Ferme du Marais
La Ferme du Marais
La Vraconnaz
BnB Les Rasses
BnB Les Rasses
Les Rasses
Grand Hôtel des Rasses
Grand Hôtel des Rasses
Les Rasses
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
Orbe
Maison Junod
Maison Junod
Romainmôtier
Ferme La Lizerne / Gîte de la Venoge
Ferme La Lizerne / Gîte de la Venoge
Dizy
Hôtel Le Funi
Hôtel Le Funi
Cossonay-Ville
Hôtel des Inventions
Hôtel des Inventions
Ecublens
Auberge de Jeunesse Lausanne-Jeunotel
Auberge de Jeunesse Lausanne-Jeunotel
Lausanne
Hôtel Alpha-Palmiers by Fassbind
Hôtel Alpha-Palmiers by Fassbind
Lausanne
Hôtel Agora Swiss Night
Hôtel Agora Swiss Night
Lausanne
Hôtel Lausanne by Fassbind
Hôtel Lausanne by Fassbind
Lausanne
Hôtel AlaGare
Hôtel AlaGare
Lausanne
Hôtel Bellerive
Hôtel Bellerive
Lausanne
Hôtel du Marché
Hôtel du Marché
Lausanne
Hôtel du Port
Hôtel du Port
Lausanne
Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa
Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa
Lausanne
Lakeview Hotel Le Rivage
Lakeview Hotel Le Rivage
Lutry
Auberge de la Gare
Auberge de la Gare
Grandvaux
Villa Lavaux
Villa Lavaux
Grandvaux
Astra Hôtel Vevey
Astra Hôtel Vevey
Vevey
Auberge de Jeunesse Montreux-Territet
Auberge de Jeunesse Montreux-Territet
Montreux
Hôtel Helvétie
Hôtel Helvétie
Montreux
Hotel du Port
Hotel du Port
Villeneuve VD
Le Belvédère
Le Belvédère
Corbeyrier
BnB L’Eden
BnB L’Eden
Aigle
Ferme Le Tourne-Sol
Ferme Le Tourne-Sol
Bex
Hôtel-Café-Restaurant La Dent-du-Midi
Hôtel-Café-Restaurant La Dent-du-Midi
St-Maurice
Hôtellerie Franciscaine
Hôtellerie Franciscaine
St-Maurice
Rêves Gourmands Hôtellerie & Gastronomie
Rêves Gourmands Hôtellerie & Gastronomie
Vernayaz
Hotel Alpes & Rhône
Hotel Alpes & Rhône
Martigny
Martigny Boutique Hôtel
Martigny Boutique Hôtel
Martigny
TCS Camping Martigny
TCS Camping Martigny
Martigny
Hôtel-Pension Beau-Site
Hôtel-Pension Beau-Site
Chemin
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Bookable offers

70 ViaFrancigena North
70 ViaFrancigena North
70 Via Francigena South
70 Via Francigena South
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Places

Sainte-Croix / Les Rasses
Sainte-Croix / Les Rasses
Orbe
Orbe
Romainmôtier
Romainmôtier
Cossonay
Cossonay
Lausanne
Lausanne
Vevey
Vevey
Montreux
Montreux
Villeneuve VD
Villeneuve VD
Aigle
Aigle
St-Maurice
St-Maurice
Martigny
Martigny
Orsières
Orsières
Bourg-St-Pierre
Bourg-St-Pierre
Col du Grand St-Bernard
Col du Grand St-Bernard
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Places of interest

CIMA Museum
CIMA Museum
Vuiteboeuf–Ste-Croix
Vuiteboeuf–Ste-Croix
Mosaïques romaines d’Orbe-Boscéaz
Mosaïques romaines d’Orbe-Boscéaz
Romainmôtier Abbey Church
Romainmôtier Abbey Church
The Olympic Museum
The Olympic Museum
Lavaux Vinorama
Lavaux Vinorama
On the Lavaux vineyard terraces
On the Lavaux vineyard terraces
St-Saphorin church
St-Saphorin church
Chillon Castle
Chillon Castle
Les Grangettes
Les Grangettes
Castle of Aigle
Castle of Aigle
Salt Mines Bex
Salt Mines Bex
Fairies'Cave
Fairies'Cave
Abbey Saint-Maurice
Abbey Saint-Maurice
Labyrinthe Aventure
Labyrinthe Aventure
«Pissevache» waterfall
«Pissevache» waterfall
The Trient Gorge
The Trient Gorge
La Bâtiaz Castle
La Bâtiaz Castle
Barryland
Barryland
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
The Gorges of Durnand
The Gorges of Durnand
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Swimming

Bellerive outdoor pool in Lausanne
Bellerive outdoor pool in Lausanne
Montchoisi outdoor pool in Lausanne
Montchoisi outdoor pool in Lausanne
"Mon-Repos" indoor swimming pool in Lausanne
Outdoor pool with beach Vevey-Corseaux
Outdoor pool with beach Vevey-Corseaux
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Signalization

Signalization
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Signalization