Looking for a Girlfriend Getaway or Family Adventure? We just fell in love with the picturesque town of Yverdon-les-Bains. This is the most impressive wellness destination in western Switzerland due to the natural thermal baths dating back to the 18th century…but there are so many more gems to discover in this destination rich in culture and history.
Here are the top 5 reasons we love Yverdon-les-Bains:
The Thermal Centre of Yverdon-les-Bains
Imagine bathing from the same water source the Romans did in the Middle Ages, water rich in calcium, magnesium and sulfur known to be excellent for your muscles and joints. While the original spring is visible on property, the new spring was tapped in 1982 and has a flow rate of 60 litres per second and flows at 29ºC to feed 4 relaxation pools with jets and bubbles, complete with saunas, hammams and jacuzzis.
The Overnight Accommodation
We chose to stay overnight in this beautiful hotel, once a private castle, attached to the thermal baths. The Grand Hôtel & Centre Thermal Yverdon-les-Bains is conveniently located just 4 minutes by bus from the main train station…or you are welcome to call ahead for free hotel shuttle service. Built in 1896, the property is rich in history and is complete with two unique restaurants, a beautiful detached conference center, generous breakfast buffet and original structures from the 18th century.
The Downtown Architecture
It was the beautiful architecture of Yverdon-les-Bains that captured our heart and invited us back for yet another visit to explore deeper. You will see from the buildings (we love the Théâtre!) the 18th century was a period of splendor for this spa town which houses the works of the famous encyclopedist Fortunato Bartolomeo De Felice. Due to the salt trade between Arc-et-Senans and Bern, many spectacular buildings of this period have been preserved for us to enjoy today.
The Castle of Yverdon-les-Bains
Housing the Dukes of Savoy (13th and 19th centuries) and an education institute directed by Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi from 1805 to 1825, the castle is spectacular either during the day or lit up at night and now is home to three separate museums: the Museum of Yverdon and region, the Swiss Fashion Museum and the Pestalozzi Center.
The Cultural Activities of Yverdon-les-Bains
Where to begin? You have Maison d’Ailleurs (“House of Elsewhere”) Europe’s only museum dedicated to Science Fiction. Then there is the Musée Suisse de la Mode “Museum of Fashion” housing over 5,000 items dating from the 18th century to present day. Especially if traveling with children, the The Pro-Natura Center in Champ-Pittet is not to be missed. To learn more about the area, visit the Musée d’Yverdon. For an exceptional adventure, travel 30 minutes outside the city centre to the Caves of Vallorbe, the largest caves in Switzerland.