Days Out: Vaud, Neuchatel & Jura

Tropiquarium de Servion
A zoological area exhibiting a great variety of birds and reptiles in large tropical greenhouses, parks and aviaries. Cafeteria, snackk bar, terrace, play area available. At 1077 Servion.
La Maison du Gruyere
Come and experience La Maison du Gruyere with your family, in a group or on your own and delve into the secrets of the making of Le Gruyere. At 1663 Pringy-Gruyeres.
Chateau de Morges - Multiple Museums
Chateau de Morges - Multiple Museums - The Chateau of Morges houses the collections of Swiss uniforms and arms from the 15th to the 20th centuries, the Swiss museum of Historical Figurines and the Museum of Artillery.
Zoo de la Garenne
Petting zoo. Open everday during the summer season from 09:00 to 18:00 and during winter season open everyday from 09:00 to 17:30. At Parc animalier, 1261 Le Vaud.
La Maison de la Riviere
Competence center in management and renaturation of aquatic environments. A pluridisciplinary project, connecting sustainable development, fondamental and applied research and public reception at the heart of the nature. Near Morges.
Le Chateau de Vullierens Iris Gardens
Swiss Castle close to Morges with views of the lake and mountains mid-May to mid-June to enjoy a garden planted with 10,000 irises. Day-lilies mid-June to mid-August. At 1115 Vullierens.
Zoo de Servion
The Servion zoo houses felines and primates, and Nordic and local fauna. Restaurant and childrens playground located on the site. Open all year from 09:00-18:00 (17:00 in the winter). Based near Lausanne on the edge of the Jorat forests, 1077 Servion.
Point Sud Aventure
Adventure tree-top park (at 1600m altitude) of 400m long, 34 platforms and 31 different pathwas, stable, swinging, suspended, knotted and other fun ways to be adventurous. At 1873 Champoussin, Vall-dIlliez.
La Tour Panoramique
A wooden tour with 302 steps, spiraling wooden tower (35m high). Open 09:00 to 17:00 winter, 09:00 to 21:00 summer. At Sauvabelin-Lausanne.
Abbatiale de Romainmotier
One of the oldest buildings in Switzerland dating back to the 5th century. This former monastery is open every day from 08:00-18:00. Situated in the village of Romainmotier.
Verbier Excursions
Offers standard excursions, as well as custom trips tailored to suit your individual wishes and timing. At 18 Chemin du Bry, 1936 Verbier.
Chateau de Vaumarcus
Medieval chateau opposite the Neuchatel lake and the Alps. Guided tours on request. Also a training and seminar centre, and a hotel for banquets, weddings and festivals.
Chateau dEclepens
Historical castle offers select wines for sale, free wine tastings every week, 3 rooms and gardens for rent, organizes receptions, wine tastings, appetizers buffet supper in its cellar. At 3 Chateau dEn-Haut,1312 Eclepens.
German speaking part of the Haute Valais. Spot in the mountains for skiing with small children or for an Alpine summper break. At Service Center, Brig Tourisme, 3900 Brig.
Les Gorges du Durnand
Visit the natural gorge. Walk along the kilometer of man-made footbridges overhanging the 14 waterfalls and the raging torrent. At Route de Champex 16, 1932 Les Valettes.
Musee Romain dAvenches
The vestiges of Aventicum, the Roman capital of the Helvets. The scientific excavations, which were started in the 19th century are pursued to this day. At Tour de lamphitheatre, 1580 Avenches.
Chemin de Fer et - Musee Blonay-Chamby
Living museum of trains. The old locomotives (steam and old electric) chug along for 3km through tunnels , a steep ramp, a viaduct and the edge of a cliff.. At Chemin de Fer-Musee Blonay-Chamby, 1870 Blonay.
Abbaye de St Maurice
Famous for its Mero-vingnian treasure and 1500 years of history. Augustine monks are still active as teachers here. Guided tours only, at set times. At 15 Avenue dAgagne, 1890 Saint-Maurice.
Viti Tour
Wine tour in this small village situated in the middle of a vineyard. Open all year, tours last between 60 and 90 minutes. At Cressier in the canton of Neuchatel.
Tour Plein Ciel - Mont-Pelerin
A tower offering an outstanding view on a clear day. This tower is the television antenna for Eurovision and the telephone link between Zurich, Lausanne and Sion. At 1801 Le Mont-Pelerin.
Lac Souterrain de St-Leonard
Underground lake discovered in 1943. Ride the boat (50 people maximum). With its 300m length, 20m breadth and 10m depth. At 1958 St-Leonard.
Bivouac dans les Arbres
Sleep in a tente suspended from the trees. Open daily from April through October. Bring your sleeping bag with you or rent bedding. At 74 Route de Fribourg, 1691 Villarimboud/Macconnens.
Le Ptit Train De Nyon
Guided tours of Nyon by train every day from May to October, except Mondays. Train leaves every 30 minutes from the CGN jetty for a visit of the old town and the shores of the lake. Departure point situated at Quai des Alpes, 1260 Nyon.
Swiss Vapeur Parc
Miniature railway layout. Possibility to ride through 17,000m2 of parks on one of the dozens of steam locomotives. For adults and children alike. Seasonal opening hours. Located next to the Le Bouveret harbour, 1897 Le Bouveret.
Fabrique Cailler
Chocolate factory. Factory visits. At 7 rue Jules Bellet, 1636 Broc.
Saline de Bex
Saltworks and Salt Mines. At 31 Route de Gryon, CP 277, 1880 Bex.
Chateau de Coppet
Castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva. Open for visits every day from Easter until 31 October, 14:00-18:00. Guided tours in English, French or German.
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Construction on the cathedral began around 1175. Every night a watchman walks up the 153 stairs to the top of the tower. Open daily, from 07:00 to 19:00. At Place de la Cathedrale, Lausanne.
Zoo Alpin et Piscine les Marecottes
A zoo with wolves, bears and other wild animals, as well as ducks, geese and pheasants wandering around. A 70mn heated swimming pool dug out of rocks also available. At 1923 Les Marecottes.
Bex Salt Mines
A maze of tunnels, stairs and passageways covering 50 Km. Take a miners train into the salt-bearing mountain. Seasonal opening hours. Route des Mines de Sel, 1880 Bex.
Chateau de Chillon
Switzerlands most famous castle, made up of 25 buildings. The castle presents a collection of antiques and weapons and regularly hosts temporary exhibitions. Guided tours in English available. At 21, Avenue de Chillon, 1820 Montreux.
Fort de Vallorbe
This fort is reprensentative of fortifications of the period prior to World War II. At 1337 Vallorbe.
Boat & Breakfast
Sailboat equipped for 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children. Open year-round. Includes breakfast on board. At 1897 Le Bouveret.
Distillerie Morand
The Swiss art of fine distillery, since 1889. Factory visits. At 2 Rue de Plaisance, 1920 Martigny.
Les Moulins Souterrains du Col-de-Roches
Caving. Open from May to October everyday 10:00 to 17:00 and from November to April Tuesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 17:00. At Col 23, 2400 Le Locle.
Train-Retro la Gruyere
Old 1932 steam train equipped with a dining car for 44 people. Serves fondue and meringues. At 1663 Gruyere.
Grotte de Vallorbe
Grotto with view of stalagmites, stalactites, pillars and rock formations at the source of the Orbe river as well as an exhibition of minerals. Picnic allowed. At 1337 Vallorbe.
Fromagerie dalpage
Fromagerie dalpage - Restaurant serving traditional Swiss cuisine. At 12 place de lAigle, 1663 Moleson-sur-Gruyeres. Organises walk on a cheese-making discovery to the Fromagerie dAlpage du Moleson via 10 stops. At 1663 Moleson-sur-Gruyeres.
La Grotte aux Fees
Underground caves with stalagtites and stalagmites with a constant temperature of 10°C year-round. At 1890 St-Maurice.
La Ligne Verte - Chemin de Fer LEB
Railway outings. Open upto 23:00 from Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 08:00 to 22:30. At 9 place de la gare, 1040 Echallens.