The Grande Cariçaie © Benoît Renevey
Chateau de Champ-Pittet © Pro Natura Champ-Pittet
Pro Natura Champ-Pittet © Pro Natura Champ-Pittet
Château de Champ-Pittet © Pro Natura Champ-Pittet

Pro Natura Centre Champ-Pittet

The Pro Natura Centre Champ-Pittet is situated in a historic building of the 18th Century, on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel in Yverdon-les-Bains. It forms the entrance to the largest lakeside marsh in Switzerland, the natural reserve Grande Cariçaie, and welcomes and informs visitors of all ages.

Inaugurated in 1985, the Pro Natura Centre Champ-Pittet organises numerous interactive exhibitions and entertainment events, both in the beautiful park overlooking the lake and inside the astonishing 18th Century castle.

Four nature paths, mostly accessible with strollers and wheelchairs too, pass through the 40-hectare estate. The 2km marsh path built on pontoons, passes through reed beds, marshy meadows and a stretch of white water lilies, where birds nest and can be observed from the ornithological observation post. The Grande Cariçaie shelters about 800 species of plant and 10,000 animal species.

It was François Haldimand, a career military officer under English colours and first governor of Quebec, who had built the Castle of Champ-Pittet in 1791.
sitions interactives et animations, autant dans le charmant parc surplombant le lac, qu’à l’intérieur de l’étonnant château du 18ème.

Quatre sentiers-nature, en grande partie accessibles aux poussettes et chaises roulantes, sillonnent les 40ha du domaine. Le sentier marais parcourt, sur 2km de ponton, la roselière, les prairies marécageuses et l’étendue de nénuphars blancs où nichent les oiseaux que l’on peut admirer depuis l’observatoire ornithologique. La Grande Cariçaie abrite environ 800 espèces végétales et 10'000 espèces animales.

C’est François Haldimand, militaire de carrière au service de l'Angleterre et premier gouverneur du Québec, qui fît construire le Château de Champ-Pittet en 1791.

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