Yverdon-les-Bains Castrum © Castrum d'Yverdon-les-Bains

Yverdon-les-Bains Castrum

In the first century A.D., a huge castrum protected the port of the roman city of Eburodunum. Now called Yverdon-les-Bains, there are still a few vestiges of the castrum visible in the centre of the city. With the app for smartphone and tablet available, visitors can enjoy an enhanced reality tour of the castrum.

In 325, the Romans of Eburodunum/Yverdon built a castrum to protect the port from Alemanni attacks. On the shores of Lake Neuchâtel, Eburodunum was the main river/lake base north of the Alps and occupied a strategic position on the main communication routes. Research suggests that the Romans became integrated into the local population, adopted many local customs and developed their own.

A major Roman fortress covering an area of 2 ha was built in Eburodunum, surrounded by a wall with 15 stonework towers.

In 405, the Romans withdrew, abandoning the castrum. The last vestiges were destroyed in 1860 so the city could be extended. Today, thanks to an app for smartphones and tablets and enhanced reality, visitors can explore a digital version of the castrum. The app can be downloaded for free; tablets can also be hired at the tourist office and the Yverdon and Region Museum.

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