Stroll around Orbe and its past
The town of Orbe, perched on the Boscéaz plateau, is renowned for its Roman villa and its mosaics. However, just as important is the central role played by the town during the Middle Ages and the Reformation as a result of its privileged geographic situation dominating the plain below.
The Chateau’s esplanade, with its magnificent views, is bordered by the Square Tower and the Round Tower (the latter open to the public). Narrow streets and passages, magnificent patrician houses as well as the famous Moulinet Bridge (the oldest stone bridge still in operation in Switzerland) set the tone and differentiate the upper and lower portions of the city. The impressive building housing the Moulins ROD (the ROD Mills), which overlooks the Orbe River, is a tribute to industrial past of the town, and is now the headquarters of several research and production centers of the Nestlé Group.
The itinerary for the “Stroll around Orbe and its past” is marked by red and yellow footsteps painted right on the sidewalk. Guided by these footsteps, visitors can easily find their way around the town and discover the many riches it has to offer. A map showing the itinerary for the stroll is also available from the Tourist Office (on the Place du Marché).
A taste of the area’s food specialities awaits visitors in the many small grocery stores, butcher shops and local cheese shops as well as in its many small traditional restaurants. Gourmets will appreciate that the famous pastry chef and caterer Philippe Guignard opened his first restaurant as well as his renowned sweet and candy store on the main street in the town centre.