Temple d'Yverdon et statue de Pestalozzi David Carrard

Pestalozzi Documentation and Research Centre

Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827) is a Swiss pedagogue, teacher and thinker, pioneer of modern pedagogy. He dedicated his life to teaching poor children. He lived in Yverdon-les-Bains for 20 years.

Heinrich Pestalozzi set up his first institute for poor children in his Neuhaus estate. In 1804, he accepted an invitation from the authorities of Yverdon-les-Bains and founded an institute for boys in the Castle. He developed Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s educational precepts and taught 7-16 year-old upper middle class boys. At its peak, the institute counted nearly 150 children.

Two years later he created an institute for girls (1813-1869), who received the same education as boys, which was uncommon at the time. An institute for deaf and dumb children (1813-1869), as well as one for poor children 1818-1819) followed.
The Pestalozzi Documentation and Research Centre opened in 1977. Its aim is to maintain Pestalozzi’s philosophy alive, as well as his innovative teaching methods which greatly influenced modern pedagogy.

Today, a statue honouring Pestalozzi has been erected in the midst of square that bears his name, in the heart of the old town, and a room in the Castle has been set aside to honour his life and work. Yverdon-les-Bains remains marked by the generous spirit of this exceptional human being.

  • Centre de documentation et recherche Pestalozzi
  • Château d'Yverdon
    Cas postale 303
  • 1401 Yverdon-les-Bains - CH


  • How to get there?
  • Opening hours

  • Practical information

Not to be missed in the vicinity...

Yverdon-les-Bains Region on social networks

    Terms and conditions

    What if our personalised recommendations don’t suit you?

    you can choose to base the recommendations displayed on your own requirements and interests. Whether you’re looking for a solo adventure, family activities or a gourmet trip with your spouse, the suggestions made will be based on your own preferences.

    You want to find out what the local tourist attractions are based on your current location?

    You can use the map on each page to establish your location and find local points of interest. So you’ll be able to explore the canton, region by region, select the places you’re going to visit along a planned route and get a quick idea of what a town has to offer you.

    You want to make your own selection? Just store your top picks in favourites!

    If you want to store your selection, print it, export it to your free smartphone app "Vaud:Guide” or share it with your friends, you'll can do all this with “Favourites”.

    You want to share your wish list And your choices with your friends? That’s simple!