Straddling communication lines, Orbe is both a strategically and economically important town: a villa with the air of a palace and its famous mosaics from the Roman period show that Orbe enjoyed the splendours of royalty in the Middle Ages. Guided tours last for 1h15.
The visit to the town begins at the market place and continues towards the church, then to the esplanade of the castle and its round tower (360 degree panorama).
The tour continues in the direction of the old prisons, then to the great Abbey, which housed the first orthopaedic establishment in the world. After crossing the Moulinet bridge one can then walk alongside the Orbe or return to town by passing in front of the house of Pierrefleur and the Bernard Tower, once a tower of the ramparts. Return to the market place.
The tourist office organises the guided tours on request. A free leaflet available for tourists describes two historic walks. Other guided tours (Roman mosaics, demonstration of coffee roasting) can be organised.