Nestled between the lake and the Jura Mountains, the nord vaudois offers remarkably diverse landscapes, which provide many opportunities for excursions, visits or simply lazy days.Alongside Lake Neuchâtel, the southern shores are well-known for the Grande Cariçaie nature reserve, which shelters flora and fauna that is unique in Switzerland, as well as being famous for sandy beaches where visitors can enjoy the pleasure of swimming with a seaside atmosphere.
The Jura Mountains boast an infinite number of trails that allow hikers to walk through valleys and along crests in search of the most stunning panorama or the most refreshing gorges.
Between lake and mountains, the vineyards of Côtes de l’Orbe and Bonvillars offer exceptional natural sites as well as charming villages, welcoming visitors for strolls which marry both nature and culture.
6 km from the French border, the Vallorbe caves are the biggest in Switzerland. Created by the River Orbe, the impressive geological formation consisting of stalactites, stalagmites and limestone columns, enhanced by skilful illumination, is one of the most beautiful in Switzerland and Europe.
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.
Vallorbe - Le Pont
The Juraparc in Mont d’Orzeires, 30 minutes from Yverdon-les-Bains, is in a beautiful area of forests and mountain pasture where wolves, bears and bison roam almost freely. Popular with families and animal lovers, the animal park is also a centre for education and protection of the species.
The sandy beaches of Yvonand
Comfortably installed in a deck chair on one of the many sandy beaches at Yvonand, one immediately has the feeling of being somewhere different. It is impossible not to feel a sense of reinvigoration by the sparkling waters of the lake, iridescent in the sunshine, listening to the lapping of the wavelets of Lake Neuchâtel.
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