Historical Towns

Some thirty sites and items of national cultural significance are found in our region, reflecting its particularly rich history, from the Barony of Vaud in the 13th century through to the Bernese bailiffs. Various enterprises attest to an industrial tradition going back to the 19th century. Museums and workshops celebrate art and craftsmanship.

 

Historical Towns

Lucens (VD) (VD)

Lucens (VD)
First mentioned in 965 as property of the bishops of Lausanne, the town became the residence of the bailiffs of Moudon during the Bernese rule. It boasts a 13th-century castle, the 14th-century Saint Agnes chapel, townhouses from the 16th to the 18th century and an octagonal fountain from the 18th-century.

Historical Towns

Moudon (VD) (Moudon)

Moudon (VD)
First a Helvetian town before the arrival of the Romans, later the capital of Vaud under the Dukes of Savoy (1260 to 1536) and later Bernese bailiwick, Moudon can be proud of its rich architectural heritage. The upper town is ranked as site of national interest.

Historical Towns

Rue (FR) (FR)

Rue (FR)
«Europe’s smallest city» has been founded by the Savoy in the 13th century. The castellany in the beginning depended to the bailiff of Moudon and from 1536 to Fribourg. Castel (13th century), castellany (16th century), Church of St. Nicholas (18th century) and various buildings from the 17th to the 19th century.