Culture & Heritage

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 bailiwick. Various companies attest to an industrial tradition going back to the 19th century, and museums and workshops celebrate art and craftsmanship.


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Carolin workshop-gallery (Syens)

Carolin workshop-gallery
  • Atelier-galerie du Carolin
    Mélanie Gilliand et Daniel Rapisardi
    Rue du Village 24
    1510 Syens

  • +41 (0)79 347 59 92
  • +41 (0)79 256 08 60
The workshop and gallery of artists Mélanie and Daniel, this site also provides an exhibition venue for emerging artists.

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Château d'Oron (Oron-le-Châtel)

Château d'Oron
Home of the counts of Gruyère, residence of 43 Bernese bailiffs, this 12th century fortress is today owned by an association. Of national cultural significance, it todays houses an 18,000-volume library in an 18th century apartment.

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Des Troncs Farm Museum (Mézières)

Des Troncs Farm Museum
  • Association Jorat souviens-toi
    Musée-ferme des Troncs
    Route des Troncs 4
    1083 Mézières

  • +41 (0)21 903 15 26
  • mitzou@joratst.ch
Maintained by an association whose aim is to preserve old crafts and the tools of their trade, this lovely Jorat farm is furnished in traditional fashion. During markets and festivals, it welcomes demonstrations of know-how from former times.

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Donkey-back Stone (Auboranges)

Donkey-back Stone
At 5.6 metres and 25 tons, this border marker between the cantons of Vaud and Fribourg is the largest standing stone in Switzerland. It was erected sometime between 4500 and 1500 BC, and would seem to represent a stylised human silhouette.

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Église Saint-Pierre-de-Marcens (Curtilles)

Église Saint-Pierre-de-Marcens
  • Église Saint-Pierre-de-Marcens
    Key available in the Café Fédéral
    Rte de Lucens 24
    1521  Curtilles

This church founded in 1050 contains an 18th-century nave decorated with painted murals and a 16th-century choir, as well as a remarkable arcaded belltower.

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Eugène Burnand Museum (Moudon)

Eugène Burnand Museum
An internationally-known naturalist painter, Eugène Burnand (Moudon 1850 – Paris 1921) made a strong impression on his contemporaries. His favourite themes are well-represented here: country life, religious themes, portraits and illustrations.

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Ferroflex Braillard Fers (Moudon)

Ferroflex Braillard Fers
The Braillard family has influenced the industrial history of the region as iron merchants in Moudon from the 19th century. Today they specialise in steel and construction technology, and offer guided tours of their production site.

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Firefighters House (Lucens)

Firefighters House
  • Maison des sapeurs-pompiers d'hier et d'aujourd'hui
    Famille Vagnière
    Rte d'Yvonnand 5
    1522 Lucens

  • +41 (0)79 433 26 16
Vehicles, helmets, uniforms… in addition to panoply of items from 5 continents, this museum outlines the history of irefighters from the 19th century to the present day.

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Geya Foundry and Art Gallery (Ogens)

Geya Foundry and Art Gallery
When Romanian sculptor Albert György settled in Switzerland in 1987, the specialist in bronze and « lost wax » discovered a realm of freedom and creativity. His art is a reflection of the dialectic between suffering and happiness.

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Lucens - Le château (Lucens)

Lucens - Le château
Perched on a hill, this military fortress is made up of two distinct parts: the gothic castle (13th century) and the Bernese castle (16th century). Today in private hands, it can be rented for events. Occasional visits are organised.

Historical cities

Lucens (VD) (VD)

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

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Model SA (Moudon)

Model SA
At its Moudon site, this company develops innovative packaging solutions and cardboard display units. Guided tours show visitors the high-performance machines which employ various printing techniques.

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Montanaire Museum (Thierrens)

Montanaire Museum
  • Musée de Montanaire
    Famille Brauen
    En Morinavaux
    1410 Thierrens

  • +41 (0)21 905 30 23
  • +41 (0)79 765 03 30
Displayed with great care, the 4,000 items which make up this unique collection illustrate the daily life of local peasants from 1850 to 1950.

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Moudon – Historic Trail (Moudon)

Moudon – Historic Trail
A sign-posted historic trail invites visitors to discover 26 of the most impressive monuments of the old capital, covering nearly 600 years. Two important periods are particularly well-represented, the Savoy sovereignty and the Bernese occupation.

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Moudon – Saint-Étienne Church (Moudon)

Moudon – Saint-Étienne Church
The largest parish church in the canton, Saint-Étienne was built by the Savoy counts from the late 13th century and is notable for its splendid gothic architecture and painted adornment, its choir stalls of 1501-1502 and its 1764 organ, the oldest in the canton.

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Moudon (VD) (Moudon)

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

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Museum of Old Moudon (Moudon)

Museum of Old Moudon
Ranging from a family kitchen to a notary public’s study, from a bourgeois salon to the peasant’s labour, all the objects exhibited in this historic building bear witness to life in former times. Don’t miss the illuminated model of Moudon in the 15th century.

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RétroBus Léman Association (Lausanne)

RétroBus Léman Association
The goal of this association is to preserve, restore and exploit the historic trolleybuses and buses unique to Lausanne, Geneva, the Vaud Riviera and French Switzerland, as well as to other networks in the German and Italian regions of Switzerland.

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Ropraz Forge (Ropraz)

Ropraz Forge
In 2004, metalworker Vincent Desmeules transformed this traditional village foundry, with a sculpture park and a small exhibition of contemporary iron objects. Entry is free.

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Rue - Historic Trail

Rue - Historic Trail
14 signposts present the principale landmarks of the town : the Castle (13th) ; Chaplain's house (16th) ; Saint Nicolas Church (18th).

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Rue (FR) (FR)

Rue (FR)
This « smallest city in Europe » was established by the house of Savoy in the 13th century. Initially a lordship dependent upon the Moudon bailiff, in 1536 it was affiliated to Fribourg. Historic buildings include the Castle (13th), chaplain’s residence (16th), Saint Nicolas Church (18th) and various edifices from 17th to the 19th century.

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Saint-Gobain Isover (Lucens)

Saint-Gobain Isover
First Swiss producer of fibreglass for construction and industry, Isover was established in Lucens in 1939. Guided tours explain the process of manufacturing more than 30 thousand tons of fibreglass per year.

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Sherlock Holmes Museum (Lucens)

Sherlock Holmes Museum
This collection has the unique feature of displaying only « original » items; personal objects and authentic memorabilia of Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the adventures of the famous private detective render faithfully the atmosphere of his works.

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The Estrée Foundation (Ropraz)

The Estrée Foundation
The Estrée is without doubt one of the liveliest cultural centres en the Jorat area. It was opened in 1989 in the centre of the village of Ropraz, and is noted for the diversity of its art exhibits and its enthusiasm for contemporary creativity.

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Uniform Museum « Au Vieux Suisse » (Hermenches)

Uniform Museum « Au Vieux Suisse »
This private collection of 4,600 uniforms of all kinds - military, postal, railway, firemen, police – traces the history of attire in Switzerland between 1850 and 1950. 80 specimens are displayed on mannequins.