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Discovery tour through Avenches

In the footsteps of the Romans in Aventicum

Discover the remains of the ancient city of Aventicum on this easy circular walk for the whole family. The 6-kilometre tour leads through the midst of nature past the remains of ancient buildings. These still give an idea of the size of the former capital of Roman Helvetia. Feel the exceptional charm and character of Avenches at first hand. Travel comfortably to Avenches with BLS. The Roman site is only a few minutes' walk from the station.

The Roman site in Avenches is an architectural jewel and offers you grandiose sights. On the way, you will marvel at the remains of an amphitheatre, monumental buildings and many other cult objects from the Roman era. At the end of the tour, be sure to take the time to visit the Roman Museum. It shows numerous everyday objects as well as archaeological excavations.
You can also make this excursion by bike or e-bike.

You can reach Avenches quickly and easily by public transport. From the station, it is just under 10 minutes' walk to the Roman sites.

Discovery tour

Circular route

Distance 6 km
Lasts around: 1 hour 30 minutes

The brochure for the tour is available from Avenches Tourism.

For families

The hike is also suitable for prams.

Availability Today (Thursday) open

Visits to the old town, the museum and the Roman site are possible all year round.

Food & Drink

Avenches offers all kinds of catering options:

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The old town of Avenches

The visit to the ancient site and the Roman museum can be combined with a visit to the old town of Avenches.

Pleasant walk 

Discover the historical and culinary heritage of Avenches on a walking tour with a city map and a booklet of vouchers.

The Swiss National Stud

The Swiss National Stud is open all year round and can be visited thanks to a free nature trail. Interested groups of up to 25 people can take part in a guided tour. The guided tours last one hour and 30 minutes (CHF 150.-) during the week and one hour (CHF 100.-) at the weekend. You can find more information here.

Treasure hunt

A free treasure hunt from the station takes families on a journey of discovery through Avenches.

For children

A children's playground welcomes you on the 2000-year-old promenade in the heart of the old town of Avenches. Several small shops in town offer ice cream to go. 

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Avenches. The old town of Avenches, the Roman Museum as well as the Roman site are all in the immediate vicinity of the Avenches railway station and are easily accessible on foot.

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