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Historical tour of the old town of Avenches

In Avenches, discover the historic center of the old town

Discover the old town of Avenches on this family-friendly walk. The approximately 1.5 km route takes you through colorful alleyways and past buildings that have marked the medieval history of Avenches. Experience the extraordinary charm and character of Avenches up close. BLS brings you to Avenches in comfort. The town center is just a few minutes' walk from the station.

Starting from the Place de l'Eglise, the highest point in the town, in front of the Tourist Office, this tour, which can be accompanied by an explanatory brochure, reveals many picturesque places and monuments, as well as a few curiosities known only to the town's inhabitants. At the end of the tour, take the time to visit the Roman Museum, well worth the detour! Here, you'll discover many everyday objects from Roman times, as well as archaeological excavations still taking place in Avenches.

Avenches is easily and quickly accessible by public transport. The town center is about a 10-minute walk from the train station.

Discovery tour

Circular route

Distance: 1.5 km
Lasts around: 1 hour 30 minutes

The brochure for the tour is available from Avenches Tourism.

For families

Accessible to all, the course offers a barrier-free alternative for people with reduced mobility or families with baby carriages.

Availability Today (Monday) 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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Aventicum Roman site and museum

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

Gourmet walk through Avenches

By reservation only, discover the historical and culinary heritage of Avenches with a map of the town and a book 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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