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Avenches, a Roman town

Avenches, a Roman town, land of festivals and Switzerland’s capital of the horse, is a land of plenty with sunny beaches and a pleasant yet dynamic atmosphere!

Founded 2000 years ago, Avenches was the capital of Roman Helvetia. To visualise the city as it was then, it’s best to visit the Roman Museum and the amphitheatre, which lends its venerable walls to some of Switzerland’s greatest music festivals. These events stand for the region’s art of living focusing on encounters and gourmet pleasures.

Avenches is also the capital of the horse, thanks to the nearby Swiss national stud farm and the National Equestrian Institute (IENA). The town has more than one thing in common with man’s most beautiful conquest: like a thoroughbred, it is tranquil but has a fiery temperament!

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Roman Amphitheater

The history of the capital of Roman Helvetia

The Roman era intrigues all visitors to Avenches. But its history reveals other surprises…

What did Avenches look like when it was the capital of Roman Helvetia? Find the answers in the Roman arenas, the Roman Museum, during a walk or an educational workshop. During these activities, children can paint like the Romans did. All can taste the specialties Romans enjoyed in Caesar’s times. But there's much more to the history of Avenches: its castle is a great witness of the Renaissance period, while the National Equestrian Institute (IENA) and the national stud farm present the story of the horse and the links between the region and this noble animal.

Rock Oz'Arènes

Unparalleled events

Set in a canton with a vast array of events, Avenches offers original activities in a unique setting that have made a name for themselves.

Dance to rock or electro music or enjoy the best military bands in the unique setting of the Roman arenas. The summer festivals in Avenches offer you a journey back in time! The programme of Rock Oz’arènes, the smallest of the big festivals, is just as attractive as that of other music events. Unique events throughout the year bring people together: riding, textile arts and movies form the core of programmes you’ll never see anywhere else.

Asperges vertes du Vully

Avenches, a gourmet town

Located near lakes, vineyards and opulent countryside, Avenches is proud of its quality products used by talented Chefs to prepare their dishes.

Avenches is near the Vully AOC vineyards, one of Switzeland’s smallest wine designations. Still, it is distinctly dynamic and its wines are of superior quality. The region’s vintages are ideal with fish from the lake and with fruits and vegetables grown in one of the country’s most reputed market gardening areas. The Chefs in Avenches are masters in turning these local products into dishes that earn them praise from gastronomy critics.

Camping Beach Avenches

Nature and sports in Lake Morat

Located on the edge of Lake Morat, Avenches is ideal for water sports and relaxing moments on the shores.

As soon as it's warm enough, it’s time to enjoy all Lake Morat has to offer! The beach is only a few minutes from downtown Avenches. It has a port and a lovely campsite where you can rent the equipment to go on a fun outing with a kayak, pedal boat or stand-up paddle. Animal fans love to visit the National Equestrian Institute (IENA) and the national stud farm in any season. Competitions, guided tours and classes let you approach the horses in the presence of migrating swans that love to take shelter at the national stud farm each year.

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Our suggestions to miss none of it...

The town of Avenches is worth a longer visit. Nevertheless, shorter visits can be a great idea thanks to our selection of guided and interactive activities. Get around in the capital of Roman Helvetia with the help of one of the many workshops and guided tours on offer. You’ll even feast like the Romans did! Learn why Avenches is also the capital of the horse through a personalised welcome at the National Equestrian Institute (IENA) and the national stud farm. After these short tasters, you’re bound to want to come back for more delights!

Avenches Tourisme

Place de l'Eglise 3
1580 Avenches

T. +41 (0)26 676 99 22
F. +41 (0)26 675 33 93

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