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Yverdon-les-Bains, thermal capital of the Lavaux region of Switzerland

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The little town of Yverdon-les-Bains is the Lavaux region’s thermal capital on the southwestern tip of Lake Neuchatel.  The 14,000 year old mineral springs from 1500’ depths release mineral-rich waters reputed to help the joints, stomach, muscles, and respiratory tract.

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Yverdon-les Bains, Switzerland

The springs attracted the Romans, who settled here. Forty-five Neolithic menhirs (upright stones weighing up to 5 tons) have also been found in the area, vestiges of a Celtic presence dating to 5000BC.

Yverdon-les-Bains tower
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The  13th century Chateau d’Yverdon, a medieval castle built by the Peter II of Savoy, dominates the Old Town. The History Museum and Swiss Fashion Museum are inside.

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A research center is dedicated to Heinrich Pestalozzi , who established a school here for poor and underprivileged children (1805-1825) using an innovative individualized curriculum.

Pestalozzi statue, Yverdon-les-Bains
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Pestalozzi statue, Yverdon-les-Bains

Also of interest in the area are Maison d’Ailleurs (House of Elsewhere), the first science fiction museum in Europe, and the Jules Verne Museum, connected by a bridge.

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Our accommodations choice is the Grand Hotel des Bains, a magnificent blend of state-of-the-art architecture and  history that links to the Thermal Center and offers fine dining.

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Dinner was a work of art and service was superb.

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For lunch, La Grenette is a popular Old Town restaurant featuring local favorites like filets de perches (perch),  Tomme Dorée sur craquante (fried cheese), served on salad, and a well-priced plate of the day.

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Gerard Roy’s La Ferme offers the finest regional  foods and wines of the region —and great gift ideas.

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It’s an elegant city with Old World charm, well worth a few days of your Swiss vacation.

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