Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, rejuvenating wellness, cultural charms, or culinary delights, Nord Vaudois in the Swiss canton of Vaud is a dream vacation destination. This idyllic region is the ultimate holiday destination from the GCC, promising lush scenery, fresh air, and an array of experiences to suit all travelers. Here are five of the best ways to explore Nord Vaudois in Switzerland this season.
For a rejuvenating wellness retreat
With revitalising thermal springs found across the country, the Swiss have perfected soaking to an art form. In Nord Vaudois, the spa town of Yverdon-les-Bains has been a magnet for pampering, wellness, and relaxation since the Roman times. Today, Yverdon-les-Bains thermal spa welcomes guests to soak in the region’s sulfurous springs in a choice of four swimming pools, with temperatures of a soothing 28°C in summer. The spa centre also boasts jacuzzis, hammams, bubble baths, and massage jets for ultimate aquatic relaxation. Soak the day away before bedding down in the Grand Hotel des Bains next door, a four-star hotel with Belle Epoque charm and Wes Anderson-style pops of colour.
For a holiday high in the Alps
Feel the hills come alive on a holiday high among the Jura mountain range in Les Rasses. A 1 hour 20 minute-drive north of Geneva, this ski resort town takes on a different persona in summer, with lush green expanses and the freshest mountain air. Spend your days rambling and cycling over emerald-green meadows, or shopping for collectible music boxes, which were first invented in Geneva by Swiss watchmaker Antoine Favre in 1796. Boasting panoramic valley views, the Grand Hotel des Rasses is the perfect place to retire after a day spent exploring the great outdoors.
For hiking and dairy delights
Fanning out north of Lake Geneva, the Park Jura region is crisscrossed with 523-kilometres of hiking trails, weaving their way through postcard-perfect forests and meadows. Take in captivating views of Lake Geneva, the Alps and storybook-style chalets as you traverse the mountain trails. When it comes time to refuel, stop in at one of the stone-walled alpine chalets serving Swiss delicacies, including Gruyère AOP, the nutty cow’s milk cheese the region is famed for.
For timeless cultural charms
Channel your inner royal with a visit to the Castle of Grandson, overlooking picturesque Lake Neuchâtel. Dating back thousands of years, this medieval fortress offers a fascinating snapshot into European history, having played a pivotal role in the Burgundy Wars and the Battle of Grandson (1476). Find out more about the history of the Castle and Switzerland via a guided tour.
For a gastronomic getaway
Immerse yourself in the rich culinary landscape of Nord Vaudois, home to distinct gastronomic experiences. The region is renowned for its terroir-driven produce, truffle, spanning freshwater fish, swiss cheeses, cured meats, honey, and more. Don’t miss the chance to savour fresh perch fillets, caught in Vaud’s pristine lakes and then served on the al fresco terraces overlooking the water. On the shores of Lake Neuchâtel, book a table at Restaurant du Cercle de la Voile, a seasonal restaurant open only in the summer months, serving freshly caught fish and other local delicacies in a breathtaking open-air setting.