There is a regional hospital in Yverdon with an
emergency service (024 424 44 44). There are
numerous GPs and specialists in Yverdon.
Appointments can be made by phone, with payment in
cash. There is a very large university hospital only
about 45 minutes away from Mauborget in Lausanne
(Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois - CHUV -
021 314 11 11) that is probably the best hospital in
the French part of Switzerland.
Yverdon is in the French-speaking part of
Switzerland. Services in English are available at
the train station, the hospital and the major banks.
English-speaking newspapers such as the Herald
Tribune can be found in Yverdon near the train
Like everywhere else in continental Europe, electric
current is 220 V. It should be noted that electrical
outlets are different from EU area. Adapters can be
found at the Migros, one of the large supermarkets
in Yverdon. We keep a couple of EU/Swiss adapters.
The main post office is next to the train station in
Yverdon and on the main street
of Sainte Croix, across the street from the
Coop store. Phone booths typically work with phone
cards that can be purchased at newsstands.
There are a number of large banks, including UBS and
Credit Suisse, two large international banks.
Foreign exchange and Traveller's Checks services are
available everywhere (including in train stations).
There are numerous ATMs enabled with the
international debit arrangements (PLUS, CIRRUS,
Yverdon has a number of general supermarkets that
sell food, a farmers' market twice a week all year
round (Tuesday and Saturdays, particularly nice on
Saturdays in the summertime), a decent shopping
district in the pedestrian area and many
restaurants, bars, coffee and pastry shops. In the
outskirts of Yverdon (highway exit Yverdon-Ouest),
an area called “En Chamard” has several “box
stores”, including the Migros and Coop, the two
largest retailers in Switzerland; a couple of
hardware-gardening and sport equipment stores; and
the unavoidable McDonalds! Generally speaking, meat
is expensive in Switzerland. Lausanne and Geneva
have renowned shopping districts for clothing and
It is an expensive experience to eat out in
Switzerland and you should expect to spend around
€15 for a lunch including drink and coffee and
upwards of €20-25 for dinner, if you want to stay
away from pasta and pizza. As indicated above, there
is one restaurant in Mauborget, and a number of
“mountain restaurants” that you should be able
to find on the local maps mentioned above, or simply
ask our neighbours. In the villages surrounding the
town, particularly around Lac de Neuchatel, there
are a number of good restaurants as well that offer
the local fish specialties, including the famous
“filets de perches” (small lake-perch filets in
butter sauce). There are no Michelin star-studded
restaurants in Yverdon, but there are a number of
decent places where you can eat good pizzas and
pasta (there is a very large community of Italian
descent) and a very good restaurant at the public
beach. The best dining place in Yverdon is probably
at the location of public baths and you should
reserve if you want to go there.
Switzerland is a safe country, but like anywhere
else, petty crime exists, even in areas such as
Mauborget, where chalets have been broken into in
the past. Locking doors of cars and houses is
necessary at all times.
Weather patterns are quite influenced by the mountains
and the lake system in Switzerland, and the temperatures
can vary accordingly. In Yverdon, temperatures are
usually between 20°C and 30°C in the summer time and
between - 5°C and +10°C in the winter. In the fall and
the spring, temperatures are less predictable. In
Mauborget, temperatures are between 5°C to 10°C colder
than in the plains.