Region: activities and sight-seeing
is a great starting point to visit Switzerland, only one hour away
from the Alps, from Bern (Switzerland's capital) or Geneva, a little
more from tourist-areas such as Lucerne or Interlaken. It should be
noted that the Italian-speaking part of the country is about three
TOWN OF WATER
(~ 28,000 inhabitants) is about 20 minutes away from Mauborget.
Yverdon is a town of water, with a great beach, a very nice outdoor
public pool, and the highlight, thermal baths open to the public (a
little pricy, but obviously great to take an dip outdoors in 40°C
water when it snows!). The town is at the southwestern tip of the
Neuchatel lake, the largest lake that is entirely in Switzerland.
The shore is totally restricted in terms of construction and is
reserved to leisure and nature. The beach is one of the very best in
the country, the lake is very clean and the water shallow, ideal for
small children, but also great for swimming. The temperature of the
water in the summer time is in between 20°C-25°C. Sailing and
windsurfing is very popular on the lake and in the spring and the
fall, it can be quite windy. Close to the beach, there is an
olympic-size outdoor pool with a slide, diving area and shallow pool
for children. Since Roman times, Yverdon has been a thermal centre
with natural hot springwater. Today, it is a very successful spa for
both leisure and therapeutic aspects, with one indoor and two
outdoor pools, rehabilitation and arthritic/rhumatic programs run by
the hospital and a great restaurant.
Yverdon area has been settled for at least 2,500 years, and numerous
archeological sites exist, including:
Celtic stone arrangements dating back to the paleolithic era that are located close to the exit of Yverdon going in the direction of Yvonand
Roman ruins with thermal baths at the site of the current cemetery (Yverdon was a minor fortified place in 1st and 2nd century AD)
A medieval castle dating back to the 12th century right in the middle of town and a very charming historical centre built around the "place Pestalozzi".
the town has a very active cultural life for its modest size, with
two theatres / concert halls, and many other venues for various
types of shows. If you are interested, you may want to visit the
Tourist Information Center in Yverdon.
(This is just a snapshot of our family activities, and for a more complete overview, please refer to your favourite travel guide on Switzerland).
Mauborget is part of the Ste-Croix area, situated at about 1200 m above sea level. This area is great for outdoor activities and to simply disconnect from city life.
the summertime, main attractions include:
A significant network of walking and mountain-bike trails that spans the entire Jura mountains on either sides of the French-Swiss border (we keep very detailed maps (1:25000 and 1:50000) in the chalet for use by visitors with details of the trails as well as a few guides).
Mountain lakes situated at an altitude of about 1000 meters in Lac St-Point on the French side through the border at L´Auberson and Lac de la Vallée de Joux going through Yverdon-Vallorbe, both about 30-45 minutes away by car.
Obviously, the Lac de Neuchatel, as mentioned earlier, which offers lots of opportunities for swimming, sailing and simply relaxing
Numerous bike-paths that are essentially flat (separate from the main roads) around the Lac de Neuchatel.
For the more adventuresome, Mauborget is one of the main take-off points of the Jura for parasailing and paragliding, and on a good day, we have counted up to 13 parasails in the air!!!
the wintertime, the main attractions include:
small ski-lift and separate sled-lift in the village of
5-7 lifts in Les Rasses.
indoor swimming pool in the Grand Hotel des Rasses.
huge cross-country skiing network that spans the entire Jura
mountains across the French / Swiss border, from Geneva to Basel,
over literally hundreds of kilometres (the trails around
Mauborget are fantastic and are about 10-15 minutes walking
distance from the chalet).
away, on the French side, there are lifts in Les Fourgs, about
20 minutes away, and obviously in Metabief, a good 40 minutes
indoor skating rink in Yverdon where yours truly played in the
local ice-hockey team for over 10 years!
first Alpine resorts are about 1.30-2.00 hours away (Villars-sur-Ollon,
and Les Portes du Soleil in Champéry, Les Crosets and Morgins)
attractions of a more general nature include:
"Grottes de Vallorbe", a cave network located about 20
minutes from Yverdon near Vallorbe that is fully equipped and
can be visited even if you have small children. A truly
"Musée des boîtes à musique" (Musicbox museum) in L´Auberson
about 15 minutes away from Mauborget, a world renowned museum
that shows some of the most original and largest musical boxes
you can think of.
"Musée International d´Horlogerie" in La Chaux-de-Fonds,
about 45 minutes away through Yverdon-Neuchatel, which displays
in a very modern setting an absolutely spectacular collection of
watches. A must-see if you like watches!
More traditional museums of art and history in Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchatel (as well as other Swiss towns such a Fribourg, Bern, etc.)