The Association of Vaudois Castles groups a dozen monuments open to the public and located in the different regions of the canton.
Mostly medieval castles, though two are 18th century, some are public property, while some are private.
Their differences apart, all are testimony to a rich common history, generally connected in some manner to the House of Savoy.
The members of the association are:
Aigle, Chillon, Coppet, Grandson, La Sarraz, Morges, Moudon, Nyon, Oron, Ollon, Prangins and Yverdon.
After organising a « Discover Vaudois Castles » twice a weekend and once a whole month that offered visitors a single price common entry ticket, in 2012 the Association of Vaudois Castles published a map showing all of the member castles, thus promoting their history and at the same time inciting visors to discover beautiful French-speaking Switzerland. The project was made possible thanks to the support of patrons such as the State of Vaud, the Loterie Romande and the Canton of Vaud Tourist Office.
The map is available at tourist offices in the canton, and with it the smaller, lesser known monuments benefit from the notoriety of larger, more famous ones.
“Welcome to our castles
History buffs, lovers of old wall and culture-vultures, you are all welcome to the Canton of Vaud! We invite you to savour its legendary gentle lifestyle and let yourself be bewitched by the grandiose landscapes, while visiting its exceptional and magnificently preserved heritage sites. From Roman remains to Romanic and Gothic churches, to medieval castles and villages, the Lavaux UNESCO heritage site of terraced vineyard, and the many museums, your most demanding wishes will be satisfied.
Go back to the Middle Age and admire the dozens of castles to be found in the Vaudois region. The most famous of them, Chillon Castle, can be visited from top to bottom. To nourish the soul, visit Lausanne Cathedral, the Abbeys of Romainmôtier or Payerne. To answer your quest for culture, there are more than 80 museums waiting to open their doors to you.
If you want to enjoy Nature, stroll along the shores of Lake Geneva with its beautiful Belle Epoque hotels, go up to the Pays-d’Enhaut dotted with splendid, typical old chalets, or visit the Vallée de Joux where some of the most prestigious watches in the world are made."
Canton of Vaud Tourist Office