This medieval castle (11th to 14th century) occupying a commanding position over Lake Neuchâtel is home to an extraordinary collection of weapons and armour, as well as models of the castle and of the celebrated Battle of Grandson (1476), in which Swiss soldiers defeated the army of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy.
In the heart of the small medieval town of Estavayer stands the Château de Chenaux, looking out over Lake Neuchâtel and the reed beds of the Grande Cariçaie nature reserve.
The 11th-century abbey church of Payerne is one of the most important Romanesque churches in Switzerland, with its harmonious spaces, delicate stonework and fine murals. Together with the chapterhouse, it evokes the former splendour of the Cluniac priory. Close by is the intriguing town museum.