The history of Payerne Abbey Church is one of human adventure. The site is a Romanesque masterpiece, one of the largest in Switzerland. Its history is an ancient one and the lives of the people associated with it are fascinating. Follow the Abbey Church’s new immersive interactive tour!

My visit

Discovery tour

The tour offers a new insight on the history of the largest Romanesque church of Switzerland and its original characters

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History and heritage

Shortly before the year 1000, a religious way of life began to thrive at Payerne, supported by the Royal Family of Transjurane Burgundy

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Reopening and hours restrictions for March 2021

Since the 2nd of Mars 2021, the Payerne Abbey Church has reopened for individual visitors and school groups. However, an adjusted schedule arrangement and restricted visiting hours have been established. From now on, the Abbey Church can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday between 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Normal opening hours will be once again applied on the 1st of April 2021. On this date, visitors will have access to the Abbey Church between Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Opening hours and entrance fees

I prepare my individual visit

During approximately one hour and a half, the Abbey church can be discovered with audio guide along an immersive and interactive tour.

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I prepare my group visit

For groups, we offer many entertaining, playful and recreational activities, from guided tours to tastings.

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Coronavirus info

The Abbey Church and its surroundings are vast and welcoming. Its discovery tour is safe and clean. We respect all hygiene requirements to provide you a safe visit.

The Abbey Church is open at normal opening hours but has introduced some new procedures:

  • frequent cleaning of contact surfaces.
  • limiting the number of people at each part of the tour.
  • protecting our visitors and staff using, in particular, plexiglass at our counters.

During your visit to the site of Payerne Abbey Church, we ask that you respect social distancing of 2 metres between visitors and staff and abide by instructions given by our staff throughout your tour. To find out more, please see our detailed protection plan.

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Bertha's tomb

Avec les archéologues et les historiens, partez à la découverte d’un des personnages historiques les plus fascinants de l’Abbatiale : la reine Berthe de Souabe.

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