Monks’ garden

From 9 July to 14 August 2022

Over the summer, an ephemeral garden will be planted in the former cloister courtyard, reconnecting it with its past history. A place of relaxation and discovery, it will enhance your visit to the site, giving you time to pause and breathe. Developed in collaboration with the city of Payerne’s Parks and Promenades department, visitors will be introduced to aromatic and medicinal plants. Moderate picking will also be possible.

9 July to 14 August, 10am to 5.30pm


Organised by the Payerne Concerts Association, musical events will be held at weekends in July and August (except for the first weekend of each month, when markets and Saturday organ concerts are held). These short events, held in the Abbey Church, the Parish Church or outside, will enable visitors to discover the many facets of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music. Local visitors can take out an annual subscription to the site (adult: CHF 30.- / child: CHF 15.-), which will allow them to return as many times as they like to visit the tour or take part in the summer’s musical events.

-Fridays 8, 15, 22, 29 July and 12, 19, 26 August: 4.30pm
-Saturdays 9, 16, 23, 30 July and 13, 20, 27 August: 11.30am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm
-Sundays 10, 17, 24, 31 July and 14, 21 28 August: 2.30pm and 4.30pm


The Monks’ Garden will also feature a range of restaurants and events. For the entire duration of the Monks’ Garden, from 9 July to 14 August, the La Scala restaurant, run by Diana Gonçalves, will be running the “monks’ refreshment bar”. Refreshing drinks, Italian specialities and grilled meats will be on offer. On Sundays 7 and 31 July, there will be a paella menu at lunchtime.

The refreshment bar will be open from Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 10pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 11.30pm.

On 21, 22 and 23 July, from 5pm, Vitor Coehlo, Swiss cocktail champion and owner of the Brasserie Notre-Dame in Payerne, will be offering cocktail evenings accompanied by a DJ.

Lundi 1er juillet 2024, le dormitorium sera fermé. Le reste du parcours de découverte restera accessible aux visiteurs comme d’habitude.