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Ticket prices

Individual visitors

Access to the Abbey Church and the audio-guided tour are free for inhabitants of Payerne (except for group visits and events). More information.

Groups (min. 10 people), only with a reservation

  • Adult CHF 13.-
  • Child CHF 8.-
  • Compulsory school student CHF 8.-

    1 supervisor per class free of charge

  • Public compulsory school student CHF 5.-

    1 supervisor per class free of charge

  • Post-compulsory school student from Payerne CHF 7.-

    1 supervisor per class free of charge

Guided tours, only with a reservation:

  • Guided tour 1h15 CHF 140.-/guide
  • Guided tour 1h30 CHF 170.-/guide
  • Public compulsory schools (1h15) CHF 100.-/guide
  • Schools from Payerne Free of charge

The number of participants is limited to 25 people per guide. Larger groups will be divided into smaller groups with individual guides which visit the Abbey Church simultaneously.

The price of the guided tour will be charged in addition to the entry price to the Abbey Church

Opening hours

January and February:
Tuesday to Sunday from 13h30 to 17h30

March to June:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 17h30, as well as on Monday on bank holidays

July and August:
Monday to Sunday from 10h00 to 17h30

September and October:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 17h30, as well as on Monday on bank holidays

November and December:
Tuesday to Sunday from 13h30 to 17h30

Last entry 30 minutes before closing.

Estimated duration of the visit: 1h30

Contact

Tourist information centre

The Abbey Church’s reception also serves as the tourist information centre, where you can obtain information about the available regional activities, buy tickets to shows and concerts in Payerne, obtain cinema vouchers, and more.

For information or tickets to concerts and shows in the region:

Estavayer-le-Lac Région
www.estavayerlelac.ch

Tél. +41 (0)26 301 60 30

Access

By train

5 walking minutes from the train station of Payerne. Leave the station towards the north onto the Rue du Temple, then turn left and cross the Place de la Concorde before following the Rue du Collège on your right.

By car

Via motorway

Take the highway A1, exit Payerne. At the first roundabout, continue straight forward from the Route de Bussy to the Rue des Terreaux. Follow the street for 1.7 km before it becomes the Rue de Guillermaux. At the roundabout, take the left exit into the Rue de la Boverie and continue straight forward into the Rue de la Gare. In front of the station, turn left into the Rue du Temple. After 80m, turn left again into the Parking de la Concorde.

 
Via the Route de Berne or from Fribourg

After the exit Payerne, continue towards Payerne. Take the right exit in the roundabout Simodan and follow Payerne Vignette for 1,8 km. After the level crossing, turn right into the Rue de la Gare. In front of the station, turn left into the Rue du Temple. After 80m, turn left again into the Parking de la Concorde.

Parking

Car park nr. 1: Place de la Concorde

Car park nr. 2 : Denner parking lot, Rue des Moulins

Car park nr. 3: Parking lot Place des Tireurs, Avenue de la Promenade (all-day parking ticket, CHF 5.-)

Click on the parking symbol for information about parking duration and prices. The yellow line shows the path to drop off people with limited mobility at the reception (if the team has been informed beforehand).

Access for disabled visitors

Visitors with reduced mobility

Due to its different levels and staircases, the Abbey Church is only partially accessible to wheelchair users and, albeit to a lesser extent, to people with reduced mobility. We have taken measures to improve access, such as the installation of moving platforms allowing wheelchairs to enter the nave. However, due to the building’s status as a historic monument, such measures could not be installed everywhere.

We strongly recommend informing us about your visit ahead of time, so that we can welcome you in the best possible conditions.

The audio-guide stations accessible to wheelchair users are the following: 1 to 4, 6 to 12, 14, 16, 19 and 20. Points 3 to 4 and 6 to 12 are accessible via the platform in the south of the Abbey Church, located in the former cloister courtyard. To access points 2 and 16 to 20, visitors need to pass in front of the reception and circle the north of the Abbey Church, as there are stairs in the south-east.

To reduce the distances between stations, we recommend visiting them in the following order: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 2, 16, 19, 20. Station 13 can be accessed with the assistance of a staff member. If you want to do so, you need to announce your visit in advance, so that we can make the necessary arrangements. The same applies to stations 17 and 18 in the parish church.

Hearing impaired visitors

Our discovery tour is audio-guided, but we provide written explanations of the tour content in English, French and German for the hearing impaired.

Payment methods

Entrance fees and shop purchases can be paid in cash (CHF or euros) or by card.

The following electronic payment methods are accepted:

  • TWINT
  • Visa
  • VPay
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • PostFinance Card
  • American Express
  • Diner Club/Discover
  • JCB
  • Alipay+
  • UnionPay
  • Reka-Pay

 

For payments in euros, we only accept banknotes and will give change in Swiss Francs according to the exchange rate programmed into our cash register.

We also accept REKA by card or cheque (no returns).

Backpacks

Backpacks are not allowed on the discovery tour. You can leave your personal affairs in small lockers at the receptions for a deposit of CHF 2.- (tokens can be borrowed from the reception).

Animals

Animals are not allowed in the Abbey Church and cannot be left at the reception. This also concerns small animals which are carried or in bags.

Guide dogs and assistance dogs can access the Abbey Church and the discovery train if they are clearly identified as such.

Family prices

Family prices apply to:

  • 1 adult and 3 children
  • 2 adults and 1 child
  • 2 adults and 2 children

Additional children pay the entrance fee of an individual child.

In the following cases, individual prices are more advantageous and will be applied:

  • 1 adult and 2 children
  • 2 adults with a reduced ticket (OASI, DI, unemployed, students) and 1 child

Special price for the Opéra de l'Impératrice

Holders of a ticket for the Opéra de l’Impératrice benefit from a preferential rate for visits to the Payerne Abbey Church and its audio tour during normal opening hours.

Offer valid from 10 to 21 July 2024 on presentation of a ticket for the Empress Lotario Opera.
Cannot be combined with other offers, discounts and reductions.

Other discounts

The offers are valid on presentation of a valid ID card and are subject to our partner’s conditions. The offers cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts. They are not valid during special events.

Opéra de l’Impératrice from 12 to 20 July 2024. Tickets, information and reschedule at operaimperatrice.ch
July 12 performance postponed to Sunday 14.

On Monday 1 July 2024, the dormitorium will be closed. The rest of the discovery trail will remain open to visitors as usual.