The Swiss Heritage Society welcomes the development of the village near Nyon, which has succeeded in preserving its spirit while integrating strong demographic growth.
The Wakker Prize is an important award that is bestowed each year on a Swiss town or village that has worked to preserve and enhance its heritage. Visitors to Prangins are familiar with its emblematic castle in the classic French style, which houses a branch of the Swiss National Museum. This dedication to preserving its historical heritage encompasses all aspects of the cultural landscape. Despite the anticipated 30% increase in its population over the next ten to twenty years, the village is committed to maintaining both a strong identity and high living standards. The decision has been made to retain the agricultural zones on the outskirts of the village, while focusing on increasing density at the heart of the village and breathing new life into the area. The old farm belonging to the castle, for example, houses not only the public administration but also a grocer’s shop, a café and a children's nursery. The old kiln house directly opposite is now a bakery, and a hotel with its own restaurant has also been opened in the village. With Prangins, this is now the fifth time that this award has been bestowed on a location within the canton of Vaud in less than 50 years.