A unique concept in Switzerland, the Maison du Blé et du Pain has a working bakehouse, a restaurant and a museum devoted to farming, milling and baking. When you visit Echallens, it’s impossible to resist the delicious smell of warm bread coming from this delightful place!
15 km from Lausanne, Echallens is the main town of the Gros-de-Vaud region, sometimes called the “breadbasket of Switzerland” due to its prolific grain fields. In the centre of this little town, the Maison du Blé et du Pain tells the story of this grain production.
At the entrance, there’s a bakery known far and wide serving the specialities of the region. Its open bakehouse, with a view of the bakers at work, is the start of the tour of the museum (closed for an indefinite period), which continues with a permanent collection telling the story of grain farming and bread-making. The friendly little mascot, “Ti’Grain”, accompanies the children on their visit.
For those who want to stay longer, there’s the temporary annual exhibition to see, a chance to participate in making a tresse [plaited loaf] (booking required) or set off on the Chemin des Blés marked trail.