Perfectly integrated in today’s landscape, the castles, chalets, palaces and even some boats bear witness to our region's rich past. Encountering passionate artisans is also a way of sharing living history.
Visitors who are most interested Vaudois culture and heritage can choose between many museums, whose collections tell a thousand and one stories, whereas the exhibitions at cultural sites in Vaud are of interest to anyone.
But heritage is also forward-looking in the canton of Vaud: contemporary art museums, as well as futuristic buildings and villages that combine tradition and modernity allow our guests to understand the current issues of a canton that is attached to its identity.
The vineyards of Lavaux, prehistoric stilt dwellings, the architectural work of Le Corbusier, the archives of the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Winegrowers’ Festival in Vevey have so far constituted the canton of Vaud’s contribution to the UNESCO world heritage.
With twelve castles open to the public and an even greater number of private buildings that can be rented for events, the canton of Vaud is a land that values history and the vestiges of its past. Of various sizes and styles, these fortresses are well preserved and often livened up with varied interactive exhibitions.