Dwight Peck's personal website
visit to Switzerland,
in Switzerland: La Sarraz
graduated from high school, soon to be off to Uni, Marlowe visits the Old Dad
may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
of La Sarraz is an attractive and interesting place perched on a little ridge
at about 500m between Cossonay and Orbe. The ridge forms the watershed between
the valley of the Venoge that comes out of L'Isle, flows northeast to La Sarraz,
and turns south past Lausanne-West to Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), and the
floodplain of the Nozon and the canals that join the river Orbe and reach Lac
de Neuchâtel at Yverdon to the north.
castle itself, sitting on a high place in the town alongside the trade route between
the two river valleys, has a long, well-documented history (mostly of tax-collecting,
presumably) since the 13th century, continuously in the same family (rather loosely
defined, passed from the Grandsons 1049-1269, Montferrands 1269-1541, and Gingins
1541-1798) until it was turned over to the state and a management foundation,
the Société des Amis du Château de La Sarraz, in 1920. The
belle matron of the family hosted international art festivals and maintained an
art colony of some sort in the 1920s or so (one room is devoted to her art posters).
trying to fly in the main courtyard. The name "Sarra" comes from patois-Latin
the interiors (in summers) only with half-hourly tours guided by local young people
well-informed about the vast amount of original furniture and family portraits,
much of which has been in the same place for centuries. (There's a museum of horses
or something on the same property, didn't sound so interesting, given our general
hour and seven francs well spent in La Sarraz.
high street in La Sarraz, quite a nice village of 1750 good citizens.
Protestant church (dating from 1837), with the castle of La Sarraz just up the
hill to the left.
back side of the castle, leaving town towards the north.
more info, opening hours, etc.: http://www.swisscastles.ch/Vaud/lasarraz/default.htm.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 22 September 2003, revised 8 March
2008, 30 October 2015.