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Photo credit: Christophe Cosset

Château de Vullierens architecture, magnificent gardens and sculpture park form one of Switzerland’s most remarkable heritage sites with an incomparable 180° degree view of the Alps, Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva. Rising from the foundations of a C13th fortress, Château de Vullierens is considered the purest example of early C18 architecture in the country. The 100-acre estate has remained in the same family for 700 years. It is visited by hundreds of local and international garden enthusiasts and art lovers.

The flowering season starts with tulips, followed by rhododendrons, bluebells, peonies, irises, roses, day lilies, herbaceous borders, hydrangeas, and concludes with the autumn plant collection.

The iris collection - started in 1955 - is considered one of the most modern in Europe. It features recent award winning American hybrids, including several rare re-flowering varieties. An incomparable 4-acre coloured mosaic is created by 400,000 flowers at the height of the season. Themed gardens provide additional delight, offering a varied selection of designs and vistas. The famous ‘large trees collection’ includes Sequoia, Oaks and possibly the oldest Tulip tree in Switzerland.

The sculpture park features over 80 large contemporary works by 25 Swiss and international artists - Beverly Pepper, Alan Jones, Gillian White, Laura Ford, Dorothy Cross, Christian Lapie, Etienne Krahenbuhl, Manuel Torres, Pol Quadrens, Manuel Carbonnel, Mireille Fulpius, Carles Valverde, Herbert Mehler, Werner Pokorny, among others. It is open year-round by appointment.

Vullierens 6-acre vineyard features Chasselas, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Gamaret-Garanoir and Galotta. Its 2017 rosé was voted best in Vaud and its 2017 white received the price of Excellence by Vinum magazine. The ancient cellars were recently opened to the public.

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General Info - NEW 2020

  • The first time the gardens are open non-stop for 6 months in a row! From now through 25 October 2020. Full opening details here.

Children activity - NEW 2020

  • The continuation of the King Lizard Kingdom with a new adventure taking place in the forest: the marriage of the sweethearts. Wreaths, bow ties, headbands and ties are to be distributed to the children at the entrance to make themselves beautiful for the wedding! Others land art activities have to be done inside the Kingdom.
  • The book (bilingual French/English and self-published) of The King Lizard Kingdom is on sale in the shop and online store.

Wines - NEW 2020

  • Creation of a wine club at the price of Fr. 100.- with various advantages. More information here.
  • New red wine: The Galotta, vintage 2018! On sale and tasting at the shop.
  • Always free tastings in the shop, every day.
  • An educational walk along the top of the vineyards explaining the 6 grape varieties that make up the 6 hectares of vines.

Café des Jardins

  • Open from 13 May through 15 June from 10h to 18h.
  • 2nd year of collaboration with the Italian restaurant Sibo d'Echichens: homemade pasta and other specialities.

Shop

  • More and more items sourced locally.

Guided tour

  • Can be done in French, German, or English. Duration: 1h30. Price: Fr. 140.-. Registration necessary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VIP tour - NEW 2020

  • VIP tour of the gardens in a golf cart. More info here.

Seasonal pass - NEW 2020

  • Now visitors have more advantages. See them here.

About the domain

  • More than 80 sculptures by national and international artists in the gardens.
  • This is a private domain.
  • The castle cannot be visited, it is still inhabited by the owner.
  • The castle has been in the same family for 700 years.
  • Historic cellar open to the public since 2018.
  • All the irises present in the gardens can be purchased (order on the spot via a brochure or online on through the website). Delivery in August, September or October in Switzerland and Europe.
  • The terraces of the Château are open to the public since 2018.

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Photo credit: Christophe Cosset

Les Jardins du Château de Vullierens
1115 Vullierens
078 637 98 07 café
079 274 79 64 office
www.chateauvullierens.ch