Opening times

Museum

Tu – Su 10:00 – 17:00

Mo closed

Café du Château

Tu – Su 9:30 – 17:30

Mo closed

Special opening times

Tu 12/24/2019 10:00 – 17:00 Christmas Eve

We 12/25/2019 closed Christmas

Th 12/26/2019 10:00 – 17:00 St. Stephen´s Day

Tu 12/31/2019 10:00 – 17:00 New Year´s Eve

We 1/1/2020 closed New Year´s Day

Th 1/2/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Saint Berchtold

Fr 4/10/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Good Friday

Su 4/12/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter

Mo 4/13/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter Monday

Fr 5/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Labour Day

Th 5/21/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Ascension Day

Su 5/31/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whitsun

Mo 6/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whit Monday

Sa 8/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Swiss National Day

Su 9/20/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer (Sunday)

Mo 9/21/2020 closed Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer (Holiday Monday)

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Opening times

Museum

Tu – Su 10:00 – 17:00

Mo closed

Café du Château

Tu – Su 9:30 – 17:30

Mo closed

Special opening times

Tu 12/24/2019 10:00 – 17:00 Christmas Eve

We 12/25/2019 closed Christmas

Th 12/26/2019 10:00 – 17:00 St. Stephen´s Day

Tu 12/31/2019 10:00 – 17:00 New Year´s Eve

We 1/1/2020 closed New Year´s Day

Th 1/2/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Saint Berchtold

Fr 4/10/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Good Friday

Su 4/12/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter

Mo 4/13/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Easter Monday

Fr 5/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Labour Day

Th 5/21/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Ascension Day

Su 5/31/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whitsun

Mo 6/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Whit Monday

Sa 8/1/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Swiss National Day

Su 9/20/2020 10:00 – 17:00 Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer (Sunday)

Mo 9/21/2020 closed Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer (Holiday Monday)

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The largest historic kitchen garden in Switzerland

Yesterday…

In 1723, Louis Guiguer, a Parisian banker of Swiss descent, acquired the Prangins estate and built the current château. At his request, the old ditches on the western side were filled in and the land was levelled. Half of the levelled area was made over to construction and the other half to the planting of vegetables suitable for feeding the workers. Surrounded by walls lined with espalier fruit trees, the garden benefits from its own special microclimate: oven in summer, fridge in winter. Its cruciform layout, emphasised by boxwood borders and ornamented by flowers for cutting, breathes order and symmetry.

…and today

Since the opening of the Château de Prangins – Swiss National Museum in 1998, the kitchen garden has been a conservatory dedicated to preserving old regional varieties and showcasing domestic biodiversity. Nearly 200 varieties are cultivated over 5,500 m²:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Medicinal plants
  • Herbs
  • Flowers
  • Plants useful for their fibres, pigments, insecticidal properties, etc.

Like the museum, the garden flourished around the 18th century, in the Age of Enlightenment, when travel and science introduced new plant varieties to the beds. Today, its purpose is still educational: guided tours, workshops and events offer enriching and informative experiences. The garden interpretation centre, created in 2011 in the garden’s former outbuilding, gives people of all ages the chance to approach agronomic and botanical issues from the 18th century to the present day in an interactive and fun way.

The kitchen garden of the Château de Prangins, as well as the garden interpretation centre and its exhibition, ‘The Garden unveiled’, are accessible all year round, free of charge. A map with a list of plants and an audio guide in three languages (both free of charge) will guide you to the dogwood, the beet and the saxifrage. The majority of the fruits and vegetables grown in the garden are used in the workshops or accompany the dishes served in the Café du Château.

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