Yverdon-les-Bains is a municipality in the canton of Vaud and the capital of the Jura-Nord Vaudois district. The town has 30.3 thousand inhabitants, whose primary language is French. Situated at the south-western edge of Lake Neuchâtel, it owes its spa-like character and name to a sulphur spring known and used since Roman times. The first thermal hotel in the area was established already in the 18th century. Later, Yverdon temporarily lost popularity only to regain it and become a fashionable spa again. The town has a rich industrial past (railways, tobacco, typewriters, etc.). Today, next to the typical spa infrastructure, Yverdon has the Piguet Galland Bank, the Leclanché battery factory and the Y-Park, a scientific and technological complex bringing together more than 130 companies. Additionally, it is home to a higher education institution, the Haute École d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud (HEIG-VD), as well as to the Association de la Grande Cariçaie, and a nature reserve on the southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland’s largest marshland. The attractions of Yverdon and the town’s neighbourhood include a castle that houses several museums; Maison d’Ailleurs, a former prison transformed into the Science-Fiction Museum and Alignement de Clendy with its 45 menhirs.
Yverdon is a small town that has successfully preserved the 6,000 years of history. It was awarded the Wakker Prize a few years ago, for the way the city used the potential of its historical heritage. Lake Neuchâtel, its beach and picnic areas, as well as the outdoor and indoor swimming pools and the local ice rink are perfect for recreation. In winter, residents of Yverdon go cross-country skiing to Sainte Croix, only about 20 km away. The thermal centre, with waters that have a healing power in joint, respiratory and digestive disorders, is eagerly visited by Swiss and French guests. Although the town has a well-developed bus network, its residents often choose to move by bike (the area is virtually flat). The prices of real properties are reasonable compared to other municipalities in the canton of Vaud. The capital of Nord-Vaudois is about a 30-minute drive or train ride away from Lausanne, Neuchâtel and Fribourg. The delicacies of the local cuisine include salty sticks ("flûtes de Champagne"), crackers and smoked vendace (fish from Lake Neuchâtel).