A magnificent historical fortress, the Château de Nyon is located in the town centre, with a breathtaking view of Lake Geneva. A major cultural site, the castle houses a famous exhibition of porcelain made in Nyon and traces over 2000 years of history in the region.
The Castle of Nyon, a Romanesque fortress built in the 12th century and transformed in the 16th century, is superbly situated on a promontory overlooking Lake Geneva. For a long time the political and administrative heart of the city, it has also housed a museum since 1888. The entire building is now open to the public.
Through its collections, it preserves and retraces the two-thousand-year history of the city. It presents the fine porcelain produced in the famous Nyon factory in the 18th century, the striking atmosphere of the prisons closed in 1979 and a heterogeneous collection of objects scattered throughout its attic. Its temporary exhibitions are devoted to historical themes or contemporary art.
The Nyon Porcelain Manufactory was one of the two manufactories that existed in Switzerland at the time. It produced neoclassical pieces intended mainly for local customers of patricians and other notables. Kaolin, the raw material used for porcelain production, came from Saint-Yrieix near Limoges. The whiteness of Nyon porcelain was comparable to that of top-quality French products.
The Nyon Porcelain Manufactory was supported not by a regent, but by wealthy citizens. The riots of the revolution and the Napoleonic wars were a serious blow to this costly industry: porcelain production declined from 1805 onwards and was completely discontinued in 1813. However, faience was produced in the manufactory until 1979.
Free entry for children under 16.
Nyon Region Tourisme Museums Pass: 8 museums for the price of 15. - CHF.
The Pass is valid for 1 year from the first day of use.
The museums of Nyon are close on 25th/26th
CHF 6 entrance to Nyon's 3 museums with the Carte Explore