|Charles the Bold's hat captured|
following Battle of Grandson
From Lausanne, we took a train to Yverdon les Bain and then a quick fifteen minute bus to the chateau, itself. When we arrived it was still raining and cold. A drizzle not uncommon to someone accustomed to rain in the Pacific Northwest. The rain did not dampen our spirits...much. After being dropped off in front of the Chateau, we showed our pass and entered the chateau. Before entering the building, we took a quick stroll around the ramparts.
After entering the chateau, we wandered into the armory with its many displays. Included in the displays was a wall of toy soldiers,
a large camp scene diorama,
and a diorama depicting the Battle of Grandson in 1476.
After scrutinizing the dioramas, I moved on to the arms portion of the museum laid out on display along the walls of a Great Hall. All manner of Medieval weapon was on display but the assortment of crossbows was most impressive.
The exhibit even included a more modern weapon: a Swiss cannon from the time of the Seven Years War.
In addition to case after case of arms lining the walls of the Great Hall, a fine display of armor was present as well. The armor display I will save for another installment of Swiss travels.