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Parc naturel périurbain du Jorat - © Roland Rapin
Parc naturel périurbain du Jorat - © Roland Rapin
Parc naturel périurbain du Jorat © Roland Rapin
Parc naturel périurbain du Jorat © Roland Rapin
Parc naturel périurbain du Jorat - © Roland Rapin
Parc naturel périurbain du Jorat - © Roland Rapin

Parc naturel du Jorat

Nature Discovery Park since 2021
The largest continuous forest in the Swiss lowlands lies in the Jorat region, north of the city of Lausanne. Its numerous springs and wetlands make it a true high quality water reserve for the whole region.

Jorat Parc naturel
Route des Corbessières 4
CH-1000 Lausanne 25

Tel. +41 (0)21 903 09 30
info@jorat.org
www.jorat.org

Every year, the Jorat forest near the city of Lausanne attracts one million visitors who enjoy fresh air, peace and quiet a stone's throw away from town. Highly distinctive landscapes, a remarkable biodiversity and a unique history characterize this mainly rural area.

The 4000 hectares Jorat forest is the largest continuous forest in the Swiss lowlands. For centuries, religious institutions have managed these woods. This activity came to a halt after the 1536 Reformation because of the bandits who had been very active in the area since the twelfth and thirteenth century. Armed with knives, clubs and daggers, they attacked pilgrims, merchants and noblemen.

Thanks to its climate the region has a high annual rainfall rate (1300 mm per year). Its geology allows the water to be stored in numerous springs, wetlands and marshlands, thus creating a reserve that could temporarily supply the whole region should the Geneva lake nearby be polluted.

A high biodiversity area thanks to its rich variety of landscapes, the region is also home to insects, amphibians, birds, large mammals and numerous plant species. High biodiversity is an indicator for an intact environment.

Natural experience park since 2021

Area : 9 km2
Population: 20
Municipalities: 1 municipality within the Park
and 4 partner municipalities
Cantons: Waadt

Images

Parc naturel périurbain du Jorat - © Roland Rapin
Parc naturel périurbain du Jorat - © Jérôme Pellet
Parc naturel périurbain du Jorat - © Roland Rapin

Parc naturel du Jorat

Rue des Fontaines, 8
CH-1058 Villars-Tiercelin

Tel. +41 (0)21 903 09 30
info@jorat.org
www.jorat.org

How to get there

Connection (www.sbb.ch)