At the foot of the Jura mountains and facing Lake NeuchÃ¢tel, Grandson is ideally located for water and mountain sport lovers. With more than 3,000 inhabitants, Grandson has managed to preserve its medieval charm, making it a popular tourist destination with its castle, medieval church and historic town. Grandson is proudly attached to its lakeside and offers a wide range of activities around camping, the port, beaches and natural reserves that line the banks of the lake. The Grandson yacht club, founded in 1898, is one of the pillars of nautical sports in the region and hosts major events every year like the Bol d’Or on Lake NeuchÃ¢tel and M3 catamaran regattas. In the 1970s, the Egger shipyard in St-Aubin built the France 1 for Baron Bich. The 12 metre JI class vessel went on to participate in three editions of the America’s Cup. In the 1990s, the Burkhalter shipyard in Yverdon-les-Bains, produced the molds for Il Moro di Venezia, the Americaâ€™s Cup international class boat for the Italian team.
The canton of Vaud is one of five French-speaking cantons in Switzerland. Extending from the Jura in the northwest to the Alps in the east, its southern border is drawn by Lake Geneva and the canton offers splendid landscapes and varied activities. Lausanne, the Olympic capital and seat of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is the 4th largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the Canton of Vaud. As the cultural and economic center of the region, Lausanne is home to important schools like the Ecole Polytechnique FÃ©dÃ©rale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Lausanne (UNIL). There is a strong relationship between EPFL and sailing, both scientifically and athletically. After working on materials and embedded technologies for Alinghi, engineers worked on the Hydros.ch project which enabled the construction of a giant trimaran with foils. Recently, the Computer Vision Laboratory (CVLAB) has developed software for accurate and efficient measurement of the shape of a sail during navigation. The Federal Court is headquartered in Lausanne, and the city also boasts many museums, historical buildings, parks, theaters and operas that make it a rich and interesting place to visit. Neatly situated between Geneva with its international airport, Bern the political capital and Zurich the economic capital, Lausanne sits at the crossroads of activities between French-speaking and German-speaking Switzerland. The canton of Vaud also hosts some of the biggest watchmakers in the industry such as Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Jaeger-LeCoultre or Breguet who continue to promote Swiss expertise in the field of precision engineering around the world. Other major Swiss companies like NestlÃ© and Logitech or foreign companies such as Philip Morris or Beckman Coulter contribute to the cantonâ€™s prosperity and demonstrate the competitiveness and economic attractiveness of the canton of Vaud.
Â Land of lakes and mountains, Switzerland, a.k.a Helvetic Confederation, is located in Central Europe, consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the capital. It shares borders with France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. Although geographically part of Europe, Switzerland has never joined the Euro-zone and has kept its currency, the Swiss franc (CHF). The foundation of Switzerland traditionally dates back to August 1, 1291, annually celebrated as National Day. Birthplace of the Red Cross and many international organizations, Switzerland has a long tradition of political and military neutrality while actively investing in the peace construction process around the world. Switzerland has four official languages: French, German, Italian and Romansh. The country is one of the most prosperous and developed in the world. Because of its lack of commodities and fossil fuels, Switzerland turned to services, such as banking and insurance, as well as to state-of-the-art technologies to develop its economy. The Institutes of Technology (EPFL and ETHZ) radiate Swiss technological expertise around the world, whether in precision engineering, in materials science or biotechnology, to name a few. Although firmly set on economic and scientific development, Switzerland has not forgotten its culture and traditions. Many museums and historical monuments abound in the country and some traditions such as Swiss wrestling, competitive shooting or cow fighting are still very present today. Similarly, carnivals and traditional music like yodelling, the alphorn and Kuhreihen are still part of social life and are highly appreciated. Although primarily known for its chocolate and cheese, Switzerland is also home to unique local specialties such as Basler LÃ¤ckerlis, rÃ¶sti and the walnut tart of Grisons, among others, that are worth discovering.