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Home  »  Switzerland Tourist Attractions  »  Aventicum


Aventicum was the capital city of the Helvetians, during the Roman period. Avenches remains one of the most significant archaeological city in Switzerland till date. The imposing remains of the Roman grandure , Amphitheatre, theatre, thermal baths and many more buildings , are a must see for any history lover.

Once the capital of Roman Helvetia, Aventicum today is popular as Switzerland's most important archaeological sites. "Arènes", - the vast amphitheatre, is known for hosting a wide variety of events . Other must sees of this fascinating ancient town are  - "Cigognier" column, the East gate and the Tornallaz tower. A huge collection of ancient Gallo-Roman artifacts, including the famous bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, is housed at the Roman Museum. The museum also houses a collection of well-preserved statuettes and mosaics.

Museum opening hours:
All year round, Tuesday to Sunday.

How to get there:
By car : Via the motorway from Basel (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes), from Zurich (1 hour 30 minutes) via Bern and Morat, or equally from Fribourg 15 minutes) or  from Lausanne (45 minutes)

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