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Grandson is a village by the shores of Lake Neuchâtel in Jura-Nord Vaudois district, Vaud canton, Switzerland. The village covers 7.86 sq km (3.03 sq mi) and has a population of over 3,000 people (2011 estimate).

The main sight of interest in Grandson is Château de Grandson, the site of an important event in the history of Switzerland. In February 1476, the troops of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, laid siege on the castle. The Swiss army came to rescue to garrison, approaching by boat. But the garrison misunderstood the signal, and surrendered to the Duke of Burgundy. The duke marched the men out of the castle and had them all executed.

In March 1476, the Swiss army began their attack on the Burgundian army, causing it to flee in panic, leaving behind an impressive collection of treasures which are today on display at the Historisches Museum in Bern.

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Today most of the people of Grandson speak French (89.3%). Almost half the population belong to the Swiss Reformed Church (48.0%), compared to just 27.1% that attend the Roman Catholic Church. The village has a number of prehistoric pile-dwelling sites that have been added to the Prehistoric Pile dwellings World Heritage Site.

Sights & Attractions in Grandson

  1. Château de Grandson
    Historic castle on the shore of Lake Neuchâtel.

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