Guided city tour

Guided tour of the Abbey of Bellelay

Abbey of Bellelay, guided tour
Abbey of Bellelay, guided tour. © Guillaume Perret
  • Place
    • Bellelay

  • Recommended Duration
    • 1 h 30

The abbey of Bellelay conceals many secrets that are revealed during a guided tour of the building and its surroundings.

A visit of the Bellelay Abbey is a journey back in time to meet the Premonstratensian monks who founded this historical monument in the 12th century. Accompanied by a guide, the visitor discovers the architecture of the place and the origins of the Tête de Moine, a famous cheese whose birthplace is in Bellelay. Located in the heart of the village of Bellelay, the baroque building, renovated at the end of the 1950s, is now a major venue for cultural and artistic events. A special highlight of the visit is the opportunity to climb to the top of one of the towers of the abbey and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Petit-Val.

  • Prices for groups
    Group up to 20 people
    • CHF 150.-
  • Guided tour with organ concert
    Per group (max 20 people)
    • CHF 350.-
  • Combined tour abbey + Maison de la Tête de Moine
    Guided tour through the abbey (per group - max 20 people)
    • CHF 150.-
  • Guided tour Maison de la Tête de Moine (per group - max 20 people)
    • CHF 120.-
  • Maison de la Tête de Moine entrance fee + tasting (per person)
    • CHF 14.-
Good to know
Good to know
    • Guided tour of the Abbey of Bellelay upon request (max. 20 people)
    • It is possible to add a 30-minute organ concert
    • It is possible to combine with a visit and tasting at the Maison de la Tête de Moine
    • Languages in French and German
    • Reservation for the guided tour all year round, in advance at the tourist office
    • Summer exhibition, from mid-June to mid-September
    • For individual visits, access cards are available upon deposit of ID at the Hôtel de l'Ours and at the Maison de la Tête de Moine. These cards give access to the nave of the Abbey Church, the North Tower, the galleries and the crypt. During concerts and events, the cards do not give access to the nave.
    • From May 3rd to June 29th, the abbey will be closed for renovation, and no visits will be possible.
    • From mid-June to August 18th, the crypt will not be accessible to the public.
    • From June 29th to August 19th, the abbey will be open only during the exhibition opening hours.
    • Bus line : 41 Tavannes - Les Genevez
    • 35 Reconvilier - Glovelier
Guided tour of the Abbey of Bellelay
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