Culture and Heritage

Swiss National Stud Farm

Swiss Natinal Stud Farm
Swiss Natinal Stud Farm. ©
  • Place
    • Haras national suisse


Located near Avenches, near Lake Morat, the Swiss National Stud Farm of Agroscope (SNSF) is the competence centre of the Swiss Confederation for equidae.
The Swiss National Stud is a living cultural heritage and a unique centre of competence and knowledge in Switzerland!

Founded in Avenches in 1898 as a centre for Swiss horse breeding, the Swiss National Stud Farm (SNSF) has three missions: training (for veterinarians, agronomists, riders, farriers, etc.), research in the equestrian field, and the promotion and support of the Franches-Montagnes breed, the only typically Swiss horse.

The SNSF is freely accessible all year round and offers an educational tour presenting its various missions, the work of its craftsmen and the life of its inhabitants, whether horses, donkeys or storks.

Important information:
From March to June 2024, the central courtyard of the Swiss National Stud will be undergoing renovation work, which could be noisy and have an impact on the quality of guided and self-guided tours.

Opening hours
Opening hours
  • From 1 Jan 2024 to 31 Dec 2024
  • Monday - Sunday
    • 07:00 - 19:00
  • Price
    • Free
Good to know
Good to know
    • The SNSF is open every day from 7 am to 7 pm. Training of horses in the yard or in the arena takes place from Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 16:30.
    • Guided tours on request from the Avenches Tourist Office (026 676 99 22 or
On site
On site
  • Accessibility
    • Free parking
    • Pets allowed
    • Accessible by public transport
    • Suitable for families
    • Wheelchair accessible
  • Activities
    • Guided tours
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Celebration and Festival | Avenches Tattoo is the One-and-Only Military Tattoo in French Speaking Switzerland!

Manifestations | The Avenches National Equestrian Institute (IENA) organise an equestrian festival for all horse lovers.

Visits and guided tours | The Swiss National Stud Farm is full of activities and know-how in many fields and professions.