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Lucens is a city in the Jura region of Western Switzerland. It has its place in Swiss history as the location of a experimental nuclear reactor which was destroyed in a partial meltdown in 1969, Switzerland's most serious nuclear accident to date. The site was however underground and no radiation has escaped, so it's a perfectly safe place to visit.

Get in[edit]

There are hourly trains from Lausanne and Payerne throughout the day.

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See and do[edit]

The two main attractions in Lucens are the castle and the Sherlock Holmes museum:

  • 1 Lucens Castle. The castle is not publicly accessible. It is however rented out for functions and events.
  • 2 [formerly dead link] Musée Sherlock Holmes, Rue des Greniers 7, +41 21 906 73 33, . Sa Su 14:00-17:00, closes two months in winter. The son of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes books, resided in the castle in Lucens until his death in 1970. During his time in Lucens he created this museum to exhibit his father's work. Fr. 10/5.



  • 1 Hôtel-restaurant La Couronne, Grand'Rue 1, +41 21 906 95 15. From Fr. 87/138 single/double.
  • 2 Hôtel de la Gare, Avenue de la Gare 13, +41 21 906 12 50. From Fr. 130/170 single/double.


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