One of our most favorite activities in winter months is thermal bathing. Thankfully in Switzerland, there are a number of thermal baths that accept children, one of them is Centre Thermal in Yverdon-les-Bain.

centre-thermal-yverdon

My 2 kids (7 and 4) and I went there on a Monday late morning during the February school holiday. We bought our 3-hour bath entry passes and train tickets via RailAway (20% off train/bus transport and bath tickets).

As it was our first time there I read many reviews before going. Some reviews mentioned that this bath center was old, which is true, but in my opinion it was very well maintained. It was clean and the magnetic bracelets came handy for the lockers. The look of the bath complex was far from other very stylish and modern baths like, for example, Bernaqua that we liked very much, but it was also much cheaper, almost half the price!

Centre Thermal Yverdon accepts children from 3 years of age. Non-swimming children can use inflatable arm bands but not other floating aids. Use of swim rings, flippers, snorkels, foam floats (tubular or otherwise) is strictly forbidden in the pool area. We brought our own arm bands, but there were many inflatable arm bands available to use for free – they were in a box near the entry to the indoor pool. Obviously, children must be supervised at all times by the accompanying adult.

There were 3 pools, one indoor and two outdoor, with waterfall, aquadrome, relaxation beds, and shoulder massage jets. The temperature ranges from 28°C to 34°C. There were no slides or play park for children but from a poster I saw while we were there, they had special water and ball play on some afternoons during school holidays.

Here are some pros and cons that I experienced:

Pros:

  • Tickets are cheaper than most thermal baths I know, and you can get discount if buying in advance through RailAway even if you didn’t take trains.
  • Yverdon-les-Bains is not so far from Lausanne, it takes around 40 minutes by train or car. Very convenient if you don’t have a car.
  • They accept children from 3 years (not all thermal baths do this).
  • Beside the baths, there were Relaxation and Fitness Suites  that you can go to if there was someone else to watch the children.
  • The complex was clean and well maintained, magnetic bracelet worked perfectly.

Cons:

  • The complex is older than a few thermal baths I’ve been to.
  • There were only 3 pools that I imagine can be crowded on weekends or holidays.
  • There was no possibility to buy food inside. There was a restaurant on the building, but you had to go out the complex first to go there. So come when you have eaten!
  • Most of the showers were open so it’s not possible (nor allowed) to shower naked. However I believe I passed closed showers, that were located along the tunnel between the outdoor and indoor pools. I didn’t go there though so I’m not 100% sure.
  • Many of the handheld hairdryers did not work when we were there, though there were only 3 ladies at that time thus we managed to find working ones. There were also wall-mounted hair dryers that I didn’t try.

All said, we like this thermal bath and will surely come back. Perhaps next time we will combine it with another trip to Maison d’Ailleurs, also in Yverdon-les-Bains!

FYI, for Easter Sunday there will be Easter Egg Hunting for 3-15y kids (more info)

Centre Thermal Yverdon-les-Bains
info (AT) cty.ch
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Avenue des Bains 22
1400 Yverdon-les-Bains
+41(0)244230224 Beauty Suite
+41(0)244230232 General and Administration

Monday-Saturday 8am – 10pm
Sunday – Public Holidays 8am – 8pm
1st August, 24th and 31. December 8am – 6pm
25th December Closed

As I couldn’t take photos there, the photo on top of this post was screenshot from CTY website and copyrighted to them.