How to get the most out of your stay near Lake Geneva
With its majestic mountain peaks and spectacular views, it’s no wonder that Lake Geneva has enchanted visitors for centuries. Let’s take a closer look at what this region has to offer.
There’s much to see in Vevey
Home to the charming towns of Vevey and Montreux, the Montreux Riviera offers castles, vineyards and more besides. We recommend that you kick off your sightseeing in Vevey. There are a number of museums worth visiting, such as the Nestlé Discovery Centre, the Jenisch Museum, which features paintings by Balthus, Courbet, Hodler and Picasso, and Chaplin’s World, the only museum in the world dedicated to the celebrated actor.
Walking along the captivating lakeside promenade, which extends for 10km along the shore of Lake Geneva, you’ll gain a greater appreciation for Vevey’s stunning surroundings. Lined with sculptures, palm trees and flowerbeds, the promenade offers breathtaking views of the lake against the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps.
Discover the sights and sounds of Montreux
Located just four miles away from Vevey is Montreux. Like Vevey, Montreux offers spectacular views of Lake Geneva from both its beautifully adorned promenade and its quaint Old Town, with its winding roads and cobblestone streets. The Old Town is the starting point for some magnificent hiking trails: the Gorges du Chauderon trail leads along spectacular gorges, meadows and viewing points overlooking the Alps.
No trip to Lake Geneva would be complete without visiting Chillon Castle, which is widely regarded as the world’s most beautiful castle. This owes to its location on the shores of Lake Geneva, not far from Montreux, and its Romantic architecture. There are more than 40 rooms to explore, all of which are well preserved, and a chapel with 14th-century murals. We recommend visiting in the evening: viewing the medieval fortress’s graceful facade at sunset is a real treat.
St. Pierre Cathedral
If you’re a fan of historical architecture, you’ll love St. Pierre Cathedral. Geneva’s cathedral combines Gothic architecture with a neoclassical facade, and you’ll find floor mosaics from the fourth century in its basement. You’ll also enjoy some of the best views of Geneva and its lake at the top of the cathedral’s southern tower.
Get a taste for the region
There are few better ways to get a taste for the region than by visiting the historic vineyards of Lavaux. The hillside Lavaux Vineyard Terraces comprise 800 hectares, making up the largest contiguous vineyard region in Switzerland, and there are plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting.
If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in for a (quite literal) treat. Geneva is home to two of Switzerland’s oldest and best chocolatiers, Du Rhône Chocolatier and Favarger, both of which are within walking distance of St. Pierre Cathedral.
Now’s the perfect time to take that trip to Lake Geneva
If you’re looking for an adventure after months spent indoors, now’s the perfect time to get away from it all with a trip to Lake Geneva.