In the heart of Europe, the Lake Geneva Region has everything to offer to visitors looking for active and relaxing holidays. Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, and Montreux Riviera, the jazz city, which are the main destinations, offer a wide range of hotels, restaurants & cafés, shopping facilities together with endless options for activities, culture and well-being. All this in the exceptional setting of Lake Geneva and surrounding Alps.
Easily accessible by train from Geneva (0h40 trip) and Bern (1h05 trip), Lausanne, is the second largest city located on the shore of Lake Geneva. Sport and culture are an integral part of this Olympic capital making it a preferred tourist destination. Lausanne is also a centre for studies and research, and home to a large number of international companies.
Discover its magnificent gothic cathedral dating from the 13th century and its city hall. Have a shopping splurge in the pedestrian city centre before relaxing on the lakeshore promenades at Ouchy. End your day by a visit to the Olympic Museum, a symbol of the union of sport, art and culture.
Lausanne > Vevey > Montreux
Hop on the train in Lausanne to reach Vevey (0h15 trip), a town where wine is produced from the Lavaux vineyards. On your way there, you will discover the breathtaking terraced vineyards of the Lavaux region, a UNESCO World heritage site. The region offers the opportunity to taste the local wines in a typical vintner’s wine cellar, facing the lake and mountains. Once in Vevey take a CGN boat (General Navigation Company of the Lake Geneva) bound for Veytaux, or more precisely, Château Chillon. This castle is one of Switzerland’s most beautiful monuments.
Get back to Montreux by bus (0h05 trip). The town hosts the world famous Jazz Festival each July as well as a popular Christmas Market. As a town of music, it has privileged relations with celebrities. Freddie Mercury and Igor Stravinsky lived there. Go for a walk from the centre of Montreux to the flower-embellished shores of Lake Geveva to fully savour the spectacular view that opens up before you. Behind the Château of Chillon you will see the famous massif of the Dents du Midi.
Montreux > Glacier 3000 (Les Diablerets/Gstaad)
Take the famous Panoramic GoldenPass line train from Montreux to Gstaad (1h20 trip) and enjoy some of the most picturesque views of the region. After a short stop in Gstaad, hop on the postal bus to Col du Pillon, base of Glacier 3000. The arrival at Glacier 3000 via cable car is spectacular. Before your stunned eyes, unfolds a panorama of twenty-four snow-capped peaks of over 4,000 metres; amongst them Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. An experience to be prolonged in the warmth of one of the sunny terraces or in the Botta 3000 Restaurant designed by architect Mario Botta. Don’t miss the Alpine coaster, the highest sleds on rails in the world.
Events 201436th Hot-Air Balloon Festival, Château-d’Oex, 25 January to 01 February 42nd Prix de Lausanne, Lausanne, 27 January to 01 February Cully Jazz Festival, Cully, 04 April to 12 April Montreux Volley Masters, Montreux, 27 May to 01 June Lausanne Jardins, Lausanne, 14 June to 30 September Opera Festival, Avenches, 04 July to 12 July Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, 04 July to 19 July St-Prex Classics – Song, Music, Dance, St-Prex, 19 August to 31 August Sidewalk Artist Festival, Vevey, 22 August 2008 Désalpe (return from the Alpine pastures), l’Etivaz and Saint-Cergue, 27 September Festival Images, Vevey, September Montreux Christmas Market, Montreux, 21 November to 24 December Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Lausanne, 17 December to 21 December