The Romans had already founded a settlement called Lusona on the sunny northern shore of Lake Geneva. Today Lausanne is the centre of the “Swiss Riviera” and attracts visitors from all over the world with its enchanting old town and international flair. In a way, Lausanne is even the cradle of tourism. The hotel school is the oldest in the world. A jewel is the early Gothic cathedral Notre-Dame, which is considered the most beautiful building from the pre-Swiss Habsburg period.
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Charming village on Lake Geneva
This charming village is located on the shores of Lake Geneva halfway between Geneva and Lausanne and surrounded by the vineyards of the La Côte area. Three Corinthian columns standing on a hill in the lakeside park attest to the region's Roman history. After conquering Gaul, Julius Caesar decided to establish a colony in the area which is now the city of Nyon. The colony was called Iulia Equestris and had its center in Noviodunum. This can be seen in the excavations on display in the Roman museum. In summer, the town is a paradise for nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts.
Spa with picturesque view
The health resort with 35,000 inhabitants lies picturesquely on a terrace on the southern shore of Lake Geneva. From the spa you can see far over the lake into the Swiss Jura. All around, wine is grown that bears the designation of origin Vin de Savoie. Thonon-les-Bains was the seat of the Dukes of Savoy until 1589. Their castle stood on a peninsula in the lake and has completely disappeared today. Ripaille Castle now stands on the same site. It was bought and rebuilt by an Alsatian industrialist in 1892.