Capital of the Swiss Riviera: Lausanne

Capital of the Swiss Riviera: Lausanne

Capital of the Swiss Riviera

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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Attractions Lausanne

Cheese dairy path

Cow pastures and dairies between Pringy and Moléson

The hike leads through the countryside of Gruyère and gives an insight into cheese making, the most famous craft of the region. Starting at La Maison du Gruyère, where maps of the theme trail are also available, you head towards Moléson Village. Along the way you pass stables, cow pastures and rustic alpine huts. Eventually you reach the family-run alpine cheese dairy of Moléson-sur-Gruyères, where cheese is still made traditionally in a cauldron over an open fire.
(02:40 hrs, 6.4 km, elevation change: 440 m)

Chillon Castle

Medieval castle at Lake Geneva

Alround 1000 years ago Burgundian kings and a bishop laid the foundations of the moated castle on the old Roman road. They chose the site carefully. On a rocky island surrounded by the waters of Lake Geneva and against the backdrop of the Vaud Alps, Chateau Chillon today is one of the most photographed places in western Switzerland.

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Medieval atmosphere at the foot of the Fribourg Pre-Alps

With its cobblestone pavement and fountain, the picturesque little town seems to be straight out of a medieval fairytae. Since the 13th century, Gruyères Castle has crowned a green hill at the foot of the Fribourg Pre-Alps. Today, it houses a museum where visitors can learn about the architecture, history and culture of the region.
In addition, numerous restaurants guarantee culinary enjoyment. Among the specialties of the region are desserts with Gruyère heavy cream and the world-famous cheese “Le Gruyère AOP”. Around the city there are even themed hiking trails where you can learn about the production and export of cheese.


Panoramic hike through a World Heritage Site

As early as the 12th century, terraces were laid out for viticulture on the northeast shore of Lake Geneva. In 2007, the 800-hectare wine-growing area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walking trail leads through the vineyards boasting views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps.
(02:10 hrs, 7.3 km, elevation change: 210 m)

Maison du Gruyère

Interactive exhibition: the secrets of the making of Le Gruyère

The dairy is located at the foot of the castle, not far from the alpine pastures. During an interactive tour, you can learn everything about the traditional production method of “Gruyère AOP”. The exhibition explains vividly and aims to appeal to all the senses – be it with the scent of alpine flowers and hay or the ringing of cowbells. The highlight of the visit is the gallery from which you can have a gance into the production hall. Explanations of the various work steps are provided via headphones.

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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.

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