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Geneva

Discover Geneva, the old town, the banks of the lake
but also its countryside & vineyards

French-speaking Switzerland

Discover Lausanne, the Olympic capital, Montreux and its jazz festival
and also Lavaux, a World Heritage site

la France Voisine

Annecy & its lake, Evian & Thonon, thermal towns, Chamonix & the Mont-Blanc
and Yvoire, among the most beautiful villages in France

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Geneva

The city

Post tenebras lux " After the darkness, the light" The phrase was adopted as the Calvinist motto and was later chosen as the motto of the entire Protestant Reformation and of John Calvin's adopted city: Geneva.

Explore the old town The old town is the largest in Switzerland. It is home to many monuments such as the Rath Museum, renowned for its exhibitions, and the Tavel House, which is the oldest house in the city. A large number of museums are scattered around Geneva and remain to be visited. Pass by the Collège Calvin and the Parc des Bastions where you will find the sumptuous Reformers' Wall and giant chess sets. This is a favourite spot for students, due to its proximity to the university. At lunchtime, wander around the Burg Square and try the specialities in one of its many restaurants. Finally, look for the famous 'chicken steps' covered passageway leading to the cathedral. Its particularity is that it goes through a house in the old centre.

Saint-Pierre Cathedral: This Protestant religious monument, located in the heart of the old town, is the oldest in Geneva. To enjoy the incredible 360° panorama over the city, the lake and the water jet, you have to climb 157 steps to the top of the towers. This gigantic building hides an archaeological site that can be visited. In the basement you can see the foundations of the old cathedral and the riches of antiquity.

The Palace of Nations The Palace of the Nations: This is a group of monuments, located in the Ariana Park, which has served as the headquarters of theUnited Nations since 1946. Rediscover the history of our civilisation by visiting the Human Rights Room. Back in the park, walk to the beautiful "armillary sphere", symbolising our knowledge of astronomy. Before you leave, admire the famous Broken Chair with its monumental size of 12 metres.

Carouge, the little Italy of Geneva: Its architecture recalls its Sardinian origins and gives you the impression of being in the South. Shops, shady terraces, craftsmen and antique dealers live in the numerous alleys of Carouge, where strolling for hours is a real pleasure. At nightfall, the atmosphere is great thanks to the many trendy bars, renowned throughout the city.

CERN: The European Centre for Nuclear Research is the largest physics laboratory in the world. Many researchers work there every day to investigate the laws of the universe with the help of complex scientific instruments. The place is a bit out of town, but a bus can take you there easily. Enjoy the many exhibitions, such as the one on particles. If you have the soul of a physicist and hope to unravel the mysteries of the universe, this is the place for you.

The harbour

The jet d'eau: Located in the heart of the harbour, in the Eaux-Vives district, its height of 140 metres is the emblem of the Genevans. Inaugurated in 1891, the jet d'eau has become the city's main attraction over the years. If you visit it in strong winds or cold temperatures, you might not see it because its pressure is stopped to avoid certain risks. As the events unfold, it is adorned with a variety of dazzling colours. Take a stroll along the quays and enjoy the peace and quiet of the lake before heading back to the centre.

The Paquis baths
: This is the most popular institution to visit in Geneva. These public baths, built in 1872, are located near the harbour, with a view of the water jet. A refreshment bar, sauna, hammam, swimming and massages are available to help you recharge your batteries. Cultural activities are programmed, such as jazz evenings or reading sessions with an author. On site, take advantage of the restaurant to taste the famous half and half fondue. Economical and tasty, remember to make a reservation before you come. Far from the superfluous and rich in encounters, an address not to be missed!

The English Garden The English Garden: This garden near the lake has a curiosity that is one of the most photographed by tourists: its flower clock. A real star of this green space, it is composed of 6500 plants and flowers. Come and discover it before taking the Mont-Blanc bridge, which crosses Lake Geneva and can lead you to the public baths, further on in the park. The city of Geneva offers many parks and gardens, such as the Parc de la Grange or the Parc des Eaux-vives, which are true havens of peace in this cosmopolitan city.

La Grange Park: La Grange Park is a huge park located on the left bank of the lake in the Eaux-Vives district. Dominated by a mansion that now houses a restaurant, the park slopes gently down to the Quai Gustave Ador and enjoys a magnificent view of the lake and the Jura. Throughout the summer, families, couples and young people come here to picnic or stroll in this space protected from the city by trees. Since 1945, the park has also been home to a 12,000 m2 rose garden with 200 varieties of roses.

Lake Geneva: Lake Geneva is a huge natural lake of 580 km2 which is one of the largest in Europe. It separates France from Switzerland. Many cruises are available in Geneva thanks to the CGN boats. Themed excursions allow you to discover and contemplate the Geneva region from a different angle. It is also possible to reach cities such as Lausanne or Evian-les-Bains in France by boat. Admire the houses that have an extraordinary view of the peaks and the lake. It is a real discovery, made in natural and majestic settings.

The campaign

While Geneva is world famous for its city and lake, its countryside is also made up of villages overlooking the lake, or in the midst of sumptuous vineyards.

Dardagny: The wine-producing village of Dardagny is located on a vast promontory overlooking the wild Allondon valley. The surrounding topography has favoured the cultivation of vines on the best-facing slopes for centuries.

Hermance
: A true jewel on the shores of the lake, Hermance is a medieval village situated on a sunny slope and also has, in addition to the ruins of a castle and a promenade along the lake with a swimming beach and campsite, a sumptuous residential area.

La Capite From its real name, the Pré BryonThis place is known to all the city's lovers, as it offers the most spectacular view of the Rade de Genève. You can admire the fireworks or the start of the Bol d'Or, the most important regatta in the world in a closed basin. This is the place to be!

Gastronomy

  • The longeole is a sausage-based dish, made with pork and fennel, which gives it its aniseed flavour. This speciality dates from the 17th century and has the PGI label (Protected Geographical Identification). If you wish, you can buy it from regional producers and cook it yourself;
  • The rissole with pears is a dessert that resembles an apple turnover. It is a speciality that can also be found in Savoie;
  • The cardoon gratin, the region's flagship vegetable which belongs to the artichoke family;
  • The perch fillets with meunière sauce and the féra à la Genevoise which are fish from Lake Geneva. They are on the menu of all the restaurants in French-speaking Switzerland;
  • The half-and-half fondue and the cheese crust are among the best known and most popular dishes in Switzerland.
French-speaking Switzerland

Lausanne

The Olympic capital since 1994, Lausanne is a historic and dynamic city. It is located in the heart of French-speaking Switzerland, between lake and mountains.

The Olympic Museum Overlooking Lake Geneva, the Olympic Museum has been classified as a cultural asset of national importance since 1995. All sports are represented! Discover with emotion the objects that belonged to the world's great sportsmen. Take the time to explore this interactive museum and its exhibitions on sport. The visit is fun and enriching, ideal with children. Once in the museum grounds, go in search of real sports art. To make it even better, enjoy the panoramic view of the Alps and the lake. Finish your visit by walking down the park to the exit on the quays of Ouchy, a must-see in Lausanne.

The Quays of Ouchy: This walk is very popular with the locals at all times of the day. It will take you from the port of Ouchy to the Denantou Park, where a 16-metre Thai pavilion has stood since 1823. Accompanied by its many swans, enjoy the serenity of the place and its breathtaking view of the water's edge. The quays of Ouchy connect some of the city's major parks. A multitude of gardens populate the city of Lausanne to the delight of all. Your arrival at the port invites you to embark on a unique boat trip. Take the opportunity to discover the famous 1932 boat "La Vaudoise", which was once owned by the Pirates of Ouchy. Ice-cream parlours, restaurants and bars line the long quays to satisfy your hunger.

The historic centre Discover centuries of history as you walk through the lively streets of the old town. Follow the cobbled passageways and admire the many architectures and monuments, recounting the events of the city. The Place de la Palud is an essential place to see in Lausanne. It is the crossroads of many streets leading to various places. In its centre, there is a superb fountain representing Justice. Look up, the famous talking clock tells you the time and comes to life to tell you a story. Sit on a terrace or enter one of the many cafés and restaurants. Perhaps you'll try the Vaudois cuisine at the Grütli, a mythical and authentic place, the oldest brasserie in the city. Wednesday and Saturday mornings are market days: take advantage of this opportunity to meet the producers and discover the local produce.

The cathedral: A Gothic cathedral, built at the end of the 12th century, it has become over the years the emblem of the city. Enter the heart of the building and marvel at its magnificent stained glass windows and its unique organ. Enjoy a moment of peace and quiet away from the noise of the city. Outside, the panorama offered by this square is extraordinary. If you want to know more about its secrets, follow the guided tours offered. Then, come back in the evening and experience one of the last traditions of a time that no longer exists: all year round, between 10pm and 2am, a watchman comes out of his sentry box and announces the time at the auction. This traditional moment remains surprising and original.

Le Flon: This is the lively and commercial district to see in Lausanne. A multicultural meeting place for young people, the Flon is full of trendy bars and boutiques in this former industrial district. The opportunity to enter the city's clubs for a festive evening. If you have a little time in your journey through Lausanne, don't hesitate to stroll through the city's immense shopping mall. Also, the Europe market keeps its promises from February to October. Once or twice a month, you can find clothes, wellness products, handicrafts and minerals.

Vevey, Montreux & Lavaux

Lavaux: The Lavaux vineyards stretch over 700 hectares between Lausanne and Montreux. Its terraced vineyards have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. These small villages bordering the region will blow you away, but not as much as the panoramic views you will discover. Take a walk through Chexbres, Lutry or Puidoux, which have numerous hiking trails. You don't need to be a good sportsman to walk through the vineyards and hills. Enjoy this magical setting. On your return, wine lovers can enjoy a glass in one of the region's cellars.

Vevey
: Located 25 km from Lausanne, Vevey is a charming medieval town surrounded by Lake Geneva, vineyards and the Pre-Alps. Although it borders the Lavaux region, it is part of the Vaud Riviera, a region well known for its microclimate where fig and palm trees flourish. With its Italian charm, cobbled streets, good restaurants and holiday atmosphere in all seasons, visiting Vevey is a real pleasure. Perhaps the most famous resident of Vevey was the actor Charlie Chaplin, who stayed here for the last 25 years of his life. A monument and a museum are dedicated to him.

Montreux Between lake, mountains and vineyards, Montreux is like a postcard landscape. An authentic little piece of paradise that has seduced so many artists, writers and travellers in search of beauty, calm and... inspiration. It is probably no coincidence that Freddie Mercury immortalised Lake Geneva and the peaks of the Grammont on the cover of his album "Made in Heaven", that Igor Stravinsky composed "The Rite of Spring" in Montreux or that Prince expressed his love for Lavaux in a song named after the famous terraced vineyard, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is therefore no surprise that Montreux is home to world-famous festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Montreux Comedy Festival.

Gastronomy

Enter the city's many brasseries and restaurants. You are sure to find a charming and authentic place to enjoy local cuisine in Lausanne.

  • Papet vaudois is a cabbage sausage with potatoes, leeks, cream and white wine. It is a typical winter dish from the Lausanne region.
  • The perch fillets with meunière sauce are a typical Lausanne dish.
  • The cooked wine pie is not prepared with cooked wine as the name suggests, but with a thick fruit syrup.
  • The carac is a popular delicacy in French-speaking Switzerland. Its green icing is recognisable in all pastry shops.
la France Voisine

Annecy, Thonon, Evian & Chamonix

Annecy The Venice of the Alps - Annecy is famous for its old town with its cobbled streets, winding canals and pastel-coloured houses. Overlooking the city, the medieval castle of Annecy, former residence of the Counts of Geneva, houses a museum with regional artefacts, such as Alpine furniture and religious works, as well as an exhibition on natural history.

Thonon-les-Bains: Historic capital of the small Savoyard province of Chablais, the town of Thonon is divided into two distinct parts: The upper town with its belvederes near the Chablais museum and the Funicular terminus with a town centre criss-crossed by streets that have become essentially pedestrianised with its small houses and buildings of low or medium height and where there are many historic sites, notably religious buildings and the lower town, on the banks of Lake Geneva and of which the port of Rives is the central point with its old fishing village.

Evian-les-Bains Evian-les-Bains: the town ofEvian is the most perfect illustration of the French Belle Epoque: its promenade along Lake Geneva, its beaches, its pedestrian streets, its terraces, its golf course, its casino, its marina, its lively summer market, and its remarkable monuments such as the Villa Lumière, the former summer residence of the Lumière family, or the Palais Lumière, a former thermal baths establishment that has become a cultural space. To discover the secrets of Evian's water, or the history of the town and its most beautiful corners, a visit is essential with the qualified heritage guides and guides of the Sport & Culture team.

Yvoire: Stone houses with wooden balconies, alleys full of wisteria and geraniums... It is called "the pearl of Lake Geneva". Overlooking the shores of the lake which made the village a port for fishermen and boatmen, the square keep is one of the vestiges of the medieval past ofYvoire which celebrated, in 2006, the 700th anniversary of its fortifications erected by Amédée V the Great, Count of Savoy.

Chamonix: Situated at the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, Chamonix is famous for its ski slopes. But all year round, cable cars take visitors to the various surrounding peaks that offer exceptional panoramic views, such as the Aiguille du Midi above the town and the Pointe Helbronner above the glaciers on the Italian border.