What’s Doing in the Lake Geneva Region

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Lausanne

As you stroll through Lausanne, take note of the Hôtel de Ville, or Town Hall, a striking 17th-century building located in the Old Town neighborhood, as well as the Federal Supreme Court building in the town’s Mon-Repos neighborhood, which houses Switzerland’s national court. The town center also hosts a large open-air farmers’ market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where visitors can buy a variety of locally produced vegetables, fruits, herbs, and cheeses.

The Olympic Museum, or Musée Olympique, is located in the Ouchy neighborhood in the south of Lausanne. The museum, which opened in 1993, contains various exhibits including a collection of Olympic torches used in past opening ceremonies, interactive displays showing video footage from past Games, and a costumes and equipment exhibit. The small Olympic Park surrounding the museum is the resting ground for the Olympic flame when the Games are not in session.

Enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Geneva from the lakeside promenade, known as the Quais d’Ouchy, which extends approximately 900 feet (280 meters) along the lakefront and passes through three major parks, including the Olympic Park. The promenade was built in 1895 and is enjoyed by pedestrians and cyclists today.

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Olympic Museum in Lausanne

Continue your exploration in Lavaux, a region on the northern bank of the lake directly east of Lausanne and part of the Lavaux-Oron district of Vaud. The Lavaux region is mostly known for its expansive vineyards and wine-growing culture, which dates back to the 11th century.

The region is home to over 2,000 acres of terraced vineyards stretching for about 19 miles (30 kilometers) along the lakeshore. The most common type of wine produced in this area is the Chasselas white wine. The entire region was named a Unesco World Heritage site in 2007.

While you’re in the Lavaux area, be sure to pay a visit to one of the region’s numerous wine cellars. One such establishment in the town of Chexbres is the Cave Champ de Clos, a family-run winery that has been in business since the 15th century. The winery cultivates 30 acres of vineyards, and produces 22 different types of red, white, and rosé wines, including several varieties of Chasselas, chardonnays, and pinot noirs. Visitors may book a tour of the facility, or participate in wine tastings accompanied by a sampling of regional cheeses and charcuterie, or deli meats.

Many small wine-growing villages and towns worth a visit in the Lavaux area include Chexbres, Saint-Saphorin, and Savigny.

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