What’s Doing in the Lake Geneva Region

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A meal at Auberge de l'Ond

A meal at Auberge de l’Ond

For a memorable ski trip, visit the small ski resort town of Les Diablerets, located farther east from Montreux-Vevey in the Ormont-Dessus district. The town lies at an elevation of 3,806 feet (1,160 meters) in the Swiss Alps and is the site of the annual Diablerets International Film Festival, an eight-day event in August. 


Cuisine in the Lake Geneva area is similar to that in Geneva, with an emphasis on traditional Swiss, Italian, French, and Mediterranean fare coupled with the region’s famous wine offerings.

One hidden gem is Auberge de l’Onde, with an address that simply reads “‪Centre du Village” in ‪St-Saphorin. Surrounded by vineyards, Auberge de l’Onde is one of the oldest inns in Switzerland and a ten-minute train ride from Lausanne. The restaurant’s food is largely sourced locally and the biggest problem one can have is choosing from the wide variety of tasty items offered in the menu. The establishment offers a relaxed, elegant dining atmosphere and a supremely knowledgeable sommelier who will guide you in your wine selection, perhaps to a wine from a local vintner such as Bernard Chevalley Domaine Les Fosses.


Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne

Le Patio at the Le Mirador Kempinski gets the nod for breathtaking views although its Italian fare is merely average. If the weather permits, enjoy drinks on the outdoor terrace.


Le Mirador Kempinski is located in the heart of the Lavaux vineyards near Montreux-Vevey and offers 61 guestrooms and suites, many with private terraces. The property also has three restaurants serving traditional Italian, Swiss, and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as a breakfast buffet venue. The property also offers a lavish spa and wellness center, as well as a conference room that can seat up to 100 people. The hotel is situated on the lakefront and is noted for its spectacular views of Lake Geneva.

Lausanne Palace, located in the center of Lausanne near the railway station, is one of the grand hotels of Europe, filled with tapestries, crystal chandeliers, and gilded furniture. Rooms in the rear of the building have sweeping views of the lake and many have private balconies.

The Beau-Rivage, directly on Lac Léman, has one amenity rarely seen at a grand hotel: a small cemetery for the pets of some of its more famous guests. Built in 1861, it is surrounded by beautiful gardens and many rooms have incredible lake views.

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