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The steeply terraced vineyards of Levaux overlook the lake, by Vincent Sung

Lausanne & Montreux: The Swiss Riviera

Breathtaking lake views and towns packed with culture and history are easily overlooked, but missing them would be a huge mistake.

Head for the hills of the Canton of Vaud for the most stunning panoramas over Lake Geneva.

Breathtaking lake views and towns packed with culture and history are easily overlooked, but missing them would be a huge mistake.

It’s not like the Swiss are trying hard to keep it a secret. They call the stretch of shore of Lake Geneva that runs from Lausanne through Vevey and on to Montreux the Swiss Riviera, a name that evokes waterfront vistas and carefree exclusivity to people around the world. There’s Montreux’s world famous Jazz Festival. A long list of celebrities from royalty to the arts have elected domicile here.

The Market Steps in Lausanne lead to the cathedral, by Vincent Sung
The Market Steps in Lausanne lead to the cathedral, by Vincent Sung

The ballroom of the venerable Beau-Rivage in Lausanne has also been used for international summits, by Vincent Sung
The ballroom of the venerable Beau-Rivage in Lausanne has also been used for international summits, by Vincent Sung

Comic book hero Corto Maltese looks out to sea in Grandvaux, in the heart of Levaux wine country, by Vincent Sung
Comic book hero Corto Maltese looks out to sea in Grandvaux, in the heart of Levaux wine country, by Vincent Sung

The Grand Hôtel du Lac in Vevey has preserved its 19th century charm, by Vincent Sung
The Grand Hôtel du Lac in Vevey has preserved its 19th century charm, by Vincent Sung

Calling the area undiscovered is perhaps an exaggeration, but it is unfairly overlooked. Lausanne is a scant hour from Geneva Airport by train and Vevey just a few minutes further, but many would-be visitors sail through on their way to the slopes of Zermatt and Verbier without ever setting foot on the lakeshore. If only they knew what they were missing! Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

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© This article was first published in June-July 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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