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Top Swiss Towns Near Geneva

Top Swiss Towns Near Geneva

Perched on the southwestern tip of Lake Geneva near the border with France, the city of Geneva makes an excellent base from which to explore some of Switzerland’s prettiest towns. From medieval mountain settlements to a town famed for its cheese production, here are a few of the Swiss towns worthy of a day trip. 

Gruyères

Set within the canton of Fribourg, the medieval town of Gruyères is surrounded by rolling alpine pastures where bell-wearing cattle graze. It is these black-and-white cows that provide the milk for the town’s biggest claim to fame: Gruyère cheese. Samples of this nutty-flavored cheese can be tasted on visits to local dairies.

Montreux

With its hilltop Old Town, lakeside promenade, and mountain backdrop, it’s easy to understand the enduring popularity of Montreux, which has been attracting creative types—including poets Percy Shelley and Byron, and Frankenstein author Mary Shelley—since the 19th century. Its star attraction is the lakeside Chateau de Chillon, which inspired Lord Byron’s well-known poem, “The Prisoner of Chillon.”

Vevey

Located on the north shore of Lake Geneva, Vevey promises spectacular lake and mountain views. With its traditional shuttered buildings and narrow streets, the old town is pure eye candy. For book lovers, the town offers literary connections: Henry James wrote part of Daisy Miller here, while Dostoyevsky, Victor Hugo, and Hemingway are all said to have spent time in Vevey. A sweet bonus: It’s also the home of Nestlé, one of Switzerland’s most famous chocolate producers. 

Lausanne

The lakeside city of Lausanne spreads across three hills. In addition to a Gothic-style Old Town and hip lakefront districts, it’s also home to the International Olympic Committee. Lausanne’s Olympic Museum, which tracks the history of the Olympics from ancient times to the present day, is one of Switzerland’s best attractions. 

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Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

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Delve into the rich traditions and picturesque landscapes of Switzerland during a full-day train and coach trip from Geneva. Climb aboard a luxury coach and travel to the quaint village of Broc to sample divine chocolate made in a traditional factory. Head into the hills and visit the beautiful mountaintop town of Gruyeres to savor the rich flavor of renowned Gruyere cheese in a local dairy.
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Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle

Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle

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Take a steamboat cruise and see the Swiss cities of Lavaux and Montreux on this day trip from Geneva. Travel through the Swiss countryside, and visit Chaplin's World, a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin. Visit the Lavaux UNESCO-listed vineyards and take a guided tour of the opulent chambers of Château de Chillon, and cruise along Lake Geneva on an old steamer boat. Top off the day with time to explore Montreux before heading back to Geneva.
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Day Trip to Montreux and Château de Chillon from Geneva

Day Trip to Montreux and Château de Chillon from Geneva

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Experience the charm of Montreux on a full-day tour from Geneva. Soak up views of the Swiss countryside as you travel toward the city cradled by the Alps and Lake Geneva. Discover Corsier-sur-Vevey, the village around Chaplin’s World, a site dedicated to the artist Charlie Chaplin; see the magnificent medieval castle of Château de Chillon; and enjoy ample time to explore the sights of Montreux before making the return trip to Geneva.
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