A Visit of Breathtaking Switzerland
Here are a few places we visited during our last stay on Lake Geneva.
Château de Chillon (on Lake Geneva near Montreux)
Chillon Castle is an island castle located on Lake Geneva, south of Montreux in the canton of Vaud. Built in the 12th century, Chillon is the most visited historical monument in Switzerland. We have been there many times. They have done a lot of improvements over the years and it is now an even greater visit. The view over the lake and the mountains is beautiful. You can come by car, by bus or by boat. There is a stop in Chillon next to the castle.
Olympic Museum in Lausanne (on Lake Geneva)
Lausanne has been the headquarter of the International Olympic Committee since 1915. The museum was founded on 23 June 1993. It’s located in Ouchy on the shore of Lake Geneva. The permanent exhibition is organized into three major themes on three separate floors: Olympic World, Olympic Games, and Olympic Spirit. The Olympic Museum is surrounded by a park containing numerous works of art on the theme of sports. Among the most notable works of art in the museum's permanent collection are the French sculptors Auguste Rodin's The American Athlete and Niki de Saint Phalle's Les Footballeurs. The visit is very entertaining and is great for families. There is something for everybody, even if you are not a sports fan.
Maison Cailler in Broc (in Fribourg County)
The museum is in Fribourg county in the city of Broc located next to Gruyere. It’s a 30 minutes’ drive from Vevey on Lake Geneva. You can enjoy the chocolate making process and the aromas that come out in the famous Maison Cailler (Nestlé) chocolate factory. Cailler is one of Switzerland's oldest and most important chocolate factories. They will give you a lot of samples, so no need to plan a big lunch.
Gruyères Medieval Town and Castle (in Fribourg County)
Gruyères is only a few minutes by car from the Maison Cailler. The castle is one of the most famous in Switzerland. It was built between 1270 and 1282. It’s worth a visit. To access the castle, you are walking through the charming medieval town of Gruyères. There are plenty of quaint hotels, restaurants and shops. Of course, Gruyères is mainly known for his cheese. At the bottom of the town you can visit the cheese factory called La Maison du Gruyère. Twice a day 36 farmers deliver their milk to the cheese dairy. The masters cheese-makers and their team produce up to 48 wheels of Gruyère a day. The price of your ticket includes a few samples. There is a nice souvenir shop and a restaurant where you can eat fondue and raclette.