Lake Geneva

Travel Guide
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With gorgeous countryside, cultural cities and charming villages along its shores, the largest lake in Switzerland and France is a vacationer’s dream.

Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman as French speakers know it, is the largest lake in Western Europe. Straddling the border between Switzerland and France, the lake is surrounded by charming cities and towns, lush vineyards and the snowy Vaud Alps.

Geneva dominates the southwestern end of Lake Geneva where it meets the Rhone River. This truly international city is nicknamed the Capital of Peace. Look for the iconic Jet d’Eau, a massive stream of water that shoots 460 feet (140 meters) into the air.

Lausanne is smaller than Geneva, but also beautiful. Explore the pedestrian-only Old Town and its famous cathedral. The Olympic Museum in Lausanne deserves a gold medal. The world’s oldest athletic competition comes to life through its interactive exhibits and sculpture park.

Morges is Lausanne’s much smaller neighbor, known for its annual Tulip Festival, when thousands of blooms welcome spring. Morges is the gateway to La Côte in Vaud’s wine country. Savor a wine tasting at one of its famous vineyards.

Because of its Mediterranean climate, the region around Vevey is known as the Swiss Riviera. Visit the headquarters of Nestlé, one of the world’s largest food companies, tour its factory and sample chocolate. Silent film star Charlie Chaplin lived in this area for many years.

Continue along to Montreux, the jewel of the Swiss Riviera. This grand city has long attracted the rich and famous, most notably Queen front man Freddie Mercury. Visit Montreux Palace and other lavish buildings from the Belle Époque and attend a day or two of events at annual music festivals.

On the eastern shores of the lake, tour Château de Chillon, one of Europe’s most visited castles. With its fascinating history and stunning location, it’s easy to understand the appeal. The castle sits on a small rocky island in Lake Geneva and even has its own private beach.

Lake Geneva is a delight to visit in any season. In fact, you could stay here for many months and still not see all it has to offer.

Where to stay in Lake Geneva

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Downtown Geneva

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Known for its panoramic lake views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Geneva. Check out top attractions like Shopping Area Geneve and Flower Clock, and jump on the metro at Coutance Tram Stop or Cornavin Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Downtown Geneva
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Geneva City Centre

Known for its panoramic lake views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Geneva City Centre. Check out top attractions like Mont Blanc Bridge and Paquis Baths, and jump on the metro at Cornavin Tram Stop or Mole Tram Stop to see more of the city.

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Montreux City Centre

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Montreux City Centre is beloved for its panoramic lake views. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Place du Marche and Freddie Mercury Statue.

Montreux City Centre
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