12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva NOW!

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Lake Geneva is one of those places in Central Europe that has it all. From beautiful small cities, harbours, mountain views to fine dining, boating activities and hiking routes, there is something for everyone. Situated in the western end of Switzerland (that’s the French part) and a little bit in France itself, Lake Geneva is definitely worth exploring. 

12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Château de Chillon is the highlight for anyone sightseeing on the lake. Located east of Montreux with a backdrop of the mountains and built on a little piece of land sticking out into the lake, it is one of the most visited (and photographed of course) castle in Europe.
12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva, Switzerland
The views east of Château de Chillon shows the western ridge of the start of the Swiss Alps. A great place to go hiking and plenty of small alpine villages worth exploring.
12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva, Switzerland
The beautiful village of Aigle which is about 10km south-east of the eastern tip of the lake. With its beautiful gardens, cobbled streets, church and medieval castle overlooked by the mountains, this village is worth stopping off. They also produce good wine as we found out.
12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Montreux is a small beautiful city on the northern-eastern side of the lake and known for its grand hotels located on the shore of the lake. A peaceful place to take a stroll along the lakeshore and take in the views of the French Alps which are located directly south from here.
12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Lausanne, the second largest city on the lake (on the northern shores) is home to a lot of sports associations but is more famously known for its cathedral located on a hilltop. The architecture is amazing and I love the gothic feel to the place.
12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva, Switzerland
At the bottom of the hill on the lake shore is another stunning castle, Château d’Ouchy. Another beautiful place to take a stroll and get beautiful shots/angles of this amazing castle.
12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Château de Rolle is located in a small village called Rolle (also on the northern shores). Our recommendation is to come here by bike and cycle along the lakeside and take in beautiful views but of course, to see old fairytale-style buildings like this castle.
12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, the largest city on the lake is located on the western tip. Known as ‘Le French Ville’, the place is full of watch shops, lots of Swiss flags on buildings and banks. Just look how clean the centre of the city is.
12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva, Switzerland
The Flower Clock (L’Horloge Fleurie) located in the English Garden (Jardin Anglais) in Geneva is worth a look. The gardens are well maintained and very colourful in the spring/summer months and a brilliant place to get away from the urban life (and noisy cars).
12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva, Switzerland
The Jet d’Eau is the landmark of Geneva and captured at the right angle, can have a beautiful backdrop of the mountains.
12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Even close up at the Jet d’Eau, there are plenty of swans to get in the way for a perfect scene.
12 photos that will make you want to visit Lake Geneva, Switzerland
High up in the mountains, one of the best experiences is to see fantastic sunsets coming in from the west, shining its rays through the valleys and over the lake, to take in scenes like this.


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52 Responses

  1. These photos definitely make me want to visit Lake Geneva! They are beautiful and Lake Geneva looks so peaceful. I’d love to spend a week or two with that view. Talk about relaxing!

  2. It took me a moment here. I live in Illinois, and briefly thought, that’s not OUR Lake Geneva! LOL! These are beautiful! There’s something about being on a lake that is just so relaxing! Being on a lake in Europe? Relaxing times 100!

  3. I appreciate a good sunset. Geneva looks beautiful for sure. The cathedral located on a hilltop has to be a must see. The architecture alone is worth it.

  4. Lake Geneva looks like an such beautiful place! The scenery with the mountains and water is so beautiful!

  5. You’re right – I do want to visit Lake Geneva!! What camera are you shooting with? The detail in the pics from Lausaunne is excellent.

  6. You said what’s in my heart too…I was amazed how big and beautiful Lake Geneva is on my visit to Switzerland and your post brought back all those lovely memories. I especially remember Chillon castle on it’s coast…such a beauty!

  7. Your photos are gorgeous! I’ve never been, but after seeing your photos it looks like a wonderful place to explore. I love the flower clock, so unique!

  8. Unreal Danik! So incredibly beautiful. The top chateau picture makes me feel like I am sitting by Lake Geneva now. In the freaking picture itself LOL. Fabulous snaps guys. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  9. All I have to say is just WoW! I was in Switzerland this past winter and visited Bern and Lucerne. I just fell in love. I need to visit more of Switzerland.

  10. The lake and its surrounding look so beautiful. I am amazed to see a couple of castles too, I love them and would like to visit one someday. Having a small wooden cottage near the lake, with mountains behind would be so great. 🙂

  11. These pictures look gorgeous. Makes me want to be there right now ?

  12. Loved the flower clock picture the best! What a really neat idea.

  13. There are so many places in Europe that my husband and I want to visit, I swear it will take us a year straight. The pictures are fabulous!

  14. Claudia Krusch

    Lake Geneva is such a beautiful place. I am hoping to get back there sometime this year. These are great photos.

  15. Pam Wattenbarger

    Wow, what beautiful photos! I love the flower clock. I definitely am putting Lake Geneva on my bucket list.

  16. I have never been to Geneva, but I have always wanted to go to Swtzerland. The photos above make it look as beautiful as I have heard that it is.

  17. All I have to say is wow. It looks spectacular. It reminds me of this lake up north here in the States. Very beautiful and idyllic. Although Geneva is much cooler with all of the surrounding buidlings and architecture. Very nice.

  18. I am laughing because I am visiting Lake Geneva today! Although, it is Lake Geneva in Wisconsin for a bachelorette party. The real place looks good, too!

  19. You’re right, those photos did the trip! Lake Geneva has been on my list for awhile now but I just need to make it happen next year!! It looks like such a stunning part of the world… are you sure it’s even real?! Thanks for sharing and happy travels 🙂

  20. What a beautiful place. Full of culture and history. I’d love to visit it one day. Great post, thank you! 🙂

  21. Wow, you’ve convinced us! Your photos are amazing, what an absolutely photogenic place! I love the Chateau on the water, I would love to move in!

  22. Yes, I want to travel to this place now. I had sirely heard it’s name but not how beautiful it was! I think I am going to check my bank balance for this or start saving some

  23. Jilly Spellman

    Your photos are so gorgeous. Definitely makes me want to start planning to go on a trip.

  24. This place looks gorgeous, and timeless too! I would love to visit here. It will have to be another place added to my travel bucket list!

  25. Rebecca Swenor

    Lake Geneva is indeed a gorgeous place to visit with the whole family. Switzerland has been a place we have wanted to visit for a while now. It is so gorgeous there and the culture is for sure something to see. Thanks for sharing the information and your experience.

  26. Oh my goodness yes please! I would absolutely love to visit Lake Geneva, what an absolutely beautiful looking place!

  27. I always love Switzerland and so far, I’ve only been to the German side of the country! Lake Geneva is always high on my list to visit, and thanks for the beautiful photos, I have a sense of deep wanderlust now to Switzerland! I will be there sooner than later.
    Thanks for sharing and travel safe!

    the Round The World Guys

  28. Wow, what a stunning place. We haven’t been to Switzerland yet but I know that my youngest daughter is dying to go.

  29. What time of year do you recommend? It seems spring or summer would be best?

  30. Absolutely lovely and inspiring! I especially liked the photo with the views east of Château de Chillon. I’d love to go hiking around there 🙂

  31. Mission accomplished. I definitely want to go! It looks like a fairy tale!

  32. I absolutely would love to visit Geneva. Thanks for sharing your beautiful and inspiring pictures. 🙂

  33. These photographs are beautiful and definitely make me want to visit. Thanks for sharing!

  34. Jennifer G

    What beautiful photos. I am really wanting to visit Lake Geneva. I would love to take the kids and go visit as a family. Thank you so much for sharing!

  35. Oh my goodness, I can’t get enough of all of that blue water. I’d definitely have to see all of these views especially the Château de Chillon.

  36. We ended up skipping Geneva while we were in Europe last year and we weren’t quite as upset until we read this post. It seems like such a beautiful city. We didn’t realize there was as much to do there. Thank you for sharing this as we now know to add it for our next trip to Europe.

  37. Sitting in 47 degrees heat and looking at these gorgeous photos of Lake Geneva is nothing but torture! Sigh.
    Jokes apart, the photos are so soothing to heat-weary eyes that I want to turn into a genie and be transported to the lakeside in the blink of an eye. Thank you so much for sharing!

  38. Lake Geneva looks Gorgeous! I hope to visit it one day

  39. As I read through your post I dreaded seeing the photo of you standing in front of the Jet d’Eau with your head tilted back so it looks like the geyser is spouting from your mouth. Phew! Thanks for keeping it real.

  40. These photos are truly stunning. Love the one with the charming house and the flowers! Cobbled streets, church and medieval castles, Lake Geneva has everything I would love to see!

  41. wow some stunning photos in this post! makes me want to jump on a plane to switzerland!

  42. The sunset is beautiful, and the flower clock is so cute :). Actually, your excellent photos made me sad. I am in Europe now, but, as countless times before, I do not have a chance to visit Switzerland this summer. It became a disappointing tradition: for years, I am dreaming about visiting it, but something always gets in the way. At least, I enjoyed a virtual tour courtesy of your post.

  43. I like all of these photos especially the fifth one. The sculptures have intricate details. I cannot imagine how they did these many years ago. The weather looks lovely too. I would like to visit Geneva someday.

  44. Château de Chillon is so high on my bucket list because of Lord Byron, haha. I’m such a literature nerd. The lake itself looks spectacular. I can definitely envision myself relaxing under the sun and looking at the water.

  45. It only took one of them to convince me — I loved that photo with the castle perched right on the edge of the lake! Geneva is on my bucket list, but it still might be awhile before I get there.

  46. You’re right! These photos do make me want to visit Lake Geneva. Aigle with its medieval castle looks especially lovely. I hope to get there someday.

  47. From your article I could definitely say I will surely visit the beautiful village of Aigle and the Chateau De Chillon. ?

  48. Megan Jerrard

    Château de Chillon is so stunning, I managed to cover a lot of Switzerland when I was there last, though didn’t make it to Lake Geneva. I need to plan for a trip back!!

  49. Great photos of Lake Geneva. We did a road trip a few years back and visited quite a few places around the lake on both the Swiss and French sides. There are so many beautiful villages and castles to stop at along the way.

  50. Lake Geneva certainly looks like a charming area. I’d love to spend a weekend there, walking and taking in the sites. I’d especially like to end a visit by seeing a gorgeous sunset!

  51. Lake Geneva is certainly one of the top places on my list! I mean, it’s truly too gorgeous, and I’m never tired of reading about this place or going through the pictures. Switzerland is hard to beat when it comes to wonderful places!

  52. This looks so surreal! Switzerland is really one of the places that offer you mesmerising sceneries and unreal feelings.

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