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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The Jet d’Eau is the landmark of Geneva and captured at the right angle, can have a beautiful backdrop of the mountains.
Even close up at the Jet d’Eau, there are plenty of swans to get in the way for a perfect scene.
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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