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Four of the Best Towns on the Edge of Lake Geneva
June 4th, 2014
Exploring the Best Towns and Cities on the Shore of this Famous Lake
Lake Geneva is one of the largest lakes in Europe and straddles the France/Switzerland border. Over the years, it has always been a popular tourist destination, due mainly to the spectacular views, the idyllic towns and villages that surround the lake, and the mild climate.
The towns surrounding Lake Geneva are tourist attractions in their own right, each with their own individual feel and personality. Here are some of the best places to visit if you're holidaying on or around the lake.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this should be your first stop. The city is famous for being a global hub for diplomacy, with The United Nations and the Red Cross both having their headquarters there. However, there is also plenty for tourists to take in when visiting. The Geneva Motor Show is held annually, and many major car manufacturers will showcase new models and prototypes here. There's also no shortage of museums and historical sites, including the Patek Philippe museum (showcasing the Swiss art of watchmaking) and the archaeological site at St Pierre's Cathedral.
The other bona fide famous city on the edge of Lake Geneva is Lausanne. Noted for its architectural beauty, it's situated on the southern slope of the Swiss Plateau, and there's a 500m climb between the lakeshore and the northern edge of the town. While there, be sure to check out the resplendent Cathédrale de Lausanne, the Olympic Museum (the IOC is based in Lausanne) and the climbable Sauvabelin Tower, which stands at 35m tall and is made entirely out of wood.
Located on the eastern tip of the lake, Montreux is a town that would look perfectly home nestled somewhere along the French Riviera. The high-rise skyscraper near the shoreline of the town sits very imposingly in its surrounding, and the popular casino built in the seventies is a testament to the wealth of the area. The appeal of this town means that it has a long list of notable residents, past and present. Perhaps the most notable of these residents was the Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who now has a statue in the town dedicated to his memory.
Just a few miles north of Montreux is the much more tranquil town of Vevey. While it too has had its famous residents, including the legendary Charlie Chaplin, the town has a much more relaxed and laid-back vibe. Surprisingly, there's also a selection of niche museums to wile away a couple of hours. Museums on offer include the Alimentarium Food Museum (created by Nestlé, whose headquarters are based in the town), the Swiss Museum of Games, and the Swiss Camera Museum.
In addition to these fantastic towns, there are many more hidden gems located near lake Geneva, each of which are worth exploring if you have the time. If you're lucky enough to be making a visit to Lake Geneva, make the Hotel Median Genève Aéroport your base for your trip. Ideally located near to Geneva Airport, the Hotel Median Genève Aéroport has a number of great-value packages to choose from.