Lake Geneva (Lac Leman)
Lake Geneva (Lac Léman to the locals) is land-locked Switzerland’s largest body of water, though most of its southern shore is in French territory. The lake is ringed by Alps and almost any point along the shore offers jaw-dropping scenery, as well as some of the most sought-after real estate in the world. More active visitors can swim, dive, windsurf and row in the warmer months.
The western extremity of the lake is dominated by the city of Geneva. Travelling eastwards you enter the canton of Vaud, whose capital Lausanne is known for the Musée de l’Art Brut, a world-famous survey of early outsider art, as well as a museum celebrating the Olympic Games, whose governing body is situated here. Further east you pass through Vevey, the heart of the Swiss Riviera, before coming to picturesque Montreux, famous for its jazz festival and the imposing Château de Chillon, a medieval bastion right on the water.
Paddle steamers and more modern boats traverse the length and breadth of Lake Geneva, often calling at towns along the way, though with a restricted winter timetable. Alternatively, commuter trains travel the length of the Swiss shore and offer great views all year round.
Tours & Tickets
Set off and discover traditional produce while taking in Switzerland's landscapes on a full day combined coach and train trip from Geneva. Soak up the ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
Explore the beautiful Swiss cities of Lausanne and Montreux on this relaxing and scenic day trip from Geneva. You'll drive through the beautiful Swiss ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Explore the lovely city of Montreux on this winter day trip from Geneva. Travel through breathtaking Swiss countryside on your way to Montreux, which has an ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)