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#2. Lac Léman (East)

Residents of this French-speaking part of Switzerland, who have included at one time or another, Vladimir Nabokov, Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Hemingway, Noel Coward, Henry James, Victor Hugo, Graham Greene, Peter Ustinov and Charlie Chaplain, would seem to have the best of all possible worlds; breath-taking scenery, a mild climate (often referred to as the "Vaud Riviera"), cosmopolitan cities, proximity to the Vaudois Alps, and a cuisine and wine culture that blends the best of Switzerland and France.

Best Towns:

Top Sights:

Suggested Activities:

  • Drive or bike Route du Vignoble (wine road) Visit lakeside cities including some in France via lake steamer
  • Daytrip to Geneva to the Red Cross Museum.

Places to Stay:

  • Hostellerie du Débarcardre, 7 chemin du Cret, St. Sulpice, Switzerland CH-1025, tel. +41/021/691 57 47, fax 691 50 79, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Lauberge De Chernex, CH-1822, Chernex (above Montreux), tel. +41/021/9644191, fax 964 68 57.

Food Suggestion:

  • Both recommended hotels have fine restaurants.