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 Chaplin, would seem to have the best of all possible worlds: breathtaking 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

  • Lausanne
  • Montreux
  • Vevey

Top Sights

  • Olympic Museum in Lausanne
  • Chillon Castle
  • Rochers de Naye
  • Vineyards along the lake

Suggested Activities

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

Places to Stay

  • Hostellerie du Débarcardère, 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.. Doubles from about $200
  • L'Auberge De Chernex, CH-1822, Chernex (above Montreux), tel. +41/021/9644191, fax 964 68 57. Doubles from about $90

A Place to Dine

  • Both recommended hotels have fine restaurants