Vaud: Places to Explore


  • Aigle

    On a smooth plain flanked by the sloping vineyards of the region of Le Chablais, Aigle is a scenic wine center.

  • Château-d'Oex

    At the crossroads between the Col des Mosses highway to Aigle and the Valais and the route to the Berner Oberland lies Château-d'Oex (pronounced day), a popular sports resort that connects with the...

  • Coppet

    Its pretty, arcaded main street, with occasional peeks through to the jettied waterfront, makes Coppet a pleasant stop for a stroll.

  • Lausanne

    "Lausanne is a block of picturesque houses, spilling over two or three gorges, which spread from the same central knot, and are crowned by a cathedral like a tiara. On the esplanade of the church...

  • Les Diablerets

    This small resort (3,806 feet) lies at the base of the 10,525-foot peak of the same name—which sheds the dramatic namesake 9,840-foot glacier. The village was named after a folklore tale of...

  • Lutry

    From its origins as a simple fishing village, this medieval town on the skirt hem of Lausanne expanded in the 11th century with the installation of the Benedictine monks from Savigny-en-Lyonnais....

  • Montreux

    Montreux might be called the Cannes of Lac Léman—though it might raise an eyebrow at the slur. Spilling down steep hillsides into a sunny south-facing bay, its waterfront thick with magnolias,...

  • Morges

    On the waterfront just west of the urban sprawl of Lausanne, Morges is a pleasant lake town favored by sailors and devotees of its Fête de la Tulipe (Tulip Festival), held annually in April and May.

  • Nyon

    Lovely Nyon, with its waterfront drive, shops, museums, and a castle dominating its cliff-top Old Town, was founded by Julius Caesar around 45 BC as a camp for war veterans. Lovely views can be...

  • Prangins

    You'll see the elegant hillside château that's home to the national museum before you reach this little commune, where the pace of life moves gently between the boulangerie (bakery), post office, and...

  • Route du Vignoble

    Parallel to the waterfront highway, threading through the steep-sloping vineyards between Nyon and Lausanne, the Route du Vignoble (Vineyard Road) unfolds a rolling green landscape high above the...

  • St-Saphorin

    At the end of the Corniche Road, just west of Vevey, St-Saphorin is perched above the water. With its impossibly narrow, steep cobbled streets and ancient winemakers' houses crowded around...

  • Vevey

    In the 1870s Henry James captured this waterfront town's mood of prim grace while writing (and setting) Daisy Miller in the Hôtel des Trois Couronnes. Indeed, despite its virtual twinning with...


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