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  • 1. Cathédrale de Notre-Dame

    Old Town | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A Burgundian Gothic architectural treasure, this cathedral is Switzerland's largest church—and probably its finest. Begun in the 12th century...Read More

  • 2. Château de Chillon

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    One of Switzerland's must-sees is the Château de Chillon, the awe-inspiringly picturesque 12th-century castle that rears out of the water at...Read More

  • 3. Fondation de l'Hermitage

    Sauvabelin | Museum/Gallery

    A 15-minute bus ride from Old Town takes you to this beautifully set 19th-century country home. The estate is now an impressive art gallery...Read More

  • 4. Alimentarium

    Museum/Gallery

    The Nestlé Foundation, a dynamic force in the region, sponsors this unconventional museum devoted to the celebration and study of food. In a...Read More

  • 5. Arc en Vins

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Featuring a range of different Lavaux and Chablais wines, this winery also makes blends combining less prevalent varieties. Try: an unusual...Read More

  • 6. Association Viticole de Corseaux

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Worth a visit for the lake-and-mountain views alone—and although this group of winemakers presents fewer than 20 selections, there are pleasant...Read More

  • 7. Au Clos de la République

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This 13th-generation winemaker has stunning cellars that hold wines from across Lavaux. The wines bear witness to its different soil types....Read More

  • 8. Auberge du Vigneron

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Many Vaudois say the terrace here boasts the best view in all Lavaux. Stop here, in the dining room or bistro, for Lavaux wines paired with...Read More

  • 9. Bacchus Vinobar

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    For a more modern take on sampling the appellations, stop in the hamlet of Rivaz. Here Bacchus Vinobar, a petite wine bar that's open afternoons...Read More

  • 10. Blonay–Chamby Railroad

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    From Vevey and Montreux, a number of railways climb into the heights, which in late spring are carpeted with an extravagance of wild narcissus...Read More

  • 11. Céligny

    Town/Village

    With its lakefront setting, small port, lawns for sunbathing, and pier, the endearing village of Céligny provides the best swimming opportunities...Read More

  • 12. Château d'Aigle

    Museum/Gallery

    On sabbatical from a fairy-tale storybook, the 15th-century spire-and-turreted Château d'Aigle offers a close-up look at winemaking history...Read More

  • 13. Château de Coppet

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    It's the Château de Coppet that puts this lake village on the map. Enclosed within vast iron gates, the château has been kept in its original...Read More

  • 14. Château de Nyon

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Dominating Nyon's hilltop over the waterfront is the Château de Nyon, a magnificent 12th-century multispire fortress with a terrace that takes...Read More

  • 15. Château St-Maire

    Old Town | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The fortresslike elements of this 15th-century stone cylinder certainly came into play. The castle was built for the bishops of Lausanne; during...Read More

  • 16. Cimetière du Bois-de-Vaux

    Cemetery

    Always adorned with white flowers, as was her signature style, the grave of Coco Chanel lies within a large wooded cemetery park on the western...Read More

  • 17. Collection de l'Art Brut

    Beaulieu | Museum/Gallery

    This singular museum focuses on the genre of fringe or "psychopathological" art, dubbed l'art brut (raw art) in the 1940s by French artist...Read More

  • 18. Débarcadère

    Ouchy | Promenade/Boardwalk

    In fine weather the waterfront buzzes day and night—strollers, diners, concertgoers, in-line skaters, artisans selling their wares—while the...Read More

  • 19. Espace Ballon

    Museum/Gallery

    The technical and sporting elements of hot-air ballooning that put this tiny village on the world map are highlighted at Espace Ballon, a museum...Read More

  • 20. Glacier 3000

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The ride on Glacier 3000, an aerial cableway strung from its station at Col du Pillon 7 km (4 miles) outside the resort village of Les Diablerets...Read More

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