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  • 1. Cathédrale de Notre-Dame

    Old Town

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

  • 2. Château de Chillon

    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 Veytaux, down the road...Read More

  • 3. Fondation de l'Hermitage


    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 with...Read More

  • 4. Plateforme 10

    City Center

    Securing its reputation as the region's cultural capital, Lausanne now has its own arts district on the Plateforme 10 site next to the train station....Read More

  • 5. Alimentarium

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

  • 6. Arc en Vins

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

  • 7. Association Viticole de Corseaux

    Although this group of winemakers presents fewer than 20 selections, there are pleasant surprises. Try the Pinot Noir Le Corsalin, which is powerfully structured yet...Read More

  • 8. Au Clos de la République

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

  • 9. Auberge du Vigneron

    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...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

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

  • 12. Château d'Aigle

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

  • 13. Château de Coppet

    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...Read More

  • 14. Château de Nyon

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

  • 15. Château St-Maire

    Old Town

    The fortresslike elements of this 15th-century stone cylinder certainly came into play. The castle was built for the bishops of Lausanne; during the 16th century...Read More

  • 16. Cimetière du Bois-de-Vaux

    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


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

  • 18. Débarcadère


    In fine weather the waterfront buzzes day and night—strollers, diners, concertgoers, in-line skaters, artisans selling their wares—while the white steamers that land here add to...Read More

  • 19. Espace Ballon

    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 and...Read More

  • 20. Glacier 3000

    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...Read More

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