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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

    Sauvabelin

    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

    Beaulieu

    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

    Ouchy

    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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