What to Do in Lausanne & Montreux Riviera, Switzerland

Both the Montreux Riviera and university town of Lausanne have inspired artistic minds for centuries. Today, music, winemaking and gastronomy merge to make this lakeside idyll a must for pleasure-seekers.

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Chillion Castle in Switzerland
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Château De Chillon

The medieval island castle of Château de Chillon, just outside Montreux, is the most visited historic building in Switzerland, partly thanks to the poem Lord Byron was inspired to write after visiting it in 1816.


Avenue de Chillon 21, CH 1820, Veytaux

Musée Cantonal Des Beaux-Arts
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Lausanne's Musée Cantonal des Beaux- Arts holds one of Switzerland's oldest collections, now in a sleek new home in the Plateforme 10 arts district. Lausanne also has Collection de l'Art Brut, dedicated to outsider art, and Vevey has the Swiss Camera Museum. See the website for more.



Vineyards in Lausanne & Montreaux Region
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Wine Touring in Lavaux

From Vevey, the Train des Vignes wends its way through the Lavaux wine region. You can explore most of the area on foot, but to make the most of it, book a wine tour and get full access to tiny bars and picturesque vineyards, such as Les 11 Terres, Gaillard and Les Frères Dubois.


Ch. de Nant 11, 1805 Jongny

The Lowdown

Want to explore more of Lausanne & Montreaux Riviera? Visit region-du-leman.ch, or purchase Volume 37: Craft today and receive A Creative's Guide to Switzerland, an 80-page SUITCASE travel companion to Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Lausanne and Montreux Riviera.

Main photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert