Grand Hotel du Lac Vevey
Rue d'Italie 1, Vevey, Vaud, 1800, Switzerland
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Mont Pelerin funicular station at top
Vineyard above Vevey
Boat on the lake
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Travel Tips for Vevey
Chateau de Chillon (I&V)
The most amazing spectacle at the Lac Leman – Lake Geneva is the magnificent Chateau de Chillon. The castle is among the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe. Occupying the whole islet in the like, it looks like rising from the water – stunning and almost surreal!
Here are a few facts about the history of the castle taken from the leaflet-guide: "In its current state, the Castle of Chillon is the result of several centuries of constant building, adaptations, renovations and restorations. The small rocky island on which the castle is built, acted both as natural protection and a strategic location to control the movement between the north and south of Europe. The history of the castle was marked by three important periods: the Savoy era (12th century to 1536), the Bernese era (1536 – 1798) and the Vaudois era (1798 until today). Excavations carried out from the end of the 19th century, particularly those by the cantonal archeologist Albert Naef (1862 – 1936), indicate that the site of Chillon has been occupied since the Bronze Age. The oldest written mention of the castle dates from 1150 and establishes that the House of Savoy already controlled the fortress and hence the path along the lake shore. The Swiss, more specifically the Bernese, conquered the Vaud region and occupied Chillon in 1536. For more than 260 years the castle was used as a fortress, arsenal and prison. The Bernese left Chillon in 1798 at the time of the Vaud revolution. The castle became the property of the Canton of Vaud when it was founded in 1803. The restoration of the historical monument began at the end of the 19th century and continues today."
It is very easy to spend hours wandering all over the castle. Among the most interesting parts of the castle are huge Coat-of-Arms Hall with the designs painted in the 13th and the 16th century, and Aula Magna overlooking at the lake, Chapel of the dukes of Savoy with the partially preserved 14th century decoration, toilets… But the most breathtaking is underground prison, so called Bonivard Prison for its famous prisoner who inspired Lord Byron to wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon.
Leaflet-guides and audio-guides propose systematic tour and short but very useful information. The best time to enter the castle and to avoid crowds is early in the morning, just after the opening.
Chateau de Chillon can be reached from Vevey by City bus #1 and by boat.
When one is settled in Lausanne, one-day trip to Vevey and Montreux is certain pick. But when the base is in Vevey or Montreux, one-day trip to Lausanne is quite different thing – one day is enough just to take glance of Lausanne. Anyway, day in Lausanne is the great choice even if only to wander.
There are frequent train departures from Vevey to Lausanne but more enjoyable is to take a boat ride.
Vevey – "Calm Twin" on Lake Geneva
It seems to us that Montreux & Vevey are kind of twin-towns – both look like rising from the water of Lake Geneva, both were settled in Roman times, both of a similar population (one a bit more than 20,000 inhabitants, the other a bit less than that), both, apart, earned the nickname of "Pearl of Swiss Riviera", even if you want to bye a map of one – you'll get the map of both, because the maps are printed on the same sheet.
Vevey, the smaller, is often neglected by visitors in favour of the larger, Montreux, but undeservedly – it is a chic little resort of quiet charm, with much to offer to its visitors.
Vevey's most famous former citizen was Charlie Chaplin, who spent the latter part of his life here, marrying and raising a family in a tiny village just outside the town.
If we had had to pick one of the "twins" – it would have been Vevey.
About 10 minutes from it's famous sister Montreux, Vevey is a Swiss lakeside town just jam packed with things to see. Whether you come to browse the Saturday (and Wednesday) morning market in the Square, or to prowl through the many antique shops in the old town, or just to stroll the lakeside promenade and take in the sumptuous views of the end of Lac Leman, Vevey is a delight.
This is where Charlie Chaplin came to live out his golden days. Today you will find families relaxing by the lakeside. Paddle boats are available for hire. Sailboats offer a more technical challenge. Or just hop on one of the steamers and relax your way to another of Lac Geneva's jewels.
One of my best afternoons was spent on a boat to Geneva (5 sunny relaxing hours). After dinner lakeside in Geneva I took the one hour train ride back to Vevey.
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Grand Hotel du Lac Vevey
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Address: Rue d'Italie 1, Vevey, Vaud, 1800, Switzerland