The Best Things to See Around Lake Geneva

Lac Leman, commonly known as Lake Geneva, is the largest lake of Switzerland. Because it is located between the borders of France and Switzerland, you will be able to get the best of both of these countries while around the lake.

On the French side, across the country’s borders, you can even see the peak of Mont Blanc. On the other hand, on the Swiss side, you have a clear view of the Jura Mountains.

Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, it’s time to show you which the best things you can see around Lake Geneva are.

The Lavaux Vineyards

If wine is your passion, then you are in the right place. Just get in a taxi from Geneva airport and head to the Lavaux Vineyards. Very impressive is the fact that these vineyards stretch for about 18.6 miles along the lake and that they have been used since the Roman times.

Now, to fulfill your dreams and desires, we inform you that the Lavaux Vineyards make one of the best wines in Switzerland.


While the Geneva airport transfer can get you straight to your accommodation, it is recommended that you get to see Lausanne first – especially if you are a sports’ enthusiast.

First of all, Lausanne is the fourth largest city in Switzerland and the second largest city that can be found around Lake Geneva. The city also shelters the Olympic Museum – a place where you can see more than 10,000 artifacts that are related to the Olympics. This makes the city of Lausanne home of the largest archive of Olympic Games in the entire world.

Chillon Castle

If you happen to cross by Chillon Castle, you will be greeted by an amazing sight – the castle on the shore with the snow-capped mountains behind it. This is probably one of the reasons that Chillon Castle is said to be one of the most beautiful castles of Switzerland.

It has been built in the 13th century and during its lifetime the castle has been used as a fortress, a prison, and a summer home.


Do you want to see the statue of Freddie Mercury? Well then spend a day in Montreux. The city is located right at the tip of the lake, and also has a lakeside promenade that’s stretching all the way from Vevey till Villeneuve – for a total of 7.5 miles.

Imagine a morning run from Vevey, to Montreux, and to Villeneuve – a bit long and tiring, but definitely worth it.

Montreux is clearly a musical icon – it hosts the Montreux Jazz Festival which takes place in July and also some recording studious that have seen the faces of Queen, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and the Dubliners.

We also have a little fact for you: Smoke on the Water, one of Deep Purple’s songs, was written here, and it is a description of the events that have happened here when the Montreux Casino was set on fire by a fan.

Of course, more cities and sights wait for you if you plan to travel to Lake Geneva – you just have to be brave and discover them all.