4 pleasant, short trips around Lake Geneva

The city of Geneva is renowned for its multicultural treasures as well as a hub for foreign politics and business. The high life quality of the city can’t be contained by the streets alone. It spills over to the lush surroundings, most notably the Lake Geneva. So if you want to escape the thrilling city for a day or two, there are lovely short trip-options available!

Geneva

Swiss watches and mountain passes

If you are interested in the Swiss watch history, a visit in the Vallée de Joux is a must. This remote high valley is located in the Swiss Jura. It can be accessed via a beautiful pass road behind Nyon that leads onto the Col du Marchairuz. The museum “Espace horloger”, which means watch maker’s place, you can explore the history of Swiss watch making in a modern and technologically highly advanced environment. Afterwards, you can either head straight back to Geneva or leave the Vallée du Joux on the northern side, taking a detour to Lausanne instead.

Swiss Watches

Little towns and exquisite vineyards

If you want to bring home some of the best wines in the world, head to the Route de la Corniche between Lausanne and Montreux. It’s the street along the Vineyard Terraces of Lavaux, which is one out of 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Switzerland. Going there by car makes wine tasting impossible, so public transportation or taxi options should be considered instead. And don’t forget to buy a couple of bottles for your loved ones. The quality of wine around the Lake Geneva is truly outstanding and they shouldn’t be deprived of it.

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces

Swiss-French culture and relaxing thermal springs

If you would rather explore the southern shores of the Lake Geneva, Évian-les-Bains is your go-to town. The pretty village is well-known for its mineral water as well as for the thermal springs. Therefore, Évian is perfectly suited for deep relaxation with a broad range of treatments and massages. While your physical well-being will be taken care of in spa areas, various exhibitions and museums please your mind. All in all, a day trip to Évian-les-Bains refresh your body and mind equally.

Evian-les-Bains

Panoramic view and driving delights

If you are looking to enjoy mountain pass roads, a trip to Mont Salève is worth your time. Although this mountain is located in the Savoy foothills past the French border, it is still said to be a typically Genevan landmark. From the mountain top, you have a gorgeous view on the city, the Lake Geneva and the surrounding mountains. The winding pass roads up the mountain are perfect to feel the adrenaline rush of driving in a beautiful and thrilling environment.

Driving Delights

Benedikt Lüchinger is CFO at Edel & Stark Group.

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  1. Rachel T says:

    It would be the vineyards for me. I wouldn’t need public transportation since my husband doesn’t drink. He is quite happy to soak up the scenery with a glass of water whilst I enjoy a bottle of the best on offer. It makes a great gift when you can go home with a few bottles for friends and family and share photos of the vineyard and producers.

  2. Jane says:

    What a gorgeous paradise. I know someone that lives in Geneva and I’m always so jealous as I see their photos on my social media timelines! I love thermal springs, they are indeed so relaxing and a special experience. Unfortunately, my partner and I do not drive, but hopefully there will be other ways of getting round this great place

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