Swiss Riviera for 3 Days
We are 3 adults with only 2 nights and 3 days to see as much as we can of Switzerland. We fly into Geneva in August and take a train to Montreux arriving around 10am.
The places we want to see in Montreux are the Castle and Rocher de Naye. Will this be manageable on the first day we arrive?
On the next day can you suggest where to go and what we can fit into one day? We thought for the 2 nights we would stay at Montreux. On our last day we are flying out of Geneva at 4.30pm.
Do you have any suggestions to what we could visit on that day giving us enough time to meet out flight?
Your help is greatly appreciated.
Swiss Riviera for 3 Days
You made a good decision in concentrating on just one small corner of Switzerland if you can't visit for more than three days.
The train to Rocher s de Naye
departs every hour from Montreux. In under an hour you reach the top. Of course, you could spend all day lingering in this area but since your time is limited return by train to Montreux early enough to visit Castle Chillon the same day, as long as you are there before 6pm. Doors close at 7pm.
Take the boat from Montreux
(takes between 9 and 15 minutes depending on the boat) or catch the very frequent Bus #1
(15 minutes) from the lake promenade just down from the train station to Castle Chillon
(direction Villeneuve). The bus takes you directly to the castle.
After your visit you could stroll back along the lake promenade into town.
Or - if you up for some more sightseeing - board bus #1 again (opposite direction) and head to Vevey for dinner and a stroll through the picturesque small city. It's also a great place to spend the night. Day Two
On your second day you could take a lake cruise
with a steamer. If the day is clear, the views are superb. There are a variety of cruise routes to choose from. Just two ideas: A short one from Montreux or Vevey along the vineyards to Lausanne; or a day trip from Lausanne to the French resorts of Yvoire and Evian-les-Bains. Keep in mind though, August is very touristy and the small but charming village of Yvoire could be overrun with visitors.
Alternatively, spend the day taking one of the trains through the vineyards, depending on the day you visit it would either be the Lavaux Express
or the Lavaux Panoramic
The Vinorama in Rivaz is built into the mountainside Hike
the rest of the remaining day parts of the Lavaux vineyards
- everywhere between Montreux and Lausanne. I particularly love the postcard-perfect route from Lutry to Rivaz. If you are a wine connoisseur, you might want to stop in one of the wine caves or taste some wine and learn about wine making in this region at the very informative Lavaux Vinorama
in Rivaz (not too far from the train station and easily reached on foot). Day Three
I would spend the last day in Lausanne.
Pick up a city map and up-to-date info at the tourist office right in the train station.
The view from the Sauvabelin Tower above Lausanne. This is the view to the west (the lake is to the south)
Next to the official points of interest, I suggest the following:
- If weather permits, start your city tour at the Sauvabelin Tower (bus 16) for fabulous views. It's a little outside of Lausanne, but worth every minute.
- As for museums, I love the fascinating internationally acclaimed Collection L'Art Brut which features art by untrained artists. It's located in the Château de Beaulieu, a beautiful 18th century mansion (11, av. des Bergières, Buses # 2, # 3 and # 21, stop Beaulieu-Jomini. Open every day 11am to 6pm; free entry on Saturdays of every month).
- Recover from going up and down the steep roads (Lausanne is situated on a hill) by sampling delicious handmade chocolate at Durig's (Avenue d'Ouchy 15, closed Sunday and Monday) or at "La Chocolaterie" Blondel (Rue du Rôtillon 2B - closed Sundays).
- Lausanne's delightful lakeside promenade in Ouchy has pretty parks, a large marina, and is great for rollerblading or just hanging out.
Direct trains from Lausanne to Geneva-Airport take 42 minutes
. So you have plenty of time to see the most interesting spots Lausanne has to offer. August is a very touristy month
. You might have to calculate a bit more time for the popular sites since you won't be alone exploring the Swiss Riviera.
Have a wonderful time,Fida Additional Information:
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