Clarion Collection Hotel Lavaux
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Lavaux is a picturesque region along Lake Geneva declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sprawling over 830 hectares (2050 acres), it encompasses 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) of terraced vineyards that stretch from the Chateau de Chillon to the banks of the lake. The vineyards have said to originate in the 11th Century, credit to temperate climate and geological conditions, and produce the finest grape varieties. Take a hiking trail through the landscape and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps in a Mediterranean charm.
Maintained by the municipality, Temple de Cully is an ancient temple built before the 19th Century. Today, this temple attracts many tourists for the Cully Jazz Festival and other concerts held here. The design of this building provides great acoustics for musical renditions thus amplifying the effect of every show. Attend an event here for the sheer delight it offers.
Idyllically set along the shores of the scenic Lake Geneva, Rivaz is an all-season vacation destination. This quaint little village is also the producer of some of the finest wines in Switzerland and is interestingly, the only municipality that is located in its entirety within the scope of the popular Lavaux vineyard terraces, thus making it a cultural place on the list of World Heritage Sites. In summer, the massive vineyards can be explored through the series of interesting hiking trails overlooking the Lake. The various charming cottages here are the best accommodation to enjoy enthralling views of lines of farms with the majestic Alps providing a picturesque background.
With majority of the area of Saint-Saphorin coming under the terraced vineyards of Lavaux, the village is the go-to destination for true wine connoisseurs. Listed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO, the terraces were once uncultivated and overgrown hillside, which was later shaped as a prosperous vineyard facing Lake Geneva and the Alps. The vines cultivated here are blessed with a delicate fruity flavor, due to the reflected alpine sunlight that falls on it.
With the foothills of Mount Pilgrim in the background, the picturesque village of Corseaux is nestled between the Lake Geneva and the main highway. It extends right till the lake and towards the north, the famous vine village Chardonne can be accessed. The beautiful scenery and tranquility of the village, combined with close transportation routes, makes Corseaux an attractive destination, not only for tourists but also working people looking for a feasible residence. The world famous terraced vineyards of Lavaux can be easily accessed from this village and has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Facing the Lake Geneva and the majestic Alps, the vineyards here are known to produce some of the best known versions of red and white wines.
Vevey is a port town located close to the city Lausanne on the northern shore of Lake Geneva. This city is where chocolatier Daniel Peter invented Milk Chocolate in 1875. It is also home to one of the world's largest food giants Nestle, the headquarters of this company was established here in the year 1867. Besides this, Vevey is a town filled with rich culture and history.
Idyllically located right at the northern shore of Lake Geneva and a part of the village of Vevey in Vaud, Aile Castle is historic symbol of the village and is a buzzing tourist attraction. It is a listed Swiss heritage site of national significance and often visitors can be seen relaxing in the courtyard and enjoying the mesmerizing view of the lake in front.
Place du Marche is a busy square of the town that transforms into an open-air venue during local festivities and community events.
Church of St. Martin is an ancient church that dates back to the 10th Century. Glass paintings, Gothic designs and the church organ here make for an interesting trip.
Built in the 16th Century, the Town Hall has been the pivotal point of civic life in Lausanne since that time. The building is composed of three floors. At ground level are the arcades, the first floor has impressive windows and the second floor shorter bays topped off by a large sloping roof typical of Vaudois architecture/countryside. A point of interest is the beautiful ceiling painting found on the first floor, dating back to the 17th century. Although no official tour is provided you are free to walk around. Information is available on the first floor.
Eglise Sacre Coeur is one of the major Catholic centers in Switzerland, which is a predominantly Protestant country. Besides conducting regular prayer services, this tranquil place also offers religious meetings, workshops and other social events. The church strives with an aim to benefit fellow community men of Lausanne. Check website for more details.
Lausanne's Cathedral is the biggest and the most beautiful Gothic building in Switzerland. Though inaugurated in 1275, the north tower is still missing! During the day, you can climb on the top of the tower for a superb view of the city; and don't miss the stained-glass. From 10 pm-2 am, the town crier shouts out the hour from the four sides of the tower as has been the tradition since the Middle Ages; the last to do so in Europe. The Cathedral often hosts classical concerts as well.