Lake Geneva ferry at Vevey, Switzerland
Just half an hour through the verdant vine terraces of Lavaux from looming, booming Lausanne is tiny and exquisite Vevey – particularly the lengthy and brilliant lakeshore path on a summer’s day.
Zurich, North Switzerland
Zurich offers few major attractions and doesn’t require much more than a day or two. The city is more about minor, quirky sights such as building décor, street plant pots and ambience in the Altstadt district which encompasses the old town on both sides of the River Limmat, east and west.
Berne, (Bern) West Switzerland
The old city of Bern, (aka Berne in French) is the country’s diminuitive capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a very easy walking tour since the old section comprises no more than a few streets.
Montreux, West Switzerland.
This large and well-organised lakeshore town just a few kilometres from Vevey offers shady walks, parks and mountain views, much like other tourist lake towns. The main difference is the musical theme, with statues and designs incorporating musical notes scattered around the well-maintained lake side. Unfortunately the Montreux marketing apparatus was clearly working with great efficiency as the entire area was saturated with tourists, piling out of buses or coming and going on the lake ferries.
Lausanne, West Switzerland.
Lausanne is one of the bigger French-oriented cities in Switzerland sports a grand joie de vivre but is sadly less interesting in terms of sights than the Germanic cities of central Switzerland, though it has a lengthy lakeshore, good free cycling and some fine museums. Live there? Oui. Tourism? Hmm. . .
However, all is not lost because Lausanne is not far from some excellent activities and destinations, such as Vevey (20 mins by car or bike there), Montreux (1 hour), Geneva (30mins by train), Berne (70 mins by train) and Verbier ski resort (1 hour by train)