Lake Geneva is on my travel bucket list and will be one of the first places I visit when I buy my campervan in the next few years. It is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe and lies between the Alps of Switzerland and France. If you are planning to drive around the lake like we are then you’ll be passing through both Switzerland and France which means you will have to cross borders. Anyone wanting to drive around the whole of the lake should be prepared for a drive of around 124 miles.
Lake Geneva is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, if not the world, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to take some amazing holiday snaps. It is also home to some of Europe’s most picturesque cities and some great attractions including:
If architecture and design are what you’re looking for in your holiday destination then Lausanne is definitely a place you need to visit whilst staying around Lake Geneva. The construction of the cathedral dates back to 1170 and it took decades to be finished, it wasn’t consecrated until 1275. The Cathedral has a total of seven bells that are suspended on two floors of the belfry. The oldest bell dates back to 1493 while the most recent bells date back to 1898 and they are still used every day. Every night between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am the cathedrals watchman can be heard calling out “C’est le guet; il a sonné l’heure” (meaning “This is the nightwatch; the hour has struck”). Lausanne is the only city in Europe to continue this tradition.
The Jet d’Eau (Water-Jet) is a large fountain situated in Geneva. It is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and is situated at the point where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhône, it is visible throughout the city and from the air. Five hundred litres of water per second are jetted to a height of 140 metres. Unsuspecting visitors to the fountain may find themselves drenched if there is a slight change in wind direction. The fountain was created in the 19th century, although when first built it wasn’t a fountain – it was a release valve in a hydraulic pumping station.
If you’re looking for a place to stay in the city, the Fraser Suites Geneva would be the perfect base. They are situated close to the Jet d’Eau and other attractions including the Quays of Lac Geneva, St Peter’s Cathedral and Palais des Nations Geneva.
More than 400,000 people visit Chillon Castle every year making it Switzerland’s most visited historical building. It is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva in Veytaux. It is a stunning site that is made up of 25 buildings, 3 courtyards and 2 circular walls. It is also home to some of the most stunning views so if making memories and taking lots of photos is high on your holiday list this is definitely a place you want to visit.
Freddie Mercury Memorial
Queen fans from near and far visit Montreux to see the memorial statue of Freddie Mercury that is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva. Fans can even pay a visit to the music studio where the band created seven albums. Each year Montreux pays tribute to Freddie by hosting a weekend that celebrates his life and works. The Queen frontman spent many years living in the town.
Would you like to visit Lake Geneva? Have you already been? if so I’d love to hear about your trips and recommendations in the comments below.
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