Geneva Lake in a rush!
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 22, 2013 10:01 AM Last Post By: meckerdv
Oct 14, 2013 6:50 AM
Oct 14, 2013 9:43 AM
The whole Lake Geneva (Lac Leman in French) area has a very good tourist infrastructure (including luxury hotels and top restaurants with gourmet meals for 200-300 USD/pax) since the end of the 19th century. It's one of the sunniest places of Switzerland (together with the Cantons of Valais and Ticino). The most scenic part is between Lausanne - Vevey - Montreux - Villeneuve). The whole area is never really crowded, despite many day trippers from all over Switzerland.
Geneva has only 200.000 inhabitants (500.000 with suburbs), but the amenities of a big capital. People from all over the world (among them many Arab princes) fly to Geneva for shopping (and so).
Weather changes from year to year. Usually, the warmest month is July, with maxima around 30-32 and (noon) minima around 20 degrees. June is often more rainy.
Geneva airport is small but efficient. Local people use to arrive there from town (5 min by train, 20 min by bus) less than an hour prior to the plane's departure. Direct flights to almost all important places in Western Europe. Easyjet offers actually July flights to many European capitals for less than 50 USD (with 1 piece of checked in luggage).
Mont Blanc, the highest mountain of Western Europe can be seen from many places in town, from the Lake and from Mont Saleve, the "house" mountain, which can be reached by city bus and cableway.
Buses and trains from Geneva to Chamonix (2 hrs trip), from where you can go up to 3800 m by cableway.
Some places around Lake Geneva or not far away from it:
historic steamboats on Lake Geneva:
very reduced timetable in the winter months
Gruyeres castle, cheese diary and chocolate factory:
Entirely walled city of Murten:
Day trips from Lake Geneva
entirely walled medieval town of Murten
Roman amphitheatre and Roman Museum of Avenches
Roman Villa of Vallon
biggest Romanesque church of Switzerland and Monastery of Payerne
Nature Park of Grande Caricaie
Medieval town and spa of Yverdon
Roman mosaics of Orbe
Monastery of Romainmotier
Castle and Menhirs of Grandson
Menhirs and Dolmen of Onnens
Oct 14, 2013 4:07 PM
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Oct 16, 2013 11:49 AM
9The question was: "Does anyone know if there are any events like concerts, theatre etc in the area?"
My answer were the links to these events.
The most annoying thing for me in this blog are threads where people write 5 and more sentences before they finally (!) come to their question.
A normal human being has no time to waste, therefore such things are just impolite!
Oct 22, 2013 2:49 AM
10Thank you for your answers - very very useful!!
We were planning to stay right outside Geneva, but now I see it might be a better idea to stay in a town or village somewhere around the lake..
Is anyone aware of any nice cottages or guest houses? something traditional maybe? If so, can you pls send me email (so that it is not received by thirds as advertisement)???
Thanks again, M
Oct 22, 2013 9:49 AM
11I never sleep in this area (too close to my home). But you may check
check whether prices are indicated PER ROOM or PER PERSON!
(0 star Hotel)
From US$40.23 per night
(2 star Hotel)
From US$86.35 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$143.45 per night