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Hello all, 


My family and I will be travelling to Geneva at the end of October, for a 1 week visit. We'll be based in Montreux and we want to explore as much of the area around Lake Leman as we can. What day trips from Montreux would you recommend? What weather should we expect for the end of October? What are the must do/see for families (we have an 8 year old child) that we should look into? 


Many thanks/merci bien, 


Anka

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Hello all, 


My family and I will be travelling to Geneva at the end of October, for a 1 week visit. We'll be based in Montreux and we want to explore as much of the area around Lake Leman as we can. What day trips from Montreux would you recommend? What weather should we expect for the end of October? What are the must do/see for families (we have an 8 year old child) that we should look into? 


Many thanks/merci bien, 


Anka


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Hi Anka,


Firstly you will need a car if you dont have one already, since the train can be tedious and expensive, albeit reliable.


The obilgatory castles at Montreux and Nyon come to mind... more info here : https://www.lake-geneva-switzerland.com/top-sights/historic-buildings/top-chateaux-castles-fortresses-on-lake-geneva/


It might be worth taking a day trip (hours drive) from Montreux to Evian... to see the spring, and evian museum and remember to take your water bottles for free top ups! its in France so remember Euros for the touristy t-shirts etc.


Taking a drive into Valais, and up to either Verbier or Nendaz and having a mountain walk... at nendaz especially there is a relatively flat route at 1400m that follows a former water stream along the mountains with a few opportunites at some chalet cafes to stop off for a hot chocolate and cake. its a beautiful walk with fabulous scenery. 


You could take a drive to Nyon and take a ferry to Yvoire, a historic french village, very pretty, but very touristy.


The website posted above has many more suggestions.


Enjoy the area. 

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Hi Anka,


Firstly you will need a car if you dont have one already, since the train can be tedious and expensive, albeit reliable.


The obilgatory castles at Montreux and Nyon come to mind... more info here : https://www.lake-geneva-switzerland.com/top-sights/historic-buildings/top-chateaux-castles-fortresses-on-lake-geneva/


It might be worth taking a day trip (hours drive) from Montreux to Evian... to see the spring, and evian museum and remember to take your water bottles for free top ups! its in France so remember Euros for the touristy t-shirts etc.


Taking a drive into Valais, and up to either Verbier or Nendaz and having a mountain walk... at nendaz especially there is a relatively flat route at 1400m that follows a former water stream along the mountains with a few opportunites at some chalet cafes to stop off for a hot chocolate and cake. its a beautiful walk with fabulous scenery. 


You could take a drive to Nyon and take a ferry to Yvoire, a historic french village, very pretty, but very touristy.


The website posted above has many more suggestions.


Enjoy the area. 


Charlie, Sep 2, 2022 @ 13:05
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Hi Anka,

Firstly you will need a car if you dont have one already, since the train can be tedious and expensive, albeit reliable.

The obilgatory castles at Montreux and Nyon come to mind... more info here : https://www.lake-geneva-switzerland.com/top-sights/historic-buildings/top-chateaux-castles-fortresses-on-lake-geneva/

It might be worth taking a day trip (hours drive) from Montreux to Evian... to see the spring, and evian museum and remember to take your water bottles for free top ups! its in France so remember Euros for the touristy t-shirts etc.

Taking a drive into Valais, and up to either Verbier or Nendaz and having a mountain walk... at nendaz especially there is a relatively flat route at 1400m that follows a former water stream along the mountains with a few opportunites at some chalet cafes to stop off for a hot chocolate and cake. its a beautiful walk with fabulous scenery. 

You could take a drive to Nyon and take a ferry to Yvoire, a historic french village, very pretty, but very touristy.

The website posted above has many more suggestions.

Enjoy the area. 


Sep 2, 22 13:05

Heres a link to the walks at Nendaz :


https://www.nendaz.ch/en/V2621/hike-bisse-de-saxon


 


 

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Heres a link to the walks at Nendaz :


https://www.nendaz.ch/en/V2621/hike-bisse-de-saxon


 


 


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Hi Charlie, 


Thanks for your detailed reply. We've also been thinking about going to Evian - the pictures look really beautiful. Any views on Vevey? Is it worth a half day trip? It's a real bummer to hear that (even) in Switzerland trains can be "tedious and expensive, albeit reliable". Well, I am aware of the expensive part, however hearing they're also unreliable comes a bit as a surprise.  Whatever happened to the (famous) Swiss efficiency?! 


Anyway, thanks again for kindly taking time to answer my thread. Much appreciated! 


Anka


 

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Hi Charlie, 


Thanks for your detailed reply. We've also been thinking about going to Evian - the pictures look really beautiful. Any views on Vevey? Is it worth a half day trip? It's a real bummer to hear that (even) in Switzerland trains can be "tedious and expensive, albeit reliable". Well, I am aware of the expensive part, however hearing they're also unreliable comes a bit as a surprise.  Whatever happened to the (famous) Swiss efficiency?! 


Anyway, thanks again for kindly taking time to answer my thread. Much appreciated! 


Anka


 


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Hi Charlie, 

Thanks for your detailed reply. We've also been thinking about going to Evian - the pictures look really beautiful. Any views on Vevey? Is it worth a half day trip? It's a real bummer to hear that (even) in Switzerland trains can be "tedious and expensive, albeit reliable". Well, I am aware of the expensive part, however hearing they're also unreliable comes a bit as a surprise.  Whatever happened to the (famous) Swiss efficiency?! 

Anyway, thanks again for kindly taking time to answer my thread. Much appreciated! 

Anka

 


Sep 2, 22 19:40

Anka I think you misunderstood me...."albeit reliable" means they are reliable.


Prices for example: Montreux to Evian CHF35- for an adult one way 2nd class. it takes 1hr 35 mins.


Montreux to Geneva is about CHF31- per adult. 


Kids under 6 yrs travel for free, from 6 to 16 at half price.


As to the "tedious", what I mean is you're bound to the timetable, as compared to fully flexible with a car.


Vevey is almost next door to Montreux... it has the Charly Chaplain museum I think. Lausanne has the Olympic museum, as its where the IOC is headquartered.


 


 


 

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Anka I think you misunderstood me...."albeit reliable" means they are reliable.


Prices for example: Montreux to Evian CHF35- for an adult one way 2nd class. it takes 1hr 35 mins.


Montreux to Geneva is about CHF31- per adult. 


Kids under 6 yrs travel for free, from 6 to 16 at half price.


As to the "tedious", what I mean is you're bound to the timetable, as compared to fully flexible with a car.


Vevey is almost next door to Montreux... it has the Charly Chaplain museum I think. Lausanne has the Olympic museum, as its where the IOC is headquartered.


 


 


 


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. it has the Charly Chaplain museum I think. Lausanne has the Olympic museum, as its where the IOC is headquartered.

Indeed, greatest museum I've ever seen


 


 


 

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. it has the Charly Chaplain museum I think. Lausanne has the Olympic museum, as its where the IOC is headquartered.

Indeed, greatest museum I've ever seen


 


 


 


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Another worthwhile attraction in Vevey is the “Alimentarian” museum where you see lots of household foodstuffs in different types of packaging.


It’s quite a while since I was last there but they used to offer small samples of various goodies.  Perhaps best to check the website for opening hours and entrance fees.

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Another worthwhile attraction in Vevey is the “Alimentarian” museum where you see lots of household foodstuffs in different types of packaging.


It’s quite a while since I was last there but they used to offer small samples of various goodies.  Perhaps best to check the website for opening hours and entrance fees.


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Charlie, apologies for misreading your comment on Swiss trains (I think I got a bit sidetracked by the recommendation to use a car), but .. (uff!) .. what a relief to hear that trains are indeed reliable. 


Thanks for the recomendations on Vevey and Lausanne. I was wondering if taking the (Golden?!) train to Gruyere might be worth a trip? Not really keen on too much cheese or chocolate tasting, but the town and the surrounding area do look pretty. 


Best wishes from (overcast) London!


Anka

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Charlie, apologies for misreading your comment on Swiss trains (I think I got a bit sidetracked by the recommendation to use a car), but .. (uff!) .. what a relief to hear that trains are indeed reliable. 


Thanks for the recomendations on Vevey and Lausanne. I was wondering if taking the (Golden?!) train to Gruyere might be worth a trip? Not really keen on too much cheese or chocolate tasting, but the town and the surrounding area do look pretty. 


Best wishes from (overcast) London!


Anka


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Michael, thanks for your comment on Lausanne! How long should I allocate for visiting the IOC museum? I know there are museums (which you can visit in less than an hour) and then museums (like some in London) - which take half a day or longer to visit. 


Many thanks, 


Anka

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Michael, thanks for your comment on Lausanne! How long should I allocate for visiting the IOC museum? I know there are museums (which you can visit in less than an hour) and then museums (like some in London) - which take half a day or longer to visit. 


Many thanks, 


Anka


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Hi Ritchie, 


Thanks for suggesting a visit to the Alimentarium museum - it's something I have in mind for the day we'd be spending in Vevey. I do hope for good weather, as I am hoping for a (long) walk around the town - very pretty from what I've seen in the pictures!


Best,


Anka

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Hi Ritchie, 


Thanks for suggesting a visit to the Alimentarium museum - it's something I have in mind for the day we'd be spending in Vevey. I do hope for good weather, as I am hoping for a (long) walk around the town - very pretty from what I've seen in the pictures!


Best,


Anka


Anka B, Sep 6, 2022 @ 15:23
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Charlie, apologies for misreading your comment on Swiss trains (I think I got a bit sidetracked by the recommendation to use a car), but .. (uff!) .. what a relief to hear that trains are indeed reliable. 

Thanks for the recomendations on Vevey and Lausanne. I was wondering if taking the (Golden?!) train to Gruyere might be worth a trip? Not really keen on too much cheese or chocolate tasting, but the town and the surrounding area do look pretty. 

Best wishes from (overcast) London!

Anka


Sep 6, 22 15:17

You can’t really escape cheese and chocolate in CH. There’s an awful lot of both wherever you go but one can get accustomed and indifferent to the sales patter


The railways also have their hiccups but compared to many other networks they’re a good buy.

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You can’t really escape cheese and chocolate in CH. There’s an awful lot of both wherever you go but one can get accustomed and indifferent to the sales patter


The railways also have their hiccups but compared to many other networks they’re a good buy.


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In my view the Olympic Museum (which is on the lakeside in Ouchy) deserves at least two hours.


Also, the restaurant/cafeteria used to be very good and the view from its terrace on a clear day shouldn’t be missed.


Chillon is also a must for its location and maintenance, history, and knowable friendly staff.


All the best, Ritchie

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In my view the Olympic Museum (which is on the lakeside in Ouchy) deserves at least two hours.


Also, the restaurant/cafeteria used to be very good and the view from its terrace on a clear day shouldn’t be missed.


Chillon is also a must for its location and maintenance, history, and knowable friendly staff.


All the best, Ritchie


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Michael, thanks for your comment on Lausanne! How long should I allocate for visiting the IOC museum? I know there are museums (which you can visit in less than an hour) and then museums (like some in London) - which take half a day or longer to visit. 

Many thanks, 

Anka


Sep 6, 22 15:19

You're welcome , the comment on lausanne was from Charlie, I copied/pasted his comment and commented further on the Chaplin' s museum. 

From my point of view half a day isn't enough to visit that one ! you have the house , the studio, and a wonderfull park !, 

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You're welcome , the comment on lausanne was from Charlie, I copied/pasted his comment and commented further on the Chaplin' s museum. 

From my point of view half a day isn't enough to visit that one ! you have the house , the studio, and a wonderfull park !, 


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