Vevey is said to be one of the pearls of the Swiss Riviera. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, about an hour from Geneva proper, this charming city offers wonderful discoveries. Enough to occupy serious minds and curious palates. One can’t help but be enthralled…
Vevey was first frequented by high society during the Belle Epoque. Today, the prestigious buildings and the lakeside promenade recall this elegant age. The city is host to the headquarters of Nestlé, a company that knew its first success in 1866 by creating – surprise! – baby formula.
As milk chocolate was invented in Vevey, Nestlé’s location makes perfect sense. The region has also inspired many artists like Dostoevsky, Eiffel, and Hugo. But Vevey’s most famous resident (to whom a monument is dedicated), remains Charlie Chaplin, who lived the last 25 years of his life here.
While exploring the area, we visited the famous Château de Chillon. This fortress, where private events can be hosted, has been immortalized in the stories and accounts of Rousseau, Shelley, Dumas, and others. There are a variety of routes by which visitors may discover the area. Take the opportunity to cruise the lake in picturesque paddle wheelers, or stroll along the lakeside trails on foot or by bike. You will quickly come to understand how much Vevey’s inhabitants love their lake. They often picnic as a family after work, settling along the banks to enjoy the water. Jogging along the lake at dawn is simply a joy, to watch the city emerge from slumber to the gradual opening of the markets.
The area is full of remarkable landscapes and delightful little spots. The wine route with its ‘train des vignes’ (which crosses the sunny slopes between Lausanne and Montreux), includes stops in the Lavaux vineyards for tasting. Prestigious hotels like the Grand Hotel du Lac – a five-star gem of the Relais & Châteaux group – graciously welcome you. From the moment of our arrival, the staff was attuned to our every need. Add to the splendid service, luxurious accommodations, exceptional food by Chef Thomas Neeser, and a Swiss Bellefontaine spa… What could be better! With three Michelin stars, the restaurant at the Hôtel de Ville in Crissier is a must. Legendary chef Philippe Rochat has now retired, but you can still discover his passion in his book Flaveurs, from which this quote is taken: “Friends teach us to resist all doubt. They are also the most discerning critics, who are forthright in their judgments. People who do not eschew their true thoughts. Friends are vital. They know everything of you. They know the demanding efforts required for success.
From the moment of our arrival, the staff was attuneDto our every need. I truly savored my visit to Vevey.
We wish to sincerely thank l’Hôtel du Lac for their generous hospitality.