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If You Go – Lake Geneva, Switzerland

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If visiting during summer, early fall or late spring, bring your own water bottle. Fill it for free at any of the flowing water fountains—the water is not only safe to drink, it’s across the lake from the famous Evian, available by the bottle.

This can get confusing: Gruyère or Le Gruyère is the cheese. La Gruyère is the district. Gruyères is the village.

How2GetThere

Swiss International Air Lines
The airline offers daily flights to Geneva from several major cities. New business class seats recline flat.

Swiss Travel System
Forget taxis and rental cars: A Swiss Pass is all you need to get from the airport to wherever you want to go in Switzerland.

Where2Stay

The Hotel Central
Rue de la Rôtisserie 2, 1204 Geneva
Tel : +41 (0)22 818 81 00
Feel like a local at this apartment-style hotel that offers a convenient location and city views.

Hôtel des Trois Couronnes
Rue d’Italie 49, 1800 Vevey
Tel : +41 (0)21 923 32 00
Feel like royalty at this high-quality hotel that boasts impressive lake views, friendly staff and upscale amenities.

Lausanne Palace & Spa
7-9 Grand-Chêne, 1002 Lausanne
Tel. +41 (0)21 331 31 31
A personal favorite. This top-notch historic hotel impresses in every possible way, from customer service to amenities and on-site facilities. Originally built in 1915, the seven-story building houses four restaurants and bars. Guests enjoy free Internet access and spa access.

Where2Eat

The Geneva canton boasts the greatest concentration of restaurants in all of Switzerland. Alas, I could not try them all yet recommend these:

Anne-Sophie Pic
Beau-Rivage Palace / Place du Port 17-19, 1000 Lausanne 6
Tel: +41 (0)21 613 33 34
Fine dining.

Auberge du Vigneron
Route de la Corniche, 1098 Epesses
Tel : +41 (0)21 799 14 19
Local treasure.

Il Lago Restaurant
Four Season’s Hotel, 33 Quai des Bergues, 1201 Geneva
Tel: + 41 (22) 908 70 00
Fine dining.

La Pomme de Pin
rue Cité-Derrière 11, Lausanne
Tel: +41 21 323 46 56
Traditional seasonal cuisine with French influences. Reservations strongly recommended.

Le Maître Jaques
2 ruelle des Moulins, 1260 Nyon
Tel : +41 (0)22 361 28 34
Another local treasure.

Restaurant Edelweiss Manotel
2 place de la Navigation, 1201 Geneva
Tel: +41 (0) 22 544 51 51
Touristy, but fun.

Restaurant Les Armures
1 rue Puits-St-Pierre, 1204 Geneva
Tél. +41 (0)22 310 91 72
Upscale, traditional.

What2Do

Blondel
rue de Bourg 5, 1003 Lausanne
Tel. +41 (0)21 323 44 74

Dürig Chocolatier
Avenue d Ouchy 15, 1006 Lausanne
Tel: +41 (0) 21 601 24 35

H.R. Giger Museum
Château St. Germain, 1663 Gruyères
Tel.: +41 26 921 22 00

La Maison du Gruyère
1663 Pringy-Gruyères
Tel: +41 (0) 026 921 84 00

Lake Geneva Museum
Quai Louis Bonnard 8, 1260 Nyon
Tel. +41 (0) 22 361 09 49

Maison Cailler
rue Jules Bellet 7, 1636 Broc
Tel: + 41 (0)26 921 59 60

The Musée Gruérien
Rue de la Condémine 25, 1630 Bulle
Tel: +41 (0)26 916 10 10
Closed for renovation until Autumn 2011

The Roman Museum
Rue Maupertuis, 1260 Nyon
Tel: +41(0)22 361.75.91

4MoreInfo

La Gruyère Region Tourism

Lake Geneva Region Tourism

Lausanne Tourism & Convention Bureau

Montreaux-Riviera Region Tourism

Nyon Region Tourism

Switzerland Tourism

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