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Towns & Villages near Geneva

There are many beautiful towns and villages that surround Geneva, most are quite easy to reach including Nyon, Haut-Léman, Bern, Lucerne, Basel, Mont Blanc, Gstaad, Les Diablerets, Lausanne, Montreux and Chillon.

Towns & Villages near Geneva

Nyon is nine kilometers north of Coppet and is a main town that has an attractive small port which is an ideal place to visit while you take a relaxed tour off the lake, the town is on a flattish plain flanked between the lake and Jura.

There is a château as well as an outstanding Roman museum and the nearby houses of Château de Prangins are part of the local division of the National Museum, there's also a mountain railway that has great views going towards St Cergue's little Jura resort.


Before trains go into Canton Valais they initially pass through the varied and obscured area of Canton Vaud and extends to southeast Lake Geneva, south of Montreux is the Rhône valley. In the valley and west facing foothills is the commended wine district of Chablais and no less important a maker than it's lakeshore neighbours of Lavaux and La Côte, and the very fine old town of Aigle, with it's folk story turreted citadel bordered by the chateau.


Of all the Swiss cities, Bern is possibly the most appealing and is located on top of a steep sided cape in the crook of the River Aare, it's calm paved lanes and buildings have hardley deteriated over the last 500 years but for the embellishment of contemporary signs and strange cars clattering past.

The hills around the sharp river banks offers sights of the Old Town's bunched roofs and the view of the Alps on the horizon is magnificent, Bern was once Europe's most flowery city and is the state's capital.


Lucerne is only an hour south of Zürich and Basel, and daring bracing lake cruises, mountain views, Lucerne is a pleasing old quarter and has long been among Europe's most visited towns.

Queen Victoria once visited for an extensive holiday back in August 1868 and at that time the city was already well known, a century of stable expansion has resulted in five million visitors each every year visiting Lucerne's many attractions, even today Lucerne still has managed to keep much of it's charisma.


Basel is located on the Rhine precisely where Switzerland, France, and Germany meet and is the central peak of the continent, Basel is an inquisitively calculated place, you won't come across anyone who is against Europe, in fact it will be hard to find anyone who is against anything at all, even the massive carnival of the metropolis is a thoroughly prearranged set section.

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