Aug 3, 2015 - 2:34 PM
in reply to dorisd
There are lots of interesting places within that time from Villars, even if it does take you twenty minutes or more to drive down to the valley and main highway.
If I were doing it, I'd consider dumping my car at Ollon and using the train instead for the following sights. There is a LOT of scenery along the way, and you cannot really appreciate looking at it if you're driving your car on an unfamiliar road.
Sion (nice walk up to the ruined church); Montreux; train from Vevey to Puidoux; Lausanne/Ouchy/lake boat back to train line at Montreux; Le Rochers de Naye, Gruyeres; Fribourg -go down to the old town by funicular, maybe walk through the Gotteron Schlucht to Ameismühle, then swing south then west up and back over the fields to Le Bourgillon and back down to the old town. (Get a hiking map - see what the tourist office can provide.)
Are you a rail fan? There is a train museum that runs trains regularly at Blonay or Chambly up on the hillside above Montreux or Vevey.
Just in passing, I see that you will go through or near another Villars near Fribourg. The town of Villars-sur-Glane is near Fribourg.
Bern is in reach, but I'd take the train instead of trying to find my way slowly through the city by car. Will you have a map reader sitting next to you in your car? One who can quickly read the signs in German and French if you are in a hurry at a complex intersection? Or, rent a GPS? Makes it easier, but they are not foolproof.
On Lake Geneva (or Lac Leman, as the French call it) take a boat to Yvoire (on the French shore.) or drive 1 and 1/2 hours from Villars through France.
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