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Gruyères town square

The picturesque square in the medieval town of Gruyères.

Things to do in South-West Switzerland

Please find our suggestions for hiking trails and things to see below.

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Golden Pass line

Beautiful scenic train ride from Lucerne via the Bernese Oberland lakes to Montreux.

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Boat trip Lake Geneva

Explore the largest lake of Switzerland by boat.

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Glacier 3000

Glacier 3000 is a well-maintained winter sports and summer activities area in the mountains within easy reach of Gstaad, with beautiful views of the Alps. Its top station is called Scex Rouge, from which hiking trails, ski slopes and other attractions can be reached.

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Chillon Castle

Chillon Castle is a medieval fortress located on a beautiful spot along Lake Geneva, with nice views over the lake. It’s close to the atmospheric town of Montreux and can easily be reached by public transportation and on foot.

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Maison Cailler

This chocolate factory and multi-media museum allows visitors to learn about the making of delicious Swiss chocolate.

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Gruyères

An atmospheric medieval town, known for its castle and the nearby cheese and chocolate factories.

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La Maison du Gruyère

This cheese factory and show dairy explains how the famous 'Le Gruyère AOP' cheese is made.

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Chocolate Train

Enjoy a one day train and bus trip from Montreux, visiting the cheese and chocolate factories near Gruyères.

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  • Attraction type: Culinary tour, Cheese;
    Culture;
    Culinary tour, Chocolate;
    Scenic trip, By train;
    Scenic trip, By bus
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Montreux (South-West Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Rochers-de-Naye

Grand view of Lake Geneva and the Alps from the rocks above Montreux.

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Jet d'Eau Geneva

This huge fountain is the landmark of Geneva.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Independent day trip to the Mont Blanc and Chamonix from Geneva

This tour includes a comfortable transfer from Geneva to Chamonix. You can explore the town on your own, and optionally add a ride with the cableway to Aiguille du Midi and a ride on the Montenvers railway to the sea of ice of Mer de Glace.

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  • Attraction type: Scenic trip, By bus;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By train;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car;
    City tour
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Geneva (South-West Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Entrance ticket to Chaplin's World

A ticket for an independent visit to this interactive museum. Explore the house and studio of Charlie Chaplin, the comic actor who shaped the film industry from the 1920's to the 1960's.

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Self-guided Lausanne audio tour

You'll get an app for your smartphone. It tells you where to go to reach highlights like the historical town center and the cathedral. Internet access during the tour is not required. This self-guided walking tour of Lausanne takes at least 30 minutes, but count on a few hours to thoroughly explore.

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Entrance ticket to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne

Entrance ticket to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

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Geneva walking tour and chocolate tasting

This 3 hour guided walking tour takes you to the old town center, along the best chocolateries, and on a short boat trip across the lake.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Geneva city tour by coach, mini-train and on foot

2.5 hour guided tour along Geneva's famous fountain, the Old Town and the St. Pierre Cathedral.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Guided day trip to Chamonix and the Mont Blanc from Geneva

This day trip includes a guided transfer from Geneva to Chamonix and back. You can add extra tours: the cableway to Aiguille du Midi and a train ride to the Mer de Glace (sea of ice). Or you can explore Chamonix on your own.

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  • Attraction type: Scenic trip, By bus;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By train
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Geneva (South-West Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: GetYourGuide
Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Walking tour of the Geneva Old Town and United Nations

2- to 3-hour guided walking tour from the United Nations buildings via the historical town center to Lake Geneva.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Full day trip to medieval Gruyères and chocolate factory from Geneva

After a scenic bus ride you'll arrive in the medieval tiny town of Gruyères to admire the castle and the ancient houses. Visits to the Maison Cailler and the cheese factory are included too, and you'll have time to explore Gruyères on your own and have lunch.

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  • Attraction type: Culinary tour, Cheese;
    Culture, Museum;
    Culinary tour, Chocolate;
    Scenic trip, By bus
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Geneva (South-West Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Panoramic Lavaux wine tour from Lausanne

A panoramic tour across the UNESCO World Heritage Lavaux vineyards from Lausanne. You'll get to see the area in half a day. Wine tasting and local snacks are included.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Panoramic Lavaux wine tour from Montreux

A panoramic tour across the UNESCO World Heritage Lavaux vineyards. An open-top bus will pick you up from Montreux. You'll get to see the area in half a day. Wine tasting and local snacks are included.

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Quick scenic tour around Geneva on a solar powered boat

Enjoy the views of Geneva from a solar powered boat. It's a zero emission activity! This half hour tour allows you to comfortable get a quick impression of the city and the lake. A welcome drink is included.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Bus tour to Chamonix and the Mont Blanc from Geneva

You can choose just the mini bus transfer to explore Chamonix in France on your own. Optionally, add the cable car ride to Aiguille du Midi for an up close view of the Mont Blanc, or a ride on the cogwheel train to the Mer de Glace glacier plus a lunch in town.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By train;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car;
    Scenic trip, By bus
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Geneva (South-West Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Day trip to the Lavaux vineyards, Vevey, Montreux and Chillon Castle from Geneva

Enjoy Lake Geneva during this 10-hour guided tour. A stop in the vineyards and a glass of wine are included, as well Chillon Castle and stops in Vevey and Montreux.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Guided tour from Geneva to the Bollywood DDLJ filming location

Board the bus to the village of Saanen, where the Bollywood movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was filmed. Optionally you can take the cableway to further explore the area from the top of "Glacier 3000" (recommended). On the way back there's a short stop in the lake side town of Montreux.

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City walk Geneva

A walk along the river Rhône and the lake, and in the old town center of Geneva. This varied route offers a good introduction to the city.

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Lutry - Epesses (Lavaux vineyards)

Explore the Lavaux vineyards on foot by walking from Lutry to Epesses, while enjoying the views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. You'll pass picturesque little towns along the way.

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City walk Lausanne

Explore the historical town center of Lausanne: the picturesque narrow streets, the medieval cathedral and the impressive Palais de Rumine.

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