by Gabriel Fuchs

A look inside "LAKE GENEVA"...!

View from Geneva towards the lake opening up against the East.

The village of Bellevue, just next to Geneva, presents – like its French name indicates – a magnificent view of Geneva and Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps.

“L’île de La Harpe” just next to Rolle and one of its few landmarks, was constructed in 1837 to protect the boats entering Rolle.

View from Saint-Prex, a typical village on the shores of Lake Geneva and probably inhabited for 7,000 years.

Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, as seen from Morges during and just after Sunset.

The part of Lausanne directly by the lake is called Ouchy, an ancient fishing village that now serves as the port of Lausanne as well as a place of relaxation. Here, there are numerous restaurants, boats departing in every direction and lush greenery.

Lutry is another characteristic village by Lake Geneva with a typical history. There were settlements here already six thousand years ago and later on the Romans established themselves here. Lutry was fortified during medieval times, followed by modernisation which nevertheless maintained the atmosphere of its old heritage.

View from Chexbres, located on some hills just above the shores of Lake Geneva. Surrounded by vineyards, the village offers a spectacular view of Lake Geneva, giving it the nickname “the balcony of Léman”.

View from Mont-Pèlerin some 600 metres above Lake Geneva.

La Tour-de-Peilz is situated where the colours of Lake Geneva often appear in an extraordinary manner thanks to its geographical situation. Towards the East, the lake begins to narrow, surrounded by the mountains, while towards the West the lake opens up. This creates layers of air that result in the most spectacular colour variations.

The construction of the Château de Chillon began around a thousand years ago. Fortress and prison, it has also served as an inspiration for writers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Lord Byron and Henry James. Today, after a careful restoration, Château de Chillon is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Switzerland.

Being “the door to the Alps”, Villeneuve has  seen a wide variety of people stopping by, including Mahatma Gandhi, Lord Byron and Victor Hugo. The town also played an essential part in the story The Ice-Maiden by HC Andersen.

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