Medieval towns, lakeside castles and the rare vintage of the Lavaux around Lake Geneva
The largest lake in Western Europe, Lake Geneva shimmers along the border of Switzerland and France between the Jura Mountains in the north and the Alps in the south. The deep-blue waters invite swimming and boating, and the shore is dotted with medieval villages, cosmopolitan cities, terraced vineyards and peaceful beaches.
Our specialists know the highlights as well as the lesser-known destinations, and can plan your trip to the Lake Geneva region according to your preferences. Whether you wish to venture into the mountains for hikes and Alpine fondue, or lounge on the shores of the Montreux Riviera, our experts will craft a journey just for you.
You can explore the cobbled streets of Vevey and Montreux, whose old towns bewitch with their narrow, brightly painted houses and fortress-like castles along the lake shore. In Montreux, you can attend the world-renowned jazz festival, or pay homage to the statues of musical greats, including Freddie Mercury, that adorn the town’s waterfront. Stroll the stately streets of the lake’s namesake city, Geneva, where a fountain shoots water high into the air. Or tour the Lavaux wine region, whose vineyards produce wines you can’t taste anywhere else.
Places to visit in Lake Geneva
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Lake Geneva, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring Lake Geneva
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lake Geneva, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Lake Geneva
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Lake Geneva
- Geneva Lake Geneva
- Montreux Lake Geneva
- Bern 56 miles away
- Bernese Oberland 65 miles away
- Zermatt 66 miles away
- Interlaken 66 miles away
- Wengen 68 miles away
- Grindelwald 74 miles away
- Lucerne 95 miles away
- The Swiss Alps 98 miles away
- Zürich 115 miles away
- Lugano 120 miles away
- St. Moritz 158 miles away
Photos of Lake Geneva
Accommodation choices for Lake Geneva
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Geneva. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The Villa Toscane is an intimate, historic Art Nouveau hotel tucked away from the main action in Montreux. It offers simple rooms, but shares amenities with the Royal Plaza Hotel across the street, including restaurants, spa facilities and staff.
You’ll find Belle Époque grandeur and airy modern style at the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, located in the heart of the Montreux Riviera. Across from both the lake and the train station, it offers peaceful rooms, fine dining and panoramic views in a convenient location.