Vevey is blessed by an extraordinary position right on Lake Geneva's shore, beneath Mont Pèlerin and the 1,364-meter Pleiades. Vevey it’s a fairytale city, bringing together harmoniously in the architecture of its buildings, the medieval look, the 19th century scent and the Belle Epoque's soft touch. With an overwhelming view of the Alpine panorama and its waterfront lined by sumptuous hotels, Vevey it’s one of the pearls of the Swiss Riviera.
A walk down the flower-bedecked Lake Promenade is perhaps the best way to discover the secrets of the city, where you can enjoy an exotic stroll admiring the palm trees, or you could go by boat or car to other towns nearby such as Montreux, followed by the iconic Château de Chillon, the medieval fortress that appears on all the postcards as a reminder of the more than 1'000 years of history, the inspiration source for famous artists and writers such as Victor Hugo, Delacroix, Courbet or Lord Byron.
Exploring by foot the city center it’s a delight thanks to the impeccable preserve of the ancient quarter where the beautiful cobblestone streets are full of local crafts boutiques, cozy coffee shops, perfumeries and of course, watch and jewelry shops that expose valuable products.
For a superb view over Lake Geneva I recommend the fantastic quarter Grande Place, right in the heart of the city. On Tuesdays and Saturdays this market is loaded with local products, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, different types of cheese, lots of fragrant flowers or traditional wines. (Vevey is known for its high-class wines). Take a trip abroad the Train des Vignes (The Vine Train) or choose a wine tasting at the gorgeous vineyards of Lavaux to Puidoux-Chexbres.
In Vevey, 4 attractions caught my attention: the giant fork in the middle of the lake, Nestle's Alimentarium Museum, the statue of Charlie Chaplin facing out over the Lake Geneva and the statue of the Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu.
A little story of the giant fork of Vevey
It all started in February 1995 at the 10th commemoration of the Alimentarium museum when they wanted the 8 meters statue designed by the Swiss sculptor Jean-Pierre Zauggde, to obtain the authorization in order to become the symbol of the city. However, it was not possible, a few years have passed, yet in 2008, the Vaud canton decreed the fork as part of the landscape of Lake Geneva.
Nestle's Alimentarium Museum
We all know that Nestlé is one of the largest food companies in the world. Therefore, the Nestle's Alimentarium Museum is a must-see if you have enough time available. You are greeted by interactive exhibits, cooking studios, priceless nutrition information and not least, the food samples provided will make your holiday much sweeter.
The statue of Charlie Chaplin facing out over the Lake Geneva
Charlie Chaplin spent the last two decades of his life in Vevey and his family home, the Manoir de Ban, built in the neoclassical style of 1840, is without doubts the most refined and exquisite in the city.
The monument of the Romanian romantic poet Mihai Eminescu
Mihai Eminescu was one of the most famous romantic poets of the Romania and its statue was a gift from the Romanian Embassy to the Swiss nation, marking the spot where Romanians meet annually in Switzerland.
Castles enthusiast or not, Chateau de l'aile (The Aile Castle) is a piece of resistance, although it is not open to the public, its imperial façade features the flawless 19th-century Swiss architecture, so it would be such a pity not to visit the outside.
Sightseeing, museums and best things to do in Vevey
- For a leisurely stroll opt for the flower-bedecked lakefront promenade and the Grand Place market square. Right in the market square you will find the Tourism Office, in front of which is an interesting flea market. At the tourist office you will find a lot of brochures, a map/guide of Vevey and other useful information. Food gourmet and chocolate boutiques, plus other tempting shops are in the pedestrian area of the old city.
- Museums include the Alimentarium Museum or Food Museum, the museum-library of the Confrérie des Vignerons, the museum of fine arts Musée Junisch and Musée Suisse de l'appareil photographique (The Swiss Camera Museum), which will definitely enchant your artistic sense, moreover if you are photographer or you love taking pictures.
- Take the train CGN lake steamer to the Lavaux, Montreux, Lausanne or the amazing Chateau de Chillon.
- Wine-tasting and panoramic scenery - Le Train de Vignes (the Wine Train) through Lavaux.
- For exceptional views over the Lake Geneva take the Mont-Pèlerin funicular to the Plein Ciel Lift.
- Take a boat cruise on Lake Geneva, exploring the other cities – e.g. Vevey - direct route to Lausanne.
- The Train des Etoiles (The Train of Stars) takes you from Vevey to Les Pléiades at 1360m (also ideal in winter, featuring gentle slopes, perfectly for families with children), from where the view is absolutely ravishing.
The best bakeries in Vevey
- Boulangerie-Pâtisserie Favrel Fils, a small confectionery where you will find the standard pastries, croissants, pain au chocolat, donuts, cakes, fruit and chocolate tarts.
- Vevey Bien Cafe & Take Away it’s the cheap alternative to eating out in Switzerland. Right in the city centre of Vevey you can enjoy some very good sandwiches, biscuits with nutella for just 1, 5 Swiss francs, choux a la creme and brownies or a strong coffee flavored with a generous slice of tart.
- For some delicious sweet crêpes go to Creperie An Arvor.