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5 day trip ideas from geneva, switzerland

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GRUYERE, 1 HOUR & 20 MINUTES FROM GENEVA
this medieval village gives its name of course to gruyère cheese and is located at the top of an 82 meter-high hill overlooking the saane valley & lake of gruyère. the village is CUTE and fun to walk around, pop into shops, eat fondue [reservations are helpful, sit upstairs!], and take a look around the gorgeous castle. you can also tour the cheese or chocolate factory, if you want to learn more about how it's all made. read more about the activities here or read our post about << 7 things to try when you visit switzerland >> 
 


MONTREUX, 1 HOUR FROM GENEVA
montreux is often referenced as a "resort town" on lake geneva, and is absolutely worth at least a day visit. nestled between steep hills and the lakeside, it's known for its mild microclimate and the long running montreux jazz festival, held in july. but it's fun to see all year round – the town's promenade is lined with flowers, sculptures, trees, fun restaurants, cool bars, fancy shopping and gorgeous architecture. and if you're into castles, chillion makes for a fun after-lunch activity and beautiful photos. 

ROCHERS DE NAYE, 1.5 HOURS FROM GENEVA
after passing through montreux, rochers de naye is a mountain region overlooking lake geneva, in the canton {district} of vaud. your options here can be either luxurious or adventurous – take the cog railway to the top and have a drink, enjoy the views and perhaps sleep in one of the yurts. OR choose to hike up to the train station and take the train back down, which is a good way to earn your snack/drink at the top! ... for true adventurers try climbing the viaferrata along the mountainside cliff - you will need helmets, rope and carabiners.
 


EXPLORE THE TINY VILLAGES: 
switzerland is covered in cute little villages and you can't really go wrong in any of them – stop wherever feels right! some of our favorites for popping in and having a walk around are gilly, st. prex and rolle. wander the cobble stoned streets, stop for lunch and try the locally famous filets de perch. << see our recent photo journal here >>

ANNECY:
if you're looking for a full day trip, annecy [in france] is often referred to as the "venice of switzerland" and is a charming little town to explore their historic streets, channels of lake water running through to pastel colored buildings, and delicious food.  
 












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