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Lake Geneva - sapphire sea in the heart of the Alps - Part III

Lausanne, Switzerland, The Cathedral of Notre Dame panorama

Nyon, an oasis of peace on the shores of Lake Léman

Known in the world especially among fans, thanks to the fact that here is situated UEFA, Nyon, is appreciated by travelers for being one of the most beautiful city on the shores of Lake Léman.

Nyon was founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago (historical evidence shows that even Julius Caesar chose this place), being an important colony of the empire. White Castle, the Roman walls and romantic atmosphere of the town of Nyon are the ideal place for a walk on the Lake Léman. If you feel filled with the spirit of adventure, rent a bicycle to explore the region around the city (Céligny, a village 10 km from Nyon, was the place chosen by Richard Burton for the last few years to live, the actor being conquered by its beauty).

In Nyon, you can visit the Musée du Léman, where you have the opportunity to learn more about the history, culture and geography of this region, Roman Museum, where you can discover more about the old city, Noviodunum, whose ruins have been preserved until today, and then get back on the lake (unless you want to visit UEFA headquarters, where football fans can enjoy many European trophies). Last stop will be Château de Nyon, which houses the Museum of Nyon.

After you enjoy the incredible panorama of the lake, is it worth buying a ticket for a journey from the port on the lake to France, where you can explore Yvoire. The little town, which lasts from the middle ages, at the end of the peninsula Léman, which defines the two parts of the lake, is recognized as one of the most picturesque villages in France.

Yvoire, town of stories

Located about 27 kilometers from Geneva, Yvoire is one of the most popular destinations, and rightly so! Travel by boat to Yvoire takes about 20 minutes from Nyon, during which you can admire the spectacular villas scattered on the shores. Upon arrival you will discover why visitors from around the world flock to visit this medieval village.

The port will be greeted by the image of a fairytale castle that, and once you go down the ship, you will find a setting unchanged for centuries, with cobbled streets and houses covered with innumerable flowers. One of the objectives that should not be missed in Yvoire is Jardin des Cinq Sens, a spectacular garden, which will stimulate the senses, with plants arranged thematically.

After you finish exploring the little French village, get back to Nyon, to continue the adventure along Lake Léman.

Lausanne and La Côte

A mandatory stop after Nyon, Lausanne is the second populous city is located on Lake Geneva (and fifth of Switzerland). Lausanne is the capital of Vaud canton, and takes its name from the old Roman city Lousanna. A unique fact: Lausanne is the only city in Switzerland and the smallest town in the world to benefit from Metro.

In the past, Lausanne has built the name by association with the two great thinkers of the Enlightenment, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and François Voltaire, who found in this city a place where they could express themselves freely. Later, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, William Wordsworth or TS Eliot was among those attracted by the elegance of the city, which has been preserved until today.

Today, Lausanne attracts with Haute Ville, the old town atmosphere that evokes medieval towns by many cobblestone streets and elegant cafes. This area can be explored only on foot, and even if you get tired little town in the hills, you will find that the effort will be worth it. Hills have attracted many of the cities the nickname of "San Francisco" of Switzerland.

Because during the middle Ages the city was hit by several devastating fires, Lausanne established the position of night guard ('Le guet), which remains to this day. Every night between 10 pm and 2 am, this cry from the cathedral tower, at fixed hour, " C'est le guet, il a sonné l'heure", ensuring citizens that everything is okay.

A key objective is the Gothic cathedral, one of the most beautiful in the whole of Europe, built between 1170 and 1240, the top where you can admire a beautiful view over the metropolis.

The city hosts the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic spirit is reflected in the entire town, the Museum Olympism, through many sporting events taking place there to encourage physical activity initiatives (including free bike rental). Hills are great for city riding roller enthusiasts, breakneck speed that can catch on them. In fact, tourists who go to the city's tourism office will receive recommendations on the best routes for jogging!

Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the IOC and also the father of the modern Olympics, is buried in the Bois-de-Vaux. This is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Switzerland, being designed as an elegant park that eternally rest a number of famous figures, including fashion designer Coco Chanel.

We must not miss the town hall, built between 1673 and 1675 and Saint-Maire castle, a palace completed in 1406 Bishop, which today houses the cantonal authorities. And one day walk through the Lausanne cannot conclude than Quais d'Ouchy, where countless flowers provide the ideal environment for a relaxing stroll.

Before continuing your journey along the Lake Léman, consider a trip by boat to Évian-les-Bains, the place is one of the most popular bottled water in the world and is also a luxury resort. Évian-les-Bains resort is a magnet for many celebrities, from the kings of England Edward VII and George V, King Fuad I of Egypt and President François Mitterrand, Marcel Proust being among the personalities attracted to the healing properties of mineral springs here.