Switzerland’s Canton of Vaud Has It All: Lakes, Mountains, Wines and Charlie Chaplin; Cynthia Dial; JustLuxe


Switzerland – Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces

With an arrival timed to Swiss National Day, a holiday that symbolizes the 1291 founding of the Federation around which Switzerland was formed, celebratory fireworks seem to shout: “Welcome to Vaud.” Home to such illustrious settings as Lausanne, Vevey and Montreux—all perfectly perched along the shores of Lake Geneva—this is where bonjour is spoken to passing strangers “just because,” a three-kiss greeting is standard and everything is considered an opportunity to open a bottle of wine.

As one of Europe’s largest lakes, Lac Léman, better known as Lake Geneva, is a significant presence in this region that shares the liquid icon with its across-the-water neighbor, France. When you add lakeside promenades, hillside vineyards, cobblestone town centers and a backdrop of the Alps, the resulting recipe is a magnet for those lured by luxury.

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