The terraced vineyards of the Lavaux region, stretching from Lausanne to Montreux, offer breathtaking views over land and lake that can be enjoyed on foot with relative ease.
First terraced by monks in the 11th century, the region received UNESCO World Heritage-site status in 2007 and doubtless is one of the country’s most beautiful to explore.
Together with my friends in the Internation Women’s Club of Nyon (IWCN) I walked the very popular portion through the vineyards that stretch from St. Saphorin to Cully.
The journey took approximately two-and-a-half-hours at a leisurely pace and offered only a few steep but shortlived inclines. Meandering paths cut through charming medieval villages and took us through vineyards where day-workers picked grapes and wine was available to sample and purchase.
Easy to reach by public transport
The Lavaux walks are easily reached by train: we boarded in Nyon, changed trains in Lausanne and uncamped at St. Saphorin, a one-hour journey in total. We descended to lake level shortly before Cully and walked along the beach towards the village, where we headed for home after a short break at a beachside restaurant.
A great deal of information about walking in the Lavaux is available online; for starters you might want to check out Swiss Tourism.
Here are some snapshots to give you a little idea of what you can expect to see (click on the photos to enlarge):
Swiss Heritage’s Loveliest Walks
If hiking through beautiful countryside and charming urban areas gets your pulse racing (for all the right reasons) then Swiss Heritage’s 76-page, French-German pocketbook entitled “Switzerland’s Loveliest Walks” (Les plus belles promenades de Suisse) is your ticket to heaven.
The publication covers 33 noteworthy walks featuring examples from every canton. Its color photographs and succinct descriptions will set you off on your discovery of Switzerland’s amazing heritage as found in its buildings and of course, in its pristine nature.
You can order it and other booklets in the Swiss Heritage “Loveliest” collection online at a cost of CHF 16.– (CHF 8.– for members of Patrimoine Suisse).
You can read more about Switzerland’s historic sites and properties in the Category: Swiss Heritage’s “Loveliest”. ♠