Things to do & places to visit in Canton of Vaud, Switzerland

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Located in the southwestern part of Switzerland, in its French-speaking part between Lake Geneva and Lake Neuchâtel, the Canton of Vaud is a vacation destination where life is good. Easily accessible thanks to the proximity of Geneva international airport and an exceptionally dense public transport network, the region offers all the necessary infrastructures, from five-star palaces to charming guest rooms. The diversity of its landscapes, from the peaks of the Alps, to the lakeside towns of Lausanne and Montreux, to the wide open spaces of the Jura and the authentic charm of the countryside, concentrates all the facets of Switzerland in one territory. The beautiful towns and villages, such as Lausanne, Montreux, Nyon, Morges and Yverdon-les-Bains, are steeped in centuries of history and rich in captivating culture. This region has influenced and inspired artists over the years, from Lord Byron and Audrey Hepburn to Charlie Chaplin and Freddie Mercury. But the region is best known for its art of living. Local or internationally renowned events, outdoor sports activities, regional know-how, typical and high level gastronomy, excellent wines, living traditions, cultural offer... are all elements that seduce visitors.

Canton of Vaud #5 destination in Switzerland 2023. The average rating score is 4.40 based on 36.0k traveler reviews, of 625 attractions. Timezone: Europe/Zurich, current date and time: Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 16:39.

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  1. 5.0 Chaplin's World (1.531 reviews) from $31.71
    - Excellent Surprise
    Spent 2-3 hours Speciality Museums • Children's Museums
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    A scenographic concept unique in the world. The Manoir retraces the private and public life of this genius of the seventh art. The Studio, a new building of Hollywood inspiration, presents the cinematographic work of one the greatest artists of the 20th century. The four-hectare park showcases hundred-year-old trees beloved by Charlie Chaplin and a breathtaking view of Lake Léman and the Alps. See more..
  2. 5.0 Montreux Lakeside (1.011 reviews)
    - A lovely day trip
    Spent 1-2 hours Scenic Walking Areas
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    We travelled by (direct) train from Geneva. It was not expensive nb cheaper trains go to a different station and usually involve a change of train. nb. The (main) station has its back to the waterfront road and is high above it. You need the (free) lift or stairs to get to it. You should ask where to find the before leaving the station. Plenty of shops, boats and eateries await. The waterside promenade is very pleasant. The (inexpensive) bus to Chateau du Chillon runs from the waterfront road. You can pay by card onboard. An onboard screen updates you on the route but you may need to ask which of two stops is closest to the Chateau. A treat is to arrive or leave the Chateau by paddle boat. The 10 minute trip is about 10 SFr each way. It sets off from near the station lift/stairs nb other places further afield are served by this boat so be sure you are going to the right place. See more..
  3. 5.0 Roseville Escape Room (137 reviews)
    - Fun, fabulous experience!
    Tuesday: 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM Spent 1-2 hours Escape Games
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    Roseville Escape Room is an immersive puzzle game offering exciting real life adventures in an engaging setting. Locked inside one of our rooms, work as a team to find hidden clues, solve mysterious enigmas and beat the clock. A session at Roseville Escape is a great activity to do with friends, family and colleagues or for special occasions such as birthday and bachelor(ette) parties as well as team building events. See more..
  4. 4.5 Chateau de Chillon (4.157 reviews) from $13.67
    - Beautigil
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Castles
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    The doors of one of Europe's most fascinating castle are open to you. This thousand year old historical monument is located in an natural setting on the shores of Lake Geneva in at the foot of the Alps in Switzerland. Individual or groups tours, unaccompanied, guided or with an audioguide are available. Chillon also organises exhibitions, artistic and popular performances, as well as concerts throughout the year. Open all year round (except January 1 and December 25). See more..
  5. 4.5 The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (2.672 reviews) from $21.87
    - Excellent Museum to visit
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Speciality Museums
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    Would you like to relive great Olympic moments? Feel the pulse of the champions? The world of the Games with its many facets will open up to you! The Museum has 3000 m2 of exhibition space, over 1500 exhibits, 150 screens and our passion, combining to create the ultimate experience and give you some great stories to tell. See more..
  6. 4.5 Freddie Mercury Statue (1.993 reviews)
    - Lovely Tribute to Freddie Mercury
    Tuesday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Spent < 1 hour Monuments & Statues
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    In 1996, five years after his death, a bronze statue was unveiled on the lakeshore. Having become a real place of pilgrimage for all his fans, the statue of Freddie Mercury is now an essential figure in the city of Montreux. See more..
  7. 4.5 Cathedrale de Lausanne (1.886 reviews)
    - Organ musine concert +
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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    We've been so lucky to participate in the International Festival of organ music which was held particularly in this Cathedrale de Lausanne and it is amazing feeling to listen to great music in 13th century Cathedrale with amazing sound. The organ is huge there and we've got some unforgettable emotions and feelings. So I do recommend to plan the visit here combining (if possible) with such option - to listen that ancient organ. See more..
  8. 4.5 Le Port d'Ouchy (1.195 reviews)
    - Winter visit
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    Really beautiful, I recommend even during winter. My favourite part is the C which shows where the wind is blowing. Many swans and ducks too. I went on foot from the train station but to go back it is better to take the metro, Lausanne is very exhausting with the hills. It is 2 stations from the Gare de Lausanne. See more..
  9. 4.5 Les Bains de Lavey (1.057 reviews)
    - Beautiful thermal spa set in the mountains
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Spas
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    Beautiful thermal spa.. not a hot spring.. 4 pools to choose from but can be busy so we went at 11am which was actually ok. Sauna,hammams, and a colour therapy room included. Additional cost for treatment and massage. 29CF entry **take own towels as you have buy them** no robes unless you stay in the hotel. ** be aware that the 3hr and 4hr package is time limited so make sure to leave at least 15 mins to allow for changing, drying hair etc. You will be Charged an extra 5cf per person if you go over your time!!!! Even for 5 mins.... If you go by public transport please be aware of costs as train is approx 90CF per person return from Geneva. Overall a very nice experience though See more..
  10. 4.5 Rochers-de-Naye (1.007 reviews)
    - Must do!
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    Hold your breath and board this train that climbs, climbs, and climbs some more. Nothing scares it, neither the steep slopes nor the snow. At the Rochers-de-Naye, at over 2,000 metres altitude, what amazing scenery! Lake Geneva in all its glory. Don’t leave the place without saying hello to the marmots, the mascot of the Alps. A tip: it is said that this is where the real Santa Claus spends the winter. See more..
  11. 4.5 Queen Studio Experience (801 reviews)
    - Emotional visit
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Spent < 1 hour Speciality Museums
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    Casino Barrière de Montreux is home to the legendary “Mountain Studios” which has seen a parade of artists such as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones or Queen walk through its doors. In 2013, the venue was renovated to include an exhibition space entirely dedicated to Queen, which recorded six albums there between 1978 and 1995. See more..
  12. 4.5 Glacier 3000 (733 reviews)
    - Planet Glacier 3000
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Spent 2-3 hours Ski & Snowboard Areas • Cross-country Ski Areas
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    Discover the new must-see attraction in the region: the PeakWalk by Tissot (only suspension bridge connecting 2 peaks in the World). In only 20 min. from Gstaad and 10min from Les Diablerets, you can enjoy a breathtaking view on the Matterhorn, Mont-Blanc & Jungfrau and discover many activities on the Glacier where the snow never melts. See more..
  13. 4.5 Collection de l'Art Brut (633 reviews)
    - My favorite part of the trip
    Art Museums
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    I was so fascinated by this mxuseum. Perfect place to visit alone, or with an introverted friend. ☺️ I spent 3-4 hours there, slowly walking around the exhibits, reading the artists' interesting bios, watching some that had 10 minute documentary-style videos, and absorbing the art. Each artist's work had such a unique and indescribable quality. I was there on a Tuesday and it was extremely silent (don't wear squeaky shoes!), but in a good introspective way. I'd go back! See more..
  14. 4.5 Sauvabelin Tower (513 reviews)
    - Great design, great views!
    Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Very nice wooden structure. The stairs are steep but the climb is definitely worth it. On a sunny day you can see tens of kilometres away. The entrance is free but the steep climb is definitely not for everybody. See more..
  15. 4.5 Les Mines De Sel De Bex (480 reviews)
    - Recommended 1/2 day activity
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Caverns & Caves
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    Dernieres mines suisses encore en activite. la visite debut par un spectacle audiovisuel d'une dizaine de minute, suite de quoi chacun embarque a bord du train des mineurs pour un trajet d'une dizaine de minutes jusqu'au coeur de la Montagne salee. Une visite accompagnee par l'un de nos guides vous fera ensuite traverses un dedale de salles, galeries et puits a la decouverte de la fabuleuse histoire du Sel des Alpes (duree env. 45 minutes). Vous terminerez par la fabrication en direct sous vous yeux de notre Fleur des Alpes, suivie d'une agreable degustation de produits au Sel des Alpes. Temperature agreable de 18oC garantie toute l'annee. Notre site est destine aux visiteurs individuels ou groupes de 4 a 104 ans. Un restaurant souterrain, ainsi qu'une salle de conference, sont egalement a disposition des groupes. Covid-19: port du masque obligatoire dans l'Espace d'Accueil; il est vivement recommande dans le train et lors de la visite; solutions hydro-alcooliques a votre disposition. See more..
  16. 4.5 Grottes de Vallorbe (379 reviews)
    - Great place with great walk
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM Spent 1-2 hours Caverns & Caves
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    The Caves at Vallorbe (Canton de Vaud) in the Swiss Jura were opened to the public a quarter of a century ago. They afford a spectacular display of the beauty of natural rock, enhanced entirely by natural illumination. For millions of years the limestone layers were eroded by the Orbe, a river which runs underground before bursting from the rocks – seemingly as a natural spring of which the Vallorbe Caves are the faithful guardians. Inside these caves, which are among the most beautiful in Europe, there is a display – the “Fairies’ Treasure” in which more than 250 mineral samples from all over the World are exhibited in four domed rooms hewn from the natural rock. See more..
  17. 4.5 La Suisse - Belle Epoque - paddle steamboat (277 reviews)
    - Just beautiful!
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    We took La Suisse, one of the Belle Époque paddle steamers on Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) from Bouveret to Montreux. We have taken other boats from other places on the lake before. It’s always a great thing to do. Even on the shortest trip there’s time for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. And when waiting for your boat, or just arrived at your destination, there’s the opportunity to photograph these beautiful boats. Yes, we will be back. And if you take the stopping train to Bouveret it’s just a short stroll to the boat stop. What could be better on a lovely summer day? Also a great little trip for engine fans. See more..
  18. 4.5 La Garenne (261 reviews)
    Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Zoos
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    Huge congratulations to the architects/builders of the "new" La Garenne. A beautiful example of how to create an authentic wildlife environment that's spacious and perfectly integrated with the lay of the land. Bravo. Visiting this animal park is the perfect way to spend a few hours observing and learning about the local wildlife. Make sure you approach the friendly and knowledgeable staff with your questions... or ask them to indicate the hiding spots of the (hard-to-see) animals. This is an absolute must-see-attraction for children. At the same time, your entrance fee helps with the financing of the park's unique animal care center. See more..
  19. 4.5 Corniche Lavaux Vineyards (260 reviews)
    - Must do
    Historic Sites • Wineries & Vineyards • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Beautiful vineyards even during winter, it is worth it if you are in the region of Montreux. My friend took me there with her car and we had a beautiful view of the lake with the vineyards. I am sure it looks even more beautiful when the weather is clear and when they are more green. It was the first week of January. See more..
  20. 4.5 Rolex Learning Center EPFL (244 reviews)
    - The Rolex learning center EPFL in Lausanne
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    A nice building to inspire you. This is really amazing. The building stands innovatively, looking to the future. The best place to study in Switzerland for sure with an incredible view on the lake See more..
  21. 4.5 Fondation de l'Hermitage (236 reviews)
    - Tree Lovers Paradise
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Art Galleries
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    Top-notch art museum with impressive exhibitions from master painters from the Renaissance to the 21th century. See more..
  22. 4.5 Place de la Palud (224 reviews)
    - Spectacle at the full hour
    Tuesday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Spent < 1 hour Historic Walking Areas
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    This place is lovely and there is something interesting about it. Each hour in front of the fountain the figures start moving on a building that is a pharmacy/shop. A song is played and some manly voice says some sentences. A friend explained to me that it is a story about a man who works at the cathedral and is responsible for shouting the time. I dont understand much French so I had no idea. It was interesting. So be there before the full hour to witness it. See more..
  23. 4.5 Château de Nyon (179 reviews)
    - A meal to remember
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Speciality Museums • Castles
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    Celebrating our son and daughter in laws 11th wedding anniversary. I asked if I could have the Misto Mare with just gambas - no problem at all. The dish that arrived with the tempura gambas and vegetables was absolutely exquisite. A truly delightful meal. The staff were so helpful and service was exceptional. Highly recommend a visit See more..
  24. 4.5 Parc de l'Indépendance (176 reviews)
    - No tulips yet
    Tuesday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Spent 1-2 hours Parks • Gardens
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    Near the castle and, most of all, Lake Geneva, the Parc de l’Indépendance in Morges is the perfect place for a peaceful stroll. In the spring, it is adorned with over 100,000 flowers for the Tulip Festival, a unique event in Switzerland. See more..
  25. 4.5 Photo Elysée (175 reviews)
    - Well curated photo exhibitions
    Tuesday: Speciality Museums
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    Well curated photo exhibitions - currently especially a retrospective of Martine Franck. The surrounding park looks inviting, too. See more..
  26. 4.5 Escape Riviera (168 reviews)
    - Great night in the Haunted Room
    Spent 1-2 hours Escape Games
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    My daughter and I have done 10 different escape rooms--this was our first in another country. It was also one of the best. The Secrets de Nelly room had great puzzles and props, and the ghost scares were just right, even for a 10 year old. The staff were incredible friendly and helpful (they even stayed late after we had trouble finding the location--hint, there is no sign outside it). We also thought it was great that the room works for those speaking English, French, or German. If you're looking for something fun to do at night in Vevey or Montreux, this is an awesome experience. See more..
  27. 4.5 Escaliers du Marche (167 reviews)
    - A vertical city
    Spent < 1 hour Historic Walking Areas
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    Lausanne is fascinating among other things due to its being so vertical. From elevators from one street to another to the stellar views of the lake from many vantage points, the shape of the city kept delighting us. these stairs, which lead from the pedestrian shopping district to the cathedral, are a delight. See more..
  28. 4.5 Villars Gryon (144 reviews)
    - Good ski area
    Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent More than 3 hours Ski & Snowboard Areas
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    Leave the stress of everyday life behind you and experience revitalizing relaxation in an intact environment. Contemplate the changing and magnificent colours of the alpine pastures, the charm of the altitude lakes, the exhilarating spectacle of nature that is made generous and vibrant in the summer. Thanks to our 300 km of hikes, discover one of the largest Swiss nature reserves. The majesty, charm and serenity of our landscapes will make you fully enjoy the true alpine zen See more..
  29. 4.5 Tropiquarium de Servion (141 reviews)
    - Even by rain
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Nature & Wildlife Areas • Aquariums
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    Véritables instants de dépaysement, le Tropiquarium de Servion est dédié à la faune et la flore tropicales, spécialisé dans la sauvegarde d’espèces menacées comme les manchots du Cap, les tortues géantes des Galapagos, les crocodiles du Siam et … vedettes du parc : les dragons de Komodo. Vous aurez le plaisir d'observer encore bien d’autres espèces méconnues toutes logées dans de grands biotopes naturels. La visite propose une réflexion sur notre biodiversité tout en offrant des informations sur les actions menées pour la conserver. Un pavillon présente cinq énergies renouvelables de manière ludique et éducative en compagnie des Explorateurs de l'Energie ! See more..
  30. 4.5 Esplanade de Montbenon (127 reviews)
    - something for everyone
    Historic Walking Areas
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    A large park around the Tribunal Fédéral with plenty of grass for picnics or sunbathing, children's play area, fountains, sculpture, restaurants, and great views of the lake. It's after the big hotel Lausanne Palace when walking from St-François, and above a large car park. The Supreme Court building was designed by Benjamin Recordon and incorportes many kinds of stone quarried in Switzerland. In front is a statue of William Tell, and a couple of smaller ones by local artist Nikola Zaric whose sculptures combining humans and animals can be seen around town. Also in the area, at the southern end of Pont Chauderon (bridge) and close to the Cécil bus stop is a small sculpture park for children, with 18 "stations", bronze sculptures with texts recounting a legend (in French): Latin alphabet on one page and braille opposite (parc des légendes). See more..
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