Endless rows of grapevines stretch into the horizon against the backdrop of Lake Geneva – welcome to Vaud. As one of the most important wine regions in Switzerland, the "Balades Oenotouristiques" offer various terroirs, specialties, the possibility to meet the winemakers and, of course, taste their wines such as Chasselas, Pinot Noir or Gamay – santé!
In this Collection, you will visit one of the “Balades Oenotouristiques”. The beautiful walk takes about 4.3 miles (seven kilometers) from Vufflens-le-Château to the medieval Morges on Lake Geneva. Along the way, traditional wine growing families such as the Pereys or the Cruchons invite you to taste their fine wines at their wineries. For example, listen as the winemaker Catherine Cruchon explains the specialties of the terroirs at the Henri Cruchon estate or taste a Chasselas with Tristan Perey.
In the Lake Geneva region, you will not only find excellent wines in the Morges area but also beautiful landscapes and unforgettable experiences away from the wine-growing regions. This is why we have also included seven unique experiences in the Lake Geneva region in addition to the Balade Oenotouristique. On the individual hikes, you will discover glistening mountain lakes, breathtaking peaks with spectacular views, fairytale castles and an open-air art gallery. With art, culture, enjoyment, and adventure on offer, everyone is guaranteed to find the right experience here.
The leisurely walk takes you along the "Balade Oenotouristique" from Vufflens-le-Château to the medieval town of Morges. You will pass beautiful vineyards, pass important wineries and castles and enjoy the view of the picturesque Lake Geneva. At the Balades Oenotouristiques you can discover everything about the wine-growing industry: the terroirs, specialties, the winemakers and their wines.It starts in Vufflens-le-Château, where you get on the train well. Celebrity chef Bernard Ravet runs his famous "L`Ermitage Ravet" in this small village. If you would like to dine here, a prior reservation is required. After wandering off, you will pass the romantic Vufflens Castle and, shortly after, the Domaine de la Balle, the winery of the Perey family. Since the 15th century, the Pereys are native to the area of Morges. Almost as long, they cultivate excellent wine in a centuries-old tradition.From here you walk comfortably through a picturesque hilly landscape with countless grape vines that stretch like long strings to the horizon. In Echichens you can take your next break at Domaine Henri Cruchon, one of the most famous wineries in Morges. Here are grown on more than a hundred parcels twenty different grape varieties. The winemaker Catherine Cruchon likes to open one of the bottles with her guests and tells the stories behind it as well as the peculiarities of the terroir, which gives the wine its character. After all, every terroir is unique due to natural factors such as vines, soil, climate and cultural influences.After tasting the delicious wines at the Domaine Henri Cruchon, continue your trek towards Lake Geneva. Arrived at the shore, you walk along the lake to Morges, where the beautiful hike ends after a stroll through the medieval city center.
From Prangins Castle a historical nature trail leads to the estate La Lignière. At ten stops you will learn all about the history of the Baronat, the rich cultural heritage of the area and interesting connections between yesterday and today.Starting point of the hike is the castle Prangins. It was built in the 18th century and today houses the Swiss National Museum. The exterior of the castle impresses with its extensive French-style park. The historic kitchen garden, which adjoins the park, is even the largest of its kind in Switzerland. From the castle, you will hike along the nature trail through the communities of Prangins and Gland, formerly part of the baroncy of Baron Louis-François Guiguer. He was almost daily in his Baronat on the way to have his farm in the eye and do all sorts. As you wander through the beautiful landscape on Lake Geneva to La Lignière estate, you will follow in your footsteps.
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The approximately 20 kilometer long circular route leads you through the heart of the Vaud countryside. Here, where the Jorat Plateau meets the Broye Valley, you will hike along the three rivers Broye, Carrouge and Bressonne.In Moudon at the train station you walk away. After passing Castle Carrouge, you will meet the Broye. A beautiful, tree-lined path leads right along its shore. Follow it to Bressonnaz, where you cross the river on an arched bridge. Passing through wide fields and through cool woodland, you wander over picturesque hills. From the higher, un-forested areas you can enjoy beautiful views of the valley and the surrounding hills. On your way you also pass through small villages and villages, which enchant with their beautiful Vaud farmhouses.After about two thirds of the hike begins the descent into the valley lowlands of the Bressonne river. You come through the town of Hermenches, perched on a hill among colorful fields. Via Syens with its gothic church, you will reach the Broye and back to Moudon, the starting point of the tour.
This 12-kilometer circular walk takes you from Sainte-Croix to the heart of the Jura, to the Chasseron peak.From the train station in Sainte-Croix, head towards La Casba and Les Avattes. Then the trail will take you to the Petites Roches. Over the ridge you reach the summit Chasseron. On the way there, you will pass the eponymous hotel and restaurant, where you can treat yourself to a cozy break. From the terrace you can enjoy a magnificent view of the entire Jura massif in France and Switzerland as well as countless high mountain peaks. The specialties of the house are Mauler fondue and beef tartare.If you do not want to come in, you have the same, breathtaking panoramic view from the top. From here you descend via La Merlaz and Le Sollier and return to the starting point in Sainte-Croix.
The approximately 22-kilometer hike takes you around the Lac de Joux. The starting point is the train station Solliat-Golisse. If the track is too long for a day, you can divide the hike into two stages and overnight in Le Pont, or return to the starting point by train or boat.On the hike around the lake you will discover the largest expanse of water in the Jurassic massif. The path leads along long stretches directly along the shore, so you almost always have a beautiful view of the water. Often you will also come to viewpoints and small beaches, where you can take a break and enjoy the panorama on you. The path sections through cool forest and enchanted reed areas provide variety and even more closeness to nature.
From Villars you can take a guided hike through the alpine pastures of the region. The mountain guide Hélène Lavaux shows you the variety of native flowers and plants. By the way, these are not only nice to look at, but they also taste good. Many of the plants are edible. Together with Hélène you can taste and collect them. After the hike you bake a herb bread with the picked herbs.The hike takes place from the beginning of June to the beginning of August every Wednesday at 13.40. The meeting point is at the train station of Villars. Here you will return to the hike between 5:25 pm and 5:50 pm. You can sign up at the tourist office in Villars at 5pm the day before.
Around Leysin you can discover great works of art during a hike in the summer months. In exceptional locations such as the Berneuse or Mayen summit station, you will find unique works in harmony with nature. Some are temporary, others have their place along the trails. From big faces on rock faces to picture boards to straw giants, you can look forward to all kinds of outdoor art.But you can not only explore the beautiful landscape and artworks from Leysin. Also, from Aigle and the Col des Mosses, there are several hiking trails that take you past works of art.