Your perfect weekend getaway in the Canton of Vaud Suggestions for an ideal getaway

We've put a series of activities together for you, both for all tastes and all weather conditions. Whether you prefer cultural discoveries, wandering medieval cities, hiking mountain summits, taking a swim in thermal water, or even holiday shopping! All of these activities are a part of the Grand Tour of Switzerland, and all come with breath-taking panoramic views.

1. Grand Hôtel and Thermal Centre


Start your journey with a relaxing break in the hot waters at the Grand Hôtel and Thermal Center, Yverdon-les-Bains! With jacuzzis, hammams, bubble baths, massage jets and activated water currents, you'll be more than ready for your weekend...

2. Espace Horloger

Le Sentier, Vallée de Joux

Dive into the world of watchmaking at the Espace Horloger, with its complication watches, historical objects and virtual installations. A temporary exhibiton "On the wings of time - Insect o'clock" will run from 3 November 2017 to 26 August 2018.

3. Foxtrail


Up for some exploration? Follow the cunning fox through the city with your family or friends, solve riddles and secret codes with your team and discover lots of fascinating places in the Olympic capital!

4. Montreux Noël

Montreux Riviera

From 23 November, feel the magic of the Montreux Christmas Market with stalls on the lake shores, the Lumberjack Village, the Medieval Market, the Winterland Village and even Santa's Grotto!

5. Outdoor Swiss Raclette

Les Pléiades (Vevey)

Discover the amazing view from "Les Pléiades" while enjoying a typical Raclette outdoors: take the train from Vevey, collect your "candle raclette" kit, go hiking and just eat when you find a nice spot...

6. Glacier 3000

Les Diablerets

A high level experience! Enjoy a stunning view and wide range of activities at 3'000m. Try the Peak Walk by Tissot, a suspension bridge linking two mountain peaks, or the Alpine Coaster – Glacier 3000 is a must!

7. Salt Mines


Conclude your weekend with an underground adventure in the salt mines of Bex, the last active mine in Switzerland! Here, you can board the miners' train, go deep into the mountain to search for this white gold.

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Download the Vaud:Guide

On your way to the Canton of Vaud, download our free app Vaud:Guide, which gives you real time recommendations based on your location, your personal interests, opening hours, and much more!
You can download the Vaud:Guide app here

Getting there and away

Lausanne is the perfect gateway to the Lake Geneva Region. From Zurich and Basel, Lausanne is just 2 hours away by direct train. Once in the city, you will travel less than 50 minutes to most of the destinations on this list.


Photo credits: © Grand Hôtel et Centre Thermal, Yverdon-les-Bains; © OTV; © Foxtrail; © Montreux Noël; © MOB; © Glacier 3000; © Saline de Bex

Author: Vaud Tourism Office

Breath-taking panoramic views, impeccable touristic transport, a wide range of cultural attractions, exquisite foodie experiences and a rich historical heritage. This is Vaud Lake Geneva region.

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