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Vevey [1] is one of the main cities of the Swiss Riviera, in the Lake Geneva Region of Switzerland.

Vevey, taken from Mont-Pèlerin
Vevey seen from the other end of the cove.

Get in

Take Bus 1 [2] from Montreux or Chateau de Chillon to Vevey's city centre and funicular.

Get around

You can walk most of the old town but for an excursion take the mountain railway to Pleiades for some great views and skiing in season. Make sure you get the Riviera Card at your hotel, you'll be able to use the bus for free.

You can also get a free bike for whole day with CFS 20 deposit, which just in front of "COOP" super market next to the train station.

See

Vevey's old town
  • Magnifique views from the lake
  • Musee l'Histoire de Vevey -- from the main train station take the main street, turn left and go along until you'll encounter the signs
  • Monument de Henryk Sienkiewicz - the famous Nobel-prize winning writer's monument is located in the Grand Hotel du Lac (it's in the garden but the hotel's personnel is happy to help and talk about it). The writer was living and working there during his political emmigration from occupied Poland.
  • Alimentarium – Food Museum (Nestle) http://www.alimentarium.ch/en/home.html

Do

  • 'Mont Pelerin - from the main train station take the Bus 1, direction Vevey-Funiculaire (ticket 2.80CHF). The ticket for the funicular costs 14CHF and offers nice views. The views and atmosphere on the Mont Pelerin are marvelous, but do take the hike trip to it's summit where the telecommunication tower is located. It takes a bit more than an hour to get there, following an asphalt path through the rural area, yet, sometimes it is rather sloppy but nothing special. The elevator for the tower costs 5CHF (3CHF for children <16yr, but recently it sells only children tickets due to a fault) and is fully automatic. It offers magnificent panoramic views on the Alps, Vevey and Montreux.

Buy

Eat

  • National Bar Expect the service to be a little slow when it's busy but if you're not in a hurry and are out for a good time the great atmosphere makes the wait worthwhile. The food is great and they keep changing the menu every month. During the summer they have a great terrace and in the winter it's the best place to go. It's located just outside the border of the main square on the right side if you're facing the lake.

Drink

  • Charlies Just outside the main town square. During the summer they open the bar right on the border of the lake, it's the best place in town to relax and have a couple of beers until sunset.
  • Le Ve
  • The Rocking Chair, [3]
  • Hôtel des Trois Couronnes
  • le Bout du Monde [4] Drink a toast to "the end of the world".

Sleep

Budget

  • Riviera Lodge backpacker, Grande place 5, Vevey. +41 21 923 80 40, info@rivieralodge.ch [5]. Rooms 2, 4, 6 or 8 beds from chf. 27.-

Mid range

  • Hôtel de Famille, Rue des Communaux 20, Vevey. +41 21 923 39 00, info@hotelfamille.ch [6].
  • Les Negociants, Rue du Conseil 27, Vevey. +41 21 922 70 11, info@hotelnegociants.ch [7].
  • Egli Bed and Breakfast, chemin du Petit-Centenaire 8, 1802 Corseaux. +41 21 922 60 87, [8] They have a cat, so beware if you are allergic. Views of the lake are amazing. You are staying in someone's home though. Nice place to start the wine hike or go up the funicular for dinner.

Splurge

  • Hotel Du Lac, 1 Rue d'Italie, Vevey. +41 21 925 06 06. [9] - It opened in the winter of 2006 and it's an absolutely beautiful hotel, get a room facing the lake.
  • Astra Pavillon, Place de la Gare 4, Vevey. +41 21 925 04 04, info@astra-hotel.ch [10].
  • Hôtel des Trois Couronnes, Rue d'Italie 49, Vevey. +41 21 923 32 00, info@hoteltroiscouronnes.ch [11].

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