5 reasons to love summertime in the Lake Geneva Region
Audrey Hepburn & Hubert de Givenchy in Morges through September 9, 2018
A new exhibition about the long friendship and fashion partnership between Audrey Hepburn and the legendary fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy, is on view through September 9, 2018 at Fondation Bolle in Morges. Audrey Hepburn: Entre films, vie privée et amitié. Givenchy, one of the most eminent designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, was the favorite designer of Hepburn, and he dressed her in such classic films as Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Charade. The film star and the haute couture legend are celebrated at this museum housed in an 18th century mansion in Morges, the lakeside town where Hepburn spent the last three decades of her life. There are original film posters, a documentary on view, magazine covers and articles from the time and unpublished Givenchy sketches and large-scale photographs of Hepburn modeling the designer’s creations. Visit Fondation Bolle for details.
Images Vevey – September 8-30, 2018
Every two years, the lakeside city of Vevey becomes an open-air museum of photography when Images Vevey is held. This year’s festival, from September 8-30, 2018, will once again be the single most important visual art biennale in Switzerland. The exhibition takes place on building facades, in parks and in indoor exhibitions in unusual venues. The festival is free of charge and turns Vevey into an open-air gallery of contemporary photography and a platform for both national and international artists. Go to Images Vevey for more information.
Festival of Wheat & Bread – August 15-26, 2018
Once every 10 years, the little town of Echallens holds Fête du Blé et du Pain, the Festival of Wheat & Bread. Similar to the winegrowers’ festival in Vevey, this event celebrates every aspect of the grain, from planting to bread making. It will be held this year from 15 to 26 August 2018 with eight performances of “Solstices” at the heart of festival, a spectacle with a cast of 500 actors and extras as well as 200 singers. It’s anticipated that 40,000 spectators will view this historical tale at each performance. The festival will run over into the whole village of Echallens, with six performance points for street artists and “La promenade des sculptures,” a sculpture walk featuring an outdoor exhibition by artists from the region. For more on the festival, visit Echallens2018.
Vineyard Walks in Vaud
There’s little doubt that the Canton of Vaud has made an art form of wine tourism. Just download the app Vaud:Guide and there are eight itineraries that offer walkers a chance to simultaneously enjoy spectacular scenery and visit one of the canton’s celebrated wine caves to taste and meet winegrowers and producers. The destinations include: Morges, Vully AOC, Lavaux UNESCO, Chablais AOC, Pays-d’Enhaut, Côtes de l’Orbe AOC (two loops), Vallée de Joux and Bonvillars AOC. Go to Vaud:Guide for details.
Explore the Canton of Vaud by Bike
Summer is biking season in the Lake Geneva Region and its location between lakes and mountains makes it the ideal place to explore on two wheels. The headquarters of the International Cycling Union (UCI), the Canton of Vaud also regularly hosts the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse. There are three famous mountain passes – Les Mosses, Le Pillon and La Croix – that serious cyclists can tackle. Mountain biking devotees head to the Vallée de Joux for the Grand Risoud route, a 32 km loop including a section through the largest spruce forest in Europe. In Pays-d’Enhaut, mountain bikers can go on the Switzerland Mobility mountain biking route “Pays-d’Enhaut Bike” to Jardin des Monts, a 30 km route linking the villages of Rossinière, Château-d’Œx and Rougemont. For those who are converts to e-bikes, there are designated e-bike trails in Leysin, Les Mosses and La Lécherette. Go to Bike Lake Geneva Region for more information.
The Lake Geneva Region (Canton of Vaud) is located in the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland, a timeless, picture-postcard destination of classic mountain beauty, refined cuisine and legendary hotels. Visitors come for wine tastings in the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They dine in celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants and local brasseries and visit lively farmers markets. Outdoor opportunities range from hiking and biking to sailing and swimming in Lake Geneva. Major ski resorts include Les Diablerets, Villars and Leysin. The region is famed for the Vallée de Joux, the center of Swiss watchmaking, and the new Chaplin’s World museum. Visit the www.lake-geneva-region.ch for more information.