Strolling along under the palm trees on the lakeshores in Montreux, it feels like the Mediterranean. There is a holiday atmosphere in this part of Switzerland, not only in summer.
where everywhere around Lake Geneva is reserved for a festival, above all the Paléo and the Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as numerous smaller, more intimate events. In winter, the nearby Alps offer extensive winter sports and give the region its international reputation. A Latin charm, praised wine which is ripened by the sun, a gastronomy with world-famous cheese, this is French-speaking Switzerland. There is also a network of restaurants from around the world, even in the smaller towns. Cosmopolitan Geneva is a cultural centre of Europe, with its Bâtie Festival in August, but also its alternative event venues and a pioneering art scene. Lausanne is known for its many and varied nightclubs. French-speaking Switzerland, urban but not snobbish, is brought to life above all through its population. Those in the north cultivate warm friendships and those in the north are efficient and have a sense of service to people. They all make an effort to share a small corner of the world with you, of which they are proud, without being over-patriotic. In the Three Lakes Region, in the further surroundings of Lake Geneva, the city of Neuchâtel, with its Ethnography Museum, is an attractive destination for excursions. And, above all, all of the attractions of the region can be reached by train in less than two hours.