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Sightseeing and landmarks in Vaud

Art museums

Art Museum
“The Museum of Art and History is the city's largest and one of its most important institutions. The museum is housed within a building designed by Marc Camoletti and constructed from 1903 to 1910; the building's exhibition space covers four floors and 7,000m². the building itself is a treasure with an inner courtyard, and a façade featuring sculptures by Paul Amlehn and a triangular gable with an allegorical depiction of the arts. In a frieze on the upper section of the façade, there are the names of Genevan artists. The collections are divided into thematic categories focusing on Applied Arts, Fine Art, and archaeology. There is an art section in the museum with paintings from the middle ages to the 20th century including works by Konrad Witz, Rembrandt, Modigliani, and Rodin. An Applied Arts section has Byzantine art, medieval weapons, silverware and historic musical instruments among the collection. Part of the museum has been turned into the 17th century interior of the Lower Castle Zizers complete with wood paneling and furniture. In the archaeology, the section pieces from prehistoric Europe, ancient Egypt, African, Greek, and Roman cultures. Other interesting pieces in the collection are medieval stained glass, 12th-century armor, Swiss watches, and Greek vases.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A great photography museum which has exceptional exhibitions. The building is located in a beautiful park on the lake.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Art Museum
“If you like modern art, this is a great gallery with a great space. If you end up here on a 1st Sunday of a month, all galleries in Geneva are FREE”
  • 36 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This museum is one of our favorite. So many things to discover. They often organize family events on the week-end.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Absolutely beautiful displays of art and an even better outside garden. A fantastic place to go and enjoy the sunshine. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Museum with works from the creator of Alien. Unique in the world, this museum contains drawing and sculptures of the different extra-terrestrial creatures created for the Alien saga, as well as unpublished works by the author. Don't forget to have a drink at the bar just in front, which is decorated as if you were inside the alien itself!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Museum used for temporary exhibitions. It is the oldest purpose-built art museum in Switzerland.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Musée Ariana, also known as the Musée suisse de la céramique et du verre, is a museum in Geneva.”
  • 8 locals recommend

History museums

Castle
“Yet another beautifully restored chateau half an hour away by train or car near Montreux.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Museum of Art and History is the city's largest and one of its most important institutions. The museum is housed within a building designed by Marc Camoletti and constructed from 1903 to 1910; the building's exhibition space covers four floors and 7,000m². the building itself is a treasure with an inner courtyard, and a façade featuring sculptures by Paul Amlehn and a triangular gable with an allegorical depiction of the arts. In a frieze on the upper section of the façade, there are the names of Genevan artists. The collections are divided into thematic categories focusing on Applied Arts, Fine Art, and archaeology. There is an art section in the museum with paintings from the middle ages to the 20th century including works by Konrad Witz, Rembrandt, Modigliani, and Rodin. An Applied Arts section has Byzantine art, medieval weapons, silverware and historic musical instruments among the collection. Part of the museum has been turned into the 17th century interior of the Lower Castle Zizers complete with wood paneling and furniture. In the archaeology, the section pieces from prehistoric Europe, ancient Egypt, African, Greek, and Roman cultures. Other interesting pieces in the collection are medieval stained glass, 12th-century armor, Swiss watches, and Greek vases.”
  • 33 locals recommend
History Museum
“One of my favorite museums in Geneva - the museum of natural history. It features lots of animal types, from the extinct to the living ones (they have a two-headed turtle!). It is really impressive and is very well presented. It is also free to visit.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Castle
“Beautiful Castle offering multi-media show that depicts history of region.Charming cobble stone villages with nice souvenir shops and atmospheric restaurants offering fondue and typical menu from the region. Check the site as it is seasonal.”
  • 33 locals recommend
History Museum
“It's a medieval house built in the 12th century that is currently a museum of Geneva's history. It is situated in the old city center and is free to visit. They have recently introduced a video available in lots of languages that explains in brief the history of Geneva. You can wander and discover the history of Geneva from different epochs. It is a must-visit! ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Castle
“Very large and beautiful lake. Pretty hikes around it. Look for the hike path on the internet on the touristic website of La Gruyère.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“L'idée du Musée Gutenberg est de mettre en relation l'histoire de l'imprimerie et les techniques de communication du futur.”
  • 2 locals recommend
History Museum

Scenic lookouts

Scenic Viewpoint
“Wanna do some challenging walk ? Go to sauvabelin tour for a nice view of the whole city (only if you do not feel afraid by hights !)”
  • 32 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“"Creux du Van", a natural rock arena of immense proportions, is located at the border of the cantons of Neuenburg and Vaud. Impressive 160 meter high vertical rock faces surround a four kilometer long and over one kilometer wide valley basin.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“This incredible Cistercian Abbaye has many events and is beautiful to look around. We hold our Yoga in the incredible grounds and you can gain entry with the multi-pass that we offer. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Head down here to see the meeting of the two rivers, Le Rhone and L'Arve. Its also a nice spot to have a few drinks, picnic and sit by the river on a nice day. The area around, Jonction, is well worth exploring on foot”
  • 17 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“bellissimo per fare picknic, footing, Mountain bike, fitness, camminare, correre, ci sono degli animali e dei punti panoramici, sentieri , ristorante, bar , fermata autobus, parking ecc !”
  • 8 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Beautiful walk through the vineyards down from Mont Pelerin to Vevey or Saint-Saphorin. There is a very nice picnic spot at Chemin de la Fin.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Super randonnée été comme hiver, point de vue panoramique sur la chaine des alpes Vue à couper le souffle! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“belle balade à pied depuis votre logement. Prendre un ascenseur qui vous mème au sommet de cette tour et vous aurez un panorama 360° fantastique sur toute la Suisse romande. Prix 5.- par personne pour l'ascenceur”
  • 1 local recommends

Historic sites

Church
“We always take our guests to climb the stairs of the cathedral to admire the 360º view of Geneva. Extrait from Know-it-all passport®: 12th century structure includes an eclectic mix of styles. It is best known as the adopted home church of John Calvin, one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation. Inside the church is a wooden chair used by Calvin. Note: Fantastic 360° view of Geneva and surrounding mountains from the top. Climb up the 153 stairs, revel in the magnificent views along the way and discover the inner workings of this historical landmark. If you can stand loud noises, then make sure you are at the top on the hour so you can hear at close-hand the bells ring. There are 2 towers, North and South. Note: Please respect the red light/green light system on some of the narrow spiral stairs that allow traffic flow with a one-way system. Price to climb up the tower: Fr. 5.-/adult, Fr. 2.-/child age 6-16. Open October through May 10h-17h30 (Sunday from 12h), June through September 9h30-18h30, Saturday till 17h, Sunday 12h-18h30.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Castle
“Yet another beautifully restored chateau half an hour away by train or car near Montreux.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Historic Site
“L'eau de la source d'Evian y coule non stop, venez avec une ou deux bouteilles !”
  • 9 locals recommend
Historic Site
  • 1 local recommends

Libraries

Library
“Partez à la rencontre de la Gruyère des siècles passés, visitez l'intérieur d'une ferme et d'un chalet d’alpage, cheminez dans les rues de la ville de Bulle au XVIIIe siècle, partagez les joies et les peines des habitants, découvrez les relations nouées entre la région et le monde environnant: La Gruyère, itinéraires et empreintes, un parcours balisé qui favorise la découverte, pour petits et grands. Sur 1000 m2, des centaines d'objets et d'images, riches de connaissances et d’émotions. Une vision actualisée, vivante et dynamique du patrimoine régional.”
  • 7 locals recommend
College Library
“Impressive comtemporary architecture! Public library, restaurant, and coffee there... Polytechnic scholl and university nearness. Can be a starting point of lakefront trail.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Library
“Une bibliothèque avec une possibilité d'abonnements pour les vacanciers estivaux.”
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“La médiathèque municipale Ramuz se développe sur trois niveaux dans les murs du Palais Lumière, sur 840 m². Elle présente une offre très riche et dispose de plus de 26000 livres, 5900 CD et 2200 films.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
  • 1 local recommends
Library
  • 1 local recommends
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