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AirPano offers a walk through several picturesque corners of the Swiss Riviera.
The coast of Lake Geneva is often called the Swiss Riviera. This is a fairly conventional designation: it includes different cultural and historical places in these parts, but they all lie along the coast of the famous lake.
Lausanne is a place where history coexists with modernity. The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee and other international sports federations work here, which gave Lausanne an unofficial title of the Olympic capital. No less interesting are its ancient monuments of architecture, palaces, temples, museums, quiet streets and magnificent parks. In total, 46 objects of cultural heritage of national importance have been preserved in Lausanne, such as the remains of a Roman settlement in the Vidi area, the Belle-Eire tower, the Shoderon bridge, the railway station and the landscape park of Mont Repo.
The central square, built up by the houses of the XVIII-XIX centuries, bears the name of St. Francis, and the temple located here, together with the Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral on the Cite hill, is the architectural dominant of Lausanne. Another business card of Lausanne is the landscapes of Lake Geneva, but the Flon River, once flowing through the city streets, is now buried underground, and all bridges are now overland.
In addition to history and culture, Lausanne is famous for its wine: on the 30-kilometer stretch along the northeastern coast are the famous terraced vineyards of Lavaux. They are among the oldest wine-growing regions in the world: the cultivation of grapes on this land began during the Roman Empire and continued successfully in the Middle Ages. The greatest flourishing of wine production reached in the XII century, after the land became the property of large monasteries.
Now most of the local wine is made from grape grapes (68%), and on the grade of dum and pinot noir is 11-12%. You can try the drink in the cellars open to tourists, admiring the sunlit terraces descending to the water.
In 2007, the Lavaux natural and cultural complex was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Not only vineyards, but also the Chillon Castle, to which they belong, are recognized as the property of mankind. In 1160, the Counts of Savoy (one of the most powerful dynasties of the time) built a magnificent residence near Lake Geneva. The castle was erected slightly off the coastline, on a small rock. The windows of the living rooms are facing the water, and from the land side the facade is fortified with towers. Works on the reconstruction of the castle were conducted for several centuries, and by the 16th century it had become so impregnable that it was used as a prison. Now within the walls of this amazing building is a museum, and itself it rightfully adorns and complements the landscape of Lake Geneva.
Another interesting place in the region of Lavaux is the ancient town of Vevey. On the ancient Roman map, it was mentioned as a parking spot on the road between Rome and Britain, the ancient philosopher Ptolemy wrote about him, and in the 19th century he was a favorite resting place for high society from all over Europe. In the middle of the XIX century, a local druggist named Henri Nestle started producing food products here, and another city dweller Daniel Peter, in Vevey, created the world’s first recipe for milk chocolate. The combination of two ideas produced the largest firm Nestle, whose headquarters are still in Vevey. And this building is also a historical heritage of Switzerland.
In total, there are 14 houses in Vevey that are on the list of national treasures. Among them, Grenette on the main square of Grand Place. In the past, it was a granary, and nowadays there is a tourist office here. The square itself faces the Lake Geneva, where in fine weather you can admire the views of the Savoy Alps. Among the most unusual attractions Vevey – a huge dining fork, “stuck” in the lake. In 1995, it installed the world’s first food museum Alimentarium in honor of the decade of its work.