Vevey lies just along the lakeshore from Montreux and rivals its larger neighbour for both charm and breathtaking views. A lovely Old Town affords many opportunities for boutique shopping and people watching from the elegant cafés, perhaps followed by a stroll under the palm trees by the water’s edge.
Along the lakeside promenade, you’ll find a charming monument dedicated to the comedian Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin became one of Vevey’s most famous residents, spending the last 25 years of his life in this idyllic town by the lake. The fantastic Chaplin's World Museum is set in his former home and gardens. Vevey is also home to Nestlé - in fact the world's first milk chocolate was created here in 1875. Visitors can enjoy the company's Alimentarium - an entertaining and interactive museum dedicated to food and nutrition. Not far from Vevey are several beauty spots, perfect for scenic walks. Recommendations include Mont-Pèlerin, Les Pléiades and the vineyards at Lavaux.
La Tour-de-Peilz is a small lakeside village on the edge of Vevey, perfect for a tranquil holiday by the lake. This charming village has a 13th century castle, which now houses the Swiss Games Museum, and there is a small marina. The promenade links La Tour-de-Peilz with Vevey, a pleasant stroll of around 20 minutes - or you can take the frequent bus. Hotel guests in both resorts benefit from the FREE Montreux Riviera Card, allowing you to hop on and off the local buses, trains and funiculars.
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Where to stay
Choose from our handpicked hotels. The Bon Rivage is in La Tour-de-Peilz and the Astra is in Vevey.
What to see and do
Vevey is the perfect spot from which to explore this stunning region, using the small trains and funiculars that wend their way through the alpine pastures and vineyards. Two journeys leave directly from Vevey: Mont Pèlerin, close to the wine village of Chardonne, and Les Pléiades with its stunning views. A cruise on a paddle steamer is also a must, taking in the magical panorama of the villages and resorts of Lake Geneva. The fascinating Chillon Castle lies just along the lake in one direction, and in the other you can see a Le Corbusier house recognised as a World Heritage Site.
With the transport network you can take trips on the lake and up to the mountains with ease. Les Rochers-de-Naye is a popular destination, a lovely spot with fabulous views. If you want a true alpine experience, head for Glacier 3000 where you can enjoy beautiful views and snow fun all year round. There are also some very special train journeys including the nostalgic Cheese Train with its demonstration and fondue lunch and the Chocolate Train taking in Gruyères and the Nestlé-Cailler factory. Please ensure that you pre-book these popular journeys with us to avoid disappointment. Click here for our summary of the best the region has to offer.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
There are a number of day trips you can undertake from Vevey to visit a UNESCO site, indeed the beautiful Wine Terraces of Lavaux are on your doorstep. The Old Town of Bern is also a most charming place to browse around and there's the history of watchmaking to be found in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.
Explore the region with our great value travel passes
Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.
If you are planning daily outings, it can be well worth pre-booking the Lake Geneva Regional Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! If you are planning to travel further afield, you might consider the Swiss Travel Pass as an alternative. We will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic rail holidays from Vevey
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.
It is a short transfer to Montreux, where the GoldenPass Line/Luzern-Interlaken Express begins its journey to Interlaken and Lucerne. There are also easy connections to Brig, where you can pick up the Glacier Express (for St. Moritz).
If you prefer to be based solely in Vevey, there are many lakes and mountains journeys to be enjoyed locally. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.