Set in the mountains between the eastern end of Lake Geneva and the high Alps above the Rhone Valley, Villars is a charming village. It lies on a sunny plateau with spectacular views and great care has been taken to preserve the look provided by wooden chalet-style buildings. Here you have the chance to relax in a pure natural environment, to enjoy leisurely lunches in mountain restaurants and take re-energising walks amongst the ever-changing colours of lofty alpine pastures. Les Bains de Villars is the resort's new swimming and wellness centre, where you can relax, swim with views of the mountains and enjoy the sauna and steam rooms. There is also a miniature steam railway park and at nearby Aigle, you will find a fairytale castle and vineyard.
Villars' cogwheel railway makes its way up past the alpine golf course to Bretaye where you can visit three mountain lakes and enjoy a range of spectacular walks, or travel to Bex with its fascinating working saltmine. Hotel guests benefit from the FREE Villars Access Card during the summer months, allowing you to explore the nearby mountains.
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Where to stay
Choose from our handpicked Villars hotels
What to see and do
There are some breathtaking mountain trips to be taken from Villars, many of which can be enjoyed at no charge with the 'Free Access Card' given to Villars hotel guests during the summer months. A real must do is the famous Les Diablerets and its traditional gondola ride to Isenau. More fabulous views can be enjoyed from Roc d'Orsay and Les Chaux - again with the gondola rides included in your Free Access Card. Or visit Glacier 3000 with your Half Fare Card. This is the highest point in the Vaud Alps and has unforgettable views of the finest peaks in the Alps, as well as numerous exciting activities such as a toboggan run, the Ice Express chairlift and the Glacier Walk. The Salt Mines at Bex also make for an interesting day out.
The historic lakeside town of Montreux and its famous Chillon Castle also makes for a popular excursion from Villars, being just an hour away by train. From Montreux there are also numerous recommended excursions such as the Chocolate Train and Les Rochers-de-Naye.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
From Villars, you can travel down to Montreux and then visit the superb terraced vineyards at Lavaux. Here you can walk, enjoy views across Lake Geneva and sample the produce in one of the wine villages. 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.
You'll also be issued with the Villars Free Access Card during the summer months, with free mountain travel in the area. If you are planning trips further afield, it can be well worth pre-booking the Swiss Travel Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! We will be delighted to guide you on the Pass that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic rail holidays from Villars
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts. Villars has connections via Montreux to the GoldenPass Line/Luzern-Interlaken Express for Interlaken or Lucerne. You can also travel to Brig to connect with the famous Glacier Express (for St. Moritz).
If you prefer to be based solely in Villars, 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.