Travel to Switzerland and Alps

Day 2 Aix-Les-Bains - Evian (135 Km.)

Switzerland and Alps


 

(in 35 Km.) Annecy: Idyllic town known as the Venice of the Alps, because of its canals where reflect the floral facades of the houses in the old town. Around the lake highlighted the castle Menthon St. Bernard and Val d´Aravis with villages as Thones and Manigod where you can eat cheese Rechoblon on Alpine farms.

Annecy
Annecy

(in 44 Km.) Geneva: Geneva belongs to the French-speaking part, and is known mainly for being the headquarters of UNESCO and other international organizations. In the lake area are the pump, the English garden, with its flower clock, and the National Monument. Crossing the bridge of Mont Blanc, arrived at the monument to Charles II of Brunswick, later we see the parks Mon Repos and Perle du Lac, which houses the Museum of Science.

In Place des Nations is the building of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and there are close to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Labor and the headquarters of WHO, World Health Organization.

Geneva
Geneva - Flower clock

The Rhone divided the city in two parts and its left bank runs the artistic and intellectual life. The main street is the Grand Rue, where you can see the house of Rousseau. Other area attractions include the City Council, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Watch, the Museum of Ancient Musical Instruments; the Russian Orthodox Church; the University, on the Place Neuve, the Grand Theater, which is running the Geneva Opera; the Rath Museum and the former Conservatory.

Geneva
Geneva - Jet d'eau (pump)

The most lively area of the city is the Molard square and on the esplanade of Plainpalais installing a scintillating flea market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

(in 30 Km.) Yvoire: It´s a pretty medieval village, famous for its extravagant flower displays, which seem to drip in profusion from every building in summer, when the narrow cobbled lanes are frequently choked with hordes of day-trippers. The main attraction is the lovely Jardin des Cinq Sens off rue du Lac, a spread of immaculate formal gardens laid out with a huge variety of plants, designed to appeal to each of the five senses.

Yvoire
Yvoire

(in 17 Km.) Thonon-les-Bains: Running northwards, the flower-decked lakefront promenade, the Quai de Ripaille, leads to the imposing Château de Ripaille. Built in the fifteenth century by Amédée VIII, the colourful first Duke of Savoie who later served ten years as anti-pope, before retiring to become Bishop of Geneva the Château has a charming, fairy-tale aspect, due in part to major restoration in the late nineteenth century, which left a rich legacy of Art-Nouveau interiors.

(in 9 Km.) Evian-les-Bains: The town is home of Evian Mineral water, which makes up the foundation of the economy together with the Casino d´Evian, largest themed casino in Europe, and the Evian Royal Resort.


 

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