Day Trip: Lovin’ Lavaux

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About an hour out­side of Geneva is the lit­tle-known wine area of Lavaux. With ter­raced vine­yards set on im­pos­si­bly steep an­cient hills, these quaint towns have Miche­lin-starred restau­rants and gre­gar­i­ous wine­mak­ers ready to talk about their craft at the drop of a hat. It is no won­der that the singer, Prince, wrote a song called “Lavaux” af­ter he vis­ited here in 2010.

Here are some tips to make the most of your visit to this UNESCO World Her­itage site:

Take a train from Geneva to ei­ther the small town of Lutry or Cully to take the Lavaux Ex­press train (www.lavaux­ex­press.ch/en) — which is ac­tu­ally wheeled, and drives on pave­ment. This train takes you right through some of the towns and vine­yards along its route.

If you go it alone, you can rent a car or take the train from Geneva to any of 14 vil­lages in the re­gion.

There is a two-hour (or so) walk you can do on your own (mostly down­hill!) that starts in Grand­vaux and ends in Lutry. When you get to Grand­vaux, make

a stop first at the restau­rant, Tout un Monde (Place du Vil­lage 7, 1091 Bourg-en-Lavaux). It has ex­cel­lent food, and the views are to die for.

St-Saphorin is one of my fa­vorite stops. Here, cob­ble­stoned streets and me­dieval stone houses make up this pic­turesque vil­lage, with its lit­tle shops

and lovely wine bars and restau­rants like Au­berge

de l’Onde (Cen­tre du Vil­lage, Chemin Neuf, 1071 Saint-Saphorin) that is a sen­sa­tional fine din­ing op­tion.

If you want to do more than eat and drink, then

visit the new Chap­lin’s World Mu­seum (Route de Fe­nil 2, 1804 Cor­sier-sur-Vevey) in Vevey, or the dra­matic Chillon Castle (Av­enue de Chillon 21, 1820 Vey­taux) near Mon­treux.

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