Day Trip: Lovin’ Lavaux
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.