With 650 000 inhabitants, Vaud is the 3rd biggest state in Switzerland. It's capital is Lausanne and it covers 3 200 sq.km over the 3 geographical regions of Switzerland (Jura, Plateau and Alps) offering visitors very different landscapes (lakeside, mountains and countryside) and people.
Lausanne is also a university city with more than 20 000 students and its institute of technology to which many foreigners come to study or work
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Top Things to See and Do
Still a bit a draft: Old steamers on the Geneva Lake, panoramic trains leaving from Montreux, 2500km of designated bike paths, roman remains in Nyon and the amphitheatre in Avenches, Castles and market towns (Chillon, Prangins, Moudon, Aigle), Lausanne's 12th century cathedral, old abbeys in Payerne and Romainmôtier, more than 50 varied museums among which the Olympic museum, the "Art brut" collection (raw art), both in Lausanne, or the two museums dedicated to music box making in Sainte-Croix and L'Auberson, many ski resorts (skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and hiking) offering 400km of runs (in Les Diablerets and Glacier 3000 where you can also ski during summer).
Main festivals and events: world renowed Montreux Jazz Festival (beg. July), Paleo festival in Nyon (end July), Opera festival in Avenches (end July), Festival de la Cité in Lausanne (beg. July and it's free!), air balloon festival in Château d'Oex (January), Christmas market in Montreux (december).
Local specialities: Vaudois sausage, cabbage-filled sausage, perch and trouts, local cheese (tomme, l'Etivaz,...), wine (Lavaux, La Côte, Chablais, Bonvillars...)
Nature and wildlife: underground caves between Orbe and Vallorbe and the salt mines in Bex, the Grande Cariçaie, near Yverdon-les-Bains, hosting 200 bird species, the marmots at Rocher-de-Naye above Montreux, or the Juraparc reserve (close to Le Chenit).
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Neighbor regions/States: Genève, Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Valais. Vaud also has borders with France (Ain, Doubs, Jura, Haute-Savoie)
Distance from Lausanne and how to get there
Aigle - 45km - long distance trains (2x/h)
Arzier - 45 km - local train from Nyon (1x/h)
Avenches - 70km - local train through Payerne (1x/h)
Bex - 55km - long distance trains (1x/h)
Chardonne - 20km - local bus from Vevey (1-2x/h)
Chavannes-près-Renens - 6km - local bus/metro (every 10 mn)
Chexbres - 15km - local trains (REV - 2x/h)
Clarens - 28km - local trains (REV - 1x/h) or local bus from Vevey/Montreux (every 10 mn)
Coppet - 50km - semi-direct train (2x/h)
Corcelles-près-Concise - 50km - regional bus from Yverdon (1x/h)
Corseaux - 20km - local bus from Vevey (1-2x/h)
Crans-près-Céligny - 45km - regional bus from Nyon or Coppet (2x/h)
Ecublens - 6km - local bus/metro (every 10 mn)
Epalinges - 6km - local bus (every 10 mn)
Le Lieu - 60km - local trains from Vallorbe (REV - 1x/h)
Founex - 50km - regional bus from Nyon and Coppet (2x/h)
Givrins - 40km - local trains from Nyon (1x/h)
Glion (Montreux) - 30km - local trains from Montreux (1x/h) and cablecar from Territet (4x/h)
Grandson - 45km - regional bus from Yverdon (1x/h)
Grandvaux - 8km - local trains (REV - 1x/h) and regional bus (1x/h)
Gryon - 60km - local trains from Bex (1x/h)
Hermenches - 20km - regional bus from Moudon [train station] or Thierrens (4x/weekday) or bus on demand
Juriens - 45km - regional bus from Croy-Romainmôtier [train station] (11x/weekday) or bus on demand
Le Brassus (Le Chenit) - 50km - local trains from Vallorbe/Le Day (1x/h)
Les Diablerets (Ormont-Dessus) - 65km - local trains from Aigle (1x/h)
Lutry - 5km - local bus (every 7-10mn)
Montreux - 30km - long distance trains (2x/h)
Morges - 8km - long distance trains (3x/h)
Moudon - 25km - local trains (REV - 1x/h) and regional bus (1x/h)
Nyon - 45km - long distance trains (3x/h)
Ollon - 50km - local trains from Aigle (1-2x/h)
Payerne - 65km - local trains from Lausanne, Yverdon and Fribourg (1x/h)
Penthalaz - 20km - local trains (REV - 3x/h) [train station: Cossonay Gare]
Perroy - 25km - regional bus from Allaman and Rolle (1x/h)
Pully - 3km - local bus (every 5mn)
Renens - 5km - local bus/metro (every 5mn), semi-direct trains
Salavaux (Bellerive VD) - 80km - regional bus from Avenches (7x/weekday) or bus on demand
Sainte-Croix - 55km - local trains from Yverdon (1x/h)
Vevey - 22km - long distance trains (3x/h)
Vallorbe - 50km - local trains (REV - 1x/h)
Vufflens-le-Château - 17km - local trains from Morges (~1x/h)
Yverdon-les-Bains - 40km - long distance trains (2x/h)
(2x/h) indicates number of public transports services per hour, in average through the day, from mondays to fridays. If not specified, run also on saturdays and sundays.
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Who is coming?
We are couple of siberian travellers and we want to come in first half of July - wondering to visit Montreux, will be happy to find a new friends and meet a host too =)
Want more guests!
For sure: playschool
Hospitality Club Meetings
Some regular small gettogethers with locals in the Riviera region. No specific meeting planed yet... you can always suggest or even organise one!
Edited by: siberianstranger on 05.02.2008 playschool on 22.06.2006 playschool on 03.05.2006 playschool on 04.11.2005 playschool on 21.08.2005 playschool on 31.07.2005