Stay 4 : Ecotourism in Switzerland from Montreux to Zurich

Stay 4 : Ecotourism in Switzerland from Montreux to Zurich.

Occidental Route

Stage 4/35 - 369 kms


0 km Evian

40 kms Montreux

28 kms Lausanne

56 kms Gruyère

33 kms Fribourg

35 kms Bern

57 kms Interlaken

68 kms Luzern

52 kms Zurich

carte Evian a Zurich

Evian : A beautiful site and tourist city

Evian France

Evian France
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Evian is located in the northern part of the French Alps, in the Haute-Savoie department, in south-eastern France. It lies on an exceptionally beautiful tourist city, on Lake Geneva’s South Shore, 45 km from Geneva. The city is located opposite Switzerland, while it nestles against the foothills of the Chablais alpine massif with its main peaks rising to heights of 2200 meters.

Ecotourism in Switzerland : A very famous Jazz Festival in Montreux

Montreux Suisse

Montreux Suisse
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Montreux is a renowned municipality for its Jazz festival. Situated in the district of Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut, in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. It is located by the Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps. The Audiorama, the Swiss National Audiovisual Museum, the Crêtes Castle, the Châtelard Castle, the train station, the Ile and Villa Salagnon, the Covered Market, the Palace Hotel, the Territet which was formerly the Grand-Hotel/Hotel des Alpes and the Villa Karma are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. The whole of the urban village of Territet / Veytaux as well as the areas of Caux, Montreux and Villas Dubochet are part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.

Lausanne : A nice small and prosperous city

Circuit écotourisme, Lausanne Suisse

Lausanne Suisse
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Lausanne, capital of the canton of Vaud, is very well located, 40 minutes from Geneva and 20 minutes from the towns of Vevey and Montreux, at the lakeside. If you drive some kilometres in one direction or another, you will find yourself amidst vineyards villages or close to Lake Geneva. It is a very prosperous city which offers its visitors a unique experience while visiting it.

Lake Geneva Swiss side

One needs here to take into consideration not only the city, but the entire Lake Geneva region as an elegant set of extraordinary range of towns and villages, each with its own special ambience and proudly independent outlook on life, all of these wonderfully located and anchored by what has been called the world’s smallest metropolis.

Gruyères : A major tourist location

Circuit écotourisme, Gruyères Suisse

Gruyères Suisse
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Gruyères is a town in the Gruyère district in the canton of Fribourg, Switzerland. Its German name is Greyerz. The medieval town is a major tourist location in the upper valley of the Sarine and bears the “Gruyère” famous name.   Gruyère is a key factor in supporting the tourism sector in the region. A major tourist attraction is the Gruyères medieval town with its castle, housing a regional museum and an arts museum. Cultural activities are organised in the castle. There is a cheese factory in Pringy which is open to visitors. Mount Moléson is found nearby.

Ecotourism trip around Lake Gruyère : Interesting exploration

One of the most beautiful views on the lake is from the Restaurant/Restoroute Motel. It is an ideal location to have lunch on its large terrace and enjoy the Fribourg Pre-Alps at a short distance. The lakes area offers various sport activities such as golf, tennis, fishing and biking or hiking around the lake. From the village of “Le Bry”, you can enjoy a ecotourism trip on a barge to explore the lake. Discover the cliffs of Rossens and set your feet on firm ground to visit Ogoz Island, its restored chapel and medieval ruins.

Fribourg : An economic and historic city

Circuit écotourisme, Fribourg Suisse

Fribourg Suisse
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Fribourg is the capital of the Swiss canton of Fribourg and the district of Sarine. It is located the Sarine’s both sides / Sarine, on the Swiss plateau is an important economic, administrative and educational centre on the cultural border between the German-speaking and French-speaking Switzerlands. Its old town, one of the best preserved in Switzerland, is located on a small rocky hill above the Sarine’s valley.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a title given to Virgin Mary in her role of patroness of the Order of Carmel. The first Carmelites were Christian hermits who lived on the Mount Carmel in Holy Land during the late 12th century and the beginning of the mid-13th century. They built a chapel in the midst of their hermitages that they dedicated it to the Blessed Virgin, under the name of “Lady of the place”. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is Chile’s patron saint.

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Bern : An UNESCO World heritage site where is pleasant to live

CIrcuit écotourisme, Berne Suisse

Bern Suisse
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The city of Bern is Switzerland’s fifth most populous city.  The Bern built-up area includes 43 municipalities and has a population of 356 000.  Bern is also the capital of the canton of Bern, Switzerland’s second most populous canton. In 1983 the historic old town in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Bern is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life.

Old city of Berne : medieval character

The Old City of Berne is the centre of the Berne medieval city, in Switzerland. Built on a narrow hill surrounded on three sides by the Aar River, it has a compact layout and unchanged since its construction from the 12th to the 15th centuries. Despite a major fire in 1405, an extensive part of the city was rebuilt in sandstone and after considerable construction efforts in the 18th century, Berne’s old city has maintained its medieval character.

Interlaken : a very popular tourist destination

Circuit écotourisme, Interlaken Suisse

Interlaken Suisse
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The place is a well-known tourist destination, located near Switzerland’s centre, close to the Alps. The Aar flows through the town. Interlaken lies between Lake Brienz, to the east, and Lake Thun to the west. The town derives its name from its geographic position between the lakes.

Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn : mountainous region

The Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn is located in south-western Switzerland between the cantons of Berne and Valais. It is a mountainous region in the eastern part of the Bernese Alps, holding the northern wall of the Eiger and Jungfrau and the largest glaciated area in western Eurasia, which includes the Aletsch glacier. The Jungfrau-Aletsch protected region is the first World Natural Heritage Site in the Alps. It was inscribed in 2001.

Luzern : A world famous monuments city

Circuit écotourisme, Lucerne Suisse

Luzern Suisse
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Luzern lies on Lake Luzern’s shores and is the capital of Central Switzerland. The Prealps offer a breathtaking view on the snow-capped peaks of the Alps and Lucerne’s well preserved medieval city centre. Luzern is home to world famous monuments such as the Chapel Bridge and the Water Tower. In addition to tourist attractions, the city also offers a modern infrastructure with a wide range of cinemas, museums, theatres, restaurants, clubs and an extensive and well operated public transport system. Luzern is ideally located with good connections to many other sights and large cities like Zurich, Berne, Bâle and Geneva. Several ski resorts and hiking trails are nearby and Lake Luzern offers a range of water sports such as sailing, rowing, surfing and swimming.

Werthenstein Pilgrimage Church (about 20km from Lucerne)

You can almost hear the footsteps of pilgrims on the Saint-Jacques road between the Werthenstein pilgrimage church and Willisau. Cultural diversity, fascinating history and memorable landscapes define hiking in Lucerne’s hinterland. Small hamlets, chapels, calvaries and villages with beautiful inns, the pilgrims always enjoy a good meal. All this wealth is found along this path, rich in history and tradition, leading through meadows and forests of the small well preserved city of Willisau.

Zurich : Discovering Carolingian Imperial Palace and charming city that attracts many tourists

Voyage au bord du lac à Zurich Suisse

Zurich Suisse
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Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and the capital of the Zurich canton. It is located in north-central Switzerland at the north-western end of Lake Zurich. The municipality has about 390 000 inhabitants, and the Zurich metropolitan area has approximately 1.83 million.  Zurich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Zurich Airport and the railway station are the country’s largest and busiest. Most of Zurich’s sights are located within the area on each side of the Limmat River, between the main railway station and Lake Zurich. The old town’s churches and houses are regrouped here as well as the most expensive shops along the famous Bahnhofstrasse. The Lindenhof in the old town is the historical site of the Roman castle and the Carolingian Imperial Palace.

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