With hundreds of freshwater lakes in Switzerland, few would refute the fact that *Lac Leman is often romanticized the most. Quaint little towns and villages in both Switzerland and France have long flourished along the beautiful shore.
(*Or Lake Geneva if you wish, but remember that Geneva is not the only town located by the lake)
I started my much-anticipated CGN boat cruise from Nyon, a peaceful medium-sized town some 20 minutes away from Geneva by train. The weather was hot and sunny in the summer, and I wasn’t complaining much.
Soon enough the CGN boat made it across Lac Leman into the French border and made a number of quick stops at charming little French towns like Yvoire, Thonon-les-Baines, Amphion-les-Baines and Evian. Yes, you guessed it right, the world-famous mineral water brand "Evian" comes from here.
Then the boat headed back into the Swiss territory towards Lausanne-Ouchy. I was treated with even more sights of picturesque hamlets on the northwestern shore of the lake. This region, known as La Côte (or The Coast), is a famous wine-growing region due to its mild weather and adequate supply of water from the lake.
The boat stopped at Lausanne-Ouchy for a few minutes before continuing to another port-of-call in Vevey-Marchè, which is pretty much one of the suburbia of Montreux. The jade-green glassy wall of Nestlè S.A headquarter is clearly visible from the boat in Vevey.
Then I arrived at Montreux, and the majestic Dents-du-Midi was still shrouded with afternoon mist, just as it was the case in my previous trip to this beautiful lakeside city. Nonetheless, the view was still something worth remembering.
Finally, I arrived at Château de Chillon. I disembarked here for a tour of this medieval castle before catching the train to Bern.