Road Trips in Geneva
Geneva has some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in Europe, and a drive around its lakes is equally stunning. For a fun-packed day out, take a drive along Lake Geneva’s northern shore, stopping to explore the waterfront towns of Lausanne and Vevey.
Lausanne is famous for its hilly streets, Olympic Museum and 12th-century Gothic cathedral, while Vevey is home to a palm-tree-lined promenade, a special vine-train excursion into the wine-growing region of the Lavaux, and the Nestlé Foundation’s Vevey Alimentarium, a museum devoted entirely to nutrition.
Finish up your rental-car road trip in the town of Montreaux at the western end of Lake Geneva. Known for its annual jazz festival, this chic community has been home to global celebrities like Charlie Chaplin and Freddie Mercury over the years, and remains one of Switzerland’s most exclusive places to live.
Another option is to drive your hire car to Gruyères, an idyllic Medieval Swiss village on a hilltop, with a castle, a dedicated Tibet museum with more than 300 Buddhist sculptures, and an extraordinary culinary scene, much of which features the famous local cheese.
Driving in Switzerland
Driving a rental car in Switzerland is generally safe and straightforward. Remember to use dipped headlights when driving through tunnels, and during the day you should sound your horn before approaching sharp bends on winding mountain roads.