Eastern Vaud and the Riviera

This is one of the most spectacular regions in Switzerland, with its hillside vineyards in the Lavaux region (a candidate UNESCO World Heritage Site) overlooking the lake, which opens up on a magnificent Alpine panorama.

The Vaud Riviera, to the east of Lausanne, has drawn in visitors from the whole of Europe since the end of the 19th century, attracted by its setting and its particularly mild microclimate in Vevey or Montreux. The former is home to the global headquarters of Nestlé, while the latter is famed for its annual jazz festival, which is one of the most prestigious such event in the world, and the impressive Château de Chillon, which faces the Alps with its feet in the lake.

The region also hosts cutting edge industries, with the Merck-Serono Biotech Center and APCO Technologies performing research into nuclear and aerospace applications, and Strycker Europe, a leading provider of orthopaedic implants.

The Riviera also boasts a number of world-famous rehabilitation centres and private clinics, as well as investment firms and financial advisors.

But there’s more to Eastern Vaud than just the Riviera; it continues towards the Alps with le Chablais and the town of Aigle, which hosts a facility belonging to Bombardier, a company that makes transport systems, as well as the World Cycling Centre (WCC). Further on are the Vaud Alp resorts of Villars, Leysin, les Diablerets with its glacier, and Château d'Oex, all ideal places to enjoy mountain sports and leisure activities.

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