Canton of Vaud

Switzerland is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers. The Canton of Vaud is not different offering excellent infrastructure in a wonderful landscape.

Vaud a Paradise for Outdoor Experiences

Canton of Vaud

Switzerland is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers. There are options for all kinds of tastes, a degree of difficulty and adrenaline level. Unlike one may think it is not just about winter sports. The Canton of Vaud is not different offering excellent infrastructure in a wonderful landscape.

Let's start with the obvious: Switzerland is for skiing and snowboarding as Hawaii is for Surfing. If you stay for a while at the arrival hall at Geneva Airport on a winter season, you will see such a quantity of people, from all parts of the World, carrying skis and snowboards bags that will leave no margin for doubt. It is like arriving at Bali airport in Indonesia and watching the surfboards bags coming down the baggage belt.

In fact, Switzerland offers a wide range of ski resorts with trails of different levels of difficulty: from beginner-friendly to off-piste skiing. Most famous Swiss ski resorts are not in the Canton of Vaud, like Zermatt, Verbier, and Crans-Montana. There are, though, some outstanding ones as Leysin, Les Diablerets and Glacier 3000. At this one is located the 107 meters long Suspension Bridge connecting two mountain peaks, called Peak Walk by Tissot. The view is amazing! Also in Glacier 3000, the Alpine Coaster is a funny activity for the whole family.

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Paradise for Outdoor Addicted Travelers

Regarding outdoor experiences without snow, the Canton of Vaud is hard to beat. In the first place, most of Lake Geneva's Swiss part locates in the Canton of Vaud. One of the largest in Europe, Switzerland, and France share it. The lake offers a wide variety of activities like swimming, sailing, windsurfing, SUP among others. Besides, the shore between Lausanne and Vevey is called Lavaux, and UNESCO listed it as World Heritage Site in 2007. Hiking along the steeply terraced vineyards is a pleasant experience. You will enjoy fantastic views of the Alps, Lake Geneva, and grapevines.

Tip: Just as there are good restaurant options for lunch in the Lavaux Terraced Vineyards you can also go to Lutry to enjoy a good meal in a pleasant setting and then head to La Plage de Lutry to enjoy a relaxed and amusing atmosphere.

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Road Cycling or Mountain Biking? Both!

It is no exaggeration to say that the Swiss net of cycling routes are close to perfection. There are nine national routes and many regional and local routes. The directions are well signage with a white number inside a blue square on red signposts. Together with cycling tracks in the cities, there are safe and quiet countryside and rural roads. Are mostly paved roads and paths but it contains not paved sections. Between Jura Mountains and Lake Geneva as well as at the Alps in Canton's easternmost districts there are plenty of itineraries options for road cycling and mountain biking. I strongly recommend downloading the SwitzerlandMobility App for hiking, cycling, and mountain biking maps among other information.

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For Olympic Games enthusiasts is mandatory to visit the Olympic Museum. Founded in 1993 the museum locates in Lausanne, the capital and largest city of the Canton of Vaud. Its archive contains sporting equipment, the Olympic torches, the Olympic medals, a video documenting opening ceremonies and much more.

If are you looking for an adventure travel destination with a lot of outdoors activities, well, the Canton of Vaud may be the place that you are looking for.

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