Autumn can be fun too!

The kids are back at school, summer holidays are already a distant memory, and there is still an age to wait before the snow arrives. If you are struggling to while away those ‘in-between’ Autumn months, struggle no more! There is a LOT to do in the Lac Leman area at this time of year. Read on for our suggestions…..


  • For an insight into all things Swiss – food, drink, music, traditions , artisan products, etc – visit Lausanne this weekend, for the final days of the Comptoir Suisse exhibition.IMG_1823


  • Other autumnal festivals, which provide a unique insight into local culture are
    • Désalpes – this year, St Cergue’s is on Sat 29 September. Take the little red train there from Nyon – it winds up through vineyards; very scenic.
    • Fêtes de Vendanges – do some wine-tasting, and enjoy the entertainment at upcoming harvest festivals. This weekend, celebrations take place in Féchy and Lutry. Nyon’s Fête de Vigne takes place on 5-6 October.
    • Scarecrow Festival in Morges on 29 September – entertainment, fireworks, and setting the poor scarecrow alight!




  • If your taste is for culture in a more general sense, here are some other events to try this autumn –
    • Prangins Château celebrates its 20th anniversary as a National Museum on 29 September, with the presentation of a ‘sculpture’ made with 50,000 candles, lit by 500 volunteers.
    • Nuits des Musées takes place in Lausanne this Saturday. 24 museums are open from 2pm until 2am for a programme of exhibitions, performances and attractions.
    • Festival Images in Vevey, is a biannual event, where the town becomes an outdoor photography exhibition space. Continues until 30 September.




Food and Drink:

  • This is a great time of year to visit the Lavaux Vineyards, to do some tasting while admiring the autumn colours. If you don’t fancy a hike, try taking the Lavaux Express, a petit train, which does round trips from Cully and Lutry.
  • How about trying a Fondue Cruise? From 29 September until 7 December, CGN are running Friday night cruises, departing from either Geneva or Morges/Lausanne. Prices include food – not usually the case on CGN boats.
  • Would you like to be more hands-on in enjoying the fruits of the autumn harvest? Have a look at this link, which lists local farms offering  ‘pick your own’ fun.


Still looking for ideas? You will find more in our 2017 post.


By Olive Fenton



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