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Every stone has a story to tell...
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Cultural treasures

The Lake Geneva Region offers over a hundred museums exhibiting a vast range of cultural heritage items
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The Lake Geneva Region skilfully combines avant-garde buildings and treasures of the past...
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The yurts on Rochers-de-Naye guarantee a change of scenery in exotic surroundings
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Freddie Mercury's statue, Montreux

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Lavey-les-Bains : the warmest thermal water in Switzerland
Bex: salt and wine
Gryon, the Alps at their best
Villars, town of Alpine chic and private boarding schools
Aigle, a castle in the vineyards
Les Diablerets, Glacier 3000
Leysin, for sports and studies
Les Mosses – La Lécherette
Rossinière, heir of Balthus
Château-d’Oex, capital of the hot air balloon
Rougemont, its dream chalets
Château-d’Oex, capital of the hot air balloon
Château-d’Oex, capital of the hot air balloon
Villeneuve near Lake Geneva
Montreux, congress and jazz town
Vevey, a lakeside market
Chexbres, a balcony on Lake Geneva
Cully, Lavaux and Jazz
Lutry, in celebration of wine
Lausanne, Olympic Capital
Echallens, the Swiss granary
Oron
Moudon
Payerne, Cluny heritage
Estavayer-le-Lac, medieval city
Avenches, the Roman capital
Joux Valley: a Far North atmosphere
Romainmôtier, Cluny priory
Vallorbe, an enchanting underground world
Orbe, a Roman town, with its rich terroir
Yverdon-les-Bains, its water, its heritage
Yvonand, sweet Mediterranean clime
Grandson: a terroir to your taste
Sainte-Croix / Les Rasses, music for all times
Nyon, town of history and festivals
St-Cergue, nature at its purest
Rolle, an international town
Morges, city of flowers
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Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Lake Geneva Region had some 70 living traditions listed according to the UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage criteria in 2010 and 2011. Tales and legends, Lake Geneva Region patois, Brandons (carnivals), traditional crafts and art are all elements included in the list of intangible cultural heritage and constitute a rich and multi-faceted portrait.

These living traditions are classified according to five categories:

  • Oral traditions (tales and legends, stories of Oin-Oin, patois of the Lake Geneva Region, customary laws)
  • The performing arts (choral practice, vintners' festival, festivals, brass bands, costumes and dances) • Social practices (brandons, abbeys, grape harvest festival, Lausanne watchman, meals from the Lake Geneva Region
  • Know-how and practice related to nature and the universe (limping messenger, going up to the mountain pastures, coming down from the mountain pastures, resonance wood)
  • Traditional crafts (cut-outs, tavillons [shingles], music boxes and automata, low walls, watchmaking)

Information

Click here to access the list of the activities and offers of the intangible cultural heritage of the Lake Geneva Region

Click here to access the list of the intangible cultural heritage of the Lake Geneva Region.

Geographic situation

Address

Office du Tourisme du Canton de Vaud
Avenue d'Ouchy 60
1001 Lausanne
Phone +41 (0)21 613 26 26
Fax +41 (0)21 613 26 00

Documentation

Living Traditions

The Lake Geneva Region, shaped by its living traditions.

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Novel promotional video clip from Lausanne Tourisme

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Events

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Le Brassus

Concert RCVJ "Perles de la Musique"

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23

Morges

Aladin et la lampe merveilleuse

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Vevey

Union Chorale La Tour-de-Peilz/Orchestre Da Chiesa

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