Nyon encompasses several aspects: historical, modern, festive, professional, authentic and international.
The region of Nyon has successfully combined these different yet complementary aspects and has maintained a unique and pleasant identity. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva near the La Côte AOC vineyards and at the foot of the Jura mountains, Nyon offers its inhabitants and guests an exceptionally varied setting that has certainly been inspiring the artists who regularly perform in this city of festivals.
From the Roman Empire to our time, the region’s long history can be discovered during guided tours in the town’s streets as well as in several castles and museums. Memorable experiences reward those who take the time to explore the surroundings.
The museums of Nyon portray the region but also the Roman Empire, the century of Enlightenment and the history of Switzerland.
The region of Nyon is a delightful discovery for history buffs. Mankind’s best epochs are explained at the Roman Museum in Nyon, as well as at the castles of Coppet and Prangins, which is the Swiss-French headquarters of the Swiss National Museum. Fans of the natural sciences will find many interesting things at the Musée du Léman, whereas cartoon lovers can follow in the footsteps of Tintin around in this town that has inspired Hergé, the author of the comic books with the same title. A full programme that can be complemented with more heritage- and terroir-based visits.
Nyon, city of festivals
Nyon is internationally reputed thanks to the Paléo Festival but it organises quality events all year round.
The Paléo Festival is regularly rewarded as one of the world’s best and largest festivals, which attracts hundreds of thousands of fans of music and celebrations to Nyon in summer. Other large-scale events have turned this city of festivals into a legend. Music is the focus of the festivals Hivernales and Caribana, whereas Visions du Réel features documentary films and Far° to the living arts. Traditional celebrations and sports competitions complement an exceptionally rich and varied programme.
Each atmosphere has its own art of living
Authentic and friendly meals at the foot of the Jura mountains, elegant and refreshing dishes at the lakeshores: this region's art de vivre adapts itself to the surroundings.
How pleasant to change from one atmosphere, natural setting or altitude to another, all within one region. Nyon and its region offer this diversity, be it in terms of landscapes or dishes. Within one day, you can enjoy fish from Lake Geneva on a terrace at the waterfront at lunchtime and a traditional meal in a typically Swiss setting in the evening. The only thing they have in common: the delicious wines from the La Côte AOC vineyards, the canton's largest.
Excursions to suit all tastes
Surrounded by Lake Geneva, the La Côte AOC vineyards and the Vaudois countryside, Nyon is the point of departure of many excursions to wide open spaces.
Sailing peacefully on Lake Geneva, exploring the vineyards in style on a segway, travelling comfortably in a train or hiking, e-biking or mountain biking at your level: there are myriad possibilities to enjoy nature in the region of Nyon. Fans of fauna are drawn to the recently reopened zoo de la Garenne and lovers of flora go and get more than an eyeful in the Parc Jura Vaudois. Walkers, cyclists and golfers will also find what they're looking for.
Snow fun within immediate reach
Nyon is one of the towns enviably close to a ski region.
The nearby resort of St-Cergue - La Dôle is a paradise that allows you to combine a city stay with a skiing holiday. The ski slopes can be reached from the city centre either by car or train. The tracks are open at night, allowing you to enjoy the day to the full and whizz down the slopes at night. Instead of skiing, fans of Nordic sports prefer to go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or dog sled riding. But all of them will appreciate a good fondue included in package offers.
Events that are both Swiss and international
Located near the international city of Geneva, Nyon hosts large-scale events in all authenticity.
The proximity of international companies and Geneva Airport comes in very useful when organising seminars in the region of Nyon. What really makes it an ideal location for professional and private events is the highly varied setting and the preserved identity of this destination. Give your guests the opportunity to spend a day starting out at a hotel on the lakeshores, then visiting the La Côte AOC vineyards and finally siting down in a restaurant at the foot of the Jura mountains.
So much variety could make it difficult to choose, especially if your stay is short. Thanks to our suggestions, you will be able to cover the essential aspects of the region of Nyon while doing the activity of your choosing, which will entice you to stay longer. Our list of monuments with unique architectural or heritage features will delight fans of history just like the countless guided visits offered in the region, while gourmets will enjoy a glass of wine and discover new culinary delights during our wine discovery tours.
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