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Family Activities in Canton Vaud – 8 Amazing Day Trips

As a holiday destination and great place to live, the Canton of Vaud takes you from Alpine peaks past lakeshores and vineyards all the way to the wide-open spaces of the Jura, and from happening cities like Lausanne and Montreux to charming mountain villages. We have put together some fabulous ideas for family activities in Canton Vaud, suitable for all ages, all interests, and all seasons.

1.    Lausanne, Olympic capital

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Lausanne offers the best aspects of a hip city, a historic old town, a holiday resort on the lake shores and an Olympic capital. It captivates you in the blink of an eye, whatever the purpose of your visit.

2.    Lavaux Unesco

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Take a walk through some of the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland: the UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyard terraces are crisscrossed with marked trails with stunning views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. Wine and local product tastings offer the ideal complement to walks through the vines.

3.    Chillon Castle

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In Veytaux, near Montreux, Chillon Castle has stood proudly on its rocky island since the 12th century, appearing to float on the surface of Lake Geneva. Home to regular exhibitions and cultural events, it’s the most visited historical monument in Switzerland.

4.    Glacier 3000

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Glacier 3000 is open all year round for winter activities for all. With its stunning views and a wide range of activities on offer – including the Peak Walk, a unique suspension bridge linking two mountain peaks – it’s a must.

5.    Chaplin’s World

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Chaplin’s World is an entertaining museum which enables guests to discover both the man and the artist. The Manoir de Ban and its Hollywood-style studio showcase the humor and emotion that were so dear to Charlie Chaplin and which conquered the entire planet.

6.    Olympic Museum

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The Olympic Museum presents the cornerstones of Olympism through its ultra-modern, interactive facilities. With its temporary exhibitions, grounds decorated with works of art and a panoramic restaurant, this is a must-see attraction in Lausanne.

7.    CGN

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Enjoy a cruise on Lake Geneva on one of the 17 boats of the Compagnie Générale de Navigation (CGN), including 8 splendid “Belle Epoque” paddle wheel boats. The company has the largest fleet of restored “Belle Epoque” boats in Europe.

8.    Goldenpass Line


The GoldenPass Line runs from Lucerne to Montreux, with either panoramic or Belle Epoque carriages. From lake-to-mountain, you take in the most stunning panoramic views such as the Pays-d’Enhaut mountains, Lake Geneva and the Lavaux vineyard terraces, a UNESCO world heritage site.

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