If you are a wine person, or even if you are not a wine person (merely an incredibly beautiful views person), when you come to Switzerland spend a day hiking around the Lavaux vinyards. They are amazing and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The terraces can be traced back to the 11th century. In the 12th century, the Bishop of Lausanne gave various lands to the Cistercian Order. They have grown wine here ever since. In fact, this is one of the best-known wine producing regions in Switzerland. The sunlight reflected off the lake and the heat that remains stored in the stone walls and lake help the grapes.
Franz Weber helped to get them declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ensure their protection from development. He continues to oppose their development calling it the “concretization of Lavaux.” Can you imagine Del Boca Vista Phase III here?
Yep. That’s France across the water. I hear they make wine there too.
Warning: The wineries are not usually open earlier in the day. Check their schedules if you want to go inside and meet someone. We were perfectly happy to walk through their vineyards and see their grapes, which you can do at any time.