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Nyon
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 18, Rolle–Coppet
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 28, Nyon–Chavannes-de-Bogis
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 27, Aubonne–Nyon
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Jura Crest Trail
Jura Crest Trail
Stage 16, St-Cergue–Nyon
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Sentier des Toblerones
Sentier des Toblerones
Route 114, Bassins–Nyon
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Nyon
Jurasüdfuss-Route
Jurasüdfuss-Route
Stage 5, Bière–Genève
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Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 6, Vallorbe–Nyon
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Tour du Léman
Tour du Léman
Stage 2, Genève–Morges
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Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 7, Morges–Genève
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Route du vignoble de La Côte
Route du vignoble de La Côte
Route 488, Morges–Aubonne–Mont-sur-Rolle–Duilier–Nyon
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Nyon

The little town of Nyon is situated on Lake Geneva, half way between Geneva and Lausanne, amid the vineyards of La Côte. Many excavations and sights from the times of the Celtic Helvetians and the Romans, and from the Middle Ages, bear witness to its eventful history. Nowadays the town is the starting place for many excursions into the area around Lake Geneva.
From the 13th century, the Counts of Savoy began building a mighty castle on top of Roman ruins, dominated by five huge towers. Nowadays this castle, towering over the Old Town, houses the Museum of History and Porcelain, containing valuable items from the former porcelain manufacturing industry in Nyon. From the 16th century onwards, the town was ruled by Berne, and a reminder of this can be seen in the arcades around the market square.

Three Corinthian columns on a little hill in the parkland by the lake recall the Roman era. After Julius Caesar had conquered Gaul, he decided to establish the colony of Iulia Equestris with Noviodunum as its urban centre on the site of the present town of Nyon, as shown by the artefacts from excavations on display in the Roman Museum.

The Museum of Lake Geneva in the district by the lakeside tells you all about Western Europe's largest lake. There are aquariums, large and small models of boats and a restored steamer to tell the story of the natural history and shipping of the lake. Higher than this district, a promenade offers fine views of the lake, Geneva's nearest mountain - the Mont-Salève - and Mont Blanc.

Nyon is surrounded by vineyards. The Route du Vignoble de la Côte from Versoix near Geneva through Nyon to Morges is all about the wines of La Côte and other regional specialities. Local fish from the lake are served with the wines, complementing them perfectly. A little railway line leads into the hinterland of the region, going as far as the Jura resort of Saint-Cergue and the French border in La Cure.

A special place of interest is the Toblerone Trail, which has nothing to do with the famous triangular chocolate, but rather the anti-tank defences, similar in shape, forming the "Promenthouse Line" which stretched from the foot of the Jura to Lake Geneva. Signposts along the footpath help give you a good impression of what the fortifications of the Second World War were like and also point out a number of unspoilt natural features.

Highlights

  • Old Town – arcades similar to those in Berne and a castle with five round towers, dating partly from the 13th century.
  • Museum of Lake Geneva – information about the origins of the lake, its fauna and flora and the history of shipping, fishing etc. With a children's workshop.
  • Prangins Castle – just a few kilometres outside Nyon there is a section of the Swiss National Museum housed here. In this very attractive setting, under the title "The Way to the Present", the history of Switzerland in the 18th and 19th century is unfolded.
  • La Garenne zoo in Le Vaud – a glimpse into the European animal world, with wolves, lynx, foxes, reptiles and a large number of European birds of prey in attractive grounds.
  • La Dôle (1677 m) - a mighty, rocky crag above Nyon, with almost alpine vegetation and a panorama over Lake Geneva, the city of Geneva and the Alps of the Valais, extending as far as Mont Blanc.
The little town of Nyon is situated on Lake Geneva, half way between Geneva and Lausanne, amid the vineyards of La Côte. Many excavations and sights from the times of the Celtic Helvetians and the Romans, and from the Middle Ages, bear witness to its eventful history. Nowadays the town is the starting place for many excursions into the area around Lake Geneva.
From the 13th century, the Counts of Savoy began building a mighty castle on top of Roman ruins, dominated by five huge towers. Nowadays this castle, towering over the Old Town, houses the Museum of History and Porcelain, containing valuable items from the former porcelain manufacturing industry in Nyon. From the 16th century onwards, the town was ruled by Berne, and a reminder of this can be seen in the arcades around the market square.

Three Corinthian columns on a little hill in the parkland by the lake recall the Roman era. After Julius Caesar had conquered Gaul, he decided to establish the colony of Iulia Equestris with Noviodunum as its urban centre on the site of the present town of Nyon, as shown by the artefacts from excavations on display in the Roman Museum.

The Museum of Lake Geneva in the district by the lakeside tells you all about Western Europe's largest lake. There are aquariums, large and small models of boats and a restored steamer to tell the story of the natural history and shipping of the lake. Higher than this district, a promenade offers fine views of the lake, Geneva's nearest mountain - the Mont-Salève - and Mont Blanc.

Nyon is surrounded by vineyards. The Route du Vignoble de la Côte from Versoix near Geneva through Nyon to Morges is all about the wines of La Côte and other regional specialities. Local fish from the lake are served with the wines, complementing them perfectly. A little railway line leads into the hinterland of the region, going as far as the Jura resort of Saint-Cergue and the French border in La Cure.

A special place of interest is the Toblerone Trail, which has nothing to do with the famous triangular chocolate, but rather the anti-tank defences, similar in shape, forming the "Promenthouse Line" which stretched from the foot of the Jura to Lake Geneva. Signposts along the footpath help give you a good impression of what the fortifications of the Second World War were like and also point out a number of unspoilt natural features.

Highlights

  • Old Town – arcades similar to those in Berne and a castle with five round towers, dating partly from the 13th century.
  • Museum of Lake Geneva – information about the origins of the lake, its fauna and flora and the history of shipping, fishing etc. With a children's workshop.
  • Prangins Castle – just a few kilometres outside Nyon there is a section of the Swiss National Museum housed here. In this very attractive setting, under the title "The Way to the Present", the history of Switzerland in the 18th and 19th century is unfolded.
  • La Garenne zoo in Le Vaud – a glimpse into the European animal world, with wolves, lynx, foxes, reptiles and a large number of European birds of prey in attractive grounds.
  • La Dôle (1677 m) - a mighty, rocky crag above Nyon, with almost alpine vegetation and a panorama over Lake Geneva, the city of Geneva and the Alps of the Valais, extending as far as Mont Blanc.

Arrival and return Nyon

Adresse

Nyon Région Tourisme
Case postale 1288
1260 Nyon
Tel. +41 (0) 22 365 66 00
info@nrt.ch
www.nyon-tourisme.ch

Services

Accommodation

B&B Domaine de Bois-Bougy
B&B Domaine de Bois-Bougy
Nyon
Baumgartners B+B
Baumgartners B+B
Nyon
Hostellerie du XVIème Siècle
Hostellerie du XVIème Siècle
Nyon
Nyon Hostel
Nyon Hostel
Nyon
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Places of interest

Château de Nyon
Château de Nyon
Musée du Léman
Musée du Léman
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Hiking in

Nyon
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 18, Rolle–Coppet
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 28, Nyon–Chavannes-de-Bogis
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 27, Aubonne–Nyon
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Jura Crest Trail
Jura Crest Trail
Stage 16, St-Cergue–Nyon
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Sentier des Toblerones
Sentier des Toblerones
Route 114, Bassins–Nyon
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Cycling in

Nyon
Jurasüdfuss-Route
Jurasüdfuss-Route
Stage 5, Bière–Genève
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Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 6, Vallorbe–Nyon
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Tour du Léman
Tour du Léman
Stage 2, Genève–Morges
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Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 7, Morges–Genève
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Route du vignoble de La Côte
Route du vignoble de La Côte
Route 488, Morges–Aubonne–Mont-sur-Rolle–Duilier–Nyon
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Mountain biking in

Nyon
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