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Hey,

I would be visiting Vevey for business trip .. Can some one suggest what I can see and do in the evening ..

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You can look at www.montreuxtourism.ch/index.cfm… and http://www.vevey.ch/qsPortal/N36 (only in French).

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You could take the Funicular up to Mont Pelerin.

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www.region-du-leman.ch for sights

www.sbb.ch/en for all public transport in the area

Chillon castel is one of the highligts in the area.

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Lots of lovely things to do! Here's just a few things I enjoy doing:

You could take the bus, train or boat along to Montreux (the next biggish lake front town along. Montreux has a lovely old town and a beautiful promenade by the lake with stunning views across to the French alps. There is a famous statue of Freddie Mercury from Queen. www.montreuxtourism.ch

Late afternoon visit to a castle (open until 6 pm - but you need a couple of hours to go around, so your business would need to finish mid afternoon to make it worthwhile):

In my opinion, one of the most beautiful castles in the world is close to Montreux www.chillon.ch . It has turrets and a dungeon and all things appealingly castly. In the summer, it’s lovely to swim in the lake from the little grass and pebble beach by the right hand side of the base of the castle. You can get to the castle by foot in under an hour from Montreux (go to the lake path, face the lake and walk along the promenade). Alternatively you can catch the number 1 trolley bus from the lake road (catch it on the same side of the road as the lake), or you can catch a local train from Montreux station to Veytaux Chillon station. To drive there, either take the lake road towards Villeneuve and you will see the castle next to the road just before you arrive in Villeneuve, or exit the motorway at Villeneuve, turn right at the lake and return along the lake road in the direction of Montreux. There is parking on the lake road above the castle. The parking is free, but is for a set number of hours so you need to display your blue cardboard parking clock (usually found in the glove compartment of hire cars) – turn the clock to the time you arrived and display it on the dashboard.

Lavey-les-bains:

Within a short train and bus journey from Montreux are the fabulous thermal baths at Lavey-les-bains. They are open until 9 pm, and 10 pm on Thursdays and Fridays (If you are not driving, just to let you know that buses stop quite early, so you would need to email the baths to ask about a taxi back to St. Maurice to catch the train) www.lavey-les-bains.ch/ These are natural geothermal baths with two hot outdoor pools and one hot indoor pool where if you listen carefully you can hear music or whale sounds under the water. The pools have jets, bubble areas, a small river rapids and most importantly, lovely mountain views. There are various saunas, steam rooms, a plunge pool and an ice room. The pools can be busy, but are large and well run so can take it.

Should this appeal, so you can plan your journey on the www.sbb.ch/en website, the bus stop for the baths is called Lavey-les-Bains, Et. Thermal. If driving, take the A9, and exit at Bex/Lavey - look for brown signs with a picture of a fountain on it and follow these). There is parking in front of the baths, or in overspill car parks. The attached hotel has a restaurant, or there is a restaurant next to the overspill car park which specialises in stone baked pizzas and traditional Swiss food.

Exploring Vevey and taking the funicular:

You could stroll around the market square and old town (which is mostly to the left of the market square). Have a look and see how late the museums open: You may wish to go to the Nestle owned Food museum www.alimentarium.ch/en/home.html or to the Swiss Games museum www.museedujeu.com . Both can be accessed from the lake path – from the market square, face the lake, turn left and walk along until you reach first the Food museum, and then the Games museum. There is a famous Charlie Chaplin statue close to the Food museum. If you are interested in photography, there’s Vevey has a Camera museum: www.cameramuseum.ch

If you'd like to go on the funicular up to Mont Pelerin, here's how to find it without a map - with your back to Vevey station, turn right and walk along the main road. After about 10 minutes you will see the big glass Nestle building on your left, and a small roundabout. At this roundabout turn right and follow the road as it passes under the railway and starts to head up hill. After about 2 minutes, you will see the funicular station on your left (called Vevey Plan). A funicular is a steep train: myswitzerland.com/en/offer-Travel_Gettingaro… . Take the funicular up through the vineyards (10 minutes), to the top, Mont Pelerin. This is a nice viewing point with a café (alt. 810m). A shortish walk above the funicular station is the Plein Ciel transmitter tower at the summit of Mont Pelerin (alt. 1080m), with its glass lift to the top for fabulous views over the lake and surrounding countryside (I'm afraid I don't know how late the transmitter tower stays open). myswitzerland.com/en/offer-Activities_Excurs… . The transmitter tower is open Easter to October.

If you are feeling a bit keen, you could take the bus up into the local mountains for a dinner in a traditional rustic restaurant and then hike part of the way down (because the buses in the mountains stop early evening). If this intruiges you, let me know and I'll tell you which bus to catch and give you details instructions about how to hike back down to a place where you can catch buses in the evening.

Have fun and let us know how you get on.

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Oh, and if you are visiting when it is nice and hot (can be during July/August/early September), there is a great outdoor pool with lake access in Vevey. It is just after the big glass Nestle headquarters on the lake road (follow the directions I gave to get to the funicular, but stay on the lake road when you get to the Nestle building). The pool, called Vevey Plage, has early evening openings.

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Thanks to all :) It is really nice to get a reply so fast and so useful .... Surely I will update my feedback on the trip to you guys .. I am going next week :)

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Hi all,

Can some one suggest what to shop ( any thing good and famous) and from where ? btw what time the shops get closed ?

Thanks

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I don't think Vevey has shops that are particularly famous as such. However, it does have plenty of useful shops. There is a department store called the St. Antoine shopping centre (diagonally to the right across the road from Vevey station). This has lots of lovely things which are all very nicely presented, including an excellent cafe on the top floor and a really good smelling supermarket in the basement (great picnic food). The opening hours for the department store are here:

les-centres.ch/centre-commercial/…accueil

There are some nice little shops in the old town - I'm afraid I don't know what time these mostly close as I usually have to be on a fairly early bus.

You could of course take the train the short journey to Lausanne, which is bigger with many more shops and cultural events:

www.lausanne.ch

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Opening hours in Vevey (and simliar in entire Switzerland) are:

Mon-Thu 8/9 am - 6:30pm

Friday till 8pm

Sathurday till 4 or 5 pm

Shops in train stations have much longer opening hours often till 10pm also on sundays

Tipical things to bring from Switzerland and this area: Swiss Army Knifes, chocolate (Vevey is Nestles home), wine (grapes are everywhere outside of the towns and the Lavaux is on the Uniesco List), watches.

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Also, just to let you know that Vevey Plage has an indoor pool as well if you like to swim, but there are somewhat restricted opening hours for this pool from mid May. Here are the opening hours:

vevey.ch/N6753/piscine-de-vevey-corseaux-pla…

The outdoor pool is open from mid-May and I've been keeping an eye on the temperatures in the area. On some days recently it would have just about been hot enough for me to swim there at this time of year (as long as I kept moving!).