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The wine-growing on the terraces of Lavaux in Switzerland is so unique that it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2007.
3.5 hour vineyard hike from St. Saphorin to Lutra is full of temptation. From the terrace to the terrace open wonderful views of Lake Geneva and the French Alps. In addition, winemakers invite you to their wine cellars for a tasting.
In the beginning there were the Romans. It was they who used the splendid setting of the Lavaux hills for the cultivation of vines in the first century AD. 1000 years later, monks came who, on the one hand, were engaged in spiritual life, and on the other hand, fortunately continued the tradition of winemaking. Today Lavaux with 800 km2is the largest single wine-growing area in Switzerland. The terraces on the hill, covered with grapevines, have been under the protection of the UNESCO World Heritage since 2007.
Those wandering among the Lavaux terraces can enjoy not only the spectacular views of the Welsh and Savoy Alps. At the very beginning, it is worth visiting medieval St. Saphorin with narrow streets and characteristic winemakers' houses from the 16th - 19th centuries. The original tower of the local church still adorns numerous labels on wine bottles. Worth a sin, as they say here, is Auberge de l'Onde, which continues its over 100-year-old tradition of hospitality and invites you to try local speci alties on three floors. Once a week, guests are accompanied by live music.
The vineyards stretch for 40 km. Among them, 14 charming villages and towns have been hidden. Numerous wine cellars and rustic venues are lined up one after the other like a pearl necklace. They cannot be ignored. Those who would like to enjoy the beauty of the landscape with all their senses should also try the wine. After a glass of Chasselas, you can climb the hills to Lutra with double energy. Here on Wednesdays and Saturdays the "Lavaux Express" mini tourist train awaits and tired hikers can admire the World Heritage from the deck of the train car.
Advantages of the route
- In the middle of the vineyards
- UNESCO heritage
- Top culinary level
- Extremely picturesque views of Lake Geneva