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The home of Nestle Chocolate

Vevey is a beautiful town on Lake Geneva and often referred to as the “Pearl of the Swiss Riviera”. 

This busy but beautiful city with intertwined small vineyards everywhere and beautiful views of the lake is the birthplace of milk chocolate.

The world headquarters of the international company Nestle (founded in 1867) is situated in Vervey.  In 1875 milk chocolate was invented in Vevey by Daniel Peter with the aid of Henri Nestle.  Here you will find the Nestle Company on the banks of the beautiful lake with the pristine backdrop of Vervey.

Take a view of the Nestle Headquarters in Switzerland.

The promenade of Vevey is marked by a Charlie Chaplin statue and the view of a giant fork in the middle of the lake:  A popular photo spot in Vevey and a fantastic Instagram spot whenever you visit Vevey.

The Giant Fork

Designed by Jean-Pierre Zaugg in 1995 to commemorate the Alimentarium Food Museum’s 10th anniversary.  This 8 metres of sparkling stainless steel reflect the serenity of Lake Geneva and the surrounding landscape.

The Alimentarium Food Museum is open to guided tours and culinary workshops and quite an experience.

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vevey Fork

The World of Charlie Chaplan

Charlie Chaplin was a British comedian, director, actor and writer. 

Now you can visit Chaplin’s World, on his former country estate, which is described as a “museum for laughing”.  Discover the life of Charlie Chaplin and his family and take a journey through the sets of his greatest films. 

There is also the beautiful Le Parc and The Tramp Café restaurant on site.  At the Boutiques you can buy souvenirs created exclusively for Chaplin’s World. 

Chaplin lived in Vevey from 1952 until his death in 1977.  (Last resting place Cimetiere de Corsier sur Vevey.)

More Things to do in Vevey

The Musée Jenisch – dedicated to art on paper – with works by Dürer, Goya, Degas and Picasso.

The town is known for its folk markets (Marchés Folkloriques) where you can shop while listening to traditional Swiss folk music.

Visit the Musee l’Histoire de Vevey (Museum of history). 

Aile Castle – A Swiss heritage site and beautiful Castle

Swiss Camera Museum (Museum suisse de l’appareil photographique). 

Swiss Museum of Games (Musée suisse du jeu), Au Château

Obviously in winter you can ski here and the snow-covered meadows on the foothills of the Alps is ideal for snow-shoe walks.  You can also take the Les Avants-Sonloup funicular up to a 2.3 km toboggan run.

In summer the water sports, cycling and hiking on the various paths is ideal outdoor activities.

The ‘AstroPléiades’ astronomical trail and observatory. Les Pléiades with stunning views across the Riviera, Lake Geneva and Alps.

Take the funicular railway to Chardonne and to Mont-Pèlerin for beautiful vistas.

There is also a ‘railway museum’ with steam locomotives and early electric railcars on the line between Blonay and Chamby. You can find the railway museum at the Chaulin-Chamby depot.

Things to do

International airport

The distance between Vevey and Montreux is 6 km but he closest International Airport would be Geneva International (GVA)

Accommodation options in Vevey Switzerland

Where to stay