- Type: Recreation, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: More than Full Day
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Straddling the Franco-Swiss border just north of central city is Lake Geneva, a 225- square mile lake formed by the Rhône River. It has been a popular vacation spot for years, drawing such memorable names as Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin and Sophia Loren. In fact, many of Lake Geneva's visitors (including Hepburn and Chaplin) were so smitten with the area that they became permanent residents.
If you're looking to spend some time away from the city, there are plenty of attractions located along the lake's shore. If you enjoy wine, explore the vineyards and wineries in Lausanne on the lake's northern shore. For a more relaxing excursion, try Yverdon-les-Bains (a few miles north of Lausanne on the southern tip of Neuchâtel Lake), which is home to several beaches and a few thermal baths.
If you're interested in history, however, Montreux is the place to go. This little town on the eastern tip of Lake Geneva is home to the fairytale-esque Château de Chillon, just one of the many castles in the area that's open to the public.
Getting to and around the Lake Geneva region from the city is easy thanks to frequent bus and train service.