401. Lake Geneva

What is Lake Geneva?

Lake Geneva is the largest lake in the Alps and the 23rd largest lake in Europe. The northern shore stretches for 59 miles and includes towns such as Montreux and Vevey. The southern south is 45 miles long. 60% of Lake Geneva is in Switzerland and 40% in France, with the city of Geneva sitting on its far eastern corner.

What is Lake Geneva like?

It's very beautiful. I only saw the very small piece of it near Geneva, which is home to the Jet d'Eau fountain (see below). I can imagine that a full circuit visiting all of the towns, especially the alpine ones in the east, would be lovely.

Where is Lake Geneva?


When did we go?

November 2019 

How did we get there?

I flew to Geneva and stayed overnight before spending a whole day in the city.

Worth noting

It's known as Lac Léman in French. 

Where was Lake Geneva in the 2015 edition of the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel List? 


Does Lake Geneva deserve its place in the 2020 edition of the Lonely Planet Top 500?

It deserves to be on and 401 is about right.