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Near Gruyère is the village of Broc where you can visit the famous Cailler chocolate factory. It costs about Fr 12 per person, children free, but you can pick up and eat an awful lot of chocolate. Best to skip lunch that day!
https://cailler.ch/en/maison-cailler...aterie-suisse/

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Just a note of warning to choco fatties .. Last time we went, last Sept maybe? They had changed the layout of the free chocies!! We had built this up to our first time guests that they could eat until they were sick .. But no, gone was the free for all 20m long U shaped bar with 25 plates stacked high with chocolate .. Replaced by a fancier looking 3m long bar with only 4 plates :-( White/Milk/Dark and nutty .. That's your lot.
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The temperature of the water is pretty high. Last time I visited one place in Yverdon-les-Bains 1.5 month ago and it was too hot to stay in the water. But this is the best option for a winter season, I think. You have a nice view on a snowy city and you stay in a hot water.

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Take the train from Vevey up to Les Pléiades for a terrasse with a view, or if you want to go higher and get what's left of the snow, Rocher de Naye from Montreux. The restaurant has the best view of the lake in the entire region, at 2000m up. Check for weather though...
Wow, Rocher de Naye looks amazing!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT1DD5ndOOc

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Wow, Rocher de Naye looks amazing!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT1DD5ndOOc
You may want to check the goldenpass.ch website.. They have quite a few trips leaving from montreux depending on how far you want to go.

Wonder if santa is still there at Rocher..?!

But yup it's lovely up there
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I second Chateau Chillon. You can spend a few hours in there with kids and explore it properly. Then 15 minutes to Montreaux .. Morges also has a nice promenade.

This coming weekend is Caves open.. All the wine makers in the region open up so you can try - well wine of course.. There are free busses running between many caves.. You buy a glass (5 chf i think) and fill your boots at each place. The bigger places usually have some entertainment and food also.

Nyon is kinda crap I think, depending on what you want to do of course.. Last Sunday each month is huge flea market, Caves open will take over the centre of town near the castle, lots of bars and restos. But out of town there's more to see i think.

The view from up above the vineyards looking down towards the lake and Montreaux is stunning!

This weekend is also the tour de lac bike race which starts in Lausanne so it might be pretty busy there -- crap I have run out of training time!
John_H, ah, yes, you are right! There are cave ouverts event this weekend. But is it not 15 or even 25CHF/ glass to pay?

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Just a note of warning to choco fatties .. Last time we went, last Sept maybe? They had changed the layout of the free chocies!! We had built this up to our first time guests that they could eat until they were sick .. But no, gone was the free for all 20m long U shaped bar with 25 plates stacked high with chocolate .. Replaced by a fancier looking 3m long bar with only 4 plates :-( White/Milk/Dark and nutty .. That's your lot.
Good to know. Thanks!

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John_H, ah, yes, you are right! There are cave ouverts event this weekend. But is it not 15 or even 25CHF/ glass to pay?
Ahh ok ..

Combien? Passeport Caves Ouvertes 20 fr.

So that let's you travel around various places and get drunk.. 300 places .. Worth a try!


Our little cave in the village was only 5 last year and we didn't bother going anywhere else, we had quite a lot of the 3 wines they make
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Re: Nice place to visit in French part

Chateau at Grandson is also interesting.

http://www.chateau-grandson.ch/en/home.html

Chateau at Yverdon-les-Bains is open to the public - there's also the world's only science fiction museum nearby.

http://www.patrimoine.vd.ch/monument...au-aujourdhui/

http://www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch/...son-d-ailleurs

Vallorbe - grotto, museum of iron and railways, WW2 underground fort.

http://www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch/...ottes_vallorbe

http://www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch/...s/musee-du-fer

http://www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch/...-de-pre-giroud

Le Locle - the only remaining underground mill (used to be a lot of them all over Europe) but you need to be able to climb up and down a bit for this one.

http://www.lesmoulins.ch/

Morges, the chateau again and there's also an historical figurine museum in there along with 3 other museums.

http://www.morges-tourisme.ch/en/cul...-museum-castle

Food-wise the seasons seem to run as follows: spring - asparagus, summer - fillet de perch (often taken straight out of the lakes on to your plate if the restaurant is by the lakeside), autumn - game (chasse), winter - fondue.

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Ahh ok ..

Combien? Passeport Caves Ouvertes 20 fr.

So that let's you travel around various places and get drunk.. 300 places .. Worth a try!


Our little cave in the village was only 5 last year and we didn't bother going anywhere else, we had quite a lot of the 3 wines they make
Passeport Caves Ouvertes 20 fr - ok, this looks more realistic. That's what I wanted to say, sorry for misleading. You pay for Passeport Caves Ouvertes but in reality you pay for an empty glass and after you can go to any cave to fill it up))

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Chateau at Grandson is also interesting.

http://www.chateau-grandson.ch/en/home.html

Chateau at Yverdon-les-Bains is open to the public - there's also the world's only science fiction museum nearby.

http://www.patrimoine.vd.ch/monument...au-aujourdhui/

http://www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch/...son-d-ailleurs

Vallorbe - grotto, museum of iron and railways, WW2 underground fort.

http://www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch/...ottes_vallorbe

http://www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch/...s/musee-du-fer

http://www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch/...-de-pre-giroud

Le Locle - the only remaining underground mill (used to be a lot of them all over Europe) but you need to be able to climb up and down a bit for this one.

http://www.lesmoulins.ch/

Morges, the chateau again and there's also an historical figurine museum in there along with 3 other museums.

http://www.morges-tourisme.ch/en/cul...-museum-castle

Food-wise the seasons seem to run as follows: spring - asparagus, summer - fillet de perch (often taken straight out of the lakes on to your plate if the restaurant is by the lakeside), autumn - game (chasse), winter - fondue.
So many castles, I do not know which one to choose

I think, everything that is underground is a good option if the weather is not sunny. Nice tips! Thanks!

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Re: Nice place to visit in French part

If you are heading in the direction of the Valais, you can get off at the Bex exit (still in Vaud) and visit the Bex salt mine (Saline de Bex - working since 1684 !). You get on a little train (closed) and head into the salt mine.

You can buy tickets there or via their site (a bit less expensive). It is advised to book the tickets in the Summer as you reserve a seat on the train to get in. You can book ahead via the site up to 1 hour before the tour. The tour takes about 2 hours.

Link: http://www.seldesalpes.ch/en/salt-mi...it-salt-mines/
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This Alpine restaurant is only open during the Summer months, the milk comes from the neighbouring farms, and the Fondue is very popular,

http://www.moleson.ch/en/fromagerie-dalpage/

You can enjoy a Fondue outside in the Summer, their Vacherin Fondue is very nice! Some people also eat ice cream and salad in the winter.
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You can enjoy a Fondue outside in the Summer, their Vacherin Fondue is very nice! Some people also eat ice cream and salad in the winter.
Who eats fondue in the Summer?!
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The temperature of the water is pretty high. Last time I visited one place in Yverdon-les-Bains 1.5 month ago and it was too hot to stay in the water. But this is the best option for a winter season, I think. You have a nice view on a snowy city and you stay in a hot water.
The Lavey website tells you the water temperature is adjusted, they make it hotter in the the winter months.
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Montreux!
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If you are heading in the direction of the Valais, you can get off at the Bex exit (still in Vaud) and visit the Bex salt mine (Saline de Bex - working since 1684 !). You get on a little train (closed) and head into the salt mine.

You can buy tickets there or via their site (a bit less expensive). It is advised to book the tickets in the Summer as you reserve a seat on the train to get in. You can book ahead via the site up to 1 hour before the tour. The tour takes about 2 hours.

Link: http://www.seldesalpes.ch/en/salt-mi...it-salt-mines/
Thanks Verbier, I think, it will be a good option if the weather is not sunny)) It must be really interesting!

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This Alpine restaurant is only open during the Summer months, the milk comes from the neighbouring farms, and the Fondue is very popular,

http://www.moleson.ch/en/fromagerie-dalpage/

You can enjoy a Fondue outside in the Summer, their Vacherin Fondue is very nice! Some people also eat ice cream and salad in the winter.
Yes, you are right)

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The Lavey website tells you the water temperature is adjusted, they make it hotter in the the winter months.
Ok, than it is fine.

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Who eats fondue in the Summer?!
No problem with that, the meal is very tasty, no hotter than a barbecue!

Greenland holds the record for the world's biggest consumers of ice cream.
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Re: Nice place to visit in French part

If the visitors are gardeners, you could take them to the Iris Gardens in Vuillerens. It is open from the end of April to the 12th of June. They have over 400 different varieties.

It is just 15 minutes off the highway at Morges Ouest.

http://www.jardindesiris.ch
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Re: Nice place to visit in French part

totally agree with Chillon. But generally, i think Montreal and Lausanne are fantastic places to visit
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totally agree with Chillon. But generally, i think Montreal and Lausanne are fantastic places to visit
Montreal may be great, but it's not in Switzerland.
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1. Take a boat ride on lake leman?
2. Take a train ride on the golden express into the mountains?
3. Go visit Glacier 3000, but make sure you wear warm clothing? below 0 today?
4. Go look around the shops in Gasstad? expensive, but very nice shops, take a train there from Montreux I think.
5. Eat out in Montreux, already mentioned?
6. Go shopping in Vevey, up the road from Montreux, maybe closed Monday? but a very nice shopping complex there?
7. Take a funicular somewhere; [mountain train the runs on cogs as well as rails], an adventure for the kids
8. Drive up to a mountain village like Les Diablerets or Leysin, although make sure you find a place that you'll want to eat at that is open BEFORE you depart; food may be good, but won't be as good as Montreux.
9. Go visit a thermal bath like Ovronnez on the side of a mountain.
A. Take the kids climbing in the trees, Parc-adventure, fun for them; a rest for the parents.
B. Take the kids to Signal de Bougy, big park, some animals, giant playground? 15 minutes from IKEA Aubonne.
C. Go visit the swiss vapour park in Bouveret? take the Villeneuve exit and follow the signs to Evian?
D. Go visit the Jardin Botanique in Geneva?
E. Go visit the Le Jardin des Cinq Sens in Yvoire, take the Boat?
F. Go visit Zoo la Garenne, good for young kids?
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Re: Nice place to visit in French part

Chillon Castle located on a rock at Lake Geneva might fit your interests. It is a water castle and one of the most visited historic buildings in Switzerland and it is in the French part..
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