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A mountain lake with wine yards and sophisticated shores

Lake of Geneva / Lac Léman (Genfersee) | Switzerland: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: back to nature, with urban surroundings
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Good

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Lake of Geneva
With 582 km2 (348 km2 in Switzerland, 234 km2 in France) it is second in size of the European lakes after the lake of Balaton. It has a depth of maximum 310 m and an average water volume of 89 km3 which is far more than any other lake of Europe. The most important feeder is the Rhone which enters the lake at Le Bouvet and flows out of it at Geneva. The biggest places along the lake are Geneva, Lausanne, Nyon, Vevey, Evian les Bains and Thonon les Bains.

It is another mountain lake, this Lac Léman! And it’s a very special one too. In the south it’s bordered by the Savoyan Alps and in the east by the Alps of the cantons of Valais and Vaud. On these steep southerly slopes start the famous wine regions of the lake of Geneva. First the “Chablais” and after Lausanne the “Lavaux” followed by the also rather steep "La Côte". In the northwest finally the wine yards lay on the extensions of the Jura. The Lac Léman is not only the biggest lake of Central Europe it is because of its famous places around it also a very exclusive one. The beautiful villages on the gentle slopes between Lausanne and Geneva have and always had a lot of very well known inhabitants. 

Wine and Dine
The Cuisine of the region offers an impressive choice; fine fish dishes of the Saibling, the rather solid Saussices Vaudois and the superb cheese, such as Tomme Vaudoise.
The wines such as Yvorne, Aigle, Luins, Vechy, Dézaley or Epesses are not only in Switzerland very appreciated.