Summer in the Alps

Off shore diving platform

When you first think of Switzerland in the summer, you think of walking, mountain flowers and cow  bells -but  Switzerland in summer has much more to offer than this, as we have found out as a family over the last 10 years . Morgins, just south of Lake Geneva is a good example of a Swiss village offering everything from the most extreme mountain activities, to quiet family holidays.

We have tried almost every activity going including mountain biking, walking, paragliding and high altitude hiking  , swimming in the  lovely outdoor pool, tennis, archery and even  clay pigeon shooting! We often  follow the lovely river walk which starts at our front door and picnic in the specially designed riverside pagodas.

But the real surprise about Morgins is that you are just 25 minutes away from the “Swiss Riviera” on shores of Lake Geneva. There are some lovely small beaches on the lakeside with amazing views of the Alps and Mont Blanc. You can swim in clear water, dive from platforms, enjoy lunches at the many beach bars and picturesque towns such as Montreux with its world famous music festival and statue of Freddy Mercury.

Temperatures in the summer are surprisingly high, allowing miles of vineyards to thrive. Old paddle steamers cruise around the Lake, offering lovely views and Agatha Christie style lunches, or you could visit the Chateau de Chillon, famously associated with Byron. Vevey is a beautiful town, once home to Charlie Chaplin, now home to Nestle with a summer street entertainment festival.

There are boats to hire from all towns on the lake, from pedaloes to speed boats for water sports, or you could even try Hawaiian rafting.

Every year when we return to our beautiful little swiss village in the mountains we  excited about trying something new such as  visiting a new beach or taking a trip out on the lake.

It always helps to have some great memories to get us through the dark days of winter and mine are  dreaming  of long hot days lying on the banks of the lake waiting for the sun to set over the mountains.

Written by superadmin • 24/10/2009
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