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Geneva — Around Mountains & Lakes

Scenic view of the vineyards of Lavaux

If Lake Geneva can inspire Mary Shelley to pen Frankenstein, Deep Purple to write Smoke on the Water, and prompt Hemingway to extol its charms in A Farewell to Arms, just imagine what a bicycle tour around this famed lake can do for you.

We found it so inspiring we moved to the area, joining other such notable neighbors as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Red Cross, and the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).

While most people recognize Lake Geneva as central Europe's second largest freshwater lake, we also recognize it as central Europe's most beautiful. Framed by the French Alps to the south and Switzerland's Jura Mountains to the north, it towers as one of Mother Nature's true masterpieces. Just as impressive are the cities and villages that ornament Lake Geneva's shores, especially along Switzerland's northern banks, which many call the "Swiss Riviera" (and rightfully so.)

Geneva, the starting point of our tours, meshes Old World with New, creating an electrifying cosmopolitan atmosphere steeped with international charm. Lausanne, Switzerland's cultural center, treats museums like most cities treat Starbucks - they're everywhere - 16 in all. And the massive Cathedral of Notre Dame, a monument to Gothic architecture, looms over Lausanne like a visual siren.

Montreux, site of the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival, is also best known for its proximity to Chateau de Chillon. Dating back to the 12th century, this castle's storybook beauty is magnified by its waterfront location upon a rocky crag that juts into the lake. This entire route is also recognized as Switzerland's second largest wine-producing region. The terraced Lavaux vineyards which overlook Lake Geneva are so spectacular that they are listed as a UNESCO site. Nearby Saint-Saphorin, a shockingly beautiful village hemmed by steep banks of vineyards, also serves as a great perch to sip and savor and maybe even catch creative inspiration of your own.

Scenic view of the vineyards of Lavaux Switzerland offers an amazing network of bike paths throughout stunning landscapes

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