Saint-Cergue

Lake Geneva Region

La Dôle summit

La Dôle summit

Great view of Lake Leman from St. Cerge (Mt. Blanc on left)

Great view of Lake Leman from St. Cerge (Mt. Blanc on left)

La Glutte

La Glutte

From Dôle Mt. to West

From Dôle Mt. to West

Basseruche

Basseruche

La Trélasse - Saint-Cergue - Suisse, Vaud

La Trélasse - Saint-Cergue - Suisse, Vaud

Saint-Cergue is located at 1041 m at the entrance to the Col de la Givrine, to the east of the impressive Jura peak of La Dôle. Its situation, high above Lake Geneva, offers wonderful wide views of the whole alpine chain as far as Mont Blanc. The main attractions of this resort are the peaceful landscape of the Jura and the fresh, scented air of the extensive forests.

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It was in the middle of the 19th century that this village in the Jura developed into an alpine spa, being given an additional boost in 1916 with the construction of the railway. The narrow-gauge railway follows a pretty route over 20 km from the shores of Lake Geneva in Nyon, twisting round numerous bends up to Saint-Cergue and then on over the Col de la Givrine as far as the Swiss border at La Cure, the end of the line.

Summer

Saint-Cergue is a popular hiking area in the middle of the virtually untouched Vaud Jura Park, a large protected area of national importance, covering 75 km2 between the Col de la Givrine and the Col du Marchairuz. From Saint-Cergue, a popular walk leads through the sunlit Jura woods to the Col du Marchairuz. Between the woods are colourful meadows of wild flowers. The park-like scenery and the splendid views of Lake Geneva and the Savoy Alps are the main attractions of this walk along the Jura Alpine trail. The traditional mountain inn on the Col du Marchairuz offers refuge if you encounter stormy weather – the interesting Park information centre is lower down in St-George.

Another popular hike takes you up to the summit of La Dôle. As well as walking, there are also a number of other less well-known activities available in Saint-Cergue such as grass skiing, grass scootering ("Trottinherbe"), swin golf (a rustic version of golf with a three-sided club and a larger ball) and archery. Last but not least, the area is a paradise for riders and mountain bikers. There is also a via ferrata (fixed-cable climb) for those who like to tackle mountains vertically.

Highlights

  • La Dôle (1677 m) – a mighty rocky peak with almost alpine vegetation and a lovely panorama over Lake Geneva and the Valais Alps, as far as Mont Blanc.
  • The Vaud Jura Park – 75 km2 of sunlit woodland and meadows of national importance, with beautiful viewpoints. Information centre in St-George.
  • Nyon – small town by Lake Geneva with a charming Old Town and interesting museums in and around the town. It can be reached by the narrow-gauge railway from Saint-Cergue.
  • Lake Geneva – 580 square kilometres of water for water sports and boat rides to some of the nicest places in the region.
  • La Garenne zoo in Le Vaud – a glimpse into the extraordinary European animal world, with wolves, lynx, foxes, reptiles and a large number of European birds of prey in attractive grounds.

Top Events

Paléo Festival in Nyon – Switzerland's largest open-air festival, with about 200,000 visitors, music of all kinds (July).

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