Switzerland is a paradise for adventure travelers and for those addicted to outdoor activities. There are options for all kinds of tastes, activities with differents degree of difficulty and adrenaline level. Unlike one may think it is not just about winter sports. The Canton of Vaud is not different offering excellent infrastructure in a wonderful landscape.
Let’s start with the obvious: Switzerland is for skiing and snowboarding as Hawaii is for Surfing. If you stay for a while at the arrival hall at Geneva Airport on a winter season you will see such a quantity of people, from all parts of the World, carrying skis and snowboards bags that will leave no margin for doubt. It is like arriving at Bali airport in Indonesia and watching the surfboards bags coming down the baggage belt. Switzerland offers a wide range of ski resorts with trails of different levels of difficulty: from off-piste skiing to beginner-friendly. Although most famous Swiss ski resorts are not in the Canton of Vaud, there are some outstanding ones as Leysin, Les Diablerets and Glacier 3000. At this one is located the 107 meters long Suspension Bridge connecting two mountain peaks called Peak Walk by Tissot. The view is really amazing! Also in Glacier 3000, the Alpine Coaster is a funny activity for the whole family.
Regarding outdoors activities without snow, the Canton of Vaud is hard to beat. Lake Geneva, one of the largest in Europe, is shared between Switzerland and France. Most of the Swiss part is located in the Canton of Vaud. It offers a wide variety of activities as swimming, sailing, windsurfing, SUP among others. The shore between Lausanne and Vevey is called Lavaux and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. Hiking along the hilly terraced vineyards is a pleasant experience. You will enjoy fantastic views of the Alps, Lake Geneva, and grapevines.
Tip: Just as there are good restaurant options for lunch in the Lavaux Terraced Vineyards you can also go to Lutry to enjoy a good meal in a pleasant setting and then head to La Plage de Lutry to enjoy a relaxed and amusing atmosphere.
It is no exaggeration to say that the Swiss net of cycling routes are close to perfection. There are nine national routes and many regional and local routes. The routes are good signage with a white number inside a blue square on red signposts. It combines cycling tracks in the cities with safe and quiet countryside and agricultural roads. Are mostly paved roads and paths but it contains not paved sections. Between Jura Mountains and Lake Geneva as well as at the Alps in Canton’s easternmost districts there are plenty of itineraries options for road cycling and mountain biking. I strongly recommend downloading the SwitzerlandMobility App for hiking, cycling, and mountain biking maps among other information.
For Olympic Games enthusiasts a visit at the Olympic Museum is mandatory. Founded in 1993 the museum is located in Lausanne, the capital and largest city of the Canton of Vaud. Its archive contains sporting equipment, the Olympic torches, the Olympic medals, a video documenting opening ceremonies and much more.
If are you looking for an adventure travel destination with a lot of outdoors activities, well… the Canton of Vaud may be the place that you are looking for.