Vevey is a comely village on the shores of Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Western Europe. Thanks to its location amidst picturesque scenery of the Alps it is visited by tourists from all over the Europe.
"Knife in the Water" is a film created in the 60s of the twentieth century, today belongs to the canon of Polish cinema. In turn, the fork in the water is an original sculpture, surprising tourists, who visit Swiss Vevey. The subject of cinematography has been linked with that characteristic place not without a reason - Vevey is famous for its film festival – but only comedy, not drama. It couldn’t be otherwise – it was a hometown of a great star of silent comedy.
The city of Charlie Chaplin
This beautiful resort has become a home to Charlie Chaplin, who after the social exclusion in Hollywood moved here with his family. In Vevey, he spent the last years of his life, and to this day you can admire a life-size statue of the actor on the coastal boulevard. Tourists love to take pictures with him.
The history of town has also Polish accents. During World War I, Henryk Sienkiewicz along with Ignacy Jan Paderewski founded in Vevey the General Swiss Committee in Support of Victims of War in Poland. The author of "Quo Vadis" lived here till his last days and died in 1916.
The city of bug fork
One of the most popular cities of Lake Geneva attracts art enthusiasts - also the original art. Strolling along the promenade, you can look closely to the sculptures that seem to be floating above the surface of the water, including mermaids riding seahorses.
The most distinguishing sculpture is a large stainless steel fork stuck into the bottom of the lake. It’s the work made by two Swiss artists: Georges Favre and Jean-Pierre Zaugg. This exhibit belongs to Alimentarium (Food and Nutrition Museum), where you can explore, among others, Heinrich Nestlé’s family history. Visitors to the exhibition devoted to his life, will learn that he began his career not from the production of food for children, but... mustard and fertilizers.
The feast of grape picking
Vevey, along with Montreux which is located at the distance of several kilometers, create a beautiful area called the pearl of the Swiss Riviera. Both towns offer a great view of snow-capped mountain peaks, steamships drifting on the lake, as well as profiles of hotels built in the Belle Epoque style.
You can get to know the area in several ways, including the cruise, bicycle (the local trails are very popular among cyclists because of the beauty of landscapes) or train. The famous blue and yellow "Wine Train" is chosen especially by those, who want to see the acres of fields planted with vines. It runs between Vevey and Puidoux-Chexbres.
Wine production is closely linked with the region. The nearby vineyards of Lavaux have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It’s also worth mentioning that one of the most famous grape picking festivals in the world takes place here, called Fête des Vignerons. The first took place in 1797, and was organized by the Brotherhood of Winemakers (Confrerie des Vignerons). It may take place no more than 5 times in a century, so no wonder that it’s a very important event. The next festival will take place in 2019.
Camping in Vevey
People seeking for accommodation close to the city will be fully satisfied. At a distance of approx. 600 meters from the center of Vevey there’s Camping de la Pichette, open during 1.04-30.09. Per parking space for motorhome you’ll have to pay 8 CHF per day (7,50 EUR), while the accommodation for an adult costs 6 CHF (5,60 EUR). You can come here with your pet – dog’s stay costs 2 CHF (1,86 EUR). The same amount you will have to pay for the electricity.
Vevey is a beautiful decoration of the largest lake in Western Europe. Everyone who loves wine, intact Alpine nature and cinema should visit this place at least once. During International Comedy Film Festival several Polish artists were avarded, including Jerzy Machulski for "Hit the Bank" and Krzysztof Majchrzak for his role of Kaziuk in "Konopielka". The prize is the Golden Cane - modeled on the one that was used by the famous comedian in a bowler hat.