Tag Archives: Lakeside Walks

Walks: Lake Annecy In Haute-Savoie, France (4K)

Lake Annecy (French: Lac d’Annecy) is a perialpine lake in Haute-Savoie in France. It is named after the city of Annecy, which marks the start of the Thiou, Lake Annecy’s outflow river.

It is the third-largest lake in France, after the Lac du Bourget and Lac de Grand-Lieu, if the French part of Lake Geneva, which is shared between Switzerland and France, is excluded. It is known as “Europe’s cleanest lake” because of strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s. It is a popular tourist destination known for its swimming and water sports.

The lake was formed about 18,000 years ago, at the time the large alpine glaciers melted. It is fed by many small rivers from the surrounding mountains (Ire, Eau morte, Laudon, Bornette and Biolon) and a powerful underwater source, the Boubioz, at a 82-metre depth (269 ft).

Lakeside Village Walks: Morcote, Switzerland (4K)

The former fishing village of Morcote is situated on the shore of Lake Lugano and is undoubtedly one of the most frequently photographed places in Ticino. It was not without just cause that picturesque Morcote was voted Switzerland’s most beautiful village in 2016.

The overall appearance of Morcote is characterised by its division into two parts: a secular part on the Lake and an ecclesiastical part on the slope. Both parts have their own characteristic buildings.

The bank of the lake is lined with numerous imposing buildings such as Palazzo Paleari, as well as a number of simple buildings. The row of houses by the lake, with their magnificent arcades, is one of the most distinctive features of Morcote and characterises the view of the village from the lake in particular. Just behind these, the winding, cobbled laneways of the village centre unfold. Even today, these still clearly reveal its mediaeval origins.

Lakeside Walks: Lucerne In Eastern Switzerland (4K)

Lucerne is an old city with rich history and beautiful architecture in Switzerland. Lucerne’s old town boulevard lies between city hall and Chapel Bridge along the river Reuss. Numerous restaurants invite our guests to sit at nicely arranged tables. Guests from all over the world stroll along the river and enjoy the “see and be seen”!. Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama.

Village Walks: Varenna On Lake Como In Italy (4K)

Varenna is a comune on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60 kilometres north of Milan and about 20 kilometres northwest of Lecco. Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied with the commune of Milan. 

Walks: Montreux – Lake Geneva, Switzerland (4K)

Montreux is a traditional resort town on Lake Geneva. Nestled between steep hills and the lakeside, it’s known for its mild microclimate and the Montreux Jazz Festival, held in July. The town’s promenade is lined with flowers, sculptures, Mediterranean trees and grand Belle Époque buildings. Offshore is a medieval island castle, Château de Chillon, with ramparts, formal halls and a chapel with 14th-century murals.