NyonNyon is a small town on the western shore of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. The Romans who founded the settlement in the 1st century BC called it Noviodunum. Today you can visit a few Roman ruins and a Roman museum.
Nyon Région Tourismeaddress: Av. Viollier 8
By trainFrequent regional trains between Geneva and Lausanne stop at Nyon. The is within walking distance from the lake shore. Nyon is also serviced by trains from St. Gallen, Basel and Zürich to Geneva which stop in Nyon every hour (not all long-distance trains stop here, though!). As of July 2014 a one way train ticket from Geneva costs Fr. 8.80.
By boatCruises at Lake Geneva commonly call at Nyon.
By planeGeneva's international airport has its own train station, and many of the intercity trains going east from Geneva actually start at the airport.
By carFreeway M1 between Geneva and Lausanne passes near Nyon.
Nyon is small enough to cover on foot, although there is a bus network in the city too.
Adults: Fr. 8F, Senior citizens, students, groups of more 10 adults: Fr. 6, Free entrance for children under 16. Free admission every 1st Sunday of the month.
address: Place du ChâteauNyon Castle, a 12th century fortress above Lake Geneva, contains the History and Porcelain Museum. Its former prison in the attic has recently been opened to the public. From the terrace visitors can enjoy the magnificent view out over Lake Geneva and the Alps and even have access to the Castle’s kitchen garden, still in use.
address: Rue Maupertuis 9Artifacts from the Roman age from the area, such as amphoras, old coins, and parts of murals and statues.
address: Quai Louis-Bonnard 8A museum about Lake Geneva. There are vastly different things on display from photos and parts of ships to small aquaria with fish species living in the lake and a collection of stuffed land animals as well as works by artists and architects from the area and of course physical information on the lake itself and its properties and history.
Roman ruinsNyon is proud of its Roman ruins.
UEFA HeadquartersMust see for all football fans. All the European Cups are on display inside the main building (if they let you in). Beautiful small park around the building with some football related memorabilia.
Explore the Old town
Pragins CastleThis castle from 1730 contains a museum, a park and an ancient pottery. The museum has an permanent exhibition about Swiss history from the 18th and 19th centuries and temporary exhibitions of different themes (art, history, culture).
Usine à GazConcert hall with varied program. Reasonably priced drinks.
PaléoNyon is host to the largest European Music Festival every year in early July — called Paléo, the festival attracts Musicians and people from all around the world come to enjoy this wonderful festive atmosphere.
Visions du RéelNyon also hosts the Visions du Réel International film festival every April.
address: Place du Château 4Book store and photo gallery. In this book store there is a wide choice of works by photographers from the French-speaking Switzerland.
Café Tea-Room Roguemontaddress: Rue St Jean 24Pleasant café with sandwiches and pastries - fresh and delicious as you would expect in Switzerland.
Smoothies de Sophieaddress: Rue de la Gare 4Get a home made chocolate at "Smoothies de Sophie".
Cactus Jackaddress: Place de la Gare 13Evening drinks and party at Cactus Jack, just in front of the train station.
Hostellerie du XXVIe siècleaddress: Place du MarchéThe cheapest hotel in Nyon.
Hotel des AlpesThe second cheapest hotel.
phone: +41 22 362 62 53address: Chemin des Cottages 6The Villa Sanluca is a beautiful B&B guesthouse in Nyon with garden, swimming pool and 3 exceptional rooms with evocative names: La Vie en Rose, Rêve d’Eau and Parfum d’Orient. It's located in an old mansion close to the town centre in a quiet and private atmosphere. Hearty Swiss breakfast, wireless Internet access and car parking is included in the price.
GivrineIn summer, take the small train starting from below the train station and go to the station Givrine. Then walk to the top and enjoy the view. In winter, you can find a full fledged winter sport station at Givrine, with alpine and nordic skiing.