Fork in the water - Vevey
Vevey is a pretty town on the shores of Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Western Europe. Its location among the picturesque scenery of alpine peaks is due to the fact that tourists from all over the continent eagerly visit them.
"Knife in the Water" is a film made in the 1960s, which today belongs to the canon of Polish cinema. The fork in the water, on the other hand, is an original sculpture, surprising tourists visiting Swiss Vevey. The subject of cinematography has been associated with a characteristic point of the city for a reason, because Vevey is famous for its film festival - comedy, not drama. It cannot be otherwise, since the great mute comedy star lived here.
Charlie Chaplin's city
The beautiful resort once became the home of Charlie Chaplin , who moved here with his family after social exclusion in Hollywood. He spent the last years of his life in Vevey, and to this day his life-size monument stands on the coastal boulevard. Tourists love to take photos with it.
Polish accents have also entered the history of the city. During World War I, Henryk Sienkiewicz and Ignacy Jan Paderewski founded in Vevey the Swiss General Committee for Aid to War Victims in Poland. The author of "Quo Vadis" lived his last days here and died in 1916.
City of the big fork
One of the most popular cities of Lake Geneva attracts art lovers - including the original art. While walking along the promenade, you can take a closer look at the sculptures floating above the water surface, including mermaids riding sea horses.
The most eye-catching sculpture is a large stainless steel fork stuck into the bottom of the lake. It is a work of Swiss artists: Georges Favre and Jean-Pierre Zaug. This is an exhibit belonging to the Alimentarium (Food and Nutrition Museum), in the interiors of which you can see, among others Heinrich Nestlé's family story. Visitors to the exhibition devoted to his life will learn that he started his career not with the production of food for children, but ... mustard and fertilizers.
Grape harvest festival
Vevey together with Montreux, located several kilometers away, is a beautiful region called the pearl of the Swiss Riviera . From both towns you can see the snow-capped mountain peaks, steamboats gliding across the lake, as well as the silhouettes of hotels built in the belle epoque style.
You can get to know the region in several ways, including by cruise ship, by bike (the local routes are very popular among cyclists because of the beauty of the landscapes) or by train. The famous blue and yellow "Wine Train" is chosen especially by those who wish to see hectares of fields covered with vines. It runs between Vevey and Puidoux-Chexbres.
Wine production is closely related to the area. The nearby Lavaux vineyards are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is also worth mentioning that one of the most famous grape harvest festivals in the world takes place here, i.e. Fête des Vignerons . The first took place in 1797 and was organized by the Brotherhood of Winemakers (Confrérie des Vignerons). It can be held up to 5 times a century, so it is no wonder that this is an event of great importance. The next festival will take place in 2019.
Campsite in Vevey
People looking for accommodation as close to the city as possible will be satisfied. Approx. 600 meters from the center of Vevey, there is the Camping de la Pichette , open from April 1 to September 30. For a parking space for a motorhome, we will pay CHF 8 per day, while an adult costs CHF 6. You can come here with a pet - dog stay costs 2 CHF. We will pay the same for connecting the electricity.
Vevey is a beautiful decoration of the largest lake in Western Europe. Lovers of wine, unspoiled alpine nature and cinema come here. Polish artists were awarded several times at the International Comedy Film Festival in the city, including Jerzy Machulski for "Vabank" and Krzysztof Majchrzak for the 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.
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