This lake is crescent shaped and is Central Europe’s largest freshwater lake. Part of the lake comes under the jurisdiction of Switzerland and part under France. This lake is encircled by castles, villages and attractive walks. You will find numerous vineyards along the shores of the lake and the hill slopes stationed behind. Some wealthy people have been attracted to build extravagant villas around the shores of Montreux.
A leisurely walk along the lake will entice you with its untouched beauty that drew many a romantic poet like Byron to pen down some lines. You can relax on a boat that crisscrosses the lake between the looming Savoy Alps and the mountainous Dents-du-Midi on the French side. This lake has been named several times. Lacus Lemanus was the name given by the Romans, and during the middle ages it was called the Lac de Lausanne.
The name changed again between the 16 th and 19 th century to Lac de Geneve. People make an earning by providing ferry services while some Swiss and French families make a living by fishing trout, perch, pike and other types of fish and selling their wares to supermarkets and restaurants. The northwestern shore gently curves towards Lausanne and is called La Cote which has some pretty villages lined with vineyards.