Sporting eyes will be on Vaud this year, particularly when it comes to cycling. After two stages of the Tour de France took place around the canton in July, there’s yet-more top-class cycling to look forward to in October, when the first edition of the Tour de Romandie for women (the Tour de Romandie Féminin) takes place as part of the UCI Women’s World Tour. If all that pedal power inspires you, there are plenty of cycle routes around Vaud for mere mortals, too, whatever your ability level. Grab a bike and start zooming – or dawdling – past lakes, mountains, vineyards and beautiful countryside.
Visitors to Vaud this year are in for a treat. There’s never a shortage of things to do in this beautiful region, not least due to its enviable geographical position. Bordering both Lake Geneva and eastern France gives the area a wonderfully continental feel, and it’s also blessed with show-stopping scenery thanks to various stretches of the Alps, plus countless lakes, meadows, traditional Swiss villages and even vineyards.
But although Vaud is packed with promise at any time, 2022 offers a particularly full and appealing schedule of events, activities, venues and exhibitions. And we’re not just talking summer, either, as Vaud’s programme goes on all year, meaning there’s never a bad time to visit.
This year-round activity is reflected below, where we’ve picked six of our favourite happenings around Vaud, featuring buzzy art exhibitions, famous sporting events, a seriously exciting new trainline and lots more. For further inspiration on all things Vaud, simply click here to see what else you can discover.