🏙️ Attractions in Big Cities of French-speaking Switzerland

The cities of French-speaking Switzerland offer many interesting activities. Just click on the city in question to get all the necessary information. La Torpille lists below the 15 largest cities in French-speaking Switzerland according to population.

1. Geneva


Top 3 things to do in Geneva

  1. Geneva’s Jet d’Eau
  2. Geneva Saint-Peter’s Cathedral
  3. Mont-Salève (Outside Geneva but with a magnificent view of the city)

The flag of the city of Geneva is the same as that of the canton of Geneva. The eagle with the crown symbolizes the Holy Germanic Empire and the key of St. Peter refers to the Bishop of Geneva.
The flag of the city of Geneva

A video on the visit of the city of Geneva.

Webcam on the bay of Geneva with the Jet d’eau.

Webcam sur la rade de Genève avec le Jet d'eau.

2. Lausanne


Top 3 things to do in Lausanne

  1. Cathedral of Lausanne
  2. Olympic Museum and lakeside in Ouchy
  3. Sauvabelin Tower and Park

The flag of the city of Lausanne, two lions surround a white and red shield.
drapeau ville de lausanne

A video about the curiosities of the city of Lausanne.

Webcam on Bessière bridge.

3. La Chaux-de-Fonds


Top 3 things to do in la Chaux-de-Fonds

  1. International Clock Museum
  2. Bois du Petit-Château Zoo

The flag of the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds. It includes a beehive with bees symbolizing freemasonry, 11 small blue squares representing the 11 districts of the town in 1656 and the three 5-pointed stars refer to the celestial vault.
The flag of the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds. It includes a beehive with bees symbolizing freemasonry, 11 small blue squares representing the 11 districts of the town in 1656 and the three 5-pointed stars refer to the celestial vault.

A video to discover La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Webcam in the centre of la Chaux-de-Fonds.

4. Fribourg


Top 3 things to do in Neuchâtel

  1. Cathedral of Fribourg
  2. Funicular of Fribourg and old town

The flag of the city of Friburg. It consists of a tower, walls and a half-ring on an azure background.
The flag of the city of Friburg. It consists of a tower, walls and a half-ring on an azure background.

Une vidéo on the City of Fribourg.

Webcam on the old town of Friburg.

5. Vernier


  • 📍 Canton: Genève
  • 👱 People: 35’000

The flag of the city of Vernier. The white wave refers to the Rhone, the wheel symbolizes mills and driving forces and the trout represents fishing.
The flag of the city of Vernier. The white wave refers to the Rhone, the wheel symbolizes mills and driving forces and the trout represents fishing.

6. Sion


The flag of the city of Sion. The two stars can refer to Valère or Tourbillon or to both spiritual and temporal powers. The general aspect of the flag is similar to that of Valais.
The flag of the city of Sion. The two stars can refer to Valère or Tourbillon or to both spiritual and temporal powers. The general aspect of the flag is similar to that of Valais.

Video on the City of Sion.

Webcam with the hills of Valère and Tourbillon.
webcam sion valere et tourbillon

7. Neuchâtel


The flag of the city of Neuchâtel. The eagle refers to the Holy Roman Empire.
The flag of the city of Neuchâtel. The eagle refers to the Holy Roman Empire.

Webcam in the City of Neuchâtel.

8. Lancy


  • 📍 Canton: Genève
  • 👱 People: 31’000

The flag of the town of Lancy. The upper part refers to the arms of the sirs of Lancy while the lower part with the keys of Saint-Pierre symbolizes the bishop of Geneva.
The flag of the town of Lancy. The upper part refers to the arms of the sirs of Lancy while the lower part with the keys of Saint-Pierre symbolizes the bishop of Geneva.

9. Yverdon


The flag of the city of Yverdon. The “Y” letter symbolizes the first letter of Yverdon, the white and green colours refer to the original colours of the French revolutionaries and the wavy line refers to the lake.
The flag of the city of Yverdon. The "Y" letter symbolizes the first letter of Yverdon, the white and green colours refer to the original colours of the French revolutionaries and the wavy line refers to the lake.

Webcam dans le centre d’Yverdon.

10. Montreux


The flag of the city of Montreux. It was created in 1961 after the reunification of the municipalities of Montreux, Les Planches and Le Châtelard. The three stars and two crescents come from the commune of Le Châtelard and symbolise the houses of the Sarraz and Oron lords of Le Châtelard at certain periods. The church represents the parish temple of Montreux and was on the coat of arms of Les Planches.
The flag of the city of Montreux. It was created in 1961 after the reunification of the municipalities of Montreux, Les Planches and Le Châtelard.

11.Bulle


The flag of the city of Bulle. It was born from the fusion of the flags of Bulle and La Tour de Trême. The Bull comes from the original flag of Bulle and symbolizes an emblematic animal of the Gruyère region while the waving comes from the old flag of the Tower of Trême and refers to the river Trême.
The flag of the city of Bulle. It was born from the fusion of the flags of Bulle and La Tour de Trême.

Webcam ville de Bulle.

12. Carouge


  • 📍 Canton: Genève
  • 👱 People: 22’000

The flag of the city of Carouge. The lion refers to the title of royal city granted by Savoy to Carouge in 1786. The tree refers to the city protected by the king.
The flag of the city of Carouge. The lion refers to the title of royal city granted by Savoy to Carouge in 1786. The tree refers to the city protected by the king.

13. Renens


  • 📍 Canton: Vaud
  • 👱 People: 21’000
  • ℹ️ Feature: Ouest-Lausannois district capital

The flag of the city of Renens. The white stripes symbolize the two rivers that meander through the city of Renens.
The flag of the city of Renens. The white stripes symbolize the two rivers that meander through the city of Renens.

14. Nyon


  • 📍 Canton: Vaud
  • 🏛️ Roman name: Colonia Iulia Equestris
  • 👱 People: 20’000
  • ℹ️ Feature: Nyon district capital
  • 🔗 Attractions in the City of Nyon

The flag of the city of Nyon. The fish, which does not represent a particular species, refers to the proximity of the lake.
The flag of the city of Nyon. The fish, which does not represent a particular species, refers to the proximity of the lake.

Webcam with the view of Lake Geneva and the city of Nyon.

15. Vevey


  • 📍 Canton: Vaud
  • 🏛️ Roman name: Viviscus
  • 👱 People: 19’000
  • ℹ️ Feature: Riviera – Pays-d’en-Haut district capital
  • 🔗 Attractions in the City of Vevey

The flag of the city of Vevey. The two intertwined letters V refer to the two letters in the word Vevey.
The flag of the city of Vevey. The two intertwined letters V refer to the two letters in the word Vevey.

A video about the discovery of Vevey and the Lavaux.

Webcam at the edge of the market place of Vevey.