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πŸ–ΌοΈ Museum of Traditions and Boats of Lake Geneva

Address
Le ChΓ’teau, 1898 Saint-Gingolph
Phone 1
Keyword
2018 AoΓ»t
  • Date de Visite
    08.08.2018
  • CrΓ©ation
    1982
  • GPS
    46.39275 6.80447

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The Museum of Traditions and Boats of Lake Geneva


The museum of traditions and boats of Lake Geneva is located in Saint-Gingolf in the Rivaz house built in 1752 and adjoining the castle. On the ground floor is exhibited the history of Saint-Gingolf and on the attic level, on the 2nd floor, there is a series of models on the boats of Lake Geneva.

The house of Rivaz in white next to the castle of Saint-Gingolf.
The house of Rivaz containing the museum of traditions and boats of Lake Geneva next to the castle of Saint-Gingolf

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Access


Parking spaces are available just before the CFF train station in Saint-Gingolf next to the museum.

Traditions


the themes covered on the ground floor are related to the life and activities of the inhabitants of Saint-Gingolf over the past centuries:

First room


  • The shipyard and the boats
    the shipyard and the boats at the museum of traditions and boats of lake Geneva

“Entre-piΓ¨ce”


  • Steamboats of Lake Geneva
     the vapours of Lake Geneva at the museum of traditions and boats of Lake Geneva

Second room


  • History of Saint-Gingolf
    the history of Saint-Gingolf at the museum of traditions and boats of Lake Geneva
  • Forest
     the forest at the museum of traditions and boats of lake Geneva
  • Chestnuts
    chestnuts in the museum of traditions and boats of Lake Geneva
  • Daily life
    daily life at the museum of traditions and boats of Lake Geneva
  • Craftsmanship
     crafts at the museum of traditions and boats of Lake Geneva
  • Countryside and mountain pastures
    the countryside and the mountain pastures at the museum of traditions and boats of Lake Geneva

Models


The 2nd floor is accessible by the elevator located in the between-room on the ground floor. We can see about fifteen models that meticulously represent different types of boat use on Lake Geneva.

Models of sailing boats from Lake Geneva on the 2nd floor.
Models of sailing boats from Lake Geneva on display on the 2nd floor of the museum of traditions and boats of Lake Geneva.

Village of Saint-Gingolf


The village of Saint-Gingolf in Switzerland has been separated from its French neighbour by the Morge River since 1569. That year, a treaty was signed establishing the border between the Valais and the Duchy of Savoy. Since then, Valais has been integrated into Switzerland and Savoy into France. In July 1944, a tragic event took place with the fire of the city by German troops in punishment for the attack of French maquisards. This event, which is still remembered, is retraced in the museum using newspaper clippings from the time.

A souvenir panel near the France-Switzerland border in memory of 1569
A souvenir panel near the France-Switzerland border in memory of 1569 - museum of traditions and boats of Lake Geneva

Stroll on the docks


When the weather is fine, the visit to the museum of traditions and boats of Lake Geneva can be followed by a short walk on the quays on the shores of Lake Geneva from where you can enjoy the view of the Lake Geneva region. In particular, we will be able to recognize the Gourze tower, the Mont-Pelerin antenna, the Pleiades and the Rochers de Naye. Finally, A small but rather nice beach is available if you want to swim.

The Valais flag flies on the quays.
the Valais flag flies on the quays of Saint-Gingolf near the museum of traditions and boats of the Lake Geneva

The view of the Lake Geneva region.
View on the Lake Geneva region from Saint-Gingolf near the museum of traditions and boats of the Lake Geneva

Related attractions


Attractions in the canton of Valais
Attractions in the Monthey region

Museums in Western Switzerland

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