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.
Parking spaces are available just before the CFF train station in Saint-Gingolf next to the museum.
the themes covered on the ground floor are related to the life and activities of the inhabitants of Saint-Gingolf over the past centuries:
- History of Saint-Gingolf
- Daily life
- Countryside and mountain pastures
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.
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.
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.