Every year the New York Times assembles a list of 52 recommended places to visit. This year it lists Vevey at number 49.
2019 is a big year for Vevey. It is the year of the Unesco-recognized Fête des Vignerons, an event held every 20 to 25 years.
This spectacular wine festival, which began in 1797, is expected to cost close to 100 million francs this time around.
The 12th edition of the event runs from 18 July to 11 August 2019. The centre piece of the festival is a 20,000 seat arena in Place du Marché next to the lake.
Making the event happen requires the participation of around 4,000 local volunteers.
One of those volunteers, local media specialist Tony Johnson, was on site last week running through his moves under the patient guidance of Olympic choreographer Bryn Walters. “First rehearsal done! Me and my two right feet are very pleased to have the next 6 months to rehearse”, he told Le News.
Last year Lake Lucerne (the Vierwaldstättersee to locals) was in the New York Times list with a special note on the new Stoosbahnen, Switzerland’s steepest funicular railway.