Morges and the region
The city of Morges benefits from a privileged situation on the bank of Lake Geneva, facing the majestic Mont Blanc. Morges and its castle live in the rhythm of the flowers throughout the year, especially in spring on the occasion of the Tulip Festival or the Dahlia Quays.
Morges, bloomy town of 15.000 inhabitants, has developed on the watersides of Lake Geneva, facing the majestic Mont Blanc. Its Grand Rue pedestrian zone in the centre of the old town accommodates animated markets and shops, where the restaurants serve the biggest appellation of the Vaud canton: the wine of Morges AOC.
The old town of Morges was founded by Louis of Savoy in 1286. Its picturesque old port, presently used by leisure boats, was one the most important trade port of the Lake Geneva in the end of the 17th century.
Dominating the Grand Rue and the port, the castle shelters the Military Museum of the canton of Vaud, the Artillery Museum, the Museum of the Historical Swiss Tin Figurine as well as the Museum of the Police Force. The castle, built in the shape of a Savoyard square, served as a residence for the Savoyards and then for the Bernese reeves (from 1536) until the Vaud revolution (1798).
Every year the Tulip Festival celebrates the return of spring. A hundred thousand tulips form gorgeous, colourful figures in the 30.000m2 Parc de l’Indépendance.
During the summer the Dahlia Quays decorates the waterside of Morges where “La Liberté” is anchored, the only Mediterranean galley of the Lake Geneva, touched down on water in 2002. Being 55 metres long, it was built by unemployed persons and provides now cruises to the visitors.
The district of Morges extends from the shore of Lake Geneva across the vineyards and the Vaud countryside up to the Jura foot towns of L’Isle, La Sarraz and Cossonay. It consists of 62 communes. The communes that are members of our Tourist Office are presented in the chapters of Lakeside, Vineyard, Countryside and Jura (in the upper right corner of your screen).
The La Côte region
Stretching for about 30km, between Lausanne and Geneva, the « Côte Lémanique » which joins Morges and Nyon by passing Rolle and the surrounding countryside, offers a wide palette of possibilities for a holiday packed with emotions and discoveries.
You will find the chronic of its history by visiting castles and museums, which remain the only witnesses of the past, by taking a walk in the heart of the countryside, which brings adventure and relaxation, by going on a boat trip onboard one of the boats of the shipping company (CGN), which give you a magnificent view of the Alps, or by taking a ride on a little tourist train, which will take you to some of the most secret places.
Do not miss a trip into the heart of the fabulous Wine Route, which stretches over more than 50 km and gives you the chance to meet winegrowers and other craftsmen, who will let you in on the secrets of their passion with a presentation or tasting of their products.
Various parks, which offer relaxation and a calm atmosphere as well as pleasing nature lovers, and the numerous markets and festivals which take place every month of the year won’t let you get bored and reinforce the social spirit, that makes this region so attractive. There are many hotels and restaurants, which vary in price and style, so as to satisfy everybody’s wishes.
Have a look at our brochure of the La Côte region