Last weekend, we went on our first day trip since arriving in Switzerland!
Even though the weather was a little wet and chilly — which basically has been the weather the entire month of May, off and on — we hopped on the train, traveled some 15 minutes and ended up in the picture-perfect coastal city of Nyon.
Nyon is located just north of Geneva and was founded by Julius Caesar between 45 and 27 BC. (It was called Noviodunum back then.) Nods to the city’s Roman heritage can be found throughout, including a well-regarded Roman museum and a courtyard appearance by the one and only Caesar. There’s also the stunning sight of columns perched high atop the Esplanade des Marronniers overlooking the lake.
Besides the Roman history, there’s a super cute old town area with winding cobblestone streets lined with cafes, bakeries and stores. And we lucked out to visit on a Saturday when the farmers market was in full swing. (I do love a good farmers market!)
Follow the streets and you’ll find a medieval castle at the end of a picturesque public square that has a great view of the waterfront from above.
Continue downhill from the castle, and you’ll find more old town charm along with a picturesque waterfront. (There’s a scenic walkway right next to the castle that will take you right down to the waterfront.) We strolled along the lake a bit and ended up at a park that’s perfect for younger kids, which conveniently had some outdoor bars right next door… a perfect combo for weary parents. 🤪
It was a GREAT day trip, and there’s more to see. We’ll be back to Nyon again soon!