This week is Part 2 of my journey into Switzerland (Part 1 was Montreux) and I’ll be sharing 2 sites worth exploring. Vevey is on the north shore of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and I enjoyed walking around the old town and walking along the boardwalk to see Chateau de l’Aile (1800s).
Although Vevey’s boardwalk does not have as much art along the shores, it does have one interesting piece of “art” IN the lake. Yes, IN the lake! And there are chairs attached to the rocks too. The pictures speak for themselves.
Finally, there is also a popular statue of Charlie Chaplin on the boardwalk and this is significant because Chaplin’s World is located just north of the town.
Chaplin’s World By Grevin
While Vevey may be known as the headquarters of Nestlé, it is also home to Chaplin’s World,which is dedicated to the life and career of the multitalented actor, film maker, and composer, Charlie Chaplin. Swiss architect, Philippe Meylan and Canadian museographer, Yves Durand spent 15 years creating this museum which is located in Corsier Sur Vevey, just on the outskirts of Vevey. Sir Charles “Charlie” Chaplin came to fame during the silent era of movie making and settled in Switzerland in the 1940s.
There are three key places to visit, The Studio, The Manoir, and The Park.
The Studio is basically a sound stage and each “set” is devoted to a film or films that Chaplin was in such as “Modern Times” and “The Great Dictator”.
Grevin, the famous wax museum company, created more than 30 wax figures including Charlie Chaplin characters, political figures Gandhi and Churchill, and artists such as Michael Jackson and Sophia Loren. Everything is extremely well done.
The Manoir is the home where Chaplin lived for 25 years with his wife Oona and their eight children. Photos, furnishings, and Chaplin’s personal belongings are showcased throughout this beautiful mansion.
There’s a circular path that goes around the estate and there are nice views of Lake Geneva and the mansion.
Chaplin’s World: http://www.chaplinsworld.com
Entrance: CHF 23.00 and CHF 4.00 parking