What To Do In Vevey, Switzerland
Vevey, Switzerland is a vibrant town on the north shores of Lake Geneva (Lake Leman) about 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Lausanne or 50 kilometers (32 miles) from Geneva. The town is most famous for being the home of Charlie Chaplin for the last 25 years of his life (1952-1977) although the Swiss may tell you Vevey is most famous for being the place where milk chocolate was invented in 1875. Or, they may tell you that Vevey is where the Nestle Company was founded in 1866 by Henri Nestle. All may all be true but Vevey is also where the Musee de l’Alimentation or the Food Museum is located.
- Cooking: The cooking section provides a historical perspective of food preparation and the cultural differences along with real chefs giving demonstrations.
- Eating: The eating section provides information on the relationship between man and the food we eat. In addition, nutritional value and the evolution of tableware is provided through exhibits.
- Purchasing: The purchasing exhibit explores the different ways we purchase and process food. Food safety, agriculture, trade and distribution are presented in an exhibit that resembles a supermarket.
- Digesting: The digestion section can be best described as a hands on adventure in testing your five senses, watching a 3D film and measuring your metabolism by running inside a floor to ceiling wheel which will make you feel like a human gerbil.
- Nestle Room: Historical exhibits depicting vintage packaging, ad campaigns, posters, and more of Nestle products through the years are presented here.
In addition, there is 1-2 temporary exhibits a year, a bookstore, cafe, and workshop where cooking and baking classes are offered throughout the week for kids (Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays) and adults (all week-long). The classes are in French primarily although the instructor did speak English when my daughter attended a class on how to make the cookie cone that holds ice cream (think European ice cream cones, not your typical American ice cream cone).
Open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 – 5:00 and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-6:00. Closed Mondays.
Guided tours are in 8 languages and on the last Sunday of the month, there is a family tour and workshop.