We are officially entering the season of spring, and though we may take a look around and feel somewhat discouraged at the state of the world at the current moment, we also realize the need to slow down, breathe, and appreciate the simple gifts around us. The cold winds are easing, the sun is breaking through, and the flowers are bursting forth in a glorious rebirth. If you are finding yourself feeling overwhelmed right now, why not take some time and go on a spring walk in the next few weeks? It’s actually kind of amazing what some fresh air and colorful blooms do for the soul. Happy walking, and happy (early) spring!
Tucked away in Aubonne is the gorgeous and expansive Arboretum–open all year long and providing outdoor walks and marked trails for all ages and levels of difficulty. Running, hiking, walking, and exploring this property is highly encouraged. In the spring, visitors must feast their eyes on their magnolia and cherry blossoms that are signaling warmer months ahead. We like to pack a picnic and take our time lapping up the beauty of nature here.
The Morges Tulip Festival begins this year on March 18 and will last until May 8 at the Parc de l’Independence along the lake. This year’s theme is “Sound and Light” and will tell the story of the tulip through the years, from its origins to its arrival in Morges. It’s an exclusive creation by the Lausanne-based artist Albin Christen for the Tulip Festival. Around 275 varieties of 145,000 tulips will surround you as you walk throughout the park. It’s a free and beautiful activity that shouldn’t be missed!
Photo by Vaud Promotion
It’s an obvious choice, but for a reason. Walking the narrow pathways along the UNESCO vineyards of Lavaux never ceases to take our breath away. The lake changes from the deep dark wintry blue to a lighter shade with Caribbean turquoise pockets throughout. The mountains still have snow on their peaks, but the air is a perfect mixture of crisp and warm. Pack a picnic or think about doing our Lavaux wine walk as the weather warms up.
Les Jonquilles - Eclepens' Daffodils
A friend described this walk as “spring on crack” and we couldn’t help but agree. From March to April there are footpaths along the Entreroches Canal in Eclepens filled with daffodils as far as the eye can see. An easy walk for families, this is a great activity for kids and adults alike. Keep an eye out for a man that sells daffodil honey from the trunk of his van–he’s a local friend of the bees.
Note: even though the daffodils are wild, it is forbidden to pick them. Please make sure if you walk with young children that they don’t step on them/pick them.
It’s remote and removed from most, but it’s worth the trek. We discovered this walk/hike last spring during confinement and it was absolutely glorious. We may or may not have re-enacted the opening scene to The Sound of Music when the hillside opened up to expose the lake and mountains below. A mixture of steep(ish) inclines and large flat fields, it’s still a great hike for all ages and abilities depending on where you start. More info about the entire path (we obviously only did a portion of it) can be found here.
A Lausanne gem that should truly be treasured and visited in every season. It’s incredible to walk the expansive grounds and watch winter melt into spring. The color of the moss is a vibrant green, the streams can be heard once again, and wildflowers and trees are blooming. A perfect place to get some fresh air and appreciate the warmer weather.
Parc Mon Repos
This Lausanne park is one of our favorites for many reasons. A beautiful alfresco café sits in its center, there are exotic birds to admire, and in the spring there is a grassy knoll filled with cherry blossoms. It becomes a popular place to picnic under the pink canopy–we even did our own little “hanami” one year with friends where we ate sushi under the sakura.
A favorite location for photographers and influencers–and for good reason. This little promenade next to the Olympic Museum and just in front of the old Musée Èlysée is lined with cherry blossoms and has views of the lake and mountains as well. If you can sneak out for a weekday walk, it’s recommended, as this location becomes quite crowded during the weekend.
Know of any walks you’d add to the list? We’d love to know!