Each year, different towns up and down the Swiss side of lac léman take it in turns to hold a big naval parade involving all the beautiful CGN Belle-Epoque/ Paddle Steamer boats. This year on Sunday 19th May it’s the turn of Nyon to host the parade!
The day will begin at 10:00 when passengers can embark on boats from Lausanne, St Sulpice, Morges, St- Prex, Geneva, Versoix, Coppet and Céligny. Some of the boats will be serving meals on board, (reservations are highly recommended for these particular cruises).
Embarking from Nyon is at 12:45, 12:55, 13:00 and 13:10. The “fanfare” (brass band) of Nyon will play down at the embarkment area. Note: this parade is a popular event so get there early to ensure a place! Between 13:30 and 15:00 the naval parade begins in a grand choreography of boats on the water ending with with the releasing of 2,000 (bi degradable) balloons into the air. The parade will be visible from the quayside from approx 14:15. There will be lots of activities going on by the lake side, stalls, entertainment for the family and children.
See photos from a previous’ years parade.
Free Museum entry all day!
Also on Sunday 19th as part of this special day, entry to the Musée du Léman the Musée romain, the Château of Nyon and the Musée national suisse and the Château de Prangins) is all free!
Note: the Muséée du Léman has recently been renovated and reopened in March. If you want to find out more about lac léman, see inside a submarine (which at one stage actually gave tourist trips to the bottom of the lake!) or you want to find out about the amazing adventures of Jacques and Auguste Piccard, then this museum is a must! You can also find out about the lake’s, flora and fauna and marine life. Also on Sunday, cultural walks are being offered along the side of the lake. For full details see here for details of the parade. Here for details of the Musée du Léman.
English Language Church service at 16:00 in Nyon.
La Côte Church an English speaking Anglican church normally hold their weekly Sunday services in the village of Gingins near Nyon, however this Sunday, they will be holding a special Pentecost service in the temple of Nyon in the old town. A warm welcome will be given to newcomers of all ages. Refreshments will be served after the service. For full details see here