“Tintin” turns 90 this week. This cartoon character (created by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé), once came to Geneva and Nyon in an adventure called “The Calculus Affair” (in French, “L’affaire Tournesol”).
In this adventure, Tintin travelled to Nyon in search of Professor Calculus; you can still recognise today the route he took on the lake road and see other places and landmarks mentioned in the book such as the fire truck and the Maître Jacques fountain.
The character of Professor Calculus was inspired by Auguste Piccard, the explorer, the Musée du Léman in Nyon has two rooms with permanent collections completely dedicated to him.
You can follow in Tintin’s footsteps either via a leaflet available at Nyon tourist office and on its website, or you can take an official guided tour of the Tintin routing.
The next official Tintin tour will be on April 11 2019 at 14:00 – open to all. The guide will adapt the chosen languages to the audience present on the day including English.
The tour costs CHF 15 per person to be paid in advance at the tourist office.
A personalised English tour for a group can be arranged any time on request at +41 22 365 66 00 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo in banner – courtesy Nyon Région Tourisme