A picturesque village on the shores of Lake Geneva, dotted with frescoes and poems included in the stone, NERNIER pays tribute to the major romantic authors of the 19th century, in particular Lamartine, Shelley and Byron, whose passage has marked the collective memory
On the site of Nernier, there was a prehistoric lake city, which became a village in Roman times. Vines and wheat were then cultivated there. In the Middle Ages, the village was besieged and then taken by Bernese troops. The bell tower of the town was built in the 18th century. The port was built at the end of the 19th century, under Napoleon III.
Over the last few centuries, the village has experienced significant leather tanning, fishing and smuggling activity with Switzerland. The commune is a very romantic place, with houses of molasses and quicklime, hollyhocks and climbing vines. Some arched houses open directly onto the lake.
A romantic path connects the village entrance to the port and the castle. Marked with frescoes and poems included in the stone, it pays homage to the major romantic authors of the 19th century, in particular Lamartine, Shelley and Byron, whose passage has marked the collective memory. Mary Shelley, inspired by the lake, wrote a few pages of her famous novel Frankenstein during a stay in Nernier.
In the 1950s, enlightened amateurs developed Nernier, "Village des Peintres"; with Enrico Vegetti, a Piedmontese painter who lived in Nernier for nearly 50 years, whose charms he painted.
Today, the municipality continues this tradition with the Lake Museum and its renowned painting school, the potter whose production has an obvious regional impact, the Intermezzo music school which welcomes students from all over the region and numerous exhibitions at the Ferme d'Antioche, a heritage saved by the municipality. An annual festival of short films in the open air and concerts bring a contemporary summer animation to the town.
And, for the gourmands, restaurants and bars dot the streets of the village.
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Proposé par DeepL
- Town location
- Play area
- Public WC
- Themed path
- Stretch of water
- Water sports