Though much of Nyon is appealing sloping vineyards, fields and forests, the small town center on Lake Geneva is even more lovely.
Nyon has been around since at least the 300’s. Excavations have turned up artifacts from the times of the Celtic Helvetians and the Romans.
In the 13th century, the Counts of Savoy built a castle on top of Roman ruins. Today, the castle houses the Museum of History and Porcelain, reflecting its history as a high-quality porcelain manufacturer.
The three Corinthian columns on chestnut-tree studded Esplanade des Marronniers recall the Roman era. After Julius Caesar conquered Gaul, he established a colony whose center was here. There is a statue of Caesar outside the Musée Romain, which is housed in a Roman basilica.Tweet