Nernier

A picturesque village of colorful houses on the shores of Lake Geneva, lined with frescoes and poems inscribed in stone, Nernier pays tribute to the major Romantic authors of the 19th century.

The site of Nernier was a pre-historic lakeside town that became a village in Roman times. Grapes and wheat were grown here. In the Middle Ages, the town was besieged and taken by Bernese troops. The town's bell tower 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 been a major tanner of hides, a fisherman and a smuggler with Switzerland. The village is a very romantic place, with its molasse and quicklime houses, hollyhocks and climbing vines. Some of the arched houses open directly onto the lake.

The marina can accommodate 250 boats, including the Calypso, a 1911 sailing ship owned by the Amerami association and listed as a historic monument in 1991. La Licorne offers pleasant walks on the lake.
A romantic path links the village entrance to the port and the château. Lined with frescoes and poems set in stone, it pays homage to the major Romantic authors of the 19th century, including Lamartine, Shelley and Byron, who left their mark on our collective memory. Mary Shelley, inspired by the lake, wrote several pages of her famous novel Frankenstein during a stay in Nernier.

In the 1950s, enlightened enthusiasts developed Nernier as a "Village of Painters", led by Enrico Vegetti, a Piedmontese painter who lived in Nernier for almost 50 years, painting its charms.

Today, the commune perpetuates this tradition with the Musée du Lac and its renowned painting school, the potter whose work has a clear regional impact, the Intermezzo music school which welcomes students from all over the region, and numerous exhibitions at the Ferme d'Antioche, a heritage site saved by the commune.
And for gourmets, restaurants and bars line the village streets.

Route de Messery
74140  Nernier

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