I planned nothing for this hike beyond getting off at the Nyon train station and turning left. Here's pics of my walk from Nyon to Gland.

I set out to hike the Toblerone Trail oblivious to the fact that the first few kilometers contain no toblerones. Much like any other adventure, I planned nothing for this hike beyond getting off at the Nyon train station and turning left. By the time I got to Prangins, I knew I was in trouble. I popped into a market and bought a bottle of water about the time I found a trail sign. My path from Nyon to Gland meandered past the Swiss National Museum, housed in the Chateau de Prangins.

chateau on my way from nyon to gland, switzerland

I guzzled water and snapped a photo of the chateau, thinking I’d stumble into the blasted tank traps any minute.

gated mansions on way from Nyon to Gland, Switzerland

But no. I stumbled through a race and wound up on a narrow residential street. Gated mansions were everywhere. I feared they’d throw my sweaty butt off the street.

green blackberries on way from nyon to gland, switzerland

By this point, I was starving. I didn’t eat breakfast before I left Trélex, nor did I pack a picnic. These green blackberries looked tempting.

prangins chapel from nyon to gland, switzerland

Villages usually have one church. I walked past Prangins chapel on my route.

lake geneva on way from nyon to gland, switzerland

Had I known people swam in Lake Geneva, I would’ve brought a suit. This public swimming area cost a mere 3 francs. By this point, I was ready to take a dip in my clothes.

hiking sign on way from nyon to gland, switzerland

Hiking signs like this one are plentiful along the route. I wasn’t sure I was on the Toblerone Trail, but at least I was where people were supposed to be hiking.

La Dole in Switzerland

A view of my next ambitious hiking project. La Dôle is a mountain in the Swiss Jura. I want to climb it while I’m here.

golf sign on way from nyon to gland, switzerland

Seriously, I thought I’d never find those dang toblerones. Plus. I didn’t plan to dodge golf balls.

I did finally find the Toblerone Trail!

swiss flag on way from nyon to gland, switzerland

On my way back to Nyon, I found this Swiss flag blowing in the breeze.

Vineyards abound in the Vaud region of Switzerland

Vineyards abound in the Vaud region of Switzerland. Across Lake Geneva, one can explore French lake villages and the French Alps. Mont Blanc is covered by clouds.

P.S. Wondering what I’m doing in Switzerland? I’m at The Trelex Residency in Maison Binet!

I haven’t hiked since last summer. During my Welsh residency, I bought a couple of hiking books, tried to follow them, and still got lost more often than not. Since I feared I wasn’t strong enough for a long hike, I decided to hike part of Switzerland’s Toblerone Trail.

Toblerone trail

No, it isn’t a trail constructed from chocolate bars. In fact, the chocolate got its name from the trail. The Swiss built a series of tank-repelling fortifications during World War II. These concrete dragons teeth weigh 9 tons each (source: Wikipedia) and were designed to thwart a German tank invasion. At roughly five feet tall, no tanks could power over them.

Toblerone trail

The start of the Toblerone Line.

Today, the line starts near Lake Geneva in Gland and goes up to Bassins in the Swiss Jura, almost 14 kilometers one way. I didn’t hike the whole thing, because by the time I found the first set of teeth, I was about to collapse. My map claimed the line started at the train station in Nyon, 5 kilometers away from Gland. I wandered along the rail line, through apartment blocks, across a soccer field, past a castle and public swimming hole, through a golf course, and FINALLY found the dang toblerones.

Enjoy the photos of the Toblerone Trail. I almost fainted to get them!!

Toblerone trail

The Swiss allowed the Toblerone Line to return to nature after the war. Spur trails lead from the main path for those who want to get up close.

Toblerone trail

World War II bunkers also stand sentinel near the Toblerone Line. Most are abandoned, like this one.

toblerone trail

Signs like this are abundant along the Toblerone route. Still, I almost went the wrong way here.

Have you been to see the Toblerone Trail? What’s a hard trail that you have hiked?

P.S. Wondering what I’m doing in Switzerland? I’m at a The Trelex Residency in Maison Binet!

Nyon: Ancient City

Rumor has it Nyon, Switzerland was founded by Julius Caesar around 44BC, but the site has been occupied since the Neolithic. I’m staying 4 train stops from this haunted town by the lake.

Rumor has it Nyon, Switzerland was founded by Julius Caesar around 44BC, but the site has been occupied since the Neolithic.

I say “haunted” because it’s spaces are loud. I walked down a narrow passage and heard whispers. Touched Roman walls and lost sense to the grunts of the slaves who built them. Wandered through a castle and expected to see a knight on the circular stair or around the next corner.

I sat in a park next to the Roman columns and watched a man read a book in the shade.

First glass of wine in almost a week!

I sat in Place de la Chateau and dined like a human instead of a pen intent in a cell. Ordered my first meal in French and only stumbled once. I sat in a park next to the Roman columns and watched a man read a book in the shade. Toured the Museé Romain, and went to the pharmacy and shopped for groceries. Lugged a big fan box onto the train along with my shopping.

I toured the Museé Romain in Nyon, Switzerland.

Sweaty me in the Museé Romain, Nyon

I wanted a steak since it’s coming up on my lady time, but settled for this veal and mushroom ravioli instead. People warned me about how much things cost in Switzerland. With restaurants, they weren’t kidding!! A steak was 48 francs. My ravioli was 32 francs. First courses started at 20 francs. Service is included, because the Swiss pay their restaurant workers a living wage. Still, I won’t be dining out again soon.

I ordered my first meal in French in Nyon, Switzerland, and only stumbled once.

When I’m home, MTM and I have coffee together every day. He FaceTimes now when he’s having his coffee, but I don’t have a way to make coffee in my cell. Worth the 3 franc train ride!

coffee in Nyon, Switzerland

My first decent coffee in Switzerland.

As I type, I’m sitting in my cell enjoying the first few hours of not sweltering since I got here. The only thing I forgot to pack? A swimsuit. I had no idea people swim in Lake Geneva! If you ever head this way during summer, make sure to bring your suit. Especially if Switzerland is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave!!!

Hope you enjoyed hearing about my adventures in Nyon, Switzerland, during my writing residency. I shared pics and info about the nearby town of Trelex in this post. Have you been there? What did you think of it?