Are you moving to Geneva or just planning to move within the area and want to know more about Geneva’s neighborhoods? This is another installment in our series profiling each of Geneva’s neighborhoods. We’ve polled our members who live in the various Geneva neighborhoods and asked them all about their neighborhood.
We posted our first neighborhood profile of Nyon last year; click here to read. Here’s a second perspective on a neighborhood several AIWC residents call home.
Neighborhood website: http://www.nyon.ch/fr/index.php
Location: About 28 kilometeres from Geneva in the Canton of Vaud. It is a 30 minute car ride to Geneva, or 14-16 minutes on the train to Gare Cornavin in the center of Geneva.
Favorite thing about Nyon: It’s right next to the countryside – and the lake! I love being able to take a walk through the vineyard 2 minutes away from my home, or by the lake after just 5 minutes in the car. Also, it is a great location for those who love to bike outside of town.
Least favorite thing about Nyon: There is not a large selection of restaurants nor places to grab a drink with friends (but there are nice places to go).
How Easy is Trash and Recycling to Deal With? Be aware that Nyon has a special trash bag that must be purchased for use in your home. This is common in Canton Vaud, as well as in many German speaking areas in Switzerland. The bag sizes range from 17L to 110L. A 35 L bag cost CHF2. You purchase the trash bags in rolls at local stores, such as Migros, COOP or Manor. For all the information you need on what can be thrown away versus recycled, the pricing of bags as well as the location of recuperation centers, visit their official website here.
How Convenient is Public Transit? Convenient – during the day. In the morning, the buses are typically right on time but sometimes they are a minute early, so be careful! During the day, the buses come every 15-20 minutes (this depends on where you are going – but it’s a general rule in the center of Nyon). In the evening it is much less convenient after 8pm; my bus comes 2 times per hour.
Do You Need a Car in Nyon: I would recommend it, but it is possible with the bus. For things like recycling, you would probably need a car.
Additional Notes about Transportation: There is a big parking lot in the center of town, and everything you want to do (from shopping at the small Manor, to a walk by the lake) is about a 5 minute walk from there. There is some parking by the lake but it is almost always packed during the week and especially on the weekends. Parking spots start at about 150CHF per month.
What Kind of People is Nyon Best Suited For? Great for families. I have seen a couple schools in town and just outside of town, and there are fantastic parks and greenery. I always feel safe, even at night. It’s a nice compromise for those who want to work in Geneva or Lausanne, but prefer the countryside over city life. I take the train 14 minutes to arrive at the central station of Geneva!
What Amenities does Nyon Have? There are some schools, a beautiful park, a new playground across the street from the water and it is actually quite a hot spot on the weekends for fairs and concerts (particularly in the summer).
What is the Nearest Hospital or Urgent Care Facility? The Hôpital de Nyon is just outside the center on Nyon, located at Chemin Monastier 10, 1260 Nyon.
Anything Else to Add About Nyon? I was nervous to live so far from Geneva and work in town, but I am so glad I did. Nyon is such a beautiful little town filled with charming architecture, cobblestone streets, a castle and surprisingly a lot of English speaking expats! Also, there is a website called Living in Nyon that covers all the recent events and activities going on in the area.
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