On the shores of Lake Geneva, a village at the heart of Lavaux, hosting the famous Cully Jazz Festival every year in April. Administrative center of Bourg-en-Lavaux municipality, regrouping the villages of Cully, Aran, Villette, Grandvaux, Cully, Riex and Epesses.


Cully is a winegrowers' village in the heart of Lavaux, on the lakeshore, with narrow streets and picturesque winegrowers' houses dating from the 16th to 19th century. Of the former ramparts little more remains to be seen, the three former city gates were demolished.

Buildings to see: the Saint-Etienne Gothic church, built in the 19th century on the site of a medieval church, the Townhall ("Maison Jaune": the Yellow House) built in 1641, the Villette Building (16th century), the Vallon Building (1673), the Hôtel du Raisin, built in 1574 and remodeled in 1630, former townhall.

The lakeside promenade and the port facilities are popular recreational and pedestrian zones, and a breathtaking panorama on the Lake of Geneva, the Alps and the Jura is offered from the lookout tower called Tour de Gourze, above the village at 925m altitude.

Cully Jazz Festival

In 1983, two young jazz lovers organized a two-day festival which had a good success. It became a famous yearly meeting for all jazz lovers and, more than a quarter of a century later, it has grown to a nine-day jazz festival taking place every year in April, with international stars as well as local and national talents.

As its older brother the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Cully Jazz Festival features paying concerts and tons of free concerts. All the free concerts take place in winegrowers vaults and small cafés and this yearly jazz frenzy is definitely a must-see!

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