Located between Lausanne and Vevey (Switzerland), Lutry looks like a holiday resort in summer. No wonder why this medieval borough is also known as the St. Tropez Vaudois.
Walking by the lake while enjoying an ice cream, renting a sailboat for the day, or simply sipping a drink at one of the many terraces while perfecting your French with other fellow customers, are some of the most common activities in Lutry.
But if its beach and canteen, as well as its marinas lined with restaurants are the most famous attractions of Lutry all year long, there’s something else this place is famous for: its yearly Spring flea market.
Every year on the 3rd weekend of June, the Brocante de Lutry gathers more than 65 antiques merchants who set their booths along the banks of Lutry for a three days flea market event. Art deco frames and painting, vintage glassware, local crockery, old mirrors & clocks, jars and pottery, cutlery, candle holders, jewelry, vintage chairs, old dolls and vintage toys… you name it: the Lutry flea market is always a fun time for bargain hunters, tourists or just passersby!
Brocante de Lutry: a flea market with a view
But besides the enjoyment of looking for a hidden gem or just discovering arts and crafts of a bygone era in a relax atmosphere, the true highlight of the Lutry flea market is certainly its scenic view from the banks of the lake Geneva or Lac Leman. Extending over 133 square miles (345 km2), the lake Geneva is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe.
And since the region is famous for its mild temperatures in summer and its unbeatable weather conditions (think blue sky and sunshine…), a trip to the Brocante de Lutry is a journey in itself that doesn’t disappoint.
And even if you did not find what you were looking for, if a merchant did not lower his price enough or if that beautiful Art Nouveau necklace got taken away from you by a faster customer, all of that, really doesn’t matter after all. The view from the banks of the Lac Leman, is a reward in itself.
Now, go do what tourists in Lutry do: enjoy an ice cream, rent a sailboat, or simply sip a (well deserved) drink at one of the many terraces while perfecting your French with other fellow customers.
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Where: Banks of Lutry 1095 Lutry, Switzerland
When: Every year on the 3rd weekend of June (next event: in 2016, the Brocante de Lutry will exceptionally take place on the 1st weekend of June – Friday, June 3rd 2016 to Sunday, June 5th, 2016)
Hours: Friday 7 am to 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 8 pm and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
Interesting fact: Mary and Percy Shelley and Lord Byron holidayed by the lake and wrote ghost stories, one of which became the basis for the novel Frankenstein…
Cover picture Brocante de Lutry © Vol-au-Vent