Whether by bus or by bike, on foot or on skates, discover Lausanne, Olympic Capital: museum visits, a stroll in the parks and gardens or along the floral quays, excursions on the lake or in the vineyards, sporting and cultural activities, a relaxing spa break, shopping and nights out.
So let’s get exploring Lausanne and make sure we don’t miss anything!
The Cathedral of Lausanne
At the heart of the old town, the majestic Lausanne Cathedral overlooks the city. Seen as one of the most beautiful gothic art monuments in Europe, it attracts more than 400,000 visitors every year.
As the spiritual capital of French-speaking Switzerland, the Cathedral of Lausanne is of interest to people from all parts of the world. Constructed during the XIIth and XIIIth centuries, consecrated 20th October 1275 in the presence of Pope Gregory X and Rudolf of Habsburg. It became a protestant cathedral in 1536.
The Olympic Museum
This extraordinary and brand-new interactive museum invites you to explore the history of the Olympic Games and the men and women who have been a part of this incredible adventure. The permanent exhibition is spread over 3 levels with more than 1,000 objects and 150 screens.
The olympic park that surrounds the museum from Ouchy quay presents a mix of nature, works of art and sports installations given an artistic makeover offers exceptional panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the Alps.
Ouchy represents one of the favourite Sunday strolls for Lausanne citizens and passing visitors. Walkers, cyclists and skaters share the tree-lined, flower-bedecked walkways. From the Haldimand Tower to the Bellerive swimming pool, via the Château, the landing stage and the port of Ouchy, this promenade traverses three parks including the one that is home to the famous Olympic Museum.
Lavaux vineyards, UNESCO World Heritage site
The terraced vineyards of Lavaux site unfold above Lake Geneva for some 14 kilometres, forming a real link between Lausanne and Vevey-Montreux. Not only does the listed status of Lavaux as a UNESCO World Heritage site pay tribute to an age-old vineyard, it is also a living “cultural landscape”, a remarkable testimony to an authentic and dynamic civilisation.
The Rolex Learning Center
The Rolex Learning Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), an international cultural centre, a library with 500,000 works and a training lab. Meeting and study area with a globally unique design, the Rolex Learning Center is open to the general public from 7:00 am to 12:00 midnight.
Lake Geneva, the largest freshwater lake in Europe - and certainly the most romantic, having inspired countless artists - captivates the eye. Lending itself as much to barbecues on the beach as dinners on board the steamships that crisscross its waters, it offers every possible aquatic pleasure: sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, pedalos… all the joys of summer, giving way to the magical light of the autumn and the soft mists
Set on a hillside facing Lake Geneva and the mountains, Lausanne offers walkers a series of extensive panoramic views. This downhill stroll allows you to discover the 10 most beautiful viewing points, offering so many different perspectives from which to appreciate the city and its surroundings.