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Cycling in Switzerland

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Lausanne
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 17, Lausanne–Rolle
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 16, Moudon–Lausanne
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 24, Vevey (Corseaux)–Lausanne
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 25, Lausanne–Morges
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ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 5, Lausanne–Vevey
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ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 4, Cossonay–Lausanne
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Lausanne
Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 7, Yverdon–Lausanne
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Le Jorat–Trois Lacs–Emme
Le Jorat–Trois Lacs–Emme
Stage 1, Lausanne–Payerne
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Nord Vaudois–Jura
Nord Vaudois–Jura
Stage 1, Lausanne–Yverdon-les-Bains
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 1, Lausanne–Romont
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Tour du Léman
Tour du Léman
Stage 3, Morges–Montreux
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Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 6, Montreux–Morges
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Lausanne
Lausanne

Lausanne

Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva, combines a dynamic commercial town with the locality of a holiday resort. The capital of the canton of Vaud is also a lively university and convention town. Sports and culture are given a high profile in the Olympic capital.
The setting of Lausanne is extremely picturesque: it is hardly surprising that the International Olympic Committee has been based here since 1914. The town is built on three hills, surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes, with Lake Geneva at its feet. Rising impressively from the opposing French lakeshore are the Savoy Alps. The attractive old town is largely car-free. Small alleyways with cafes and boutiques shape the streetscape in the medieval city centre.

The old town is dominated by the cathedral, which is regarded as Switzerland’s most impressive piece of early Gothic architecture. Lausanne was a diocesan town for over a thousand years. Shopping streets can be found surrounding the cathedral as well as in the pretty waterfront area of Ouchy. Switzerland’s only «metro» connects the various parts of the town and eases travel in this incline-based town.

Also worthy of a visit are the parks, containing many Mediterranean plant species, and grand palace hotels like the Beau-Rivage Palace in Ouchy and the Hotel de l'Angleterre, were Lord Byron once stayed. Gourmets will be able to savour many regional specialities in Lausanne such as cabbage-filled sausage with leek gratin. Mind you, master chef Fredy Girardet who was voted «Cuisinier du siècle» or chef of the century by his colleagues has in the meantime retired and handed over his sceptre in the Hôtel de Ville to his head chef, Philippe Rochat.

Even lovers of culture won’t feel short changed in Lausanne: the collection of marginal art ("Art Brut”) in Beaulieu Castle, the Fondation de l'Hermitage, the «Musée de l'Elysée» photo museum, the pipe museum and many others merit a visit. The offering of theatre productions and musical performances too is above average. Finally, Lausanne is home to the world-famous Béjart Ballet.

The «Olympic capital» is home to the Olympic Committee and also the Olympic Museum, the world’s largest information centre about the Olympic games. But sport in general is given a high profile here, examples of which are the «Lausanne Marathon» and «Athletissima», the international meeting for track and field athletics.

Highlights

  • Lausanne old town with cathedral – the impressive cathedral is surrounded by beautiful, car-free roads.
  • Olympic Museum – provides an overview of the history of the Olympic games, from the first 1896 summer games in Athens through to the present day.
  • Lake Geneva cruise – paddlewheel steamers and motor vessels highlight the attractions of the Lake Geneva region as seen from the water.
  • Musee de l’Art Brut – a unique, worldwide collection of works of art created by outsiders in psychiatric clinics and prisons.
  • Fondation de l'Hermitage – the foundation presents changing art exhibitions of the highest calibre in a magnificent setting dating from the 19th century.
Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva, combines a dynamic commercial town with the locality of a holiday resort. The capital of the canton of Vaud is also a lively university and convention town. Sports and culture are given a high profile in the Olympic capital.
The setting of Lausanne is extremely picturesque: it is hardly surprising that the International Olympic Committee has been based here since 1914. The town is built on three hills, surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes, with Lake Geneva at its feet. Rising impressively from the opposing French lakeshore are the Savoy Alps. The attractive old town is largely car-free. Small alleyways with cafes and boutiques shape the streetscape in the medieval city centre.

The old town is dominated by the cathedral, which is regarded as Switzerland’s most impressive piece of early Gothic architecture. Lausanne was a diocesan town for over a thousand years. Shopping streets can be found surrounding the cathedral as well as in the pretty waterfront area of Ouchy. Switzerland’s only «metro» connects the various parts of the town and eases travel in this incline-based town.

Also worthy of a visit are the parks, containing many Mediterranean plant species, and grand palace hotels like the Beau-Rivage Palace in Ouchy and the Hotel de l'Angleterre, were Lord Byron once stayed. Gourmets will be able to savour many regional specialities in Lausanne such as cabbage-filled sausage with leek gratin. Mind you, master chef Fredy Girardet who was voted «Cuisinier du siècle» or chef of the century by his colleagues has in the meantime retired and handed over his sceptre in the Hôtel de Ville to his head chef, Philippe Rochat.

Even lovers of culture won’t feel short changed in Lausanne: the collection of marginal art ("Art Brut”) in Beaulieu Castle, the Fondation de l'Hermitage, the «Musée de l'Elysée» photo museum, the pipe museum and many others merit a visit. The offering of theatre productions and musical performances too is above average. Finally, Lausanne is home to the world-famous Béjart Ballet.

The «Olympic capital» is home to the Olympic Committee and also the Olympic Museum, the world’s largest information centre about the Olympic games. But sport in general is given a high profile here, examples of which are the «Lausanne Marathon» and «Athletissima», the international meeting for track and field athletics.

Highlights

  • Lausanne old town with cathedral – the impressive cathedral is surrounded by beautiful, car-free roads.
  • Olympic Museum – provides an overview of the history of the Olympic games, from the first 1896 summer games in Athens through to the present day.
  • Lake Geneva cruise – paddlewheel steamers and motor vessels highlight the attractions of the Lake Geneva region as seen from the water.
  • Musee de l’Art Brut – a unique, worldwide collection of works of art created by outsiders in psychiatric clinics and prisons.
  • Fondation de l'Hermitage – the foundation presents changing art exhibitions of the highest calibre in a magnificent setting dating from the 19th century.

Arrival and return Lausanne

Adresse

Lausanne Tourisme
Avenue de Rhodanie 2
Case postale 49
1000 Lausanne
Tel. +41 (0) 21 613 73 73
information@lausanne-tourisme.ch
www.lausanne-tourisme.ch

Services

Accommodation

Auberge de Jeunesse Lausanne-Jeunotel
Auberge de Jeunesse Lausanne-Jeunotel
Lausanne
Hôtel Agora Swiss Night
Hôtel Agora Swiss Night
Lausanne
Hôtel AlaGare
Hôtel AlaGare
Lausanne
Hôtel Alpha-Palmiers by Fassbind
Hôtel Alpha-Palmiers by Fassbind
Lausanne
Hôtel Bellerive
Hôtel Bellerive
Lausanne
Hôtel Lausanne by Fassbind
Hôtel Lausanne by Fassbind
Lausanne
Hôtel du Marché
Hôtel du Marché
Lausanne
Hôtel du Port
Hôtel du Port
Lausanne
Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa
Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa
Lausanne
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Places of interest

Bois de Peccau (Epalinges)
Bois de Peccau (Epalinges)
The Olympic Museum
The Olympic Museum
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Hiking in

Lausanne
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 17, Lausanne–Rolle
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 16, Moudon–Lausanne
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 24, Vevey (Corseaux)–Lausanne
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 25, Lausanne–Morges
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ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 5, Lausanne–Vevey
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ViaFrancigena
ViaFrancigena
Stage 4, Cossonay–Lausanne
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Cycling in

Lausanne
Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 7, Yverdon–Lausanne
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Le Jorat–Trois Lacs–Emme
Le Jorat–Trois Lacs–Emme
Stage 1, Lausanne–Payerne
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Nord Vaudois–Jura
Nord Vaudois–Jura
Stage 1, Lausanne–Yverdon-les-Bains
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Herzroute
Herzroute
Stage 1, Lausanne–Romont
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Tour du Léman
Tour du Léman
Stage 3, Morges–Montreux
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Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 6, Montreux–Morges
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