Lausanne is a picturesque lakeside city, which sits proudly at the northern side of Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) in the French-speaking canton of Vaud, Switzerland.
Lausanne stretches along three hills, it is surrounded by vineyard slopes and has the shimmering Geneva Lake at its feet.
Lausanne comprises two prime universities, as well as, has been hosting the International Olympic Committee for hundreds of years.
Here in Lausanne, you can find the Olympic Museum, a must-see attraction for tourists. Hence, Lausanne has obtained the very name of Olympic Capital. It is also considered as the transportation center in the Region of Vaud.
Lausanne is characterised by very eye-catching sightseeing, among which is the magnificent Olympic Park on the lakeside of Lake Geneva.
During the years, tourism in Lausanne has reached its peak. Whereas Lausanne is the dynamic and lively town of sports, universities, culture and an ideal place for business and leisure.
Lausanne is also arranging festivals all year round, such as Lausanne’s Jazz Onze Festival for Jazz lovers. The Lausanne Festival of Lights extends from November until the end of December, where the streets are being brightly illuminated with sculptures made of light by Lausanne's artists.
The medieval car-free Old City of Lausanne offers an enjoyable stroll along the flowery alleyways with tulips. One can continue through the district, which is dominated by one of the most impressive pieces of early Gothic architecture – the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Lausanne. Another option is to rise to the bell tower, from where unfold the panoramic views over the rooftops dating back to the Medieval Ages, as well as, the sparkling lake.
The Olympic Capital with its Olympic Museum and numerous sports activities like Lausanne Marathon and Athletissima, charms not only the sports enthusiasts.
Lausanne also has many things to offer to nature and culture lovers starting from the multiple parks full of many Mediterranean plant species to the varied museums.
Among them is the Musée de l'art brut, which focuses on the collection of paintings and sculptures of the outsider art.
Another home of civilization here in Lausanne is the Musée de l'Elysée. The museum displays the photographs both collections and temporary, such as photographs of the world-known Charlie Chaplin. To all dance art lovers, The Béjart Ballet is offered. It is a famous dance theatre touring around the whole world.
You can proceed with your walk along the waterfront to visit the landmark of Lausanne Chateau d’Ouchy on the shores of Lake Geneva. The castle is dating back to the 12th century.
End your day in Lausanne at the shoreline by tasting the delicious Nutella Pizza and admiring the memorable backdrop of Alpine scenery.
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Other sightseeing attractions and things to do in Lausanne are mentioned here:
- Aquatis Aquarium-Vivarium Lausanne.
- Museum cantonal d'archeologie et d'histoire de Lausanne.
- Saint Francois Church - an old convent since 1260.
- Palais de Beaulieu.
- Palais de Rumine.
- Art Museum.