City Guide: Lausanne
Lausanne, which is located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, is the fourth largest Swiss city and well known for being the Olympic Capital. Situated on the northern side of Lake Geneva it offers stunnning views of the lake and mountains.
Lausanne is quite a hilly city, so be prepared to walk up and down some steep hills while doing sightseeing. There’s also a tram that goes all the way from Ouchy (by the lake) to the city centre.
Esplanade de Montbenon
When I arrived at the train station in Lausanne, the first thing I wanted to do is get a view of the lake and surroundings. The Esplanade de Montbenon is an ideal place for this. There is also a viewing tower called Tour de Sauvabelin, but it is located further up in a parc.
Near the Esplanade de Montbenon you will also find a beautiful Palais de Justice as well as a nice café and some beautiful flowers.
Palais de Rumine
The Palais de Rumine can be found on the Place de la Riponne, which is below the Cathedral which is situated at a higher level.
It is a 19th century building in a Florentine Renaissance style. In total there are five different museums inside the Palais de Rumine in Lausanne.
If you take up the Escaliers du Marché which are found after passing the Palais de Rumine, you will reach the city’s cathedral. As it is located on top of a hill, you also enjoy great views of the city from here.
The Lausanne Cathedral forms part of the Old Town, which has narrowly winding streets and a few other historical buildings.
Ouchy Promenade – Pavillon Thailandaise
After exploring the Old Town and the city centre, it was time to make my way to the lake side. The Ouchy Promenade is a walkway beside Lake Geneva and offers magnificient views of the lake as well as the Chablais Alps. Most luxury hotels of Lausanne are also located here, so I am sure the rooms offer quite some stunning lake views.
The port of Lausanne is also located here, so if you want to do a day trip to Geneva, Montreux, Evian or alike, this is where to go from! At the end of the promenade, past the Olympic Museum, you will also find a little Pavillon which is a gift from Thailand.
Olympic Museum Lausanne
The real highlight of visiting the city of Lausanne, apart from enjoying the great weather while strolling around the lake, was the visit of the Olympic Museum. It is also very close to the Ouchy Promenade, thus hard to miss! Not only is there an Olympic Park around it, which is quite well thought through, but also is the museum itself very modern and interactive. I am usually not a big museum fan, but I would love to return to this one!
The museum is separated into three different parts outlining the history of the Olympic Games as well as giving vast insights into the different Olympic Games during the past. In the last part, there is a large section dedicated to interactive games – all, of course, related to the disciplines of the Olympic Games.
My overall impression of Lausanne
Lausanne was well worth the visit. It does not only have a great scenery due to its location along Lake Geneva, but it also has a lot of things to do and see in the city centre. While the steep hills made visiting in the summer heat a little strenouous, the views totally made up for it.
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