Lausanne was once an intellectual capital, attracting great thinkers such as Rousseau and Voltaire. Today it is a haven for those who love water skiing, swimming and sailing. The International Olympic Committee is even headquartered here. The town's history is evident, though, in its medieval cathedral, the museums of the Palais de Rumine, and Ouchy, the port where Lord Byron wrote "The Prisoner of Chillon" and the Treaty of Lausanne was ratified. For great views, hike up to the Signal de Sauvabelin.
Restaurants in Lausanne
5.0 based on 37 reviews
Drink Moi specialises in curated wine & dine experiences, events and education in France, Switzerland, Italy and beyond. Hosted by journalist and WSET wine professional, Marc Checkley, our events provide unique experiences, learning, and a good dose of fun, exploring some of Europe's most intriguing wine regions. Events are in English & can be tailored to groups'/individual needs.
5.0 based on 18 reviews
Pachara Massage is a welcoming and peaceful space in the heart of Lausanne, here to offer you relaxation and wellbeing through our massage treatments. Our treatments can target common problem areas such as muscular pains, work induced tension and sporting injuries. Or just come to have some time for yourself, and let us relieve the stress of the day, leaving you rejuvenated.
4.5 based on 626 reviews
The unexpected, the unusual, a home for outsider art before there was even such a category. Naive, regional and outsider artists convene in one outstanding collection of truly rarified art. Don't miss the tattoo collection (yes actual skin) dating from the 19th century. If you like strange exotic and esoteric art, this is the place for you!
4.5 based on 2,591 reviews
Would you like to relive great Olympic moments? Feel the pulse of the champions? The world of the Games with its many facets will open up to you! The Museum has 3000 m2 of exhibition space, over 1500 exhibits, 150 screens and our passion, combining to create the ultimate experience and give you some great stories to tell.
There is not a single corner of this museum that will make you feel bored! Amazing exhibits from all over the world, the guests can find interactive activities in every room, video walls, an amazing archive of all the history of the Olympic Games. A great choice for visitors of all ages!
4.5 based on 1,845 reviews
After our tour of the Parc de Mon Repos, we hiked our way uphill to the cathedral; it is quite the workout the way we came as it was all uphill and we had to take a couple breathers before we made it to the top by the cathedral. The cathedral was dedicated in 1275 and is situated in the higher portions of Lausanne; from different vantage points around the cathedral, you have splendid views of Old Town Lausanne and of Lake Geneva. The architecture and the detailed carvings by the main entryway are outstanding and gorgeous. This is definitely one of the more beautiful churches inside and out in Switzerland. The interior is also well appointed and well worth a tour inside to see it and learn more of its history. This is one of the top three must see destinations in Lausanne.
4.5 based on 503 reviews
This place was 10 min drive away from where we were staying so we decided to visit. It was the first place we visited in the day and it's built in a cute little wooded park. It's a tall tower built entirely in wood - not ticketed but only about 50 odd people can go at a time. It wasn't crowded at all first thing in the morning so it was very pleasant. The stairs are built like a double helix and there are 2 such stairways. The kids took one way and we took the other. There are 151 steps one way and it's a pretty easy climb for an average family. The views from the top are great - Lausanne town and green areas on one side and the mighty Alps on the other with Lake Geneva in the foreground. Not unmissable, but surely worth a visit if you are in the area.
4.5 based on 705 reviews
CGN offers many possibilities to relax on the lake for the pleasure of your eyes and of your taste buds due to a high quality of gastronomy. For an hour or a whole day you will sail in the most beautiful lemanic landscapes discovering the vineyards of Lavaux, the Chillon castle, the Alps and the Mont-Blanc, the fabulous medieval town of Yvoire and the famous water fountain of Geneva.
4.5 based on 1,175 reviews
Our first visit to Lausanne, loved it! Stayed just up the hill from Ouchy, at the Royal Savoy, an excellent hotel. The port was our playground for four days, the scenic host to the run course and blue carpet finish for our world champs races, plus a great place to eat and socialise throughout the event. We hopped on a very clean and efficient ferry to Evian on the French side of Lake Geneva which was a superb day out, and loved the fabulous old buildings and character of Ouchy....a memorable break and would love to return!
4.5 based on 260 reviews
I cannot tell you how lovely and fun these collections of old boats are that are affiliated with the Swiss Rail System and take lovely short and long tours on the exquisite mountain lakes of Switzerland. Obviously, Lake Geneva, which is surrounded by both the Swiss Alps and the French Alps, has breathtaking panoramas and marvelous little and big villages clinging on the the steep cliffs filled with vineyards. There are restaurants on board with really really good French cuisine and wine. I like to take lunch on the boats if I take a longer trip. Lunch in Switzerland is the main meal of the day. I recommend the "Carte" or full menu for a fixed price. Then you get an entrée, main dish, and desert with drinks charged extra. The dining rooms are really pretty and you look out on the landscape as you share a meal and float along. You can also go sit on the decks outside and have a glass of wine or a good expresso and take in the clean air and sunshine. Go down and have a look at the engines in these old boats, full of polished brass fittings and cogs, they are in themselves works of art. There are short trips just going across the lake from Switzerland to France or the reverse and getting out in a quaint village to walk around, and that is a nice one with younger children, who get restless on long boat rides and start wanting to hang over the side and other terrifying normal kid antics. Evian is a lovely village, (yes! where the water comes from, they have a thermal source or something if you like taking the waters), or Yvoire, both in France, as is Montreux very lovely on the Swiss side, for a little walk about. Montreux has a nice little playground right on the lake on the esplanade where people stroll, full of cafés and shops. You buy a ticket for the round trip, get off where you like, and then catch the next boat that you wish to. Just look when you get off to know how much you have, just to make sure you don't miss the last boat or something. Sometimes they have events at night, like a concert with supper, or sophisticated jazz. The local tourist bureau or train station will have all the info, either on the websites or in person.
4.5 based on 14 reviews
Discover the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces in Switzerland, UNESCO Heritage since 2007. Winemax proposes custom designed tours through the vineyard, introducing its guests to the secrets of Lavaux typical villages, outstanding landscapes views and meeting with passionate winemakers. Visits include the winestasting of fine a selection of wines, served with a Swiss style aperitive made of local produce.
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