Beautiful almost to the point of fairytale, Lausanne is a small city with a lot going on. It’s the regional capital, home to Switzerland’s highest court, the International Olympic Committee, two universities, a well thought of design school and numerous multinationals. There’s also an extremely rich arts scene, and impressive and very varied collection of museums and some seriously beautiful architecture. Plus it’s the gateway to the ski fields. And it’s right on beautiful Lake Geneva.
The best places to stay in Lausanne take advantage of the location and the rich life on offer. But our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Lausanne also include an interloper in nearby Vervy, where the views also include the wonderfully grand skyline of Lausanne.
The lake and it’s shore are certainly one of the things to ‘do’ in Lausanne. Once its own village, Ouchy has been swallowed up by the city, but is still a beautiful place for a stroll. You can also swim, sail etc.. And of course you’ll want to explore the medieval centre of town, Ville Marché for its wonderful markets, and Cité on the hill, around the impressive Gothic cathedral, the castle and a collection of museums. The Olympics Museum is definitely worth a look, its very good, but it’s also very niche. And the Palais de Rumie is also worth visiting, it’s a beautiful building, and home to five museums. The Foundation de l’Hermitage is worth visiting for the views alone, and the Collection de l’Art Brut will amaze and possibly baffle.
If you’re looking for the hippest bars and restaurants in town try the Flon district, once just derelict warehouses, there’s now a lively arts scene, numerous galleries and theatre venues and plenty of restaurants and bars.
East from Lausanne is the wine growing region of Lavaux, and the Swiss Riviera. To the west, all the way to Geneva, is La Côte, a popular area for English expats.
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