- Type: Art Museums/Galleries
NileGuide Expert Says:
Sonja Holverson, local expert, recommends a visit even if you don't have a lot of time. Just walking in the gardens with the Olympic sculptures and sitting looking out over the lake is worth it.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Come early before the tour buses. The restaurant is very good.
Seeing that the Comité International Olympique has been installed in Lausanne since 1915, the city decided in 1993 to open a museum recalling the history of the games since ancient Greece. The largest information center for the Olympic movement in the world, it's a tribute to the union of sport, art, and culture, with a coin and stamp collection, an Olympic Study Center, a library, an information center, and a video library recalling some of the games' most historic moments. There's even a scattering of artifacts commemorating the sporting triumphs of South America's Aztec empire. Advanced audiovisual, computer, and robotic technology allows visitors to share in the great feats and the emotions of the athletes. An Olympic flame burns alongside a column that lists the venues where the games have been held.
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