Lausanne Attractions

Crowning the hills of Lausanne is the 12th c. Notre Dame Cathedral, my top pick which is the biggest and the most beautiful Gothic building in Switzerland and impossible to not see. Try to catch classical concerts which are held often in the Cathedral. Behind the Cathedral is La Cité and fairytale-like Castle St. Marie which now houses the Cantonal government.

Going downwards past the Cathedral on the wooden covered stops you will find yourself at the Place de la Palud, a quaint cobble stoned square with boutiques, a historical animated clock near the Fountain of Justice and the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) which dates from the 16th c.

Be sure to check for the latest exhibition at the Fondation de l'Hermitage, a historical house up on a hill overlooking the city that has some of Europe's and the world's best art works as well as occasional concernts.

The shores of Lake Geneva (Lake Léman) are a must and you will enjoy promenading past rare plants and trees that are labeled as you view with awe the Swiss and French Alps on the other side of the lake. Here you will be able to visit the Olympic Museum and the Roman ruins and Museum at Vidy.

Grandvaux, another top pick of mine is a very charming medieval village up on the slopes of the Lavaux vineyards and in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking Lake Geneva and the Swiss and French Alps. After enjoying lunch or a drink on the balcony of the Le Monde restaurant, head down to Cully Village on the lake to taste of the best of the local wines such as the Cave de la Cour Blondel Family.

Cathedrale de Lausanne

Castle St. Marie

rue de la Barre 5

Historic Castle in the Old Town... read more

City Hall

Place de la Palud

Town Hall in Place de la Palud... read more

Place de la Palud

place de la Palud

Plaza and cobblestone pedestrian area in the heart of the Old Town... read more

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Fondation de l'Hermitage

route du Signal 2

Prestigious Exhibitions in a Magnificent Setting...
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Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

avenue d'Ouchy 60

Shoreline activities on the pristine Lake Geneva...
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Olympic Museum

1, quai d'Ouchy

Exceptional Olympic Experience... read more

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Lausanne-Vidy Roman Museum

Chemin du Bois-de-Vaux 24

Lausanne in Roman Times... read more

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Grandvaux Village

Place du Village

Charming village up on the slopes of the Lavaux vineyards and in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking Lake Geneva. Located between Lausanne and Montreux, it is in part supported by winemaking and there is a coop for independent producers to join. Every year they have a wine label design contest... read more

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Medieval Wooden Stairs

Place de la Palud

12th century covered wooden stairs up to the Cathedral... read more

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Compagnie de Chemins de fer Lausanne-Echallens-Bercher

place Chauderon 12

Train from the center of Lausanne to outlying countryside villages, farms, and hiking trails... read more

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TL Transports Publics de la region lausannoise SA

chemin du Closel 15

Extensive transportation system in the Lausanne conglomerate on Lake Geneva... read more

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Route de la Plage

Enormous water park with many attractions for children of all ages and adults. Relaxing break from sightseeing... read more

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Caux Village

Rue du Panorama

Picturesque mountain village directly above Montreux crowned by the spectacular Caux Palace (former Grand Hotel(overlooking most of the Lake Geneva region... read more

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Rochers de Naye

At 6,709 ft. at the lookout, Rochers de Naye enables you to view Alps as far away as the Jungfraujoch on a clear day. There is an unforgettable view of most all of Lake Geneva, the mouth of the Rhone River and the Swiss and French Alps. You can either hike up (I recommend from Caux) or continue on the cogwheel train to the top... read more

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Corsier Communal Cemetery

, Chemin sur le Crêt

Corsier Communal Cemetery is maintained by the commune of Corsier-sur-Vevey (1.25 miles from Vevey uphill with a spectacular view of Lake Geneva)and is the final resting place of several famous figures such as Charlie Chaplin,film and TV film actor; James Neville Mason, author and playwright; Henry Graham Greene,... read more

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Passe Montagne

avenue de France 34

For Hikers and Trekkers... read more

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Kramer Krieg

rue Centrale 10

Stationary, artist and office supply store...
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Place de la Riponne

Place de la Riponne

Enormous plaza in front of the ancient buildings of the original Universtiy of Lausanne... read more

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Palais de Rumine

Place de la Riponne 6

A Spectacular Building Worth Visiting... read more
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