Lausanne tourist information & hotel reservations.
We warmly welcome you to visit Lausanne and wish you a wonderful vacation.
Lausanne is located 66 kilometers north-east of Geneva and 214 kilometers south-west of Zurich. It has a population of around 130 000 people which makes it the second largest city on Lake Geneva and the fifth in the country. The town is situated on 3 hills with a view of the lake which there is called Lac Léman. Lausanne can be divided into two parts – upper and lower and both of them are connected with a small subway.
Cathedral of Lausanne
The cathedral is located 150 meters above Lake Geneva and is surely among the most amazing gothic buildings in Europe. The building began in 1175 and was sanctified in 1275 by Pope Gregory X. The whole exterior of the cathedral is splendidly decorated with sculptures and bas-reliefs. During the 19th century a renovation of the building was undertaken by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, but it still isn’t finished. Unlike the exterior, the interior is quite plain except several choir stalls and a beautiful rose window from the 13th century. There are two towers around the main building and by climbing up 225 steps you can go to the observation deck on one of them.
Château de Beaulieu et Musée de l'Art Brut
This castle was built in 1756 and used to be home of Madame de Staël. In the museum you can see many artworks collected by the painter Jean Dubuffet. He gathered the strange mixture from prisoners, criminal and mentally disordered and pathologic people, including schizophrenics. Jean Dubuffet started collecting the “artworks” as a protest against the other pretentious artists around him.
Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts (Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts)
Musée Historique de Lausanne/Ancien-Evêché
Musée Romain de Lausanne-Vidy
Lausanne Olympic Museum
Lausanne is the home of the Comité International Olympique since 1915 and as such, since 1993 there is a museum which follows the history of the Olympic Games from their creation by the Greek. There you will see how sport, culture and art unite, as well as some coin and stamp collections. There are located also an Olympic Study Center, a library, an information center and a video library, showing some of the best moments in the games. There are some findings from the sports of the Aztec empire. With the help of computers, robots and audiovisual devices you will be able to learn as much as you like about the Olympic Games.
In the city centre you will find a square called place de la Palud. On it there is the Hôtel de Ville – the town hall, dating back to the 17th century. Its beautiful exterior is in Renaissance style and was completely renovated in the 1970s. Now it houses the Communal Council. On the same square you can see the Fountain of Justice built in 1726. There is clock which displays animated historical pictures and also the square becomes a marketplace every Wednesday and Saturday. From there you can go to the cathedral via the medieval steps Escaliers du Marché.
You should also go to the Mon Repos Park with some beautiful gardens. There is the Empire Villa, where Voltaire used to share his works with friends. Also in the park is the Tribunal Fédéral which is home to the highest court in the country and its building is from the 1920s.
If you want to see Switzerland from above you can reserve a day of your holiday and go to the high village of Les Diablerets. It is the centre of the Les Diablerets region and you can reach it by taking a train to the town of Aigle for 30 minutes. From there you should change to a narrow-gauge train which will deliver you to the village of Les Diablerets for a little more than 40 minutes.
If you use a plane you should land in Cointrin Airport in Geneva as Lausanne doesn’t have an airport. There are frequent trains from Geneva to Lausanne and the trip lasts about 45 minutes.
There are also steamers on the Lake Geneva from May till September which circle between Geneva, Saint-Gingolph, Lausanne, Vevey, Montreux, and Nyon. By a steamer from Geneva you can reach Lausanne in around 3 hours and a half.
For flights, trains and car-rental reservations as well as for buses, coaches and taxi ski transfers refer to the general Switzerland Transportation page!