Lausanne, Switzerland

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About Lausanne

Lausanne , capital of the canton of Vaud, is xtremely well located, at 40 minutes from Geneva and 20 minutes from the towns of Vevey and Montreux, by the lake. Lausanne is a small town with 125 000 inhabitants. If you ride a few ilometers in one direction or another, you will find yourself in the midst of vineyards villages or in the lake Geneva. It is a very prosperous city, which offers its visitors a unique experience when visiting it.

The town is divided roughly into two parts: the beach and the downtown. The lakefront is a very popular place where people like to walk. In Lausanne, the nearest beach is located in the district of Ouchy. 

All sorts of water activities are possible on Lake Leman (Lake Geneva), which is the largest lake in Europe. You can go sailing, fishing, water skiing, wakeboarding, or windsurfing. Summer is relatively short in Switzerland, but as soon as the temperatures rise people enjoy the lake and the district of Ouchy. But do not worry, it is not an overcrowded place, as there is enough space around the lake since it is 72.3 km long. Believe it or not, it is more agreeable to spend the summer on the shores of Lake Leman than spending them at the Mediterranean. Lausanne is a quiet place, where one can relax and enjoy the summer. At Ouchy or in the village of Lutry, which lies a few kilometres east of Lausanne, one can walk quietly on wonderful paths, swim, fish or picnic while enjoying the beautiful turquoise water and Small cafes in peace without any disturbing elements.

You will find in the city of Lausanne excellent restaurants and cafes, parks and all the advantages of large cities without violence and insecurity. The Palais de Rumine is wel worth visiting as it hosts various museums. The old town of Lausanne is well worth exploring, as it is quite huge. Also the Sauvabelin Forrest is well worth a visit, as from the Sauvabelin tower you can get a view of the whole city, the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Set on the banks of Lake Geneva or Lake Leman, looking across to the French Alps and surrounded by boutique vineyards, Lausanne is one of the most attractive cities in Switzerland. While it is a small city, it is rich in culture, gastronomy, night-life and shopping.

Lausanne is also one of the greenest cities in Europe, with extensive parklands extending down to the harbour foreshore. It has been named the 'European City of Sustainable Development' for projects including gas-powered buses, electro-solar boats and the local wood industry. Lausanne is situated atop three hills on the shores of Lake Geneva, and is stunningly pretty. There are hiking trails, cross-country and mountain bike tracks, water sports and an 18-hole golf course.

Along with its collection of well-regarded hospitality schools, Lausanne, which is located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, is known for being the home of the Olympic movement.

The city's Olympic Museum is a drawcard for visitors, who find they need at least a couple of days to do the city justice.

Lausanne is a multicultural city, one where Charlie Chaplin once lived, where Nabokov wrote 'Lolita' and where the rich and famous ' Liz Taylor, Julie Andrews and Michael Schumacher among others have homes.

There are 20 other museums, housing anything from coins to photographs to sculpture. There's also a film library, considered one of the best in Europe, plus theatre, ballet and orchestra ' the Bejart Ballet and Vidy Theatre are world-famous.

Thankfully, Lausanneis compact and easy to explore on foot, although many of its streets are steep. Visitors can also make the most of the Lausanne Card, which for about $16.50 allows travel anywhere on the metropolitan buses or trains for two days.

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