Canton Vaud

Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva, combines a dynamic commercial town with the locality of a holiday resort. The capital of the canton of Vaud is also a lively university and convention town. Sports and culture are given a high profile in the Olympic capital.

About Lausanne

The setting of Lausanne is extremely picturesque: it is hardly surprising that the International Olympic Committee has been based here since 1914. The town is built on three hills, surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes, with Lake Geneva at its feet. Rising impressively from the opposing French lakeshore are the Savoy Alps. The attractive old town is largely car-free. Small alleyways with cafes and boutiques shape the streetscape in the medieval city center.

The old town is dominated by the cathedral, which is regarded as Switzerland’s most impressive piece of early Gothic architecture. Lausanne was a diocesan town for over a thousand years. Shopping streets can be found surrounding the cathedral as well as in the pretty waterfront area of Ouchy. Switzerland’s only «metro» connects the various parts of the town and eases travel in this incline-based town.

Also worthy of a visit are the parks, containing many Mediterranean plant species, and grand palace hotels like the Beau-Rivage Palace in Ouchy and the Hotel de l'Angleterre, were Lord Byron once stayed. Gourmets will be able to savour many regional specialities in Lausanne such as cabbage-filled sausage with leek gratin called "Papet Vaudois". Mind you, master chef Fredy Girardet who was voted «Cuisinier du siècle» or chef of the century by his colleagues has in the meantime retired and handed over his sceptre in the Hôtel de Ville to his successor.

Even lovers of culture won’t feel short changed in Lausanne: the collection of marginal art (“Art Brut”) in Beaulieu Castle, the Fondation de l'Hermitage, the «Musée de l'Elysée» photo museum, and many others merit a visit. The offering of theatre productions and musical performances too is above average. Finally, Lausanne is home to the world-famous Béjart Ballet.

The «Olympic capital» is home to the Olympic Committee and also the Olympic Museum, the world’s largest information center about the Olympic games. But sport in general is given a high profile here, examples of which are the «Lausanne Marathon» and «Athletissima», the international meeting for track and field athletics.


As a city of culture and conferences, Lausanne combines business and pleasure. With the picturesque Old Town, the Olympic center and the quarter of Ouchy, it is the pride of the Lake Geneva Region.


As a city of culture and conferences, Lausanne combines business and pleasure. With the picturesque Old Town, the Olympic center and the quarter of Ouchy, it is the pride of the Lake Geneva Region.

Our personal highlights

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Preferred hotels

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Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne

Set on ten acres of private gardens on the shore of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, the Beau-Rivage Palace exudes serenity and history. With 5 different room types and 8 different suites, guests are sure to find accommodation tailored to their needs. The hotel attracts international attention with its restaurant, Anne-Sophie Pic. It also features six other restaurants that offer local fusion as well as Japanese and Italian cuisine. Unique to this hotel is the 'Le Montreux' Steamboat which turns into a floating restaurant from June to September. The 75000 bottle wine cellar contains many vintages from the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Lavaux vineyard. The hotel’s Cinq Mondes Spa has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, nine treatment rooms and two tennis courts.

Château d'Ouchy

Château d'Ouchy is located directly on the shores of Lake Geneva, in the middle of a lush and charming park. Accommodation consists of a variety of guest rooms and suites, each equipped with an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, a minibar, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Guests can enjoy delicious meals at the on-site restaurant. Other amenities offered are internet access, a bar, a fitness center, a swimming pool, a sauna and a hammam.

Lausanne Palace

Set in proximity to an array of restaurants, bars and shopping options, Lausanne Palace offers accommodation located in Lausanne, Switzerland. The hotel provides stunning views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. The luxurious rooms and suites featured come equipped with Wi-Fi, minibars, safes, bathroom amenities, and other conveniences. Select rooms and suites also have balconies or terraces, and presidential suites also have Jacuzzis. Guests can conveniently dine at an array of on-site restaurants. The hotel also offers two bars and a spa featuring a heated indoor pool, relaxation areas, a jacuzzi, saunas and hammams.

Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa

The Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa in Lausanne is set in a 5000 m2 park, offering an oasis of tranquillity right in the heart of the city. The spacious and elegant accommodation includes coffee machines with complimentary tea and coffee supplies as well as free Wi-Fi. Guests can dine at the terrace restaurant, and relax with drinks in the lobby lounge and the cigar lounge. The hotel also features a rooftop SkyLounge, and guests have access to a spa that offers pools, steam rooms, saunas, and Jacuzzis.

Unique experiences

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Patek Philippe Museum
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La Maison du Gruyère
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Creux du Van
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When to go

Switzerland has a moderate climate and four distinct seasons, making it an attractive year-round travel destination.

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