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LausanneSwitzerland

Switzerland’s fourth-largest city has a historic medieval center, a picturesque waterfront, diverse art collections and a museum that illustrates why this is the Olympic Capital.

Lausanne is An attractive, youthful and spirited lakeside city, has lots to offer visitors. Stroll the lanes lined with boutiques and cafés in the historic quarter, marvel at magnificent lake and mountain views and learn about how the city earned its “Olympic Capital” title.

Once a Roman settlement by the name of Lousonna, Lausanne is now a thriving, thoroughly modern city, but evidence of its lengthy past is not hard to discover. Explore the city’s well-maintained Old Town to find constructions from centuries past. See the Cathédrale de Notre Dame, a splendid Gothic structure dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, and the photogenic Place de la Palud market square, which is bordered by the 17th-century Hôtel de Ville.

This is a city with an impressive collection of museums. Learn about local heritage at the Musée Historique de Lausanne, housed in what was once the city bishops’ home, and survey the striking collection of works from untrained and often troubled artists at the Collection de l’Art Brut. The Musée de Design et d’Arts Appliqués Contemporains hosts temporary exhibits devoted to design, the Musée de l’Elysée focuses on photography, while the Musée Romain Lausanne-Vidy displays artifacts excavated from the site of the old Roman settlement of Lousonna.

The city also contains some much more modern and cutting-edge sights too. Visit the state-of-the-art AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium and go to the Rolex Learning Centre, an unusual futuristic undulating building that is part of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Relax in Lausanne’s lakeside Ouchy district, where many locals go to stroll, swim and stand-up paddleboard. This neighborhood features the sleek Olympic Museum. The museum references the fact that the International Olympic Committee are headquartered in Lausanne and features interactive exhibits as well as sporting memorabilia.

Find Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva in the French-speaking Swiss canton of Vaud. Getting around Lausanne is easy. Not only is the city small, but it is served by a well-functioning metro system as well as buses and trolley buses. Use these public transportation options as parking can be difficult in central Lausanne.

Where to stay in Lausanne

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Lausanne Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(77 area reviews)

Lausanne Center is known for its fantastic lake views, and you can make a stop by Lausanne Cathedral and Place of Riponne while in the area.

Lausanne Center

Top Hotels in Lausanne

Aquatis Hotel
Aquatis Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Route de Berne, 148, Lausanne, VD
The price is $130 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Situated in Lausanne, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lausanne Cathedral and Palais de Beaulieu. Olympic ...

4.3/5Excellent! (328 reviews)

"Very clean. Metro station directly hotel made it convenient."…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2020

Aquatis Hotel
Hôtel des Patients
Hôtel des Patients
3.5 out of 5
Avenue de la Sallaz 8, Lausanne, Vaud
The price is $130 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4

Located in the heart of Lausanne, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University Hospital of Lausanne and Lausanne Cathedral. Lausanne Historical Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (330 reviews)
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"Perfect hotel. They required masks in all public spaces, which makes you feel very safe. The only weird thing was that one minute after we checked out they did not allow us to eat in their restaurant, because we did not count as guests anymore. That was very annoying but made us find a cool Italian ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Hôtel des Patients
ibis Lausanne Centre
ibis Lausanne Centre
2 out of 5
20 Rue du Maupas, Lausanne, VD
The price is $84 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Located in the heart of Lausanne, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place of Riponne and Lausanne Cathedral. Palais de Beaulieu and Lausanne Historical ...

4.2/5Very Good! (857 reviews)
Ibis Lausanne Centre

"I enjoyed my stay here, as the location is great, being within a short walking distance from the old town, the room being clean and the staff being friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, the hotel's parking garage was open to public, and with a first come-first served policy, I was left without a parking ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

ibis Lausanne Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Lausanne

VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Rue Caroline
VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Rue Caroline
3.5 out of 5
Rue Caroline 23, Lausanne, VD
The price is $93 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

Located in Lausanne Center, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lausanne Historical Museum and Lausanne Cathedral. University Hospital of Lausanne ...

3.9/5Very Good! (56 reviews)

"Very centrally placed...beds are a bit small."…"

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Rue Caroline
VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Chemin des Epinettes
VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Chemin des Epinettes
3.5 out of 5
Chemin des Epinettes 11, Lausanne, VD

Situated in Lausanne, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and Lausanne Cathedral. Lausanne ...

3.8/5Good! (31 reviews)
Convenient mini Apt.

"Simple, clean, and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2020

VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Chemin des Epinettes
Appartement Bugnon
Appartement Bugnon
3 out of 5
Route du Bugnon 42, Lausanne, Canton of Vaud

Situated in Lausanne, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of University Hospital of Lausanne and Lausanne Cathedral. Lausanne Historical Museum ...

2.9/5 (15 reviews)

"Was ok for just myself, but would no way take my wife or family here. The property was old and seemed as if it has not been updates in many years. The room was described as having a queen size bed, yet it was less than 24" wide and leaned to one side. Pictures show the room having a TV, yet no TV ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Appartement Bugnon
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Lausanne

Lausanne Cathedral
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Lausanne Cathedral

4.5/5(71 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Lausanne during your trip to a top site like Lausanne Cathedral. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Olympic Museum
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Olympic Museum

4.5/5(41 reviews)

You may never stand on the winner’s podium at the Olympic Games, but exploring this beautiful museum in Lausanne is the next best thing.

AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium
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AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium

Take the kids to visit the sea life you'll find at AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium during your visit to Lausanne. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the shops in this family-friendly area.

MUDAC
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MUDAC

You can browse the exhibits at MUDAC, a museum with a storied past, during your travels to Lausanne. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Ouchy Port
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Ouchy Port

Explore the waterfront in Lausanne with a trip to Ouchy Port. Amble around this family-friendly area's lakeside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Musée de l’Elysée
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Musée de l’Elysée

You can browse the exhibits at Musée de l’Elysée, a museum with a story of its own, during your travels to Lausanne. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Top things to do in Lausanne

Panoramic Wine Tour in Lavaux
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Panoramic Wine Tour in Lavaux

$180
Per adult
Panoramic Dinner Tour
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Panoramic Dinner Tour

$180
Per adult
Montreux, Castle of Chillon & Lavaux tour
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Montreux, Castle of Chillon & Lavaux tour

$158
Per adult

Reviews of Lausanne

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 29, 2020

Lausanne is a beautiful city. Many vintage buildings and structures to see. The old architecture was some of the best parts of Lausanne. The rail system is very nice. Almost always on time. If you like shopping, but built on all hills, steep.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 14, 2020

Very cute area; easy to get to Vevey and Montreaux and explore as well. Probably a great place in the warmer weather, lots of boat activity.

3/5 - Okay

Call

Jan 10, 2020

Too expensive for what it's worth

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 1, 2020

Beautiful city. People were very nice.

5/5 - Excellent

David

Sep 4, 2019

It is very easy to get around. The Metro is convenient. Other than that, its a walking city (with steep grades), so bring good shoes or sneakers.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 26, 2019

Vibrant city! Lots to do and getting around is so easy by train, bus or walking. Our hotel gave us each a free pass for the local trains and buses. Rooftop bars are a terrific way to spend an evening out.

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