Lausanne

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Lausanne showing street scenes

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

Aquatis Hotel
Aquatis Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Route de Berne, 148, Lausanne, VD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $120 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 8
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! (350 reviews)
Happy with Stay
"Location is super convenient, right over the metro station so it’s really easy to get anywhere into Lausanne's city centre. We had the family room, so the room was really spacious and very comfortable. Service was generally good too. Happy with the overall stay."

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Aquatis Hotel
De la Paix
De la Paix
4 out of 5
5 Av. Benjamin Constant, Lausanne, VD
The price is $178 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Lausanne Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lausanne Historical Museum, Lausanne Cathedral, and St. James Way. Place of Riponne ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (440 reviews)
"De la Paix is a very good four star hotel for those who want comfort and a reasonable price. The hotel is perfect for business travelers and couples on short stays. Rooms are reasonably sized by European standards. Bathrooms are small but very well appointed. We stayed in a standard room, but for ..."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

De la Paix
Royal Savoy Lausanne
Royal Savoy Lausanne
5 out of 5
Avenue d'Ouchy 40, Lausanne, VD
The price is $326 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
Located in Ouchy, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ouchy Port, Alpine Panorama Path, and International Institute for Management Development (IMD). ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (246 reviews)
"Would recommend reserving services and dining in advance .. otherwise a very professional hotel with excellent amenities and all round great experience"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

Royal Savoy Lausanne
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VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Rue Caroline
VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Rue Caroline
3.5 out of 5
Rue Caroline 23, Lausanne, VD
Located in Lausanne Center, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lausanne Historical Museum, Lausanne Cathedral, and St. James Way. University ...
3.8/5Good! (77 reviews)
I recommanded this apartement
"+ Nice area, few steps from metro station, friendly staff - Sink in bathroom is broken"

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

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
Located in Ouchy, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and Lausanne Cathedral. Lausanne ...
3.7/5Good! (33 reviews)
Convenient mini Apt.
"Simple, clean, and comfortable."

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2020

VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Chemin des Epinettes
This Loft Is At The Center Of Lausanne, 100 Meters From Railway Station
This Loft Is At The Center Of Lausanne, 100 Meters From Railway Station
Lausanne, Canton of Vaud
This family-friendly Lausanne apartment building is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of CIG de Malley, International Olympic Committee, and Palais ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Great apartment in Lausanne
"Lovely apartment in good location. Very well equipped. We loved Lausanne, especially the lakeside and Olympic park."

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

This Loft Is At The Center Of Lausanne, 100 Meters From Railway Station
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.

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