Overlooking the French town of Évian-les-Bains and offering scenic views of Jura mountains, Lausanne oozes a charm strong enough to make you fall in love with it
Lausanne, Switzerland’s fourth largest city nestling on the shores of Lake Geneva, is known for its beauty as much as its wealth and history. That said, it also boasts of Switzerland’s first metro, is the world Olympic Headquarters and is watched over by a gothic Cathedral towering above everything else.
Tradition and trend
A walk through the Old Town or Place de la Palud can easily be the highlight of your Lausanne visit. Everywhere you go, centuries-old buildings greet you until you turn a corner at the Fountain of Justice and face a flight of medieval wooden stairs (Escaliers du Marché) that takes you straight up to the Cathedral at Place du Cret! From here on, the true adventure begins! A walk along the picturesque narrow streets, the medieval cathedral and the jaw dropping Palais de Rumine will show you why Lausanne is a subtle blend of tradition and trend. Home to many universities, Lausanne’s large number of students give the city’s nightlife a certain vibrancy, while the area of Flon is the newest home to art and artists.
A city that literally bursts out of hills and stretches from Lakeside Ouchy to uphill le Mont sur, Lausanne offers different perspectives at different levels. The view point by the Cathedral being the most popular and the best place to get a bird’s eye view of the city and snow-capped Jura Mountains beyond. The city, cut in half by an old riverbed of the Flon gives you the impression of being two cities!
A perfect destination that boasts of a beach, restaurants and nightlife, Coral Bay is the place for adventure enthusiasts. Glide on the blue water of the bay on a ski board as you are pulled by the power boat, surrounded by beautiful white sandy beaches. The club has, among its many amenities, a 56-foot dive and charter boat — the first of its kind on the island — and is also home to many legendary parties, including the F1 after party. This is where you can take your diving experience further by getting your PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification, which allows you to dive anywhere in the world.
Cultural & sporty side
On the banks of Lake Geneva at Ouchy is The Olympic Museum, which boasts of the largest and the best-preserved Olympics memorabilia in the world (numbering over 10,000). Lausanne is also the headquarters of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) and an ideal place to view Jean-Claude Killy’s ski boots, Carl Lewis’ golden track shoes or Jesse Owens’s trainers. The sculpture garden, overlooking Lac Léman (French for Lake Geneva), is a great way to spend time admiring statues. Inaugurated on June 23, 1993, the museum is a treasure trove for sports lovers. For the culture-seeker, Lausanne has several museums, in addition to Olympic Museum, such as the Elysée and The Hermitage.
By: Anjaly Thomas