This hilly city (pronounced loh-san), Switzerland’s fifth largest, enjoys a blessed lakeside location. The medieval centre is dominated by a grand Gothic cathedral and, among the museums, its unusual Art Brut collection stands out. Throughout the year Lausanne’s citizens are treated to a busy arts calendar, while the lake drums up a plethora of activities on and out the water. Strolling the lakeshore in picturesque Ouchy (once a lakeside village in its own right long since enveloped by the city) is a pure pleasure, as is a meander day or night around Flon, an area of formerly derelict warehouses rejuvenated as a hip urban centre with a cinema complex, art galleries and trendy shops, and restaurants and bars galore.
Dynamic Lausanne is a happening place: contemporary home to Switzerland’s highest court (the Federal Tribunal), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a high-flying international business school (IMD), Tetra Pak and the multinational tobacco conglomerate Philip Morris.