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.
Lausanne destination guides
Day Trip to Lausanne, Montreux and Château de Chillon
Explore the beautiful Swiss cities of Lausanne and Montreux on this relaxing and scenic day trip from Geneva. You'll drive through the beautiful Swiss countryside, enjoy free time in Lausanne and Montreux, and take a guided tour of the famous Château de Chillon, a stunning castle that sits on Lake Geneva.
Winter Tour to Montreux and Tour of Château de Chillon
Explore the lovely city of Montreux on this winter day trip from Geneva. Travel through breathtaking Swiss countryside on your way to Montreux, which has an idyllic location between Lake Geneva and the base of the Alps. Take a guided tour of Château de Chillon, a gorgeous medieval castle set on a small island in the lake.