Welcome to Lausanne


While gridlocked Geneva seems to focus on the past and its reputation for hosting more international organisations than anywhere in the world, Lausanne looks to the future. The city is known for its upbeat vibe, perhaps on account of its enviable location (vistas this end of the lake are more dramatic than Geneva's) and its high-brow though party-hearty student population – Lausanne's EPFL Research Institute is considered Europe's version of Boston's MIT. The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee are here, as well as unique museums undergoing exciting transformations and a new aquarium contrasting with the city's Gothic Old Town.

The neighbourhoods of chichi lakeside Ouchy and Flon, with its re-imagined warehouses, reflect Lausanne's hip, urban culture; both beckon you to visit.


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$221.51 Day Trips & Excursions

Lavaux, Montreux, Chaplin’s World Steamboat Cruise from Geneva

Begin with a comfortable coach ride from Geneva and drive through the Vaud countryside, where you'll have a photo stop in Lausanne, the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee.Then continue to Vevey and discover Chaplin’s world: a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the artist and man. Embark on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. Learn more about one of the most surprising artists of the 20th century through the sets of his greatest films at the Hollywood-style studio. Next, see the World Heritage Site of Lavaux. Also called 'the wine road,' this road is part of the famous grand tour of Switzerland: a vineyard region with terraces. You will have a break in the middle of the vines to taste some local products such as cheese, wine, or grape juice. Just before lunch (own expense), take a tour of Vevey city, Nestlé headquarters, and the covered market.In the afternoon, board an old steamer boat and cruise across scenic Lake Geneva. You will arrive to the Castle of Chillon, the most visited castle in Switzerland, from the 11th century.  Chateau de Chillon has a beautiful location on a small island in the far western end of Lake Geneva between Montreux and Villeneuve. This romantic castle was long of strategic importance in controlling trade in the Lake Geneva region, and its dungeons inspired Lord Byron. Your last stop will be in Montreux, a glamorous tourist resort. Learn about all the great artists who have visited this place, such as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, Ray Charles, and more. The emblem of the city is the statue of Freddie Mercury, who lived several years in Montreux and recorded his last album with the group Queen in the Mountain Studio, which is in the Montreux Casino. You will have the chance to visit Queen’s old studio and wander through the streets full of fancy shops and landmarks of the famous jazz festival.After a full day of sightseeing, your tour will conclude with the ride back to Geneva.

$160.54 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Montreux and Château de Chillon

Begin with a comfortable coach ride from Geneva. Travel through the Vaud countryside, with a photo stop in Lausanne, the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee. Then continue to Corsier-sur-Vevey, and spend free time in the village around Chaplin’s World, a site dedicated to the artist Charlie Chaplin. Next, enjouy a stop in the UNESCO-listed Lavaux. Also called the wine road, this route is part of the 'grand tour of Switzerland': a vineyard region with terraces. Break to taste some local products such as cheese, wine, or grape juice. Take a tour of Vevey, Nestlé headquarters, the covered market, and enjoy free time for lunch. In the afternoon, hop back aboard the open trolley and drive along the lake road from Vevey to the Château de Chillon, both known as the 'pearls of the lake.' Located in an extremely mild micro-climate, Montreux-Vevey features a several-mile promenade with palm trees and tropical flowers. Make a stop at the Château de Chillon to take some pictures. Your last stop will be in Montreux, a glamorous tourist resort. Learn about all the great artists who have visited this place, such as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, Ray Charles, and more. See the city's statue of Freddie Mercury, who was known to have said that 'If you want peace of soul, you should come to Montreux.' This artist, who lived several years in Montreux, recorded his last album with the group Queen in the Mountain Studio, which is in the Montreux Casino. Visit Queen’s old studio, and spend some free time wandering the streets filled with shopping spots and landmarks of the area's jazz festival. After eight hours, return to your original departure point.

$201.19 Day Trips & Excursions

Chillon Castle Day Tour from Lausanne

Meet your guide, as well as your group, at the predetermined meeting point at 9h30. From there, you will begin your departure from Lausanne. Discover wonderful views of Switzerland, the Alps mountains and Geneva lake.Drive through the Vaud countryside, you will have a photo stop to see the highlight of Lausanne, the Olympic committee which was created by the Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1896.Then continue to Vevey, and discover Chapin’s world: a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the artist and man. Embark on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. Prepare to be moved by one of the most surprising artists of the 20th century through the sets of his greatest films at our Hollywood-style Studio.Next, go through the World heritage site of Lavaux, proctected by UNESCO, also called “the Wine road”: a vineyard region with terraces. You will have a break in the middle of the vines to taste some local products such as cheese, wine or grape juice. Just before lunch, take an overall of Vevey city, Nestlé headquarters, the covered market and spend free time foryour lunch.In the afternoon, board an old steamer boat “Belle Epoque”, a cruise that will surprise you with thesplendor of the landscape.You will arrive to the Castle of Chillon, the most visited castle of Switzerland, from the 11th century.Chateau de Chillon has a beautiful location on a small island in the far western end of Lake Geneva between Montreux and Villeneuve. This romantic castle was long of strategic importance in controlling trade in the Lake Geneva region. The dungeons inspired Lord Byron.Your last stop will be in Montreux, a glamorous tourist resort. Feel the atmosphere of all the great artists who have visited this place such as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, Ray Charles and many more… The emblem of the city is the statue of Freddy Mercury; he says that “If you want Peace of Soul, you should come to Montreux”. This artist, who lived several years in Montreux recorded his last album with the group Queen, "Made in Heaven", in the Mountain Studio, which is in the Montreux Casino. You will have the chance to visit Queen’s old studio record. Wander through the streets full of fancy shops and landmarks of the famous jazz festival.

$65.14 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Taste My Swiss City Lausanne - Selfguided Food Tour

Stop 1 "La Brasserie de Montbenon", Allée Ernest Ansermet 3, 1003 Lausanne, +41 21 320 40 30, www.brasseriedemontbenon.ch. When you are in front of the "Lausanne Palace“ hotel turn to the right, if you walk 200 m across a wonderful park, you will arrive at the l'Esplanade de Montbenon (a wonderful view of the lake) In the Casino de Montbenon there is also a restaurant where you can taste local tapas and have a glass of white wine.Stop 2 "Bleu Lézard" Rue Enning 10, 1003 Lausanne, +41 21 321 38 30, www.bleu-lezard.ch. If you start from the famous "Place St François" go straight ahead along the famous pedestrian street "rue de Bourg", (at the end of the street on the right  you will pass Louis Vuitton), turn to your left and cross the street immediately at the traffic lights and you will enter  the "Rue Enning" at the end of the small pedestrian street on the right. Enjoy your meal, you will have the choice between several daily specials and a drink.  Stop 3 "Royaume Melazic" Rue de la Madeleine 12, 1003 Lausanne, +41 21 624 80 79, www.melazic.com. This cupcake shop is situated in the old town of Lausanne. When you are at the "Place de la Palud" (city hall), you go pass the little statue of justice (on your right). Then turn into the "Rue de la Madeleine". Melazic is situated on the right top. Choose carefully, all the cupcakes are delicious!

$142.25 Day Trips & Excursions

From Geneva to Montreux through Lausanne

The driver-guide will meet you at your hotel or any location convenient to you in Geneva city. In the course of the trip, you will have a chance to admire the breathtaking landscape of the Swiss countryside.  Upon arrival in Lausanne, you will take a short city tour, visit the Olympic Museum or walk along the shore of Geneva Lake.The shoreline of Geneva Lake has one of the fascinating views and among the most beautiful roads in Switzerland. Less than in one hour we will arrive at Chillon Castle, which is one of the most visited castles in Europe and Switzerland. In the Castle, we will take a tour to discover its important historical heritage. Afterwards, we will take a boat (not available in winter time) to Montreux admiring the magnificent view. We will disembark at the town of Montreux discovering this glamorous tourist resort associated with rock legend, Freddie Mercury. We will have some free time to explore this town and have an unforgettable stroll over the incredible shoreline of Montreux Riviera. Finally, the private transfer will give you a return back to Geneva, to the initial meeting point.

$202.51 Day Trips & Excursions

Golden Pass plus Cheese, Wine and Chocolate Tour from Lausanne

There is no better temptation than chocolate smell ! A fantastic journey through chocolate traditions with a tasting of one of the most famous swiss delicacies.Admire breathtaking landscapes of Gruyères. At the top of the hill, take a deep breath of pure mountain air and listen to the cowbells in the pasturelands. Then on your way to Gruyères, enjoy Swiss countryside taking a great big breath of freshair. Be charmed by the real Switzerland, its green fields, its cows and Mountains.Enjoy authentic Alpine cheese making and suddenly become expert in swiss cheese fondue by preparing it yourself.After such an unforgettable experience, relax on a comfortable ride aboard the famous GoldenPass Panoramic train overlooking magnificent views over Lemanic Arc..