Top things to do

Top Choice Church in Lausanne

Cathédrale de Notre Dame

Lausanne’s Gothic cathedral, Switzerland’s finest, stands proudly at the heart of the Old Town. Raised in the 12th and 13th centuries on the site of earlier, humbler churches, it lacks the lightness of French Gothic…
Top Choice Museum in Lausanne

Musée Olympique

Musée Olympique is easily Lausanne’s most lavish museum and an essential stop for sports buffs (and kids). Following a thorough revamp of its facilities, the museum reopened in 2014, with its tiered landscaped garde…
Top Choice Burgers in Lausanne

Holy Cow

A Lausanne success story, with branches in Geneva, Zürich and France, burgers (beef, chicken or vegie) feature local ingredients, creative toppings and witty names. Grab an artisanal beer, sit at a shared wooden tab…
Modern European in Lausanne

Café de Grancy

This place just to the south of the train station has floppy lounges for drinking in the front and creative cuisine for hip dining further back. An unbeatable value pâte du jour (pasta of the day) served with salad …
Swiss in Lausanne

Café Romand

Tucked away in an unpromising looking arcade, this Lausanne legend dating to 1951 is a welcome blast from the past. Locals pour into the broad, somewhat sombre dining area filled with timber tables to revel in fondu…
Club in Lausanne

Le D! Club

DJs spin house in all its latest sub-forms at this heaving club. Take the stairs down from Rue du Grand-Pont and turn right before descending all the way into Place Centrale.
Club in Lausanne


With five floors of entertainment, four dance floors and a restaurant called Bedroom, MAD (Moulin á Danse de Lausanne) is a mad sort of place, going strong since 1985 in the Flon area. Music can be anything (reggaet…
Opera in Lausanne

Opéra de Lausanne

Opera and classical music concerts presented in a recently refurbished building.
Museum in Lausanne

Fondation de l’Hermitage

High-calibre temporary art expositions grace this beautiful 19th-century residence ensnared in the green peace and tranquillity of the Bois de Sauvabelin on Lausanne’s northern fringe. A delight to stroll, the woode…
Museum in Lausanne

Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts

Palais de Rumine, a bombastic neo-Renaissance pile (1904) where the Treaty of Lausanne (finalising the break-up of the Ottoman Empire after WWI) was signed in 1923, safeguards the city’s fine arts museum. Works by S…