Lausanne

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Lausanne showing street scenes

This Olympic city along Lake Geneva is the perfect destination for a short trip with its alpine panorama, the historical old town as well as exciting nightlife.

The heart of the old town, called the Cité, is home to a number of buildings from the Middle Ages. The most famous monument is definitely the cathedral Notre-Dame in Lausanne. It sits high above the city and is considered the most significant Gothic structure in Switzerland. The window rose from the 13th century has become world-famous. And the organ is worth a visit as well. Not only because it contains 7,000 different organ pipes but also because it has a fascinating American-Italian story. Be sure to climb the tower of the cathedral, so as not to miss a beautiful view across Lausanne and Lake Geneva while on your city trip to Lausanne.

The nightlife of the city primarily takes place in the districts of Le Flon and Ouchy. Modern entertainment centres as well as a number of clubs and bars invite visitors to party. For transport across the city while on your mini-break in Lausanne, simply take the underground which is remote controlled. It was expanded by a second line in 2008 and connects the different districts in Lausanne. The metro’s rail network covers a change in altitude of 336 metres with inclines of 12%.

After 20 months of renovations, the Olympic Museum, located in the district Montchoisi, finally opened its doors again. Visitors are invited to marvel at an interactive exhibition about the history and successes of the Olympic Games. Another attraction is the Olympic Park which offers expansive views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. One highlight of the park is the virtual competitive track on which visitors can compete with the current Olympic champions in the 100 yard dash.

The Bois-de-Vaux is considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Switzerland and a must for Visitors on a city trip to Lausanne. When the architect Laverrière designed the cemetery, he attempted to provide the atmosphere of a generous park. Famous people like Coco Chanel and Pierre de Coubertin are buried here. Sports enthusiasts are invited to visit the ice-skating stadium Malley in the district Sébillon/Malley. Ice hockey games as well as figure skating events take place here. The stadium has a capacity of 12,000 spectators and houses not only sporting events but also cultural spectacles during which the tracks can be transformed into a stage.

Where to stay in Lausanne

Aquatis Hotel
Aquatis Hotel
4 out of 5
Route de Berne, 148, Lausanne, VD, 1010
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £102 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lausanne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (407 reviews)
"Nice. Good restaurant."

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2022

Aquatis Hotel
Château d'Ouchy
Château d'Ouchy
4 out of 5
Place Du Port 2, Lausanne, Vaud, 1000
The price is £184 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lausanne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (269 reviews)
"Absolutely wonderful 4 day stay at Château D'Ouchy, fantastic Lake and mountain view from our window, metro is right next door for easy access to the train station, trains very regular and always on time, boats a 5 minute walk away to take you to Montreux, Vevey and Evian in France, Beautiful room, ..."

Reviewed on 10 May 2022

Château d'Ouchy
Hotel Continental
Hotel Continental
4 out of 5
Place de la Gare 2, Lausanne, 1001
The price is £127 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Lausanne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (370 reviews)
"Great breakfast and attentive staff"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Hotel Continental
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Rue Caroline
VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Rue Caroline
3.5 out of 5
Rue Caroline 23, Lausanne, VD, 1003
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Lausanne. Enjoy free WiFi, dry cleaning or laundry services and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the ...
3.8/5 Good! (84 reviews)
The best view in Lausanne, apartment style
"This is a fantastic place to stay! The room was a studio apartment and had the most magnificent view of the Lausanne cathedral I've ever seen. The amenities were great, the furnishings stylish, the comfort abundant. Un deuxieme sejour avec grand plaisir !"

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2021

VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Rue Caroline
VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Chemin des Epinettes
VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Chemin des Epinettes
3.5 out of 5
Chemin des Epinettes 11, Lausanne, VD, 1007
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Lausanne. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and dry cleaning or laundry services. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
3.7/5 Good! (33 reviews)
Convenient mini Apt.
"Simple, clean, and comfortable."

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020

VISIONAPARTMENTS Lausanne Chemin des Epinettes
Sallaz Residence
Sallaz Residence
3.5 out of 5
2 Route de Berne, Lausanne, VD, 1010
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Lausanne. Enjoy free WiFi, a Smart TV and cable TV. Popular attractions Lausanne Cathedral and Sauvabelin Tower are located ...
1/5 (1 review)
INEXISTING RESIDENCE for accommodation
"SALLAZ RESIDENCE is un-existing one. IT IS CLOSED, and I was almost at a hearth attack session because I have had my reservation and nobody was solving this issue."

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2021

Sallaz Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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