Situated in the Region of Vaud, Switzerland, the city has much to offer visitors who are looking for that perfect holiday destination
The picturesque Vaud capital was named the ‘best small city in the world’ in Monocle magazine’s Small Cities Index 2020, Lausanne topped the chart for its public transport network, global outlook, diverse population, natural setting, and other factors.
Lausanne is in the French region of Switzerland which is vibrant, combining urban life with easy access to the scenic routes and beauty spots all around the region. Lausanne’s dynamism, culture, sporting heritage, culinary wealth, and quality hotel infrastructure attracts visitors from around the world and lends itself to the perfect city break escape. Here are 5 experiences that make Lausanne a great small town:
Discover the Old Town of Lausanne on Foot
Filled with picture-perfect streets and colorful buildings is the old town of Lausanne. Start at the top at the medieval site located in the pedestrian Old Town and make your way through the hill that spreads down to the main train station. At the heart of the old town lies the majestic Lausanne Cathedral overlooking the city. Around the cathedral, an array of wonderful gems and little stalls nestled in magnificent historic buildings form a medieval ensemble that will delight those who like to shop in quiet, cultured surroundings.
Visit Flon – The heart of Lausanne
Flon is the heart of the city of Lausanne, pulsing with life, day and night, in a modern and innovative setting. It’s the town’s architectural success: this district of former warehouses that begins at the Place de l’Europe was regenerated as a living area with a wide array of restaurants, bars, clubs, boutiques, cinemas, bowling, and exhibition spaces. A visit to one of the rooftop terraces is a must. A day spa, shopping centers, sports shops and fashion boutiques stand side by side in an ultra-modern architectural environment. There is no shortage of places to stop and relax with numerous bars and restaurants spread across the area.
Dine at a 200-Year-Old Restaurant – Pinte Besson
The oldest restaurant in Lausanne is also one of its most popular. The Pinte Besson opened in 1780 and has since served traditional Swiss dishes. The restaurant is most known for serving up the best fondue in Lausanne – a rich mix of Gruyere and Vacherin served with potatoes and bread for dipping. Pinte Besson also serves great local wines and seasonal dishes at great value for money.
Climb The Stairs of The Tour De Sauvabelin
The Tour de Sauvabelin is a unique viewing tower in the highest point of the Sauvabelin Forest. The Tour de Sauvabelin is constructed entirely out of timber from the forests outside the city, composed of Douglas fir, spruce, and larch wood. It was raised in 2003 and characterized by its double helix staircase. 151 steps take you up to the observation tower where you can take in dreamy views of Lake Geneva, the Alps, the Vaud Alps, French Alps, and Lausanne’s cityscape.
Experience Art & Culture at Plateforme 10
The new Platforme 10 arts district which brings together the Cantonal Fine Arts Museum and from 2022, the Elysée Museum and the Museum of Design and Contemporary Arts is a unique venue dedicated to culture. It is also an entertainment hub that welcomes guests with its restaurants, relaxation areas, boutiques, and bookshops. It is also home the Toms Pauli and Félix Vallotton Foundations on the site of the former locomotive works in Lausanne.
About the region of Vaud (Lake Geneva region), Switzerland
Located in the southwestern part of Switzerland in its French-speaking region between Lake Geneva and Lake Neuchâtel, the region of Vaud is a dream vacation destination. The region is served by Geneva international airport, which is a short 40-minute train ride away from Lausanne. The region boasts a strong infrastructure including luxurious and affordable accommodation and a well-connected transportation system. The region features beautiful towns such as Lausanne, the Olympic Capital and Montreux Riviera, all steeped in centuries of history and culture. It has influenced and inspired many artists over the years from Lord Byron, Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury. Vaud region is best known for its art of living, local and internationally renowned events, outdoor sports activities, world class gastronomy, traditions, and culture.