Located just a stone’s throw from the Swiss capital of Geneva, the city of Lausanne is well worth a visit to. Lausanne has all the makings of an incredible city, with breathtaking scenery, including a stunning backdrop of towering Alps dusted with snow and sprawling views of Lake Geneva, not to mention captivating architecture and an array both traditional and trendy bars and restaurants. Join me, let’s have a closer look at what the city has to offer, shall we?
From many vantage points across Lausanne, breathtaking glimpses of the Alps can be observed; there are not many cities around the world that boast such stunning natural scenery. These incredible views are what captivate most visitors when they first arrive in Lausanne, but there are plenty more aspects of intrigue to behold.
One of Lausanne’s most iconic buildings is the Cathedral of Notre Dame, which is just as eye-catching in the daytime as it is at night when it’s lit up. Every single night, the bell tower is manned by lookout who cries out the time on the hour, between 10pm and 2am. This wonderful age-old tradition dates all the way back to the 1400s and is kept well and truly alive to this day, although it must get pretty nippy up there! I recommend walking to the cathedral at night if you get the opportunity, as there are some gorgeous, sprawling views across Lausanne from its grounds.
The city is charicterised by its traditional towering colourful terraced buildings and narrow, cobbled streets that are notoriously hilly. It is said that the city’s residents have the best legs in Europe, also known as ‘Lausanne Legs’, as a result of its steep streets. Ladies, I am speaking from experience when I say it’s almost impossible to walk around the city in heels, in this case it’s best to chose function over fashion and don some flats.
One of the many things that you must do in Lausanne is to walk up (or down) the Escaliers du Marché, which is a wooden staircase that was erected back in the 17th century. The city’s best hot chocolate venue, Le Barbare,
sits at the top of the steep passageway, which makes the accent well worth the brief leg workout.
During my visit to Lausanne, I stayed at the Hotel De La Paix, which is just 3 minutes from the metro. It’s located right by the water and has stunning views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. It is always nice to be able to do a spot of sight seeing from the comfort (and warmth!) of your own hotel room.
Lausanne is a fantastic city for foodies; from local and traditional to global and contemporary, there are a whole range of eateries to suit all tastes, even vegan
. During my trip we dined at a lot
of different venues but my favourite of all by far is Brasserie De Montbenon. It has some of the best views of the Alps and Lake Geneva in the city and the Swiss / French food that it serves is rather delightful too. I highly recommend checking it out!
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Lausanne, my first ever trip to Switzerland. I definitely felt like I got an insight into Swiss culture and way of life. There’s definitely no shortage of things to see and do there, which is why I have one or two more articles on Lausanne coming up, so stay tuned for those.
If you visit Lausanne, I would highly recommend jumping on the train to nearby Geneva for an excursion or vice versa, if you visit Geneva then don’t miss out on Lausanne. The journey between the two cities only takes around 40 minutes and it’s a great way to make the most of your trip to Switzerland.