During my recent visit to Lausanne, Switzerland, it happened to be snowing, which made for some picture-perfect scenes that resembled something off the front of a Christmas card. The narrow cobbled streets were filled with people, the rooftops were blanketed with snow and the buildings were adorned with sparkling fairy lights; Lausanne is an enthralling Swiss city, especially around Christmastime.
The snow became increasingly heavier so we decided to warm up and take shelter at Le Barbare, a cosy traditional style Swiss cafe located right by the Escaliers du Marché. We had been reliably informed that Le Barbare serves the best Swiss hot chocolate in town, so of course we had to try it for ourselves.
The hot chocolate certainly lived up to expectation; it was divine – if you visit Lausanne you must visit Le Barbare to try it. It wasn’t sickly or overly sweet like hot chocolate can often be, instead it was perfectly warming, rich and indulgent, like a hug in a mug, all topped with a mountain of whipped cream, naturally.
Feeling thoroughly warmed up we headed back out to brave the elements to explore more of snowy Lausanne.
Each year at Christmastime, Lausanne glows bright with beautiful Christmas lights and installations which are part of its Festival of Lights, featuring works by thirteen artists from Switzerland, France, Germany and Finland.
This unique heart light installation (left) could be controlled using a console from which members of the public could adjust the colour, shade and intensity of the light, which is a lot of fun.
Lausanne really captures the festive spirit and because of this, Christmastime is one of the best times to see the city. There’s plenty more about Lausanne and my trip coming up on The Wayfarer very soon too; there’s simply so much about the city to discover. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, I hope you are all having a wonderful time, wherever you are in the world.