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Lausanne – located on Lake Geneva

Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva, is a town with the locality of a holiday resort. The town is built on three hills, surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes, with Lake Geneva at its feet. Rising impressively from the opposing French lakeshore are the Savoy Alps. The attractive old town is largely car-free. Small alleyways with cafes and boutiques shape the streetscape in the medieval city centre.
The old town is dominated by the cathedral, an impressive piece of early Gothic architecture. Visit to the parks, containing many Mediterranean plant species, and grand palace hotels like the Beau-Rivage Palace in Ouchy and the Hotel de l’Angleterre, were Lord Byron once stayed. Gourmets will be able to savour many regional specialities in Lausanne such as cabbage-filled sausage with leek gratin is worth visiting.
This is also known as the Olympic capital and is home to the Olympic Committee and also the Olympic Museum, the world’s largest information centre about the Olympic Games. It is a country of spectacular natural beauty, a city of incredibly steep hills that has developed tiered above the lake on a succession of compact, south-facing terraces. White capped Savoy Alps peep through between gaps in buildings or at the ends of steeply dropping alleys. Much of the city is still wooded, there are plenty of parks, and the tree-lined lakefront promenades spill over with lush, beds of vibrantly colorful flowers.
From medieval times, Lausanne has stood at the Swiss cultural avant-garde. It remains a grand-looking city, full of shuttered foursquare mansions and ritzy shopping streets, and with its own glamorous lakeside resort of Ouchy. Aiding the dynamism, a defining feature of the city is its international population of students, attracted to the prestigious University of Lausanne, Switzerland’s biggest, and the French-language arm of the Federal Institute of Technology.
Since 1874 Lausanne has been the home of the highest Swiss federal court of appeal, and has also attracted many multinational companies. Philip Morris, who chose Lausanne as a base from which to sell their Marlboro, Chesterfield, Suchard and Toblerone brands to Europe and Africa. However, the feature which the tourist office has lit upon is that the International Olympic Committee has been headquartered in Lausanne since 1915, and has attracted to the city an array of world governing bodies in sports ranging from chess to volleyball; they tout the city as “Olympic Capital” and endlessly plug the rather vapid Olympic Museum.

It is great for your tour if you make it coincide with the local festivals.
• Cully-Lavaux Jazz Festival is held in the wine cellars and medieval alleys of Cully village, 8km east of Lausanne, in late March.
• Fête du Soleil, Lausanne’s version of carnival held each April
• Flon’s Atlantis Festival in May is devoted to leading electronic music and dance.
• Fête de la Musique, impromptu music in the streets and bars in mid-June.
• Fête à Lausanne, a weekend of fairground attractions in late June.
• Paleo Rock Festival, a mammoth event held every July.
• Festival of Contemporary Dance, held in late September at the Sévelin 36 arts centre.
• Bach Festival, held throughout Lausanne over two weeks in early November.
• International Circus Festival on the Place de Bellerive (held for the first time in 1999).
• Prix de Lausanne competition and workshop for young dancers, an annual fixture since 1970 inspired by world-famous choreographer Maurice Béjart and his resident company, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne.

Places to see:
• Lausanne old town with cathedral – the impressive cathedral is surrounded by beautiful, car-free roads.
• Olympic Museum – provides an overview of the history of the Olympic Games, from the first 1896 summer games in Athens through to the present day.
• Lake Geneva cruise – paddlewheel steamers and motor vessels highlight the attractions of the Lake Geneva region as seen from the water.
• Musee de l’Art Brut – a unique, worldwide collection of works of art created by outsiders in psychiatric clinics and prisons.
• Fondation de l’Hermitage – the foundation presents changing art exhibitions of the highest calibre in a magnificent setting dating from the 19th century.
• Train des vignes – leisurely train journey onboard the Train of Vines from Vevey to Chexbres through the winegrowing region of the Lavaux, high above Lake Geneva.
Along with the above the other places to visit are Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts), Cathedrale de Lausanne – architectural building, Musee Romain de Lausanne-Vidy- History museum.

How to get there:

One can go to Lausanne by plane, train or car or even by boat. There are train connections between Geneva, Baseland Zürich airports and Lausanne. From any big city in Switzerland, there are trains going to Lausanne regularly and there are two motorways (A1/A9) passing through Lausanne.
Lausanne is served by extensive local, national and international public transport. National and international passenger trains depart from Lausanne’s CFF railway station, which is also the hub of the Résea Express Vaudois commuter rail system, and a stop on the city’s metro. The metro and local buses are operated by TL (French), with many routes run using trolleybuses. Additional commuter trains are run by LEB (French) from Lausanne-Flon station. Ships across Lake Geneva are provided by CGN (French).
Lausanne is the first city in Switzerland to have a rubber-tyred metro system, with the m2 Line which opened in October 2008. The rolling stock is a shorter version of the one used on Paris Métro Line 14.
Lausanne is connected to the A1 motorway on its west side (Geneva – Zurich axis) and to the A9 on its north and east side (for transit with Italy and France); the interchange between these two motorways is on the north-west side of the city.
Lausanne Airport is located at Blécherette, and also houses a Boeing 737 Simulator. The city is also directly linked by train to the Geneva International Airport, four times an hour, in 42min.

Best time to visit / climate:

The best time to visit Lausanne is during the summer months. Lausanne has changeable weather with warm summers and cold winters. In the summertime from June to August temperatures are most often around 20?C, but during the coldest months of the winter from December to February mercury usually drops to near zero temperatures.

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