Green City Feeling. Unwind in Lausanne's urban oases.
Lausanne – where bustling city life meets green oases of tranquillity. Where it is just a stone’s throw from the lake to the old town and from the Milan Park to the Flon district. We join two locals who show us their favourite places in the city. How would you feel about relaxing in the idyllic Milan Park with its botanical garden, followed by a visit to the lively Palud Square in the old town? Or how about a bike ride through the forest of Vuachère before enjoying an aperitif in the trendy Flon district? All this is possible in Lausanne.
Lausanne is situated in a very picturesque location: the city is built on three hills, surrounded by vineyards, with Lake Geneva at its feet. This is a place where city life meets unspoilt nature. The old town is dominated by the cathedral, considered to be the most impressive early Gothic building in Switzerland. The medieval centre features narrow streets lined with cafés and boutiques.
Ouchy lakeside promenade. Admire the alpine panorama.
The best highlight of Lausanne is without a doubt its spectacular position by Lake Geneva with the wonderful mountain panorama. The Ouchy district is equally popular among both locals and visitors alike. Whether it’s a walk along the flower-lined waterfront promenade, a get-together as the sun goes down, or stand-up paddling on the lake – Ouchy has something for everyone. In summer, the Place du Vieux-Port and the Quais d’Ouchy are the perfect places to soak up the sun and enjoy some peace and quiet. The lakeside promenade extends from the artificial ruins known as Haldimand Tower, past the Château d’Ouchy – now a luxury hotel – as well as the pier and the port of Ouchy, all the way to the Bellerive swimming pool. The path takes you past three different parks where you can stop and take a break.
Sunrise over Lake Geneva
The best way to start your day in Lausanne is to rent a stand-up paddle and watch the sunrise from the lake. Gliding over the water surface and enjoying the morning tranquility makes you feel energised and ready for the day.
Milan Park and the botanical garden. Relax in the city oasis.
The botanical garden, situated on the Montriond hill in the Milan Park, is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just a few minutes’ walk from the station and the old town, visitors can stroll along the quiet paths and admire the wide range of different plant types. Around 6,000 different plants from around the world can be found here. If you climb up the stone steps, you can enjoy a unique view of Lake Geneva and the Savoy Alps.
- 1946 The Botanical Garden of Lausanne, situated on the south slope of Montriond-le-Crêt, was founded in 1946.
- In numbers Around 6,000 plant species have been cultivated here on an area of about two hectares.
- Plants The main focus of the garden is on collections of alpine and medicinal plants as well as insectivorous species.
Palud Square. Take a stroll through the lively old town.
At Palud Square, in the heart of the pedestrian zone in the old town, you will find the oldest fountain in the city. Right next door is the 17th-century town hall with its large roof in typical Vaud style, its arcades and its Renaissance façade. The clock opposite the fountain is also well worth a visit, and reports on the most important hours in the history of Vaud. From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., figures make an appearance every hour on the hour. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, a farmer’s market is held in the square, and it is well worth spending some time exploring it. You can amble through the market, try regional specialities and experience the lively hustle and bustle of the old town.
Right next to the Palud Square, in the heart of the city, you’ll find the Cathedral of Lausanne. This imposing building is considered to be one of the most beautiful Gothic monuments in Europe. The view from the cathedral esplanade is truly breathtaking and extends across the whole city and Lake Geneva, with a stunning mountain panorama in the background.
Vuachère. Cycle through the city's forest.
Just a stone’s throw from the city centre and away from the hustle and bustle, you will find the green lungs of Lausanne. Along the Chemin de la Vuachère, which is around eight kilometres long and leads from the north of the city down to Lake Geneva, peace and relaxation are guaranteed. Recreation seekers can cycle, walk or jog along this route. And for those who would rather take on more of a physical challenge, the route can be taken in the other direction, starting from the lake and climbing uphill.
Cycling in Lausanne
If you want to discover Lausanne differently than on foot, you can rent a bike from one of the many renting locations in the city. Especially on hot summer days, the city's forest is a great place to cool off.
Flon district. Spend some time in the city’s trendy quarter.
This innovative and modern district lies in the heart of Lausanne and is buzzing with activity both by day and by night. Previously an industrial area, today it is a popular meeting point for shopping, going out and simply passing the time. The architecturally interesting quarter draws people in with its excellent mix of bars, restaurants and shops. It is known in particular for its wide variety of shops. Numerous small boutiques and shops entice you in with their alternative offerings. Visitors can also indulge in culinary delights in one of the many restaurants, cafes or a trendy bar.
Les Jardins de PAM
Les Jardins de PAM is one of the places that stands out in particular. The rooftop garden terrace comes up trumps with comfortable seating areas, good drinks and delicious aperitif platters.