10 Things to Do in Lausanne That You Shouldn't Miss

November 21, 2017 Lashaunda Abraham

Lausanne was once an intellectual capital, attracting great thinkers such as Rousseau and Voltaire. Today it is a haven for those who love water skiing, swimming and sailing. The International Olympic Committee is even headquartered here. The town's history is evident, though, in its medieval cathedral, the museums of the Palais de Rumine, and Ouchy, the port where Lord Byron wrote "The Prisoner of Chillon" and the Treaty of Lausanne was ratified. For great views, hike up to the Signal de Sauvabelin.
Restaurants in Lausanne

1. Collection de l'Art Brut

avenue Bergieres 11 av, Lausanne 1004, Switzerland +41 21 315 25 70
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 529 reviews

Collection de l'Art Brut

Reviewed By Elana G - Far Rockaway, New York

I came on Rick Steves recommendation and was glad I did, its worth the visit, as you do see art in a different form. The artists are from societies fringe with unfortunate childhood stories, criminal backgrounds, mental health challenges. Their artwork benefited both them and society , I am glad the curator had the foresight to collect their works and the presentation was well done and added to our appreciation of their works. I especially enjoyed the works of nature on the upperfloors. I understand the works are rotated and you might see something else entirely on each visit. If you go early they only charge half price. I was disappointed in their choice for pictures on posters sold as I felt they chose the craziest, work rather than the prettiest work, Some of the artwork looks like it could have been drawn by a first grader and some was truly outstanding. In all well presented, thought provoking and well done. No wifi, You have to put bags into lockers, there are clean bathrooms, staff was helpful and friendly

2. La Suisse Steam paddle boat.

avenue de Rhodanie 17, Lausanne 1007, Switzerland +41 848 811 848
Excellent
65%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

La Suisse Steam paddle boat.

Reviewed By Anna H - Chicago, IL

Century old paddleboat, with First class Seating having table service and the best views on Lake Geneva.
The second class accommodations are ok. with the best views being on the left side of the boat. There is also a small pub.
Travel is fairly smooth, and you can see the paddle in action.
Lovely way to travel around the Swiss portions of Lake Geneva, especially the views of Chateau de Chillon.

3. Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)

quai d' Ouchy 1, Lausanne 1006, Switzerland +41 21 621 65 11
Excellent
61%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)

Reviewed By velk19976 - San Diego

Pre the 2018 Winter Olympics we visited the Musee Olympique. What a terrific way to spend an afternoon. The grounds are spectacular and the exhibits inside will certainly bring you down memory lane as well as educate on what you didn't know before. Fun for all.

4. Fondation de l'Hermitage

route du Signal 2, Lausanne 1018, Switzerland +41 21 320 50 01
Excellent
63%
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Fondation de l'Hermitage

Top-notch art museum with impressive Exhibitions from master painters from the Renaissance to the 21th century.

Reviewed By RA_Traveler - California

Could not believe the incredible paintings that were housed in this location. Saw some paintings from famous artists that I have never seen in books. You can still get close to some of these paintings and artwork to see the artists strokes. Beautiful location and grounds.

5. Le Port d'Ouchy

Bord du Lac, Lausanne, Switzerland
Excellent
53%
Good
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4.5 based on 917 reviews

Le Port d'Ouchy

Reviewed By Anna911 - Washington DC

The views from here were just gorgeous. I didn't want to leave even as I was freezing. You definitely get some good breezes here in the winter. Well worth the long walk from the heart of old town.

6. Cathedrale de Lausanne

Place de la Cathedrale, Lausanne 1005, Switzerland +41 21 316 71 60
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Cathedrale de Lausanne

Reviewed By Bunty8 - North Ayrshire, United Kingdom

Very impressive Cathedral, didn't get to see as much as we would have liked, there was an orchestra playing when we visited. We listened to them for a while but didn't want to walk around and be a distraction, but what we did see was beautiful, maybe another time will get to see more of this magnificent Cathedral.

7. Rolex Learning Center EPFL

Station 20, Lausanne 1015, Switzerland +41 21 693 21 56
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 205 reviews

Rolex Learning Center EPFL

Reviewed By Jean Pierre B - Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico

we don't call any more library but learning centre and this 88.000 m2 very original edifice contain more than 500.000 books, and printed elements making the most important in Europe and in the world of EPFL technical university of Lausanne. there are rooms for 860 students and the sponcer is ROLEX which finance the construction made by two Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nichizawa

8. Sauvabelin Tower

Lausanne 1007, Switzerland +41 21 315 42 74
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 420 reviews

Sauvabelin Tower

Reviewed By b5u - Switzerland

Besides the view over Lausanne and Lake Geneva, being at the top of the tower also allows identifying some of the prominent peaks from the Alps on the French side.
I only wish the warning/instruction signs would also be in English rather than just French. It would be a 5-rating in that case.

9. Place de la Palud

Lausanne, Switzerland
Excellent
45%
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Place de la Palud

Reviewed By OneWayVancouver - Vancouver, Canada

Place de la Palud is centrally located in a pedestrian-only zone. It is noted for its animated clock that was constructed for the 1964 Swiss National Exhibition, and completely restored in 2005. Every hour, a parade of figurines representing historical figures marches around the wall. The Fontaine de la Justice situated in front of the clock is especially popular on hot days!
The square itself, and cobbled streets radiating from it, host a farmer’s market twice a week that features musicians and other entertainers as well as covered stalls selling fresh produce, cheeses, breads, and crafts.
A fun place to visit!

10. Esplanade de Montbenon

Allee Ernest Ansermet, Lausanne, Switzerland +41 21 320 40 30
Excellent
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

Esplanade de Montbenon

Reviewed By Ralf K - Wurzburg, Germany

The green grass floor of the Esplanade de Montbenon is a perfect place to enjoy the panoramic view over the Lake Geneva and the summits of the alps behind. The western part houses the Casino de Montbenon a building in Florentine style built in 1908. Today its housed by a center of social and culture.

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