Located on the north end of Lake Geneva in the Swiss Riviera, Lausanne is a medium-sized University town within close reach of Geneva. Because of this proximity, the closest airport to Lausanne is Geneva’s Geneva International Airport
, which is about a 45-minute train ride away from Lausanne. Of course, Switzerland’s excellent rail systems connects Lausanne to the rest of the country and much of Europe, so arriving by train is the more common and recommended method.
Lausanne’s neighborhoods are divided into districts, so deciding where to go and what to see is relatively easy to plan. Lausanne’s old town is one of the largest in the country, offering travelers a chance to really immerse in studying the history of this city by walking around several buildings, museums, and landmarks that date back to medieval times and earlier. The old town is located in the district of Cite, where travelers are able to walk among the ancient architecture, including the impressive Cathedrale de Notre Dame
. Climb to the top of the cathedral’s towers and take in the views of the rest of Lausanne – a sight not to be missed.
Lausanne is host to the International Olympic Committee, so travelers who especially have an interest in the history of the Olympics should not miss a tour of the Musee Olympique
, complete with Olympic memorabilia and a beautiful sculpture garden overlooking the lake.
There’s a lot more to see and do in Lausanne, and the best way to discover what else this city has to offer in terms of attractions, landmarks, and hotels is by exploring the interactive map on this page.