Highlights of Lausanne and surroundings
At the heart of the old town, the majestic Lausanne Cathedral overlooks the city. Seen as one of the most beautiful gothic art monuments in Europe, it attracts more than 400,000 visitors every year.
The Olympic Museum
The Olympic Museum presents the cornerstones of olympism – sport, art and education – through its ultra-modern, interactive facilities. The most visited museum in Lausanne was founded by the ICO on the banks of Lake Geneva.
AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium Lausanne
It presents animals through a totally immersive and interactive scenography using innovative digital technologies. More than an aquarium or a vivarium, AQUATIS is an exceptional journey through our planet’s most fascinating freshwater environments. It is a recreational area, a pole of environmental education and a platform for exchanges.
The Rolex Learning Center
Built on the campus of EPFL Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the Rolex Learning Center designed by the internationally acclaimed Japanese architectural practice, SANAA, will function as a laboratory for learning, a library with 500,000 volumes and an international cultural hub for EPFL, open to both students and the public.
UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyard terraces
Take a walk through some of the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland: the UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyard terraces are criss-crossed with marked trails with stunning views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. Little trains on wheels help you up the incline so you can enjoy a walk at your own pace.
It features three sumptuous Lausanne gardens, situated one after the other along the quays: the Denantou, the Elysée, a little further back, and the Olympic Park, but also the rose garden of Place du Général Guisan, which boasts more than 130 different species of rose. Finally, from the CGN landing stages located at the bottom of the Dapples gardens you can embark for a unique cruise over Lake Geneva.
Dive into its fascinating history and discover its treasures! In its current state, the Castle of Chillon is the result of several centuries of constant building, adaptations, renovations and restorations. Excavations carried out from the end of the 19th century, in particular by the archeologist Albert Naef (1862-1936), affirm that this site has been occupied since the Bronze Age. The rocky island on which the castle is built, was both a natural protection and a strategic location to control the passage between northern and southern Europe.
Queen - The Studio Experience
Coming in the year which has marked the 40th anniversary of the release of their first single and album, a new Queen exhibition, ‘Queen: The Studio Experience Montreux’, is to offer a rare insight into one of the most significant periods of their recording years. Covering Queen’s sessions in Swiss based Montreux Mountain Studios where they regularly recorded between 1978 – 1995 and where they created the bulk of tracks for six of their most popular albums, the exhibition will offer the opportunity to experience the environment and surroundings in which the band created so many classic tracks.
A museum for laughter, learning and entertainment at the heart of Chaplin's Universe. Discover a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the artist and man. Meet Charlie Chaplin, family man, in the Manoir; embark on a singular journey through the sets of his greatest films at our Hollywood-style Studio; take a peaceful walk in the gardens; and don't forget to round off your visit with a stopover at our Shops before heading to our cafe-restaurant, The Tramp.
You can find more exciting excursions on the website of Lausanne Tourism: