Things to do in Lausanne, Switzerland

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Sitting in the sun on a “Terrasse” to have a drink in the Olympic Capital is a must! Discover Lausanne in Switzerland and fall in love with the city!

Lausanne is one of the most popular cities in Switzerland, in the French part of the country. There are 136 thousand inhabitants in this city that is famous for being the city of studies and for being the Olympic capital. Lausanne has a lot to offer visitors, whether the visit is short or long. It is divided into 5 zones, and the more time you have, the more zones you can explore.



I had little time and I will share with you what I found most interesting in my visit. I limited myself to zones 1, 2 and 3, where you can find plenty of places to visit!

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Photo: Tourism Lausanne

Photo: Tourism Lausanne

1. Lausanne Cathedral

The monument is seen from basically everywhere in the city, it is at the top of the center and is the largest cathedral in the Switzerland. In addition, it offers a unique and beautiful view of the city.

The Cathedral is open for free visits from 09:00 to 19:00 from April to September and from 09:00 to 17:30 from October to the end of March.


Photo: Tourism Lausanne

2. Historical Museum

The Historical Museum is next to the Cathedral. Its construction in stages began in the XNUMXth century and its development continued until the XNUMXth century. The Museum was the residence of bishops before they moved to the Castelo de Saint-Maire on the other side of town.


The entrance fee is 8 Swiss Francs (approximately R$ 26) per person. Open from 11:00 am to 18:00 pm from Monday to Thursday and from 11:00 am to 17:00 pm from Friday to Sunday.

3. Chateau Saint-Maire

It was built at the beginning of the XNUMXth century to be the Bishops' Palace. Today it functions as the “Conseil d'Etat” (Council of the State) that governs the Canton of Vaud. It is a little further away from the city center, it is necessary to take bus 5,6, 8 or XNUMX from Riponne Square.

4. Palace of Rumine

It is a building built in the last century in Place de la Riponne by the Rumine Family as a thank you for such hospitality. Today it functions as a University, Library, Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Natural Science.

It's worth mentioning that all the exhibitions at the Palais de Rumine are free, a great place to start your visit in the city!

5. The Great Escape

It is a very popular bar among locals and tourists, very well located, between the Cathedral and the Palace of Rumine. It's a great stop for beer lovers, or anyone who wants to eat a good hamburger. It's open every day of the week!


Photo: Tourism Lausanne

6. Flon District

The Flon district is in the heart of Lausanne, has developed a lot over the years, and today it has become the “trendy” neighborhood of the city. Nightlife has also become one of the main features of Flon.

Flon District - Photo: Turismo Lausanne

Photo: Tourism Lausanne

7. Pint Besson

Located at the beginning of Rue de l'Ale, the Pint Besson It is the oldest Bistro in the city. A cultural heritage that has been in operation since 1780, with preserved structure and interiors, and has become a popular tourist destination. For more information about Pint Besson, visit the website.


Pint Besson – Photo: Turismo Lausanne

Pint Besson – Photo: Turismo Lausanne

8. The Olympic Museum

The Olympic Museum is certainly one of the highlights of the city, I was impressed with the size and quality of the Museum. From its gardens outside, the collection, different sections with stories, uniforms, movies, entertainment and technology.

There was a special section dedicated to España and our Olympics, very beautiful, and showing a lot of Brazilian culture.


The Museum is the world's largest information center for the Olympic movement. The visit is a little expensive: it costs 18 Swiss Francs (about R$61) for adults, 10 Swiss Francs (about R$34) for children aged 6 to 16, and children under 6 do not pay.

Olympic Museum – Photo: Turismo Lausanne

Garden of the Olympic Museum – Photo: Turismo Lausanne

Entrance to the Olympic Museum

9. Elysee Museum

It is a Photography Museum housed in an 100th century mansion and which features different exhibits on different themes every year. It has a collection of more than XNUMX thousand original prints.

The Museum is close to the Olympic Museum, it's a ten minute walk through beautiful gardens that connect to each other, and also a ten minute walk down towards Ouchy from the Gare CFF metro station.


The ticket is worth 8 Swiss Francs (equivalent to R$ 26) with special prices for minors and large groups.

10. The Arches

Located on Place de l'Europe, the The Arches is perhaps the most popular “terrace bar” in town, whether for a morning coffee, an afternoon date or a Mojito in the evening. Sitting in the sun for a drink and meeting friends is a very common activity here.

Photo: Tourism Lausanne

The Barbarian Terrace and the Market Stairs – Foto: Turismo Lausanne

Lausanne is yet another city with its unique characteristics in Switzerland, its geography, its subway line, its beauty and its Olympic culture.

Unfortunately the visit was short and left me wanting to know more.

Diego Imai traveled at the invitation of Tourism Switzerland.

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