The capital of the canton of Vaud is located in French-speaking Switzerland, on the idyllic and equally imposing Lake Geneva. With a population of around 150,000, Lausanne is the fourth-largest city in Switzerland after Zurich, Geneva and Basel.
The city is part of the Geneva-Lausanne metropolitan region and comprises more than one-tenth of the population of the entire region. Lausanne is also the cultural center and main transportation hub in western Switzerland. The Maison du Sport International - near Lake Geneva - is home to the headquarters of several administrative centers of renowned world sports federations.
Since 1994, the city of Lausanne has held the official title of "Olympic Capital". Among other things, because the International Olympic Committee also has its headquarters here.
Lausanne itself offers all the advantages of a cosmopolitan metropolis in a charming Swiss flair! Because the city has a manageable size. Lausanne is divided into different quarters. In the center are the districts La Cité, Le Bourg, La Palud, Saint-Laurent and Le Pont.
In the heart of the city on Lake Geneva there are unique museums and art districts (e.g.: Plateforme IO) as well as impressive sights and top-equipped city hotels.
The second largest city on Lake Geneva is a dynamic business city, capital of the canton of Vaud and Olympic capital: City and nature travelers appreciate Lausanne especially for its picturesque mountain and lake scenery, vineyards and a gorgeous old town.
Culture enthusiasts also get their money's worth in Lausanne! The city offers numerous cultural attractions such as the Collection de l'Art Brut in Beaulieu Castle, the Foundation de l'Hermitage or the Musée de l'Elysée photography museum.
Gourmet travelers discover fine wines of the region in the vineyards of Lavaux. A special highlight is the 2.5-hour wine hike from Grandvaux to Cully. A fantastic lake and mountain panorama awaits you, only a few kilometers away from the city of Lausanne.