Lausanne is an elegant, medium sized city which sits at the northern most point of Lake Geneva. The city boasts an incredible panorama over the lake and the Alps
. It enjoys a hillside setting with a difference in elevation of about 500 meters (1,640 ft) between the lakeshore at Ouchy, the city's marina district and its northern edge bordering the suburbans of Le Mont-sur-Lausanne and Epalinges. Lausanne is a green city with many parks and gardens. Its southern exposure on the lake gives it a wonderful climate for all kinds of vegetation, including the extensive wine-growing regions of Lavaux (to the east) and la Côte (to the west).
Lausanne is well known for housing the International Olympic Committee headquarters, including its popular museum,and the Swiss Hotel School is located here as well. Lausanne is a lively city with a large student population, and in the summer the city holds many outdoor festivals, street performances, and street parties. Lausanne also offers a beautiful Old Town - "La Cité" - with an impressive medieval cathedral and excellent pedestrian-only shopping areas. Lausanne is a major junction for numerous train lines through Switzerland, and therefore a great base for excursions to other Swiss cities or to the peaks of the Bernese Oberland
or the Valais
. Of course, there are many wonderful excursions and tours in the Lake Geneva area, by boat, train or cable car. Take a mini-train to visit the Lavaux Vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or enjoy the panorama of the Swiss and French Alps while on a cruise to nearby Montreux with its famous Chillon Castle. more attractions and activities in Lausanne and the Lake Geneva region
Lausanne is situated in the southwestern part of Switzerland, on the northern shores of Lake Geneva at an elevation of 495 m (1,624 ft) above sea level.
City Map of Lausanne
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Geneva - Cointrin is the nearest international airport located just 65 km (40.5 miles) from Lausanne and easily accessible within 40 minutes by train or car. Visitors arriving at the Zurich - Kloten airport get to Lausanne within 2 1/4 hours by train or car.
Lausanne is a major transportation hub in southwestern Switzerland, and every hour trains arrive/depart from/to all four corners of Switzerland stopping in the heart of the city. Lausanne also can be reached by international trains such as the TGV from Paris (3 hours and 40 minutes), the Pendolino from Milan and the I.C.E. from Frankfurt or Munich.
The A1 motorway passes Lausanne on its west side connecting the city to Swiss destinations in the west (Geneva) as well as in the north and east (Bern, Zurich, Basel, Lucerne). In addition, the A9 motorway along the shores of Lake Geneva connects the city to destinations in the east (Montreux) and in the south to the Valais and to transits to Italy and France.
Travelers from the south (southern shores of Lake Geneva, France) might consider getting to Lausanne by boat. Ouchy, the city's port on Lake Geneva is served by magnificent historical ships making this the most romantic journey to Lausanne.