Courtesy Lausanne Tourism Board, Règis Colombo

With views of the Swiss Alps and Lake Geneva, Lausanne has long been a favorite summer weekend or vacation destination thanks to its idyllic landscape. Famed for its healthy lifestyle and relaxed vibe, the majestic setting encourages exploration in the forms of biking, boating, and hiking. Lausanne is also known as a gastronomic hub, with many restaurant options and myriad cuisines.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…overlooking the Alps and Lake Geneva at the picturesque Beau-Rivage Palace
  • Experience…a performance by the world-renowned Bejart School of Dance
  • Splurge…on handmade dark chocolate from Durig
  • Eat…inspiring cuisine at Michelin-starred restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic
  • Drink…the specialty Charlie Chapman cocktail at the Bar at Beau-Rivage Palace
  • Savor…delectable wines at a local vineyard in Neuchâtel
  • See…the unique works of art at L’Art Brut
  • Shop…for chocolate and watches on the cobblestone streets of Place St. Francois
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Lay of the Land

Lausanne sits on the northern banks of Lake Geneva overlooking the Swiss Alps. Forty minutes from the international airport in Geneva, the small city has a single metro line, which is used by locals and visitors alike. Small ski resorts are located less than an hour away and the famed Zermatt is a two-hour drive to the southeast, while Zurich is two and a half hours by car or train. Outside of town are many vineyards with an extensive range of grape varieties, the most prevalent being Chasseles. Neuchâtel, another lakeside town with a small college and additional vineyards is a half-hour north of Lausanne and 20 minutes east of the French border.

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