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Overview

Lausanne, the Olympic capital

Lausanne, the Olympic capital

Lausanne, the Olympic capital and the second largest city in Switzerland, is located on the shore of Lake Geneva in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Sport and culture are an integral part of this Olympic capital making it a preferred tourist destination. A visit to the Lausanne will allow you to discover the exceptional setting of Lake Geneva and the surrounding Alps. Lausanne is also a centre for studies and research, and home to a large number of international companies. Discover its magnificent gothic cathedral dating from the 13th century and its city hall. Have a shopping splurge in the pedestrian city centre before relaxing on the lakeshore promenades at Ouchy.

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Start by discovering the town centre of Lausanne where you will find a delightful group of medieval buildings huddled together and housing shops, art galleries and friendly bars. The city centre has also a shopping area packed with high-end fashion and trendy fashion as well as watches and chocolates. Visit the lovely Mon-Repos park and the 13th century Gothic cathedral which dominates the centre of the city. The Cathedral is the biggest in Switzerland! Don’t miss the covered flight of steps leading from the Place de la Palud to the Cathedral. It stands as one of the most picturesque spots in the town centre.

Taste the Fondue fromage which consists of Emmentaler and/or Gruyère cheeses melted with white wine and spices and served with bread for dipping. Anther tasty dishe is the Rösti which consists of grated potatoes served in a round pancake form.

In Lausanne, you will find everything from food, fashion, clocks and watches, galleries and bookshops. Just head to the city centre and you’ll find a wide choice of shops.


Lausanne Tourisme and Convention bureau
Avenue de Rhodanie 2. 491000 Lausanne
Tel: +41 21 613 73 73

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train Station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Lausanne can be found.

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Customer reviews

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    Just Average |
    "Seating ok, nothing really first class about that. Swiss IR trains 2nd class was lot better. Food was below average, no Vegetarian food. No choices at all. Quantity very less, luckily we did bring our own food. Tickets should be checked before boarding as did not have Euro Rail passes, this could have been informed earlier or made to bought along with tickets as online pricing was very confusing. Booking Taxi was just perfect. Staff Supportive..Thanks, sorry will not recommend to anyone or never try the 1st class again. "

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    My Paris to Lausanne Train Tri |
    "I had the opportunity to travel on the TGV Lyria fast train from Paris to Lausanne on the 7th of September, 2015. The train was scheduled to depart at 15:58 p.m. from Paris Gare de Lyon station and it left exactly at the scheduled time. The overall journey was very comfortable and allowed me a relaxed trip. I would definitely recommend the TGV Lyria trains for anyone looking to travel across Europe. "

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    Good but room for improvement |
    "WiFi in the train would have been good "

  • it was good |
    "easy and very nice "

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    TGV Trip |
    "The TGV is an excellent train that provided us with a very comfortable journey in a short period of time. "

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    Very good experience! |
    "It was a very good experience traveling Swiss by train! The train was convenient and easily available. Most important thing was that I could see fantastic sceneries during the trip by getting trains! "

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    Perfect combination of comfort |
    "I travelled with my wife and 3 kids. Full marks for cleanliness and upkeep of the train and the cabin. We were on a 15 days holiday and hence had 3 medium sized luggage and some small hand held bags but storage was sufficient to accommodate all of them without any hassles. We are vegetarians (Vegan) and little skeptical about the food on the train but to our surprise the food was very good and we really enjoyed it. The ravioli and the salad were very good. The wine too was very good but in France it always is. Speed was thrilling and the train was punctual to the minute. All in all a perfect journey. Loved it "

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    Perfect |
    "We traveller first Class and loved it! Food and everything was soo good! Only thing missing was wifi on the train "

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    all good. |
    "I was so tired that i did not feel the trip "

  • Value for money
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    Very good |
    "Thank you "

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