17 Reasons Why Lausanne Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination
Discover why Switzerland is one of the happiest places in the world...
Stepping out of Lausanne train station, you can instantly tell you're in one of the healthiest and happiest places in the world.
Switzerland is regularly voted as one of the best places to live and we can see why. Compared to the smoggy London atmosphere, you can really tell how much cleaner the air is.
Lausanne is the second largest city in Switzerland and with it's prime location right on Lake Geneva, we were surprised at how untouched and unlike a typical tourist destination the city was.
Here are 17 reasons why you should hop over to Lausanne, Switzerland for your next holiday. You won't regret it.
1. The Views Are Spectacular
With the fresh Swiss air filling your lungs and the snow-topped mountains always in view, it's hard not to pinch yourself at every turn. Lausanne is without a doubt a spectacularly beautiful place. We won't judge you if you take thousands of panoramic shots on your iPhone, that's exactly what we did.
2. Swiss Wine Is So Good They Keep It All To Themselves
95% of the wine made in Switzerland is kept in Switzerland, and we can see why. Not only is it too good to share, the fact is that they don't make enough to export. We're cool with that, it just means we'll have to come back to Lausanne to get our Swiss wine fix.
3. See How Swiss Chocolate Is Made
4. And Eat So Much Of It That You Feel Physically Sick
Durig Chocolatier is located in the centre of Lausanne, and they friendly and welcoming staff couldn't have been more helpful. They invited us into the chocolatier and showed us where the magic happens, as well as letting us taste the best of Swiss chocolate.
5. Wine Tasting With Amazing Views Is What We Live For
Visit this beautiful family-run vineyard just a short train journey outside of Lausanne. Domain Croix Duplex has been run by the Vogel family for three generations and the wine really does speak for itself.
6. Discover Why So Many Celebrities Visit (Or Live In) Lausanne
David Bowie, Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn are just a handful of the celebrities that have chosen to reside in Lausanne. Now that we've been there and experienced how amazing Switzerland is we can see why they chose to live there. For all those fashion moguls out there you can even visit Coco Chanel's resting place, which is located just a short bus journey away from Lausanne's city centre.
7. Make Your Own Cocktails
8. And Drink Them Too!
The bar at the Royal Savoy Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail, or three. Their skilled bar tenders will show you how it's done as they make some of the most delicious cocktails on the menu.
9. The Olympic Museum Will Fill You With Knowledge (& Make You Feel So Unfit)
If you're already feeling unfit, you will feel even MORE so when visiting the Olympic Museum. Lausanne is the home of international sport with many of the sporting bodies having headquarters there. Walking around the museum and seeing all the achievements of Olympians of the past and present is amazing. If you go sooner rather than later you can see their amazing pop-up exhibition in preparation for Rio 2016.
10. Eat Fondue In The Oldest Restaurant In Lausanne
11. And Experience The Authenticity Of Traditional Swiss Food
If you're going to eat fondue you might as well do it in the oldest restaurant in Lausanne. It would be rude not to, right? Pinte Besson is located in the heart of Lausanne's city centre and is as authentic as it gets.
12. Take A Tour Of Lausanne & Get The Best Views
13. Visit Lausanne's Cathedral And Take In The Amazing Stained Glass
Every great city has an equally awe-inspiring cathedral. Even if religion isn't your thing there's no arguing with the beautiful artistry in the stained glass.
14. Take In The Stunning Architecture
Okay, we couldn't resist including another shot of how pretty Lausanne is...
14. Taste Lausanne's Very Own Wine At The Food Festival
"Wine not?" has officially become our new life mantra and with Lausanne's on-going food festival we got to taste some of the regions best wines in the city hall.
15. Stay In A Real Life Disney Castle With The Royal Savoy
The Royal Savoy in Lausanne has recently undergone a six year renovation and boy does it look incredible. This hotel really is the definition of five star luxury and with the recently re-opened spa, you would be silly not to spend at least one night here.
16. Or If You Need To Choose A Hotel On A Budget There Is Plenty On Offer
And if your on a tight budget there are plenty of alternative hotels on offer. For example, we would recommend the Swiss Wine Hotel & Bar (3*), Agora Swiss Night (4*) or Mirabeau (4*), all of which provide a great hotel experience.
17. Enjoy Amazing Food With A View Of The Snow-Topped Mountains
Brasserie du Montbenon is a real hotspot for people either living in, or visiting Lausanne. With spectacular views down over the city and of Lake Geneva, you will truly feel like you're on holiday.
For more information on all things Lausanne, get in touch with Lausanne Tourisme here.