EPD meeting, September 2016

About Lausanne

Fourth-largest city in Switzerland, Lausanne is set apart by its vocation as an Olympic city, a sustainable city and a place of training and culture.
A very popular tourist destination, the city is also home to many international companies, particularly the headquarters of multinationals.

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Place de la navigation, Ouchy

Photo: Marino Trotta © LT/mano
The port of Ouchy is an excellent sightseeing venue, located in the southern part Lausanne. It is a perfect location to enjoy the spectacular view across the Lake Geneva and beyond to the green rolling hills and the French Alps.

The waterfront offers a selection of restaurants, cafés and gift shops as well as a relaxing promenade along the banks of the lake. Read more

Lausanne, Olympic Capital

Photo: Bernard Bissat © LT/B.-H. Bissat
The City of Lausanne is the point of contact for international sports federations and organisations. Since 1915, Lausanne has hosted the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the request of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

In 1994, to mark the centenary of the IOC, Lausanne was promoted to become Olympic Capital. Lausanne is home to 25 sports federations, which include federations for gymnastics, cycling, archery, table tennis, fencing, boxing, equestrian sports, rowing and figure skating.
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Olympic Museum

Photo: Regis Colombo © LT/ www.diapo.ch
Opened in 1993, the Olympic Museum is situated on an esplanade facing the Lake of Geneva and set in a beautiful park. It exhibits many historical objects, including the Olympic torches from all the Olympic Games, sports equipment used by top world athletes, medals as well as many interactive displays.

It is accessible from the port of Ouchy on foot; a 10-minute walk along the lake promenade. The entrance to the Olympic park is free, however the museum entrance fee is 18 CHF. Read more

Place de la Palud

Photo: Regis Colombo © LT/ www.diapo.ch
The picturesque medieval square – Place de la Palud is one of the most prominent places in Lausanne. The brightly coloured Fountain of Justice, features a blindfolded young woman bearing a sword and scales.

Located behind the fountain is the animated clock of Lausanne that relates the local history on the hour.

Place de la Palud is good place to relax in the local cafes and restaurants. Near its surrounding pedestrian areas, an open market is held every Wednesday and Saturday mornings, where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables.
Getting there: Metro M2-stop at Riponne

Le Flon district

Photo: Regis Colombo © LT/ www.diapo.ch
The Flon district is a bustling pedestrian area with many shops, restaurants, beauty salons and health spas, art galleries and recreational space.

It is centrally located near the M1/M2 Flon metro stop, and only 15 minutes away from the EPFL by the metro M1. Read more

Lausanne Cathedral

Photo: Bernard H. Bissat © LT/ B.-H. Bissat
A towering symbol of the Vaudois capital, the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Lausanne is the largest Gothic monument in Switzerland. Constructed in 1165, it is a fine architecture with beautiful stained-glass windows and ornate towers and spires.

During the Middle Ages, the cathedral was a place of pilgrimage, with about seventy thousand people visiting each year. Today, the cathedral is a venue for concerts and numerous cultural and religious events.

There is no entrance fee but you need to pay 2 CHF for the tower. Read more

Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces

Photo: Laurent Ryser © Laurent Ryser
A highlight of a stay in the Lausanne is a visit of the Lavaux region. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007, the Lavaux vine yard terraces consist of 830 hectares of vineyards that stretch for about 30 km along the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva.

A walking tour is a perfect way to take in the view while strolling among the vines and seeing up-close the harvesting of the grapes (September-October) and the different grape varieties. You can explore the charming and quaint villages with narrow streets and do some wine tasting at several wine cellars. Read more

The Rolex Learning Center EPFL

Photo: Regis Colombo © LT/ www.diapo.ch
EPFL’s most emblematic building is the Rolex Learning Center, an undulating building that serves as a library and a training and social hub. Designed by the internationally acclaimed Japanese architectural practice, SANAA, the sloping interior spaces provide a continuous network of services, such as libraries, social spaces, restaurants, and cafes.

Only a few minutes away on foot from the Starling Hotel, why not visit and discover this striking building? The Rolex Learning Center is open daily to students and the public from 7:00 to midnight. Read more