The prosperous city of Lausanne in Switzerland is built on beautiful green hills alongside Lake Geneva. It is the fifth biggest city in Switzerland and enjoys a cosmopolitan feeling, blended with its picturesque and historic atmosphere. Its medieval centre is found in the Gothic cathedral, de Notre Dame, in the Old Town, which features an impressive Art Brut collection. Annual arts events are plentiful in the region, while the lake offers plenty to see and do, on, in and around it. Flon is a contemporary urban area which is popular with young, trendy visitors and locals, and features shops, cinemas and art galleries. Sightseeing tours are a great way to enjoy Lausanne and the surrounding areas of Montreux.
The Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts and Fondation de l'Hermitage are ideal day excursions for lovers of museums and galleries celebrating Swiss culture. Lovers of the outdoors can rent a bicycle and tour the city or natural areas of the region. Les Baladeurs cycling tours are a fun way to see the region. Ocean lovers can sign up for a course at the sailing school, stroll the boardwalks or rollerblade at Vidy Beach. Walking tours of the Old Town are another wonderful way to fully appreciate the unique charm and history of Lausanne. To end the day, visitors can take a lake cruise aboard a steam boat and enjoy sundowner views of the city.
When to fly to Lausanne
The city experiences a mild climate, which is heavily influenced by Lake Geneva. The hot summer months of June to August offer warm and humid winds which blow over from the Atlantic, while breezes from Lake Geneva make the air fresh and cool it down. July and August see temperatures of 25 degrees which cool down to 14 degrees at night. Peak season is in summer, since the natural areas and landmarks are best enjoyed at this time. October can be quite cold in the area and is the definite off season in the city.
The cooler winter months are the off-peak times in the city and this is when hotels and airline companies will offer cheaper deals on their packages. School and festive holidays will see the highest rates, although some hotels offer school holiday discounts for families. As you are located so close to Zurich and Geneva, you could time your visit to coincide with the ever popular Oktoberfest.