Perched at the northernmost tip of Lake Geneva, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, French-Swiss Lausanne is often touted at Switzerland’s most beautiful city. Dominated by its gothic cathedral and atmospheric medieval old town that meanders down to the lake shore, this charming city comes to life in the spring and summer with its vibrant lakeside lifestyle and thriving café culture.
In the shadow of the Alps, on the shores of Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman to the Lausannois), Lausanne is Switzerland’s 5th largest city, but perhaps its most picturesque. The Gothic old town sits high above the lake shore, with the cobbled streets meandering down to the lakefront via pretty squares and 17th-century mansions. Visit the revived warehouse district of Le Flon with its modern dining scene, whilst down on the lakefront, the picturesque district of Ouchy is home to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee and Lausanne’s marina, where you can board a boat and enjoy stunning vistas of this beautiful city from the water.