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Lausanne (the Overlooked)

A July 2003 trip to Lausanne by StaneStane

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Quote: All the things to see and do in this lovely Swiss city.

Lausanne (the Overlooked)

Overview

Place de la Riponne Photo, Lausanne, Switzerland
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This is one very lovely but often overlooked spot in Switzerland. It is a victim of its older and more famous sister Geneve and more Glamorous neighbor Montreux. Lausanne is a city with spectacular view on Lac de Geneve and French Alps across the lake! Charming calm place just big enough to be interesting and yet small enough not to drown you in crowd!Quick Tips: Use the train. After all, this is Switzerland! Come from Bern and enjoy a view of the lake, mountains, wineyards, and castles as you approach the city itself. You will never find a better spot!Best Way To Get Around: Lausanne is a 3-D city! It is all hills and ups and downs, so arm yourself with a city map, but be careful be...Read More

Java

Restaurant

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This is my favorite spot in Lausanne! Java is a hip, elegant place with stylish antique furniture, where students go out for a dinner with their girls. Ay, ay, oh the giggles. The food is good, but the staff struggles a bit with English, so brush up on your French. It works well for a cup of coffee and gossip, too. Even beers are good here. My personal favorite was Chimey (Belgian, around 9chf/bottle).

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 4, 2005

Java
rue Marterey 36
Lausanne, Switzerland 1003
+41 21 321 38 37

Minuit Soleil

Restaurant

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This place actually served as a backup to us. We went on abusing it as a common café, which really doesn't do it any justice to it, because it is such a charming little place for dinner with your girl. I had dinner here a few times, and every time it was very enjoyable. It's a chic, elegant place with a weird projector blasting pictures of Mediterranean places on the screen by the entrance, a refreshing thing to see really. Their salads are full meals, in fact. It's not cheap, but it's definitely worth the cost.

The staff doesn't exactly speak English, so make an effort to speak French!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 4, 2005

Minuit Soleil
Rue Centrale 23
Lausanne, Switzerland
(21) 323-5364

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This is not for everyone. This is by definition creepy! Art can sometimes look insane, but this is a collection of works of art made by mental patients! What lurks in a disturbed mind? Go and see! Do not be afraid. Who knows what you will relate to? What creeps in dark corners of your head?!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2004

Collection d'Art Brut
11 Avenue des Bergières
Lausanne, Switzerland

Notre-Dame Cathedral of Lausanne

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Attraction | "The Cathedral!"

Notre-Dame Cathedral of Lausanne Photo, Lausanne, Switzerland
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Each Swiss city or town has a cathedral! Or at least a castle or something similar, but this one is something special. Whoever built the cities in Switzerland sure did know how to pick perfect spots. Even in this tough competition, this is probably the winner. All are gothic, dark, and gray. It rises in the air from an edge of a hill. You can reach it by crossing the Grand Pont Bridge and you’ll have a bird’s eye view of a neighbrohood of small streets and tall, narrow buildings. The terrace in front of the cathedral offers a view over the whole city, lake, and mountains on other site. It’s perfect postcard kind of scenery along with chestnut trees. Take a girl there, show her the view as sun sets ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 19, 2004

Notre-Dame Cathedral of Lausanne
Place De La Cathedrale
Lausanne, Switzerland

Pont de Chauderon

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Attraction

Pont de Chauderon Photo, Lausanne, Switzerland
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It's a bridge and it's a view! Go there at sunset and look to the west. You will see whole the western part of the city and rolling green hills. Up ahead in the distance, you will se the Jura Mountains on the horizon. You will see golden lake and a chain of small pretty bays arranged in a gentile arc that meet the mountains somewhere by Geneva. This is a place you will not find in a guidebook. It is there right in the center of the city, but it’s beauty is always overlooked. It is one of these things you can stumble upon just by walking around. This city does that to unsuspecting travelers: you go around and then all of a sudden you are hit by a magnificent view! Go, roam the city, cli...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2004

Pont de Chauderon
Pont de Chauderon
Lausanne, Switzerland

Ouchy

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Attraction

Ouchy Photo, Lausanne, Switzerland
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This is Lake Geneva at its best! This is classic Switzerland, with parks, lakes, and old buildings. Ouchy is a port of Lausanne, a marina, and a beautiful park. Again, it offers a view of the lake and mountains on the French side, but from quite a different perspective. This time, you are not high on some hill looking at lake down below, but instead you are on the edge of the water looking at steep cliffs on other side. During the spring, you can still see patches of white snow on gray and blue rocks. The Swiss side of lake is much more tame and calm with lush green of woods and vineyards that stretch over rolling hills. Take along relaxing walk and go for a coffee in Chateau d'Ouchy! ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 19, 2004

Ouchy
Place de la Navigation
Lausanne, Switzerland 1006

Les Breseurs

Attraction | "Les Breseurs, Beer, Beer, Beer!"

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Ya, this be a beer drinker’s place! Beer, beer, beer! No fancy cocktails here, just good old homebrew ale! Beer comes in colors here, four o' them:
Blond (oh la la)
Blanche
Amber
Noir
Can't make up your mind which one to try? No need to, try 'em all! Indulge! Order a 10l pilar o' beer and just dive in! Repeat the round until you drop.

You can sing all you want, but don't smash anythin' or Big Black Brutha from the door will throw your sorry ass out! He is a nice guy, but don't you go on behaving like a barbarian.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2004

Les Breseurs
Flon
Lausanne, Switzerland

Ouchy

Attraction | "Chateau d'Ouchy and the Morning After"

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And here comes the morning after. . . It is a bright and sunny Sunday morning. Well, more like noon, but you are on a trip and you are not in any hurry! And you had soooo much fun last night. . . and all you need now is a coffee!!! Crawl out of the bed and go down to Ouchy! It is down the hill, so don't worry, and the metro goes there (it is the last stop of the line so you can't get lost)!

Go to Chateau d'Ouchy, sit, and relax. Take a sip of your first espresso of the day and listen to the tunes. Look at the lake, birds, boats, and mountains as you gather strength for your next quest!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 19, 2004

Ouchy
Place de la Navigation
Lausanne, Switzerland 1006

Olympic Museum (Musee Olympique)

Attraction | "Museum Olympic"

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This is one of “been there, done that” things. Lausanne is, after all, the capital of the World Olympic Movement! You will notice this on every corner of the city. So go and see the museum! It is fun, for an afternoon that is. It is all cyber and hi-tech, all pumped up about how the Olympics needs to be! See the history section. Go and check you physical skills and learn a lesson about healthy living! It’s all there! And you can also see shoes of Jassie Ovens and lots more. And, oh yes, park is nice, too, so go and enjoy.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2004

Olympic Museum (Musee Olympique)
Quai D'ouchy 1
Lausanne, Switzerland 1001
41 21 621 65 11

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It's a charming, charming place just behind the Cathedrale. Nice and cosy, with the warm orange glow, you immediately feel welcome there. And it's all so strangely familiar, like you have been here 100 times before even though it's your first time. The beer is good, especially their local brews: Bitter, Blanche, Blonde, Brune, Ginger, Rousse. Food is excellent--try pizza! Quattro fromaggio is excellent, or go for a salad--they have the best salads in town! They are open late at night, when almost all other places in this city close down. One thing you should mind though is that a quarter-liter is the normal beer size here, so if you'd fancy a pint, you must specify what you have in mind.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Brasserie Artisanale Lausannoise
Place du Tunnel 1
Lausanne, Switzerland

Cafe Luna

Attraction

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Make no mistake by the bit unusual surroundings of this place. Although its back is to the central Flon metro station, this is a bit snobbish, elegant place where hip, young crowds gather. It is perfect for a night out with friends, sipping on cocktails. It is one of best places to start off the night in the town, and some good clubs are just around the corner. La Luna seams to be popular, so places to sit might be hard to find during prime time on Friday and Saturday nights, but just standing and hanging around can be fun, too. Music sets the mood, but this is not a place for chit-chat, so get a drink and strike a pose.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2005

Cafe Luna
Place de l'Europe 7
Lausanne, Switzerland

Le XIIIeme siecle

Attraction | "Le XIII eme siecle"

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Okay, this one takes a bit of effort to find. It's in the heart of the old town, just two blocks behind the Cathedral, so expect a bit of climbing to get there. The place is a maze, dark cellar in an old Middle-Ages building, and it sure has the feel of real XIII place where you go on and about serious business of having a good time in gloomy place. Music is dance hits of ages past and present. Avoid the usual option of beer (only the usual 1664/Cardinal combination here) and cheer yourself up with a cocktail.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 4, 2005

Le XIIIeme siecle
Rue Cite-Devant 10/Old Town
Lausanne, Switzerland

Bleu Lézard

Attraction | "Bleu Lezard"

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Okay, for me, Blue Lezard is one of these places that kind of grows on you over time. At a first glance, it looks a bit shabby, but that's the same old 'la vie de chienne' kind of look that most of the pubs/clubs/restaurants in Francophone countries favor. Ay, and it works well, 'cos everybody feels welcome here. It's apparently quite popular for some reason, 'cos it's always full to the brim of people in the Latino spirit, singing and dancing, even on the tables if the night is especially wild. There's a club downstairs, and it's free, so give it a try. Avoid beer if you are not a fan of Cardinal/1664.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2005

Bleu Lézard
Rue Enning 10
Lausanne, Switzerland 1003
+41 21 321 38 30

Getting there is half the fun

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Story/Tip

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Use the train! It's the best way. . . this is, after all, Switzerland! If you come from Geneva, it’s only a half hour ride in a comfortable Swiss train. If you, on other hand, have an opportunity to arrive from Bern or Zurich, you will be rewarded by spectacular views of Lake Geneva as you approach the city. You will pass through a region of lovely vineyards on steep mountain slopes with hundreds of old stone houses scattered around. On a clear day, the lake has magnificent deep blue colour with reflections of high mountains on far French side. The sight is breathtaking. The main railway station is situated in center of the city, offering easy access to all main spots. Be careful, though, becaus...Read More