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Holidays in Lausanne - Switzerland A vibrant lakeside city with cultural delights

Lausanne is a lively city whose pretty lakeside area of Ouchy boasts a marina with plenty of activities and a lively café culture. The Old Town features charming alleyways and the impressive gothic Notre Dame Cathedral. All around the city you’ll find a variety of excellent art and history museums as well as the Musée Olympique, one of the prime attractions in the city. Lausanne is home to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and at the museum, you can learn about the history of the Games, admire sporting sculptures and relive iconic Olympic moments.

The Lavaux region, just outside the city, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The steep terraces rise up from the lake and are heavy with vines originally cultivated by medieval monks. The villages offer plenty of opportunity to try the local wine - and the food in the village restaurants is a gastronomic delight. Visitors can reach the the Lavaux vineyards by bus or by using the alpine trains and funiculars. Another way to enjoy a spectacular view of the gravity-defying vines is from the water; cruises depart throughout the summer from Lausanne.

Please call us on 0800 619 1200 to discuss your Lausanne holiday.  

Mobilis Card - use public transport FREE of charge

The 'Lausanne Transport Card' is issued to all guests staying in Lausanne and gives you FREE travel on local trains and buses.

FREE travel to the wine villages of Lavaux, better than half price on cruises to the French side of the lake, discounts to many museums including the Olympic Museum and the Fondation de l'Hermitage. 

Your choice of Lausanne hotels

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Hotel au Lac  

Your time in Lausanne - things to see and do

Most visitors will want to visit the Lavaux vineyards, which are easily reached and offer lovely scenic walks between the villages. A paddle steamer cruise is also a must - travel directly across to Evian-les-Bains in France, or along the lake to Montreux. Here you can spend the day in the elegant resort and visit medieval Château de Chillon. 

Further afield, the mountains are always worth visiting: Les Rochers-de-Naye is a popular destination, a lovely spot with fabulous views. If you want a true alpine experience, head for Glacier 3000 where you can enjoy beautiful views and snow fun all year round. There are also some very special train journeys. The Cheese Train takes you on a magical winter journey to Chateau d'Oex for a cheese-making demonstration and fondue lunch. The Chocolate Train is a summer trip to picturesque Gruyères and then on to the Nestlé-Cailler factory. Please CLICK HERE for our summary of the best the region has to offer.

Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site from Lausanne: The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces

Explore the region with our great value Travel Passes


Our holidays include the Half Fare Card* which is valid all year and entitles you to a 50% discount on rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.


If you are planning daily outings, it can be well worth pre-booking the Lake Geneva Regional Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! Valid all year, it covers your bus, funicular and rail journeys such as the GoldenPass Line to Zweisimmen. Lake cruises are included and there is also a discount for the highest peaks such as Glacier 3000.  

We will be delighted to help you choose the Pass that's right for you, depending on how you plan to spend your time. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice on the most cost effective option for your holiday.

*except self drive holidays - may be purchased as an extra.

Scenic rail holidays - a wonderful way to see Switzerland


Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.


Lausanne has easy connections via Montreux to the GoldenPass Line and Luzern-Interlaken Express


We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.

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