Vacations in the #bestsmallcity of the world – Lausanne

Still looking for Swiss vacation destinations for a summer weekend for two, with friends or the entire family? Then Lausanne is the place for you!

As part of the #theLausanne campaign of Lausanne Tourism, 22 Creators were able to take a trip to the #bestsmallcity of the world on three weekends in July. There, the Creators enjoyed a series of exciting activities: On Friday, the Creators went to the Sauvabelin Tower, from where they could see the lake and the city from above and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view over the Alps. Lunch was served at the nearby L’Esquisse, a nice restaurant in the beautiful Ermitage Park. From there it’s only a few minutes to the Cathédrale de Lausanne and back to the old town. If you would like to have a drink after dinner at the local Café des Artisans, the Flon district, the hotspot of Lausanne’s cultural and nightlife scene, is well served. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy the stores, restaurants, bars, clubs, cinema and bowling alley. For a cozy atmosphere, The Great Escape on the Rue de la Madeleine is recommended.

Saturday is market day in Lausanne: the main street in the old town is closed off to the many market stalls. It invites you to take a leisurely stroll and, with the beautiful old town, to take busy photographs. At noon we took the train to the nearby Lavaux vineyards and UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you can see on Corrine Dörflinger’s photo, at the Domaine Croix Duplex you can enjoy local wine with a breathtaking view on the terrace and enjoy something small to eat. Afterwards, it takes about an hour to walk to the lake, where from April to September visitors can enjoy a range of fun and energetic activities in Ouchy and Vidy. These include water skiing, pedal boating, stand-up paddle-boarding, wake-boarding and kayaking. From there, an idyllic boat trip takes you back to Lausanne.

If you want to explore on Sunday, you can visit the impressive Olympic Museum directly at the lake. Afterwards, as can be seen on the picture by Aliaksandra Dreher, you can stroll to the terrace of the Lacustre with a view of the lake in just 15 minutes to enjoy an extensive brunch and round off the weekend perfectly.