Pierre de Coubertin and Lausanne
The informations below are from the brochure created by Jean-Loup Chappelet for the 150th birthday of Pierre de Coubertin (January 1st, 1863 - September 2nd, 1937) who lived in Lausanne for a large part of his life.
In / on the footsteps of Pierre de Coubertin in Lausanne
1. The train station of Lausanne
Our journey starts at the train station in Lausanne where Pierre de Coubertin arrived for the first time without a doubt in 1906.
2. The Palace of Rumine
In May 1913, Coubertin organizes in Lausanne a congress of athletic psychology and physiology first envisaged in 1911.
3. The City Hall of Lausanne
At the beginning of the First World War, Coubertin decides himself to establish the official headquarters of the IOC at Lausanne. Before, the headquarters of the IOC was at Coubertin’s residence in Paris.
4. The Casino of Montbenon
As soon as the IOC is installed in Lausanne, Coubertin asks the Municipality to put the premises at his disposition for his project of the Olympic Institute
5. The Domain of Dorigny
Since 1906, Coubertin thought to establish a permanent site for the Olympic games on the banks of Léman.
6. Villa “My-Rest”
In 1922, Coubertin leaves Paris permanently to move to Lausanne with his wife, daughter and son. The following year, the Municipality lends him an apartment on the third floor of the villa “My-Rest”.
7. Castle of Ouchy
Coubertin founds the Universal Pedagogical Union. Its headquarters is in Lausanne. In September 1926, he organizes at the Castle of Ouchy the first conference on the pedagogical role of the modern Society.