48 hours in Lausanne

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Spending two days in the Olympic Capital may seem short as there are so many things to do and see in the town, so we have put together a customised programme to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Day 1

10 am: Olympic Museum

We’re off! We begin the day at the Olympic Museum to enjoy its fun and immersive exhibition.

The Olympic Museum
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Musée olympique

Noon: Lunch at the TOM Café

After visiting the Olympic Museum, we savour the TOM Café’s tasty dishes. The bonus: we choose a table on the terrace to savour the panoramic view over Lake Geneva.

TOM Café


Noon: Lunch at the Blackbird

We head off towards the town centre to enjoy a meal break at the Blackbird. Healthy and trendy atmosphere guaranteed!

Blackbird Downtown Diner


On Wednesdays and Saturdays, when the weather is fine, we wander around the market in the town centre. The fresh seasonal products whet our appetite.

Lausanne farmers' markets

2 pm: Lausanne Cathedral

We visit Lausanne’s famous Cathedral, climbing to the top of the belfry for an impressive view on the whole town.

Lausanne Cathedral

3 pm: Shopping

It’s time to discover Lausanne and get lost in the picturesque small streets of the town centre. As we walk, we stop in the many boutiques to find a souvenir of our Lausanne getaway.

Shopping districts

7 pm: Savouring a fondue

For dinner, we (re)discover a must of any stay in Switzerland: fondue, which we enjoy in summer and in winter. We select the Chalet Suisse or the Café Romand for that meal. And for those of us who aren’t cheese lovers, we can savour the Bellini’s delicious dishes.

©Chalet Suisse

Later than evening: nightlife

Off to the Flon and its many bars: there’s something here for everyone. If we’re in the mood, we choose one of the town’s numerous trendy clubs to dance until dawn!



To try something different in the summer, we go to the Bar des Arches, located directly under the famous arches of Lausanne’s Grand Pont.

Les Arches


At the Flon, free Wi-Fi is available in the whole district!

Wi-Fi access


During the hockey season, we see ourselves as true Lausanners and set off to cheer on the Lausanne Hockey Club (LHC) at the brand new Vaudoise Arena, in a 100% festive atmosphere. Go Lions!

Lausanne Hockey Club – LHC

Day 2

10 am: Brunch at the Pointu

Comme tout bon lausannois qui se respecte, on commence la journée par un brunch au Pointu, très prisé par les locaux (pensez à réserver !)

Le Pointu
Le Pointu


From June to October, we take the boat from Ouchy to Cully to make the most of Lake Geneva’s beauty. We simply love the view of the vineyards from the lake!

Cruises on Lake Geneva (CGN)


The train is a very good alternative and also offers a fantastic view on the lake and mountains.


Noon: Walk in the vineyards

We start our vineyard walk in Cully. We delight in this UNESCO World Heritage Site and its exceptional views over vineyards and lake.

Lavaux walks


After about an hour’s walk, we reach the Deck, a terrace lounge that offers such an incredible view it will stop you in your tracks!

The Baron Tavernier's "Deck"


Weather permitting and if we still have energy to spare, we rent a paddleboard at the small lakeside cabin in Cully.

Lake Geneva


Let’s head towards the Major Davel in Cully to relax while enjoying a drink.

Major Davel

3 pm: Lakeside walk in Ouchy

As we arrive at the Lausanne landing pier, we take the opportunity to go for a walk on the Ouchy lakeside quays.

LT/ Laurent KACZOR
Agence de presse ARC

4 pm: Plateforme 10

We go to visit the museums of Plateforme 10 – a unique spot dedicated to culture – to end the second day on a high. No doubt about it, this new arts quarter will surprise you.

Plateforme 10


If we want to extend our Lausanne stay by a few hours, we go to the Brasserie de Montbenon for a nice last meal.

Brasserie de Montbenon