Three hundred and fifty: that’s the area in hectares occupied by parks and gardens in Lausanne, making it one of the greenest cities in the world.
The parks and estates department thus guards a unique and invaluable heritage which is dear to the hearts of Lausanne residents, who make the most of these green spaces to go walking, take siestas, have picnics or do sport in an idyllic natural setting.
If you were to take a helicopter flight over these nine hectares of green space, located to the south of Lausanne railway station, you might summarily describe it as a vast grassy square (Place de Milan) with a steep mound (Montriond Hill).
On the hills above Lausanne, Sauvabelin Park is a popular destination with families and nature lovers close to the city. With farm and forest animals, walks trips with panoramic views over the city and Lake Geneva, it has many attractions to offer visitors.
Plaines de Vidy
Here, each can truly do their own thing, because it has everything: history with a capital H, sport, boats and picnics, theatre and camping, strolls and competitions, delicacies and silence. To visitors of the Vaud capital, Expo 64, the national exhibition, is still regarded as boasting an exceptional leisure area by the lake which has nothing like the appearance it had before.
With its long central avenue lined with double rows of linden trees, its flowered banks, its ponds full of dancing water lilies and the benches from which to admire the views, Bois-de-Vaux is one of the rare cemeteries of its size (26,000 spaces) to have such charm.
This site is one of the most beautiful balconies from which to view the lake.
Here you will find a statue depicting a legendary Helvetian hero equipped with his crossbow: Guillaume Tell. In this ancient city centre square, just a stone's throw from the Church of St. Francis, Montbenon Esplanade offers you an extraordinary range of environments along a stretch of entirely flat ground covering more than half a kilometre, a novelty in Lausanne!
Situated alongside the lake, this magnificent park covering 8000 m2, given to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by the city council and people of Lausanne, is the cradle of the Olympic Museum, inaugurated in 1993.
It may not be big, but it certainly requires plenty of work! A true showcase of the skills of Lausanne's gardeners, the Promenade Derrière-Bourg is also a very popular spot - on fine days it's impossible to find a free seat at lunchtimes.
Louis Bourget Park
Situated in the far west of the conurbation (the Chamberonne river borders the districts of Ecublens and St-Sulpice, home to Lausanne University and the Federal Institute of Technology), Bourget Park provides the only natural Lake Geneva shoreline on Lausanne territory.
From Ouchy the quays open out into a vast public park with extensive grassed areas and age old trees.
Of all the beautiful parks which make up the historical natural heritage of Lausanne, Mon-Repos is without a doubt the most extraordinary: exceptional for the diversity of its architectural elements (neo-Gothic tower, waterfall, neo-Classical temple, orangerie, aviaries etc.), and also for the richness of the documentation in our possession and for the harmony of the ensemble.
Recently remodelled, the upper part of Valency Park plays on Mediterranean impressions: its white gravel walkway shaded by lime trees is reminiscent of the "Places de Lices" (tournament areas) in the south of France where they play games of petanque. Indeed, the gravel replaced lawns that were a sorry sight in the summer due to the shade produced by those great trees.
Tiered terraces, majestic trees, seductive views across the Savoy Alps: there are so many different elements to the prestigious Elysée Park!
Parc du Désert
Don’t be misled by the name - there’s nothing desert-like about the park. Just the opposite! In fact, it’s water feature is the principle attraction of this charming park which is an oasis of green in this part of the city
Parc de la Légende
The Parc de la Légende invites you to take a walk whilst discovering a story like no other. Along a 200-metre trail, the artist Sara H., in collaboration with DeLaPerouze and the Perseo foundry, has staged an exhibition in bronze with more than eighteen sculptures telling the story of autumn in braille and in letters.
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