Family-friendly Lausanne

How about visiting Lausanne with your whole family ? This pretty little city surrounded by terraced vineyards is nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva and makes a perfect destination for a stay with children. You can discover this Olympic Capital thanks to activities suited to all ages and tailored to match your interests – as well as being lots of fun! And we can guarantee that you will return home full of wonderful memories. Take a look at our inspiring ideas on how to make the most of the city and experience an unforgettable time with your family.

Travel Journal

The Travel Journal is the ultimate book for entertaining your children during your stay in Lausanne. You can pick up a journal by visiting one of our two information desks (the Travel Journal is also available in most Lausanne hotels).

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Calling all explorers

Set off on an adventure and discover Lausanne from way up high after climbing the 224 steps leading to the famous Cathedral belfry, or from the top of the 35-metre Sauvabelin Tower. A breathtaking view awaits you! If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, the riddles along the Foxtrail will guide you through the city. The whole family will have to rack their brains to crack the secret codes and messages. A visit to the Botanical Garden or the Vaud Zoology Museum is the perfect choice for the nature lovers in your family. And if it rains, a walk around the Vaud Museum of Fine Arts is just the thing. Don't forget to ask for the booklet designed especially for children visiting the museum so that they can enjoy it as much as you do!

Summer activities

Lake Geneva plays a very important role in the life of Lausanne, and there are many ways to enjoy it. Don your best sailor suit and embark on a cruise around the lake on one of the Belle Epoque ships of the CGN General Navigation Company! An outing in Ouchy, on foot or by bike, is also an excellent way to appreciate the true beauty of the lake. And Aquatis is the ideal place to explore what lies beneath the water. You will discover more than 10 000 freshwater fish and more than 100 reptiles and amphibians at this aquarium-vivarium.

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Calling all sports fans

Lausanne has definitely earned its title as the Olympic Capital! The Olympic Museum is a must for sports enthusiasts, who will be able to relive all the greatest moments of their favourite athletes. After your museum visit, why don’t you try out some sports for yourself? Head over the skating rinks of Lausanne or to the Vidy Bowl for skateboarders, or let your beginner golfers show off their skills at Minigolf Bellerive, right on the edge of the lake. Lausanne's beautiful parks are also the perfect place to let off steam.

Unusual activities

What with thrills, immersive experiences and other surprising concepts, the city of Lausanne has many unusual activities in store for you. It’s up to you to find which ones suit you best !


Calling all foodies

Exploring Lausanne is a great way to work up an appetite. For a snack, head to Cuppins, a veritable cupcake paradise. With its pinball machine and table football that are sure to delight your kids, Le Lacustre is the perfect place to enjoy some lighter fare with a stunning view of the lake. At Le Chalet-des-Enfants, children are given top priority and can make the most of the large garden and playground. In addition, a special focus is placed on local products. Make your way to Le Chalet Suisse for a breath of Alpine air in the heart of the city.

Calling all urbanites

Do you want to get to know every nook and cranny of Lausanne? Don’t forget to tour all the different neighbourhoods and districts the city has to offer. To delve into the past, we recommend the historic Cité district in heart of the city, and don't forget to drop by the storied Palud Square and its market (Wednesdays and Saturdays). The Rôtillon neighbourhood is also a must, with its charmingly colourful houses and designer boutiques. And if you want to discover the modern side of the city, head for the Flon, one of our favourite districts thanks to its terraces and upscale shopping opportunities. It's a great place to find a small souvenir to mark your memorable stay in Lausanne!