What to do in Lausanne in August?

Summer is in full flow in Lausanne and, during this month of August, it’s all happening by the lake! Whether it’s to enjoy a picnic, engage in sports activities, relax to the sound of the waves or just go for a quick swim, Lake Geneva is our best friend to stay cool and spend some good times in good company.

Our August bucket list

Cooling down by diving into the clear waters of Lake Geneva


The summer is on us in Lausanne and with it come blue skies, sun and heat. So what can we do when it’s just getting too hot and we need to cool down? We selected for you the best places to stay chilled in Lausanne when temperatures are on the rise.


Getting the day off to a good start with a yoga session at the Jetée de la Compagnie


The Jetée de la Compagnie is a temporary terrace on the shores of Lake Geneva, in Lausanne-Ouchy. The sweeping deck is a great place for a spot of sunbathing after a dip. In the evenings, the smell of grilled food, cocktails and stunning sunset views set the tone. La Jetée de la Compagnie also hosts yoga classes and concerts all summer long.


Playing at being Rose and Jack during a cruise on Lake Geneva (rest assured, there’s no iceberg on the horizon)


For a romantic or a gourmet cruise or simply to cross Lake Geneva, the ships of the General Navigation Company are a must during your vacation in Switzerland. Embark at Lausanne-Ouchy and travel to one of the forty ports on the Swiss or French shores of Lake Geneva.


Experimenting a pedal-lunch: get your favourite dish as a takeaway and savour it at your leisure out on the lake on a pedal boat


Eating on the go in town or planning a picnic at the lakeside? The go-to addresses for small takeaways in Lausanne. From local to international cuisine, we have uncovered a few addresses that should please your taste buds.


Taking up the challenge of entering the Lausanne Triathlon


The Lausanne Triathlon takes place in Ouchy, on the lakeshore, and offers experienced amateur athletes the opportunity to compete in the three disciplines over the Olympic distances: 1.5 km swimming, 40 km cycling and 10 km running. Other categories, such as children’s and youth distances, relay races or family races are also proposed.


Sailing serenely (but actively!) on the lake during an introduction session to rowing


Rowing is one of the many sports available in the lakeside city of Lausanne. Baron de Coubertin himself went rowing off these shores. Amateurs of this sport continue to train and compete here today.


Lausanne by month

Discover the best activities in Lausanne throughout the seasons