What to do in Lausanne in May?

Trees are blossoming, birds are singing and the sun is shining: to our greatest delight, spring is well and truly here in Lausanne. And to celebrate the sweetness of this time of year, we have quite the programme, what with enjoying the terraces of good restaurants, walks in the sun or unmissable events. We are committed to honour the French saying “en ce mois de mai, fais ce qu’il te plait”: in May, we shall do just as we please.

Our May bucket list

Finding our new favourite book in one of Lausanne’s small bookshops and devouring it in a sunny corner of the park

Lausanne is home to around 15 independent bookshops. Four book lovers tell us about their favourites!


Making all our followers jealous by taking photos of the most instagrammable spots in Lausanne


With its charming alleyways and iconic places, Lausanne is a real paradise for upgrading your Instagram feed! We’ll reveal our favourite spots to you so you can capture the city in your camera or phone.


Living in rhythm with dancing during a few days when the Dance Festival is on


The Fête de la Danse (Dance Festival) in Lausanne is a few days in which to discover dance in theatres, cultural centres and public spaces. Shows, entertainment, parties, disco kids…



Cycling in a dream setting by taking up the challenge of entering the Cyclotour du Léman


The Cyclotour du Léman is a popular cycling race which is open to all – both amateur and keen sportsmen and women. The event runs along the Swiss and French shores of Lake Geneva.



Getting up at dawn and starting the day in the best way by taking part in the Wake Up and Run race


Wake up and run is a non-timed 5km running that takes place at 05.30 a.m. in the centre of 15 Swiss cities and which is followed up by a take-away breakfast including regional products.


Stocking up on tempting fresh products in the local shops and making the most of the city’s eco-friendly activities


On visiting Lausanne you can see for yourself that the city is unwavering in its insistence on becoming a sustainable place to live. Quite apart from public transport, here are some environmentally friendly things to do and see in Lausanne.


Lausanne by month

Discover the best activities in Lausanne throughout the seasons