Where to cool down in Lausanne

May 21, 2024

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.

Spots for swimming

The Jetée de la Compagnie

The absolute must to cool down is the Jetée de la Compagnie, with its deck, its bars made from containers and its easier access to the lake. The place has its own pontoon leading from the deck to the lake: you just walk along the pontoon and climb down the ladder for a refreshing dip in Lake Geneva. Isn’t that wonderful?

Le Minimum buvette ephemere au bord du lac Leman Le Minimum buvette ephemere au bord du lac Leman
Vue drone sur la Jetee de la Compagnie au bord du lac Leman. Buvette ephemere a Vidy. Vue drone sur la Jetee de la Compagnie au bord du lac Leman. Buvette ephemere a Vidy.

Vidy

Vidy beach is the ideal place to enjoy a swim and then go for a cocktail in one of the restaurants or bars there.

Bellerive swimming pool

Bellerive swimming pool – a classic – is a part pool, part beach option. If you find it hard to make up your mind, it’s the right compromise. 400 metres of access to the lake, with a sandy beach on one side and three pools for a cooling dip on the other. There are even four diving boards for those in search of adrenaline.

Parks

With 16 large public parks, Lausanne has plenty of green spaces to offer. And when you’re looking for cooler spots in town, your best bet is in the shade of mighty trees.

Sauvabelin Park

One of the symbols of nature in town in Lausanne, Sauvabelin Park is loved by all: families for their Sunday outing, lovers wandering hand in hand and friends who wish to enjoy the view. The higher altitude and many large trees keep the atmosphere cooler.

Foret et Tour de Sauvabelin Foret et Tour de Sauvabelin
Cascade dans la foret de Sauvabelin Cascade dans la foret de Sauvabelin

Mon-Repos Park

Mon-Repos Park and its monumental trees are an invitation to relax (the clue is in the name, which means “My rest”). Take a blanket, a good book and settle down in the shade of a hundred-year-old tree. Feeling like a drink? The Folie Voltaire and its home-made brews will be just the thing.

Cascade dans la foret de Sauvabelin Cascade dans la foret de Sauvabelin

Louis Bourget Park

Between lake and forest, Louis Bourget Park is the place to be in Lausanne when you want to organize a summertime picnic. Of course, you can come to get a tan and savour food, but the forest and nearby lake offer protection from the sun, while the gentle lake breeze will cool you down.

Balades a pied et en velo au Parc Bourget Balades a pied et en velo au Parc Bourget

Museums

Why only visit museums when the weather is appalling? We don’t think of that often enough, but museums are brilliant places to escape from the heat and enjoy a refreshing visit, all the while educating ourselves!

Plateforme 10

What more could we want? We like to go to Plateforme 10, the brand new arts district: a real place to feed your mind… and your stomach too, with its delicious cafés and restaurants.

The Olympic Museum

Would you like to relive the high points of Olympism and live alongside the greatest champions? In the heart of Lausanne, the fabulous world of the Games opens up to you for an unforgettable sporting experience.

The Fondation de l’Hermitage

Nestling in the heart of an exceptional park offering one of the finest views of the city, this sublime nineteenth-century mansion is a showcase for the fine arts, much to the delight of art lovers.

For even more art, history and culture, find a summary of all Lausanne’s museums in just one click.

Visite de Plateforme 10. Facade / entree de Photo Elysee et mudac Visite de Plateforme 10. Facade / entree de Photo Elysee et mudac
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