Coronavirus: situation in Lausanne

More information

Olympic walk

‘The sense of independence and pride nurtured by the city of Lausanne and its people provides Olympism with the kind of unwavering liberty it needs to prosper’.

These words spoken by Pierre de Coubertin marked the installation of the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) in Lausanne during the official reception at City Hall in 1915. Intent on modernizing the Olympic Games, this French aristocrat had founded the IOC in Paris in 1894. Two years later, he staged the first Olympics in Athens. During the First World War, Pierre de Coubertin chose to make Lausanne the home for his fledgeling movement. In doing so, he made Lausanne the hub of modern Olympism.

In this city, the Olympic Games never end. In the middle of a magnificent park overlooking the lake, The Olympic Museum showcases the striking images, highlights and paraphernalia of the Games, and recalls the commitment of the IOC to foster popular as well as competitive sports. The dynamic presence of the IOC in Lausanne is not alien to the citys intimate involvement in hosting international sports-related activities. Many European and world championships, for example, have taken place here in a wide variety of disciplines such as curling, gymnastics, badminton and freestyle iceskating. The IOC has also been credited with prompting some fifteen international sports fédérations to locate their headquarters here, the creation of the Court of Arbitration for Sports and the development of the laboratory for doping control analysis. When you follow in the footsteps of those who embraced Olympism, you will discover some of the most beautiful sites of a city officially proclaimed Olympic Capital in 1994, a prestigious and unique title befitting a city whose destiny remains closely linked to international sports.
A marathon of emotions. Would you like to relive great Olympic moments? Feel the pulse of the champions? Discover the creative flair of the host cities? The world of the Games with its many facets will open up to you for a full and unique experience.

See the place

Name given to a portion of the Place de la Navigation inaugurated in May 1995. This magnificent recreational site borders the marina.

See the place

Rowing is one of the many sports available in the lakeside city of Lausanne.

See the place

Pierre-de-Coubertin stadium, named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games, has an athletics track and changing rooms available to the public. This venue hosted the first Athletissima meetings from 1977.

See the place

Located in a magnificent lakeside park, this 18th - century castle with its recent annex houses today's headquarters of the IOC.

See the place

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.

See the place

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!

See the place

With its belfry towering over the picturesque Place de la Palud, the imposing Town Hall building is still used today for municipal offices. The Lausanne architect Abraham de Crousaz built it between 1673 and 1675 on the site of previous town halls.

See the place

Today, the Palais de Rumine houses the cantonal museums of geology, zoology, archaeology and history, the Cantonal Money Museum, and the cantonal and university library.

See the place

Home of the IOC's first secretariat, then administration of the first olympic museum, office and even home of Pierre de Coubertin between 1929 and 1937.

See the place