Lausanne


Voyages & Images, a photographic guide 

Lausanne is the fifth largest city of Switzerland situated in the French speaking Vaud canton. Originally built above three hills, the city is located at the borders of Lake Léman (also known as Lake Geneva).

Lausanne was the seventh city of an itinerary made by train in Austria and Switzerland in May 2007. The historical center in Upper Town must be explored on foot. The surroundings of the city can be reached by the public transportation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cathedral of Lausanne (left) stands out in the Upper Town. It is situated 150 meters above the level of Lake Léman and is one of the most impressive gothic churches of Europe.

A stroll in the narrow streets of the Upper Town leads you to the Château of Saint-Marie (below, to the right), built between the 14th and 15th centuries. Today it houses administrative offices of the canton.

 

The Lake Léman (left) can be seen from the Upper Town, over the rooftops of the historical center.

 

 

Aristocratic hotels and restaurants can be found in the borough of Ouchy, situated at the bakis of Lake Léman. From its port, boats sail to many places around the lake.

Ouchy is a starting point for aquatic sport activities in Lake Léman. It is also a privileged point of view of the French Alps in the Savoy region, on the other side of the lake.