Up and down the hills of Lausanne

by Camille de Alencastro

When people think about Switzerland, they usually picture villages in the mountains. Well...  Lausanne is not strictly speaking located in the mountains but was initially built on three hills above one of the largest lakes in Europe : Lake Geneva (Lac Léman in French). When looking at a map, the city center looks quite compact and almost everything easily accessible within walking distance. But don’t be fooled ! Remember the three hills I mentioned ? Visiting Lausanne means going up and down all the time, climbing a lot of stairs, taking steep streets, bridges or lifts. That’s part of the charm of the city, but it can be exhausting. This is the reason why the first metro of Switzerland was built here. This is also the reason why all of the things to do or to see that are suggested in this guide are at a reasonable walking distance from one of the 14 stations of the “M2” line that connects the north to the south of the city. Let’s get back to the mountains: they are not far away. From the Sauvabelin hill to the lakeside in Ouchy, you will always get to see the majestic Alps standing in front of you on the other side of the lake.

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Up and down the hills of Lausanne

by Camille de Alencastro

Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, Lausanne is maybe not as famous as Zurich or Geneva, but you'll be surprised by its gentle lifestyle and all it has to offer !

17 Places

81 Pages

ebook format

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