As the capital of the Canton of Vaud and the fourth-largest city in Switzerland, Lausanne shines with its dynamism and openness on economic, cultural, sports, and academic fronts.
Lausanne Tourism serves as the ambassador for the city both nationally and internationally, inviting both Swiss and foreign guests to explore the strengths and charm of Lausanne. Welcoming them with passion and professionalism, Lausanne Tourism is dedicated to showcasing the city’s diverse attractions.
Lausanne - The Olympic Museum
The Olympic Museum is a museum dedicated to the history of the Olympic Games, inaugurated on June 23, 1993, in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is situated on the heights of Quai d’Ouchy overlooking Lake Geneva. The museum hosts both permanent and temporary exhibitions focused on sports and the Olympic movement.
With nearly 300,000 visitors each year, the museum boasts 3,000 square meters of exhibition space, featuring 1,500 objects, 150 audiovisual displays, 50 interactive screens, and 7 hours of sound and video celebrating humanity in motion. Its scenography invites visitors to immerse themselves in the history of the Games, exploring dreams, culture, design, challenges, and the values of Olympism. The design incorporates the latest technological innovations.
Surrounded by a park displaying numerous artworks themed around sports, the Olympic Museum offers a comprehensive and immersive experience for its visitors.
Vevey - Nestlé
Vevey experienced its first golden age during the Belle Époque at the end of the 19th century. Today, prestigious hotels and the lakeside promenade, lined with palm trees and flowerbeds, still evoke this prosperous period. Vevey is also a modern regional center, hosting the headquarters of the renowned global food group Nestlé. Perhaps the most famous resident of Vevey was the actor Charlie Chaplin, who lived here during the last 25 years of his life. A monument dedicated to him stands on the lakeside.
Vevey - The food museum
Built between 1918 and 1920, the first administrative headquarters of Nestlé & Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company now houses the world’s first museum dedicated to food, the Alimentarium. For over 30 years, the museum has presented, from a global and independent perspective, the many facets of human nutrition.
Taking a multidisciplinary approach encompassing cultural, historical, scientific, and nutritional aspects, the museum has established itself over time as an essential reference in the field of nutrition, thanks to its bold and unconventional programming.
The Giant Fork was created by the Neuchâtel artist Jean-Pierre Zaugg for the tenth anniversary of the Alimentarium. This stainless steel art installation (8 meters high by 1.3 meters wide) has been planted in the lake, off the museum, since 2008.
An exceptional landscape, Lavaux UNESCO, also known as the “wine route,” has been shaped by and for the winemakers. Over 400 kilometers of walls support 10,000 terraces on 40 levels. Serving both as structural elements and integral parts of the landscape, these walls also nurture the vine. In Lavaux, it is said that grapes benefit from three suns: the sun in the sky, the heat retained by the walls, and the reflection of rays from the lake. The vines thrive in these ideal conditions in the eight production areas: Villette, Epesses, St-Saphorin, Chardonne, Lutry, Vevey-Montreux, Dézaley Grand Cru, and Calamin Grand Cru. The Grand Crus are AOC designations, just like Lavaux AOC. Over a total area of 830 hectares, approximately 200 winemakers prioritize Chasselas, a white grape variety and the king of Lavaux.
Montreux is a glamorous tourist destination. Feel the atmosphere of all the great artists who have visited this place: Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, Ray Charles, and many others. The emblem of the city is the statue of Freddy Mercury; it is said that “if you want peace of soul, you should come to Montreux.” It’s a unique chance to visit the old Queen’s recording studio, stroll through streets filled with fancy shops and landmarks from the famous jazz festival. Take a walk along the Montreux Riviera with the beautiful Lake Geneva, lakeside palm trees, and mountains.
Chillon Castle in its current form is the result of several centuries of construction and redevelopment.
The rocky island on which the castle sits constituted both a form of natural protection and a strategic positioning to control passage from the north to the south of Europe. The castle took on the oval shape of the genuine island upon which it was built. It is approximately 100m long and 50m wide. It also took its name from the rock; the word ‘Chillon’ meant ‘rocky platform’ in an ancient language.
The history of the castle is marked by three great periods: those of the Savoy family, the Bernese bailiffs and the Canton of Vaud.
Montreux - Queen The Studio Experience
Casino Barrière de Montreux is home to the legendary “Mountain Studios” which has seen a parade of artists such as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones or Queen walk through its doors. In 2013, the venue was renovated to include an exhibition space entirely dedicated to Queen, which recorded six albums there between 1978 and 1995. The band Queen recorded their latest album, “Made in Heaven”.