Surrounded by vineyards that roll all the way down to the lake’s shore, Lausanne is a fine destination to spend a summer day discovering architectonic, cultural and natural treasures. Stroll in Switzerland’s fourth largest city and go straight to the places that will make this day trip one to look forward to.
Squares and parks
Lausanne’s beautiful squares and parks invite you to discover a sense of the city’s lush outdoor spaces. Palud Square holds the town’s oldest fountain and the 17th-century Town Hall, with arcades and copper dragon-shaped gargoyles. The Esplanade of Montbenon, with its manicured green lawns, is the perfect spot for panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. The Casino de Montbenon (now a cultural centre) sits on the western edge. The Place de la Navigation is another favourite place to laze in the sun.
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Berceau des Sens
This fine-dining training restaurant run as part of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Lausanne Hotel School), offers high level service and gourmet meals. Ranked with 16 Gault & Millau points, expect French cuisine and an elegant dress code.
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Visit wine cellars
With proximity to the best wine-growing areas in all of Switzerland, a tour of the region’s wine cellars is on the bucket list. The Domaine de Burignon in nearby Saint-Saphorin remains a popular stop on a wine-tasting tour.
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