Lausanne is an elegant, medium sized city which sits at the northern most point of Lake Geneva. The city boasts an incredible panorama over the lake and the Alps. It enjoys a hillside setting with a difference in elevation of about 500 meters (1,640 ft) between the lakeshore at Ouchy, the city’s marina district and its northern edge bordering the suburbans of Le Mont-sur-Lausanne and Epalinges. This wonderful city is a green city with many parks and gardens. Its southern exposure on the lake gives it a wonderful climate for all kinds of vegetation, including the extensive wine-growing regions of Lavaux (to the east) and la Côte (to the west).
Lausanne Cathedral is well known for housing the International Olympic Committee headquarters, including its popular museum, and the Swiss Hotel School is located here as well. Lausanne is a lively city with a large student population, and in the summer the city holds many outdoor festivals, street performances, and street parties. Lausanne also offers a beautiful Old Town – “La Cité” – with an impressive medieval cathedral and excellent pedestrian-only shopping areas. Lausanne is a major junction for numerous train lines through Switzerland, and therefore a great base for excursions to other Swiss cities or to the peaks of the Bernese Oberland or the Valais. Of course, there are many wonderful excursions and tours in the Lake Geneva Region, by boat, train or cable car. Take a mini-train to visit the Lavaux Vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or enjoy the panorama of the Swiss and French Alps while on a cruise to nearby Montreux with its famous Chillon Castle. more attractions and activities in Lausanne and the Lake Geneva region.
Lausanne is situated in the southwestern part of Switzerland, on the northern shores of Lake Geneva at an elevation of 495 m (1,624 ft) above sea level.