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The Insider's Guide to Lausanne

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Exploring the Best of Lausanne: Your Guide to Top Sites, Restaurants, Nightlife, and More. From Cultural Experiences to Outdoor Adventures, We'll Help You Make the Most of Your Time in the City.

Welcome to Lausanne! If you're planning to move to Lausanne, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Lausanne has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Lausanne.

Lausanne, is a city rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. One of the most iconic sites in Lausanne is the Olympic Museum, which celebrates the history of the Olympic Games with a variety of exhibits and memorabilia. The museum is located in Ouchy, a picturesque district by the lake, which is also home to the Château d'Ouchy, a beautiful castle that now serves as a luxury hotel. Another must-visit site is the Lausanne Cathedral, a stunning example of Gothic architecture that offers panoramic views of the city from its tower. The Collection de l'Art Brut is a unique museum that showcases "outsider art" created by self-taught artists. For those interested in history, the Roman Museum offers a glimpse into Lausanne's ancient past. The city is also home to several beautiful parks, including the Esplanade de Montbenon and the Parc de Mon Repos.

Lausanne boasts a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. One of the city's most popular restaurants is La Table d'Edgard, a Michelin-starred establishment known for its innovative Mediterranean cuisine. For traditional Swiss fare, Pinte Besson is a must-visit. Established in 1780, it is the oldest restaurant in Lausanne and serves classic dishes like fondue and raclette. The Great Escape is a popular bar located in the Flon district, known for its lively atmosphere and extensive beer selection. For a more upscale experience, the bar at the Royal Savoy Hotel offers a sophisticated setting and a wide range of cocktails. Lausanne is also known for its vibrant club scene, with MAD Club being one of the most famous nightclubs in Switzerland. Other popular venues include D! Club and the Loft Club.

Lausanne offers a wide range of recreational activities for both locals and tourists. The city is located on the shores of Lake Geneva, making it a popular destination for water sports such as sailing, swimming, and paddleboarding. The Société Nautique de Lausanne offers sailing courses and boat rentals. For those who prefer land-based activities, the city offers numerous hiking and biking trails, with the Sauvabelin Forest being a popular destination. The forest also features a tower that offers panoramic views of the city and the lake. In winter, the region offers excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities, with resorts like Leysin and Les Diablerets located just a short drive away. For indoor activities, the city offers several fitness centers and sports clubs, including the Lausanne University Sports Center and the Lausanne Tennis Club. The city is also home to several golf courses, including the Lausanne Golf Club and the Golf de Lavaux.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.
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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.
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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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