About Lausanne

Lausanne is the capital and largest city of the Swiss canton of Vaud in French-speaking Switzerland. It has around 150,000 inhabitants, 350,000 including the agglomeration. People of over 100 nationalities live in the heart of this multicultural city which hosts about 35,000 students between Lausanne university, EPFL and various Universities of applied sciences.

The city is a unique environment where the worlds of sport, culture, technology, research and innovation come together in a picturesque setting. Home to the International Olympic Committee and Olympic Museum, Lausanne is recognised as the “Olympic capital”. It is also a place of excellence in research and education and a green city full of parks and gardens. Lausanne is set alongside the shores of Lake Geneva and is surrounded by the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Lausanne is also close to numerous popular tourist destinations, including Montreux and the Château de Chillon, Zermatt, the Jungfrau, Lucerne, the historic city of Gruyères, the Glacier des Diablerets and the Alps.

View "Tips from the locals" from the local organising committee's recommendations on places to eat, drink and visit while you are in Lausanne.