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- Cathedral Notre-Dame and the Basilica Notre-Dame du Valentin
- Saint-Maire Castle from the 15th century
- Musée Olympique and the Cantonal Museum of Archaeology and History
- Seaside resort and harbour on Lake Geneva
- Hiking through the forest of Sauvabelin
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Lausanne has a picturesque old town to offer you, where you will find some comfortable holiday apartments. In addition, many vacation rentals are not far from the Stadtwäldchen and Lake Geneva. A chalet in one of the residential areas offers you not only the most comfortable facilities, but also quick access to the beach. In addition, most accommodations have a garden, terrace or balcony where you can have breakfast in the morning while enjoying the view of the picturesque city.
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Location and orientation
Lausanne is the capital of the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It lies directly on the northern shore of Lake Geneva and is one of the largest municipalities in the country, alongside Geneva, Zurich, Berne, Basel and Winterthur. In the hinterland, the region is characterised by several valleys and slopes of the Vaud Mittelland. Lausanne also includes the three hills Saint-Laurent, Le Bourg and Cité, which divide the city.
The Eurovision Song Contest took place in 1989 for the last time in Switzerland, at the Palais de Beaulieu.
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Lausanne has a number of historic buildings that you should definitely visit during your walk. These include the cathedral Notre-Dame and the basilica Notre-Dame du Valentin from the early 19th century. Also impressive is the 15th century Saint-Maire Castle, once the seat of the bishop and the bailiff, with its four corner towers in brick architecture.2. Go on a museum tour
Lausanne is regarded as the cultural centre of western Switzerland, which is why there are several important exhibition houses to be seen here. These include the Museum of Art, the Museum of Archaeology and History and the Museum of Swiss Photography "Musée de l´Elysée. The Musée Olympique documents the Swiss Olympic movement since the late 19th century.3. Nearby recreation areas
Along the lake shore there are extensive recreation areas with swimming pool, seaside resort, sports facilities, playgrounds and boat harbour facilities. You will also find several parks throughout the city, such as the Botanical Garden, the Esplanade de Montbenon and the Monrepos area. You can also relax in the town forest of Sauvabelin and in the area around Chalet-à-Gobet.