What’s Cool in Lausanne: The Week Ahead

Summer has officially arrived in Lausanne, the charming Swiss city on the shores of Lake Geneva. The city is buzzing with excitement this week! It’s the perfect time to dive into nature, whether you’re hiking through stunning landscapes or chilling by the lakeside with friends, whether you are dining out or dancing the night away at an exciting event… Here some suggestions for cool things to see and do this coming week!


Lausanne Place de la Cathedrale Nolan Krattinger



Monday, June 24



Kick off your week with Lausanne’s many possible summer activities! From free concerts, outdoor movie screenings, public viewing of the EURO2024 matches, and various family-friendly activities throughout the city. Visit the official website of Lausanne Tourism for more inspiration >>>


The Great Escape: A cozy pub known for its vibrant atmosphere and a wide selection of beers and pub fare. It’s a must when in Lausanne! Many fantastic summer nights were spent there…



Tuesday, June 25



Olympic Museum: Explore the rich history of the Olympic Games and enjoy interactive exhibits that are perfect for both adults and children.


Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville in Crissier: one of Lausanne’s top addresses! Just a short hop from Lausanne, the famed restaurant boasts a rich history. It first earned three MICHELIN stars in 1975 under the legendary Frédy Girardet. Since then, it’s been home to a succession of culinary giants like Philippe Rochat and Benoît Violier. Today, Franck Giovannini, who spent years as the second-in-command, leads the kitchen. He creates top-notch dishes that honor the restaurant’s storied culinary tradition. Enjoy these beautifully balanced and expertly crafted dishes in elegant dining rooms, one of which caters to smokers. Plus, you can count on expert wine recommendations to complement your meal perfectly.



Wednesday, June 26



Museum of Fine Art Lausanne: For the first time, see 300 unique works from the 18th century to today, permanently on display. Free admission.


Café Saint Pierre: an evening of gastronomy and art awaits you, with food critic Aïtor Alfonso, cartoonist Jul, and chef Guillaume Rainex. Enjoy historical anecdotes, live illustrations, and dishes inspired by the stories.


Thursday, June 27



Cathédrale de Lausanne: Don’t miss this! Lausanne Cathedral is an absolute must-see in the Vaud capital. This stunning gothic masterpiece is one of Europe’s finest, offering a breathtaking view of the city, Lake Geneva, and the Alps. Climb the 224 steps to the top of the belfry and you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable panorama!


Café de Grancy: Enjoy a relaxed meal with a view, offering a menu filled with local and seasonal ingredients.



Friday, June 28



Detective Trail: Pick up your card at the Tourist Office near the station or the cathedral’s tourist info point. Start the “Détective-Trail” at Lausanne Cathedral, solving riddles along the way. Crack the final puzzle to unlock the treasure chest and take home a souvenir.


Le Café des Artisans: A trendy spot offering creative Swiss dishes and a great selection of wines.



Saturday, June 29



Lausanne Jardins: Discover the city’s public spaces transformed by contemporary garden designs and art installations.


Le Chalet Suisse: Experience traditional Swiss cuisine with a spectacular view over Lausanne and Lake Geneva.



Sunday, June 30



Lausanne Palace Sunday Brunch: End your week with a luxurious brunch featuring an extensive buffet and stunning views of Lake Geneva.


Château d’Ouchy: Grill 57° is a culinary delight, offering perfectly grilled meats and seafood in an elegant lakeside setting. With a focus on precision cooking and fresh, local ingredients, each dish is a testament to gourmet excellence. Enjoy a sophisticated dining experience with stunning views of Lake Geneva.



Cool Places to Stay


5-Star Hotels:

Beau-Rivage Palace: Overlooking Lake Geneva, this historic hotel offers opulent rooms, exceptional dining, and a world-class spa.
Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa: A blend of modern luxury and Belle Époque architecture, featuring a rooftop bar with panoramic views.

4-Star Hotels:

Hotel Angleterre & Résidence: Located by the lake, offering elegant rooms and an excellent brasserie.
Mövenpick Hotel Lausanne: Modern amenities, great dining options, and a prime lakeside location.


Day Trips from Lausanne


Montreux: Famous for its jazz festival, beautiful lakeside promenade, and the stunning Château de Chillon.
Lavaux Vineyards: A UNESCO World Heritage site, these terraced vineyards offer breathtaking views and excellent wine-tasting opportunities.
Geneva: Just a short train ride away, explore the city’s rich history, international institutions, and vibrant cultural scene.


This week in Lausanne is packed with activities and experiences that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.