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Stage town for the sixth time Capital of the canton of Vaud in Switzerland and Olympic capital
Specialities: papet vaudois (Swiss potée), saucisson vaudois, perch fillets, taillé aux greubons (savoury pastry), bouchons vaudois (confectionery), Lausanne wines
Personalities: Benjamin Constant (writer), Pierre de Coubertin (founder of the Olympic Games), Coco Chanel (haute-couture), Maurice Béjart (dancer, died in Lausanne), Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (poet), Georges Simenon (died in Lausanne). Stanislas Wawrinka (tennis).
Sport: FC Lausanne-Sport (football, Super League), Lausanne Hockey Club (ice hockey, National League), Lausanne University Club (volleyball, National League A). Facilities: Pontaise Olympic Stadium, Vaudoise arena. Events: Athletissima (athletics meeting), Lausanne Marathon, Lausanne Triathlon, Lausanne FIBA 3x3 World Tour (basketball)
Economy: headquarters of the International Olympic Committee and 59 international sports federations and institutions, universities, hospitals, high technology, service sector, banks, administrations, etc.
Festivals: Festival de la Cité (theatre, music, street art), Rencontres du 7e Art, Festival Lausanne Lumières, Miam Festival (cuisine, gastronomy), JazzOnze+ (music).
Labels: Villeverte " silver " label / 3 stars of the " Commune en santé " label / Global Active Cities / European Energy Award® Gold / Cité de l'énergie since 1996
Signature: Olympic capital.
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Plateforme 10, a new arts district
Three minutes' walk from the station, on the site of the old locomotives, the Plateforme 10 museum centre is like a crossroads dedicated to culture. With more than 25,000 m2, this new arts district, unprecedented in Switzerland, houses three prestigious museums of international renown in two buildings. The first, designed by Spanish architects Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga, houses the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts with its 3,215 m2 dedicated to new temporary exhibitions and the permanent presentation of its collection. The second building brings together Photo Elysée and the Cantonal Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts (mudac). Designed by Portuguese architects Francisco and Manuel Ares Mateus, this architectural work is characterised by a large gap that separates the two institutions. Photo Elysée is one of the most important museums in the world dedicated entirely to photography. Every year it presents several exhibitions of international importance and holds several photographic collections, including that of Charlie Chaplin. As for mudac, it is interested in all forms of design. In its permanent space, the museum presents the most important collection of contemporary glass art in Europe.
LAUSANNE AND CYCLING
Lausanne is an old acquaintance of the Tour de France, since the race has stopped here five times, the first time in 1948 for a stage won by Gino Bartali, the future winner of this edition. It was the Italian champion's sixth stage victory in the Tour and third in a row! The Grande Boucle hadn't been in town since 2000, when Erik Dekker won the stage after a long breakaway that the Dutchman was famous for. However, Lausanne's favourite race is still the Tour de Romandie, as it has been on the course nearly thirty times between 1953 and 2022. After Primoz Roglic dominated an 18km time trial along the lake in 2017, this year it was young British rider Ethan Hayter who caused a sensation by winning the prologue. The town has also hosted the Tour de Suisse on 15 occasions.
Foundation: built from 1170.
Characteristics: after the reformation of 1536, several restoration cycles took place. One of the most important interventions was carried out in the second half of the 19th century by the French architect Viollet-le-Duc.
History: the construction of Lausanne Cathedral saw several master builders until the first half of the 13th century. Starting with the Romanesque apse, the building of the monument quickly asserted the Gothic orientation of its architecture and ended around 1235 with the addition of the painted portal on the south façade. On 20 October 1275, the cathedral was consecrated by Pope Gregory X in the presence of Emperor Rudolf of Habsburg.
A special feature: between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., a watchman shouts out the hours to the inhabitants from the Belfry tower. Its role is no longer to keep watch over the town, but to perpetuate a tradition that goes back over 600 years.
Listed as a cultural asset of national importance. https://www.lausanne-tourisme.ch/fr/decouvrir/la-cathedrale-de-lausanne/
Palais de Rumine (Rumine Palace)
Foundation: built in the 19th century
Style: Italianate (architect: Gaspard André).
Features: The building has a strictly symmetrical plan.
History: on his death in 1871, Gabriel de Rumine, the son of a Russian prince, gave the city of Lausanne 1.5 million Swiss francs for the construction of a public utility building. The Palais de Rumine was inaugurated in 1902, but it was not actually completed until the spring of 1906. From 2001 to 2017, the Grand Council of the State of Vaud sat in the Palais de Rumine, pending the reconstruction of the parliament on the site of the former Perregaux Hall, which was destroyed by fire in 2002.
Listing: cultural property of national importance.
Foundation: built in the 20th century (1993).
Style: modern (Miguel Espinet, Pedro Ramirez Vazquez and Jean-Pierre Cahen)
Surface: 11,000 m2
Location: located on the heights of the Quai d'Ouchy on the banks of Lake Geneva.
History: the museum presents temporary and permanent exhibitions on three floors (the Olympic world, the Olympic Games and the Olympic spirit), with more than 150 screens and 1500 objects. Trivia: 2nd most visited museum in Switzerland.
Listing: cultural asset of national importance. https://olympics.com/musee
Pontaise Olympic Stadium
Foundation: built in the 20th century (1952).
Capacity: 15,786 seats.
History: It was the home of FC Lausanne-Sport from May 1954 until November 2020 and of FC Stade Lausanne Ouchy from September 2020.
Trivia: It hosted five matches of the 1954 Football World Cup.
The largest freshwater lake in Western Europe invites you to stroll along its banks but also to take a trip. The eight steamships of the Compagnie Générale de Navigation, the most prestigious Belle Époque fleet in the world, have been cruising on Lake Geneva for 130 years. A cruise on La Suisse or L’Italie allows you to discover the landscape in a new light. https://www.lausanne-tourisme.ch/fr/decouvrir/le-lac-leman/
Foundation: built in the 18th century.
History: from 1812 to 1832, Vincent Perdonnet renovated the mansion and the park following a master plan by the French architect Louis Damesme.
Characteristics: English-style garden. In addition to the aforementioned mansion, orangery, kiosk and tower, the park also contains several remarkable trees, including a giant sequoia. Listing: cultural property of national importance.
Place de la Palud
In the centre of the square, the fountain, decorated with a statue representing justice, is the oldest in the city. A few steps away, a wall clock recounts the great hours of Vaud's history, with automatons going out every hour from 9 am to 7 pm. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, the country market is held on this square, which also takes place in the neighbouring pedestrian streets.
Even if it is more Vaudois than strictly Lausanne, papet is a typical dish of the region, Lausanne being the capital of the canton of Vaud. This winter dish is eaten between September and April. Papet Vaudois is also the ideal dish to regain your strength after having tackled the slopes of the city. The recipe is very simple: potatoes, leeks, a little white wine, cream and a cabbage sausage. We don't really know how or when the cabbage sausage was invented. But we do know why. Because there was not enough meat, cabbage was added to the mixture to make the stuffing longer.