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Lausanne, the capital of the Swiss canton of Vaud, is a medium sized city (around two thirds the size of Geneva) which sits at the northern most point of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). 

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The city is the host to the International Olympic Committee and two major universities. It is also the transportation hub of Vaud, and a gateway to the alpine Canton of the Valais, home to some of the best known ski slopes in the world.
As you might expect the large student population makes for a lively nightlife and arts community, revolving around the Flon district. You'll also find a number of quality restaurants and two dozen museums of note, including the Olympic Museum and the offbeat Collection de l'Art Brut. Architecture buffs should note that at the top of the old town you'll find the best preserved Gothic cathedral in Switzerland.

Lausanne is a French speaking city, but Swiss-German and Italian are also spoken. A large enough part of the population has English as a second language that you probably will have little trouble, but it is not as commonly spoken as in nearby Geneva.

There has been a settlement on the hill of Lausanne since at least the stone age, but most histories of the city trace its origin to the roman camp Lausanna which occupied a position just down the hill toward the lake in what is now the village of Vidy.

Relocated to more defensible hilltop in the dark ages, Lausanne's increasing wealth and importance were largely derived from its placement on the primary north south routes between Italy and the north sea. 

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It was the first major town north of the St. Bernard pass, at least until the establishment of the bishopric of Valais.
Cathedral Tower, Vaud, Lausanne, Switzerland
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In 1538 the Bernese took the city from the Dukes of Savoy as part of their drive to secure their southwestern frontier. The Bernese held the territory until Lausanne gained its independence from Berne after the invasion of a French army under Napoléon Bonaparte in 1798. The city was later, in 1803, admitted to Switzerland as the capital of Vaud.

Lavaux, the mini region of the northwestern shore of Lake Geneva from Lausanne to Montreux (sometimes called the Swiss Riviera) has been a second home to writers, artists and musicians for about 150 years starting with the Shelleys and Lord Byron, who partied and wrote in Lausanne (Frankenstein is rumoured to have been composed here). Other famous residents include Ernest Hemingway, who wintered here with his young family around the time related in A Movable Feast and Charlie Chaplin who lived in Vevey from the mid 1930s on.

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Alpha-Palmiers Hotel, Lausanne
The Alpha-Palmiers is a oasis of quietness in the center of Lausanne. Its unique architecture surrounded by magical gardens are the guarantee for a restful stay. Located only two minutes from the railway and metro station itís the ideal starting point to discover the city. 210 rooms with wide bathroom and dressing make you feel at home. Fitness with Sauna and hammam. 20 meeting rooms all with daylight are waiting your meetings or banquets. The best Thai restaurant in the region. Ms Somthawin Puttasaraphan, is preparing with her team the cuisine that her grand-mother showed her. 
Continental Hotel Lausanne
The modern 4 star hotel is situated in the heart of Lausanne and is opposite to the main train station. The bus and metro connection for IOC, Olympic Museum, congress centre, Ouchy, University Hospital, EPFL as well as University are set nearby the property.  The hotel offers 116 luxurious rooms that are furnished with modern amenities for a relaxing stay and satisfies the most demanding guests.  Guests can either dine at the steakhouse or at the bar cafe, which spoils you with culinary specialities of fish and meat. The Le Boky Restaurant offers Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes for you to feast on.
Hotel Agora Lausanne
Located in a very quiet surrounding only 5 minutes from the main Railway station. Close to the lake and the metro line, the Agora offers you a refreshing break in your journey. Ideal for business or tourist trips. Youíll be charmed by its unique design. Beside his 82 rooms with wide TV screen, the Agora is the only hotel offerring 200 TV channel free of charge.  Youíll find in our 82 rooms quiteness. The hotel is surrounded by parks with trees. Be surprised by our service and the exceptional design. Each room has a big TV with DVD player. DVD can be rented at the reception. 
Lausanne Palace & Spa Lausanne
Located in the heart of the Olympic capital, commanding a magnificent view over the lake Geneva and the Alps, this charming property is only a throw stone from the most elegant shopping streets and the picturesque old city. The entire property has been renovated over the past years, thus creating a unique environment, combining luxury and refinement, well-being and savoir-vivre. Its status as home of the International Olympic Committee makes it one of Lausanneís historic features. The Lausanne Palace & Spa, an unforgettable experience.
Movenpick Hotel Lausanne
The Movenpick Hotel is nestled in the heart of Lausanne-Ouchy on the banks of Lake Leman, overlooking the spectacular Alps. This property is just 5 minutes drive from the city centre, the main railway station and the motorway.  Delightfully comfortable and thoughtfully appointed, the guest rooms are designed to make you feel at home, while offering the latest convenient amenities for a relaxing stay.  Guests can enjoy their food at any of the onsite restaurants that serve delicious and superb cuisine. The hotel bar is a perfect place to start off or wind up your evening with a cocktail, while enjoying the magnificent views of the lake in modern and pleasant surroundings.
Tulip Inn Beaulieu Hotel Lausanne
Offering a wide variety of facilities and services, the Golden Tulip Inn Beaulieu Hotel Lausanne is an ideal place for both business and leisure travellers.  Located in the city centre, this hotel is surrounded by private gardens and is close to the world trade centre as well as the congress centre Beaulieu.  The 60 air-conditioned guestrooms at the Golden Tulip Inn are equipped with all modern amenities and offer superior comfort for its guests.  Guests can enjoy delectable food at the onsite restaurant in a relaxed atmosphere.
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