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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).
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
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
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.
It was the first major town
north of the St. Bernard pass, at least until the establishment of the
bishopric of Valais.
|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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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