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Lausanne has some great museums:

Olympic Museum on quai d’Ouchy 1, which hosts a great exhibition about the Olympic movement up to today. This symbol of the union of sports and culture is a universe filled with history and emotion. Open Tue - Sun 9 am – 6 pm (closed on Mon). Admission CHF15.-, students CHF 10.-. www.museum.olympic.org

Collection de l’Art Brut at av. des Bergières 11, a special exhibition, which you shouldn’t miss. Open Tue – Sun 11 am – 6 pm (closed on Mon). Admission CHF 10.-, students CHF 5.-.

Musée de l’Elysée at Avenue de l’Elysée 18, an impressive photo collection. Open Tue – Sun 11 am – 6 pm (closed on Mon). Admission CHF 8.-, students CHF 6.-. Free entry every first Sat of the month!

Fondation de l’Hermitage at Route du Signal 2 is housed in a beautiful 19th-century residence and is devoted to holding temporary exhibitions on the fine arts. It’s surrounded by a magnificent park! Tue - Sun 10 am - 6 pm, Thu until 9 pm, (Mon closed). Admission CHF 15, students CHF 7.-.

Via the 160 covered steps of the Escaliers du Marché (or by other routes) you reach the Old Town. The peaceful, historic atmosphere of the old town is an invitation to linger. See Lausanne’s magnificent cathedral from the 12th century, with its four towers and 105 stained-glass windows. L’hôtel de ville and place du Palud are nice places to take pictures of.

The one-time fishing village of Ouchy is now a prime territory for waterfront strolling and café-lounging. From this picturesque harbour the stately boats of the CGN will take you to Geneva, Vevey, Montreux, Evian (in France) and to the Chillon Castle (or vice versa). So you can easily take a boat instead of a train and enjoy a relaxing time on this beautiful lake!

Check out Lausanne’s Skatepark HS 36 at av. de Sévelin 36. 1,700m2 of indoor wooden facilities: half pipe, mini ramps, bowl (400m2), street course, climbing wall. Open from Tuesday to Sunday. Equipment rental possible. For more information call 021 626 37 93. From the train station take the metro-bus (MB) to “Flon”, from “Flon” take the metro (M1) and get off at the first stop (Vigie).