Lausanne is the second-largest city on Lake Geneva and also the capital of the canton of Vaud. It is a dynamic commercial town combining with the locality of a holiday resort. As it is the Olympic capital, sports and culture usually get significant importance.
The setting of Lausanne is vividly picturesque as the town is nestled on three hills, girdled by vineyard-covered slopes, and Lake Geneva at its feet. The Savoy Alps which is rising impressively from the opposite French lakeshore enhance the scenic beauty of this city. The attractive old town is largely car-free. Small alleyways with boutiques and cafes cover the streetscape in the medieval city center.
The old town is dominated by the cathedral, which is known as the most impressive piece of early Gothic architecture of Switzerland.
The visitors love to stroll around the shopping streets which are surrounding the cathedral as well as in the pretty waterfront area of Ouchy.