Lausanne: Enjoying the View from the Top in the City on a Hill

Here’s one good thing about visiting Lausanne: you’ll get your cardio. The city, located on the picture-perfect shores of Lake Geneva, is built up the side of a hilltop. While I have no doubt there was some brilliant logic behind this construction, it can be a bit exhausting when everything you want to see involves an uphill walk.

But, here’s another good thing about visiting Lausanne: it’s really lovely, meaning all that climbing is worth it. At the “bottom” of the city, so to speak, you’ll find a lovely lakeside promenade and the Olympic Museum. And as you ascend up the town, you’ll encounter more treasures still: cathedrals, cute window shopping, and stunning vantage points.

To me, Lausanne exemplified something I think Switzerland as a whole excels at: orderly charm. That is, the city isn’t the most vibrant spot; it’s clean and quiet and low-key. Yet, while Lausanne may not be winning any awards for excitement, it’s still a lovely place to be, with cobblestone streets and colorful little lanes and the stunning Lake Geneva landscape that I will never tire of. It won’t set your traveling heart on fire, but it will put a relaxed smile on your face.

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