Located on the sunny coast of Lake Geneva, Lausanne is one of the most famous cities in the canton of Vaud. With its amazing architecture, imposing cathedral, various parks and outstanding views of the lake and the Alps, this city will surely take your breath away.
Got your attention? Now, whether you visit as a first-time tourist or as an amateur photographer, here are six spots in Lausanne to catch the best views and take the most stunning photographs.
Those Ouchy lake views
What makes Ouchy by the lake unique are the superb views. You could sit there for ages just admiring Lake Geneva and the Alps.
Picture a lakeside boulevard where locals meet one another and a harbor that brings up Wanderlust. It is the ideal place to bring a camera and capture all this beauty. My advice: go down to Ouchy around sunset to get the most stunning scenes you will ever see…
Le Pavillon thaïlandais – The Thai Palace of Lausanne
Have you ever imagined finding an authentic Thai temple next to the Swiss Alps? Built in 2007, it was a gift celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Switzerland. Plated with 100’000 gold leaves, it reflects the sun perfectly giving it that golden glow.
No need for an interesting surrounding, this temple is incredible by itself!
Esplanade de Montbenon
If you are looking for a place to hang out as well as soak in some nice views, Montbenon in Lausanne is the place to go. Enjoy the Palais de Justice as well as the relaxed atmosphere and the diverse vegetation. The backdrop? Lake Geneva and the Alps.
Les escaliers du marché
These stairs are perfect for that wonderful Instagram picture you were looking for. Surrounded by picturesque colorful house facades and flowers, this scenery will surely not disappoint. You will have to walk up 177 wooden stairs to reach the top. But once you are there, you are rewarded by the beauty of the Cathedral that stands right in front of you.
The inside of the Cathedral of Lausanne
As you step inside the imposing Cathedral of Lausanne, you will surely be amazed. Its symmetrical ceiling and Gothic decorations make you feel like you have travelled back to the 13th century…
On top of the Cathedral tower
After visiting the ground floor of the Cathedral, why not head up to the top to get one of the (probably) best views of Lausanne? At five francs per adult, the entrance fee to the tower is great bang for the buck.
The first floor is home to the famous guet. Did you know that from 10 PM to 2 AM, 365 days per year, he shouts out the time every hour? It might seem quite pointless, but it is just a way to keeping the tradition that has stayed since the 15th century. On the second and third floors, some splendid views await… For those who are not afraid of heights, this is the perfect place to take some photos from a bird’s-eye perspective!