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Short trip to Lausanne - what to do?

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Short trip to Lausanne - what to do?

I'm looking for some advice from the Trip Advisor experts to help me plan a few days in Lausanne - our children surprised us and we travel this Thursday!!

We fly into Geneva arriving at 17.30, so plan to take the train straight to Lausanne that evening.

We fly home on Sunday, leaving at 18.15.....so we have a totally blank canvas to work on!

We would like to walk in the mountains - but not too strenuous - cable car up somewhere?? Nice places to stop during walk for cuppa & cake!

Explore Lausanne.....what best to see?

Possibly return to Geneva earlier on Sunday to explore a bit - is there left luggage facility at the airport?

Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated - thanks :)

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1. Re: Short trip to Lausanne - what to do?

Some tips :

1. Take the train/metro down to Ouchy from lausanne gare.

2. From Ouchy, walk down to the Olympic museum and visit it. It's just a 20-30 min walk by the lakeside.

3. From Ouchy, you can take a boat trip to Vevey. Vevey is a beautiful small town on the bank of Lake Geneva. You can spend a day there.

Visit site www.myswitzerland.com/en/vevey.html for more details.

4. Visit Lausanne tourisme - Official Site of Lausanne Tourisme at www.lausanne-tourisme.ch/en for more details of nearby attractions in Lausanne.

5. Once you work out a rough cut itinerary, please post them on Lausanne forum and someone will advice you on that.

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2. Re: Short trip to Lausanne - what to do?

Lausanne is a nice town but not a great place to navigate for first timers. See this for Lausanne --

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g188107-c180593/Lausa…

You might try taking the "ferry" (shuttle boat) over to Evian which takes about 30mins and you can have lunch in France... Bern, our "Federal city" is only an hour from Lausanne by train and is really worth a visit -

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g188052-c127052/Bern:…

For a walk - in the hills around the Léman but not really "the mountains" - suggest you go to Vevey and take the train up to Chexbres. Walk down through the Lavaux vineyards to the lake - St Saphorin which is on the lake is a beautiful little village. Then you can take the local train back to Lausanne.

www.lavaux.ch

Or - go to Montreux. (There you will find your tea and cake! Very "British", Montreux!!) And take the train up to the Rochers de Naye. Wonderful views over the entire Léman and the French and Valais Alps.

When you go to Geneva you can leave your luggage in a locker at the main station. Allow about 4-5 hours in Geneva before you need to be at the airport. One ticket Lausanne to the airport allows you to get off at the main Geneva station and then take another train to the airport. Then see this for Geneva:

tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g188057-c127289/Gen…

Lockers cost about 10frs and are large. Should be OK. And better than going out to the airport and then back to Geneva...

Something you really do need to do is take a lake cruise on one of the "Belle Epoque" boats. "La Suisse" leaves Lausanne-Ouchy a couple of times a day for Montreux. You can continue on on the boat to Chillon and then visit the Château. Back to Lausanne by train from Veytaux-Chillon (slow, local train) OR bus to Montreux and fast train to Lausanne. Or boat back as well. For boat schedules see www.cgn.ch Chillon - www.chillon.ch

For all train times etc www.sbb.ch/en

Maybe better negotiate with your children for a few more days??

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3. Re: Short trip to Lausanne - what to do?

Thanks to both for your help - I will look at all your great suggestions and post again if I need more advice.....Montreux for tea cakes & the views sound great, as do the various suggested boat trips.

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4. Re: Short trip to Lausanne - what to do?

The classic tea room in Montreux is Zurcher which is on the main street... irresistible pastries etc.

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5. Re: Short trip to Lausanne - what to do?

Montreux looks great - wondered about Rochers-de Naye for views & walk? Fondue??

Could we sail back to Geneva rather than taking the train on Sunday?

Also would it be worthwhile buying a Swiss Card for our travel? Can we buy one once in Geneva?

Thanks again

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6. Re: Short trip to Lausanne - what to do?

There is a restaurant at the Rochers de Naye which I think serves fondue.

I assume by "sail" you mean take a boat? There are no direct boats Montreux to Geneva, but you can change in Lausannne-ouchy IF you get the timing right. It would be a long trip and you might want to consider taking a lake boat - preferably "la Suisse" which is a Belle Époque paddle wheeler - from Montreux or Chillon to Lausanne and then go to the station and take the train to Geneva. For timetables see. www.cgn.ch

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7. Re: Short trip to Lausanne - what to do?

Our hotel is in Lausanne, so would be from Lausanne to Geneva on Sunday - how long would a boat trip be?

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8. Re: Short trip to Lausanne - what to do?

Roughly 2 1/2 hours. But please see the link I gave you for the precise timing. Boats all go from Lausanne-Ouchy

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