Lausanne: just one of many towns? Its scenery, its history and its inhabitants have made it a place with a charm of its own. The smallest city in Switzerland – but the Olympic Capital all the same – is distinguished by the unique atmosphere of the site it occupies.
Its undulating contours afford residents and visitors spectacular glimpses over Lake Geneva and the Alps. The wealth of its cultural life is exceptional, while its modest size keeps it on an eminently human scale.
A bastion of training and research, its campuses have built a solid reputation all over the globe. A leisurely stroll is enough to discover stunning parks and gardens, bustling shopping districts and a fine architectural heritage. To discover Lausanne is to know the quality of life that makes it such a unique city.
The earliest traces of habitation date back to 6000 B.C. During the Gallo-Roman era the vicus was known by the Celtic name of Lousonna.
Dynamic expansion. Situated on the northern shores of Lake Geneva, Lausanne has more than 130,000 residents and is at the heart of a conurbation with over 300,000 inhabitants.
First a hub for people and goods and an affluent city on the shores of Lake Geneva with an excellent medical reputation, Lausanne has experienced massive growth to become a city with a population of 300,000 and 170,000 jobs.
Switzerland has a reputation for being an expensive country. This cliché is sometimes true, but frequently misleading. On the contrary, the cost of living in Lausanne is actually quite reasonable.
An executive consisting of 7 elected members controls the commune of Lausanne, while the Mayor presides over the Municipal Authority. A Municipal Council comprising 100 elected representatives fulfils a legislative function.
Lausanne en livres
A heritage to consult. Lausanne has been the subject of a large number of publications, the majority of them in French.
Bureau de la communication
Secrétariat général de la Direction Culture et développement urbain
Escaliers du Marché
Réception au 1er étage
Case postale 6904
Phone +41 21 315 25 50
Fax +41 21 315 20 04
tl: Saint-François, Bel-Air
m1: Lausanne-Flon; m2: Riponne-M. Béjart