Lausanne, a vibrant city made for sport
Lausanne is a young city which moves to the rhythm of many different sporting and cultural events, a city of discreet charm. Set amidst breath-taking natural surroundings it captivates natives and visitors alike.
The founder of the modern Olympic Movement, Pierre de Coubertin found it that way one hundred years ago when, in close cooperation with the local authorities, he moved the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee to the city.
This cooperation has continued since, and thanks to the support of the authorities of the City, the Canton of Vaud and the Swiss Confederation over the years more than thirty International Sports Federations and sports organisations have joined the IOC in making Lausanne their home. They have all found here the ideal setting to develop and strengthen the place of sport in society.
For de Coubertin, Lausanne was “the most apt location imaginable for the establishment of the administrative headquarters of Olympism”. And it is no surprise that the Lausanne officially became the ‘Olympic Capital’ in 1994.
To all those of you visiting Lausanne for the first time, or those who want to get to know it better, the recently refurbished Olympic Museum is a superb place to begin your exploration of the city.
This official website of the Olympic Capital will also help you in the exploration of this city made for sport.
Service des sports
Chemin des Grandes-Roches
Case postale 243
1000 Lausanne 18
Phone +41 21 315 14 14
Fax +41 21 315 14 19
tl 1: Stade olympique; 3: Mont-Blanc