Things to do in Lausanne

A charming Swiss city featuring stunning mountains, rolling vineyards, and Lake Geneva on its doorstep.

Our most recommended things to do in Lausanne

Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

1. Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

Depart from Lausanne Ouchy on a historic paddle steamer for a 3-hour circular cruise. As you travel, observe the most beautiful part of Lake Geneva on your left, which is complete with stunning views over the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyards. Throughout your trip you can admire both the Swiss and French Alps, and your approach by boat to Chillon Castle provides you with a unique view over this landmark of the region. The boat will also make short stops in Montreux and Vevey to allow you to discover the Riviera region. At lunchtime you will be welcome to dine onboard (please book your table in advance), before you return back to Lausanne at the conclusion of your relaxing boat trip.

Lausanne: Gruyères Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

2. Lausanne: Gruyères Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

Gruyères is one of the most famous places situated in the Swiss countryside. Visiting it is like taking a great big breath of fresh air. Always invigorating, this is a real historic, exciting and attractive destination. You will see the real Switzerland, green fields, cows and mountains. Have the chance to have a culinary journey. Fall into the temptation of the best chocolate in the world. Taste the national cheese and wine: the most famous of Swiss delicacies. Start with the chocolate world of Cailler, understand the history of chocolate, how they make it and enjoy tasting it as much as you like. After visiting the cheese museum, You will taste the famous Gruyères cheese and the “Vacherin Fribourgeois," two cheeses mixed for a typical dish of Swiss fondue. In the afternoon, spend some free time strolling the medieval village of Gruyères. Situated on a hill, you can admire a breathtaking landscape. Breathe in the pure mountain air and hear cowbells in the pasturelands surrounding the small suburb. Afterwards, relax in a comfortable ride aboard the famous Golden Express train overlooking the magnificent Alps and enjoy the views over Leman Lake.  Experience a day full of tastes and unforgettable experiences.

From Lausanne: Glacier 3000 experience and Montreux

3. From Lausanne: Glacier 3000 experience and Montreux

When you think about Switzerland don’t you have in mind the image of a Swiss Chalet village slap in the middle of the Mountains? This is Les Diablerets (little devils), located in the heart of the Alps Vaudoises. This village is entirely made up of chalets, has great cachet, and a penny to develop while preserving its heritage. You cannot miss the majestic Glacier, the top is at 3000 meters above sea level. In winter it is a snowy wonderland perfect for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts, with a wide variety of activities available. Head to the top on a 15-minute cable car ride and enjoy the views. For those who choose the full package you will have a Snow bus ride and appetizer on a panoramic terrace and free access to to Alpine Coaster. For those who prefer to stay in Diablerets village and stroll along the river. You also have the opportunity to go up with the cable car (extra cost). Then discover the famous city of Montreux, known as the capital of the Vaud Riviera because of its exceptionally mild climate. Feel the good vibes of this well-known artistic city. 

From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Tour

4. From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Tour

This tour will give you the chance to enjoy the beauty of the Swiss Riviera at Lake Geneva (or Leman, as it is also known), while giving you the option to tailor the trip to your needs and interests.  Board the coach in Geneva and drive through the Vaud countryside, passing Lausanne and stopping at Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exquisite wine production. During the spring and summer months, you will also have the chance to visit a vineyard where local wine will be served.  Leaving Lavaux, the next stop will be Vevey. Take an overall tour of the city, the Nestlé headquarters, and the covered market, and have some free time for lunch.  You can discover Chapin’s World — a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, and go on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. Know more about one of the surprising artists of the 20th century through the sets of his greatest films at a Hollywood-style studio. After visiting Vevey, if you have the lake cruise option on your tour, embark on a journey in an old steamer boat to the Castle of Chillon. Located on the bank of Lake Geneva, the castle is one of the most visited historical places in Switzerland, dating back to the 11th century.  If you decided on the option that includes the castle, you will have a guided tour through the building, and in case you did not choose the cruise option, you will be taken to the castle directly by bus.  Afterward, your last stop will be in Montreux, a glamorous tourist resort. Feel the atmosphere of great artists that visited this place, such as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, and Ray Charles. Wander through the streets full of fancy shops and landmarks of the famous jazz festival.

Lausanne: Taste my Swiss City Self-Guided Food Tour

5. Lausanne: Taste my Swiss City Self-Guided Food Tour

Enjoy the luxury of exploring Lausanne at your own leisure and start the tour at a time convenient for you. The first stop, the Bleu Lézard, is a trendy bistro with fresh French inspired cuisine, located in the heart of Lausanne. The bistro attracts a wide range of customers and is a great place to strike up a conversation with the locals. Enjoy a delicious warm dish here and a drink to wash it down. Your next stop is located in a beautiful building built in 1908, graced with an 8-meter-high ceiling and a breathtaking view of Lake Geneva. The Brasserie de Montbenon is a place devoted to traditional, but high quality cooking, catering to the local gastronomical and cultural events. Enjoy a typical Lausanne aperitif here that locals love and relax as you enjoy the scenic view. The third and final stop is not a restaurant, but a cupcake shop, created from the passion of two sisters who wanted to build a kingdom of delicious cupcakes. Snack on a selection of tasty mini cupcakes here and a drink at Royaume Melazic.

Lausanne: Walking Tour with a Local Guide

6. Lausanne: Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Discover Lausanne during a short tour and learn about the history of the city with a local guide. Meet your guide in front of the Cathedral and start the tour from there. Explore Lausanne through the eyes of a local, and discover what everyday life is like and find out where the city gets its characteristic ambience from. Discover parks, monuments, and historical architecture. Get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants, and bars to visit during your stay.

From Lausanne: Glacier 3000 Experience Tour

7. From Lausanne: Glacier 3000 Experience Tour

Visit Switzerland and explore for yourself the picturesque image of a Swiss chalet village. See Les Diablerets, in the heart of the Alps Vaudoises. Spend free time here hiking at the Col, or take the cable car up to the glacier. If you take the option of the cable car, jump into the mountains with the Glacier 3000, on the only bridge in the world which connects 2 summits, known as Peak Walk. The glacier offers the Alpine Coaster during the summer season, allowing you to enjoy nature and the spectacular scenery of the Alps mountains around you. Take advantage of the fun park and the adventures of the snow as sleds are waiting for you. Around 3:00 PM, descend to board the bus to Montreux and enjoy free time to feel the good vibes of this artistic city. Take in the views of Lake Geneva before returning to Lausanne.

From Lausanne: Swiss Riviera Tour

8. From Lausanne: Swiss Riviera Tour

Start your tour of the Swiss Riviera at Lake Geneva, leaving from Lausanne on a comfortable motorcoach. Enjoy a drive through the Vaud countryside to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lavaux known for its exquisite wine production, also called The Wine Road. In spring and summer the tour will stop to visit a vineyard and taste some local wine. Leaving Lavaux you'll continue to Vevey. Here you'll have a chance to Discover Chaplin’s World, a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the actor, filmmaker, and composer. Embark on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. Afterwards, if you've chosen the option for the lake cruise you will board an old steamer boat called the Belle Epoque. The cruise will pass through the beautiful scenery of Lake Geneva on the way to the Castle of Chillon, built during the 11th-century. If you did not select the cruise option you will be taken to the castle by bus, where you will have a guided tour through the castle. The last stop on the tour will be in Montreux, a glamorous tourist resort. Feel the atmosphere of all the great artists who have visited this place such as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King and Ray Charles. Wander through the streets full of fancy shops and landmarks of the famous jazz festival.

Lausanne: Self-Guided Boat Excursion to Evian

9. Lausanne: Self-Guided Boat Excursion to Evian

Explore Evian and stunning lake Geneva on this excursion by boat. Begin your self-guided tour from Lausanne and cruise on beautiful Lake Geneva towards the little town of Evian.  Reach this gem on the shore of the lake in about 35 minutes. Once the boat docks, hop off and start exploring at your own pace. Walk through the small streets and little allies of the quiet town, stop at a cafe or visit some of the local shops. Discover the beautiful lake promenade and marvel at the breathtaking views of this stunning landscape. You can also take the historic funicular to enjoy a beautiful view on the shores of the lake. If you visit between May and September, you can see the art nouveau Source Cachat, the first Evian water source, and enjoy a free glass of the world-famous Evian water. Soak up the atmosphere of this charming place.

Lausanne Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

10. Lausanne Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

See the highlights in Lausanne on an interactive smartphone tour. Immerse yourself in the city while solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. Solve puzzles outside of ten Lausanne attractions. Step into a train station that is over a century old at Lausanne railway station. View the modern architecture in Esplanade du Flon square. Use clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle. Have the freedom to start the tour when you want, and stop and go whenever you want. Admire the city at your own pace. Uncover interesting information and facts about the city. Take the time to snap photos at each location. Start your tour on the ground-breaking Lausanne Métro! Visit the iconic Esplanade de Montbenon that you can explore all day and get lost in the central Place de la Palud. Take a photo at Lausanne Cathedral, Switzerland's largest Gothic church, and marvel at the new Parliament of Vaud. Learn about the imposing Château Saint-Maire. You will also pass by the unique Palais de Rumine which will leave you in awe, don't forget to take a photo. See, admire, photograph and shudder with Notre-Dame du Valentin in the center of the city. Saint-Laurent in the city center with its stone facade awaits you while the authentic Esplanade du Flon, the symbol area, will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

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What people are saying about Lausanne

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 150 reviews

I did this as a solo trip and loved it. We started off at the Chaplin House which was entertaining and informative. Followed by a short picnic with our tour guide in Vevey. After (if your purchase the boat ticket) we went on the boat to the castle. Lastly we ended the day off with some time in Montreux. Your guide will take you everywhere, explain everything thoroughly and make sure you have meeting points/times. My guide was fantastic! It’s a long day with lots of walking but I didn’t even notice because of the fun I was having! Despite it being overcast/rainy the views were still breathtaking and we made the most of the day. Highly recommend this tour.

Great way to explore Lausanne and laugh along the way. We did it on a Saturday and the course took us through the markets which another great experience.

This tour was excellent our driver was excellent and I recommend this to everybody who would like to take it

Absolutely recommend trip when the weather is nice. I had an amazing day at the mountain and the glacier!

Amazing , happy , nice ambiance , the tour is totally worth it