Medieval charm, lakeside setting and amazing chocolate – is this Europe's most underrated city break?
This hilly city and Switzerland’s fourth largest enjoys a blessed lakeside location. The medieval centre is dominated by a grand Gothic cathedral, while the rest of the city boasts a raft of museums devoted to interests as diverse as Art Brut and the Olympics.
As one of the world’s finest wine destinations, with chocolate and fondue to die for, foodies will love a stay in the Swiss city. Following on from being named the Swiss Wine Capital in 2018, this year marks the return of the fabled Fête des Vignerons wine festival, taking place for the first time this Millennium.
Later this year will also see the opening of the new multi-million pound cultural hub, Plateforme 10, with the first of its three museums set to open in October 2019. Throughout the year Lausanne’s visitors are treated to a busy arts calendar, alongside a plethora of activities beside (and on) the lake. Strolling the lakeshore in picturesque Ouchy (once a lakeside village in its own right, but long since enveloped by the city) is a pleasant diversion. Equally enjoyable is a meander, day or night, around Flon, an area of formerly derelict warehouses rejuvenated as a hip urban centre with a cinema complex, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars.