Since last November, I’m living in Switzerland. A decision that I don’t regret at all. The nature, the lakes, the mountains, …. Clearly, I’m in love.
As I knew, I would be here for a few months only, I wanted to make the most of it by exploring as much as possible. As soon as I got free time, I go exploring. I thought it would be great to share the places I’ve visited so far and the things you can do there. I’ll do a post for each city otherwise this one will be way too long haha.
I live in a little village next to Lausanne and it only made sense to start visiting what’s near me before going explore any further. A few days after my arrival, I went to explore it during the evening and… I got lost.
I arrived in Lausanne just in time for the “festival des lumières” (festival of lights). This is an artistic evenement starting end of November until the 31st December. Walking through the city, you’ll meet exhibitions, masterpieces, games, piece of arts… all in lights! At every “stop”, there’s an explanation about the piece of art. This, really gives the city a special atmosphere. Everytime I went to Lausanne during this period, I couldn’t help myself but stop to admire those different pieces of art.
There were also a few concerts organised by an association called “Coeur à Coeur” who’s defending the child’s rights. During the last week before Christmas, there were free concerts every evening where you could donate money for the children in need. A really nice initiative and a good atmosphere with artists from everywhere.
Parc de Sauvabelin
I went to this park on a sunny (but cold!) Saturday. I love wandering into parks and looking at trees. It is just so relaxing and peaceful. As it was in late Autumn, the trees were still covered by oranges leaves, it was absolutely gorgeous.
There’s also a tower with spiral stairs that you can climb into to have a view over the park and Lausanne. It was a great feeling to be on top of that tower and the view was beautiful as well. You have to see it by yourself though as, on pictures, it doesn’t reflect that beauty.
In the park, there’s also a little lake, which was partly frozen when we were there. I sat down on the little “beach” for a almost an hour, while admiring the view. There’s also a little place just next to it, where you can buy a few drinks and some food as well.
There’s an ice rink in Lausanne-Flon that you can access from beginning of November until beginning of March. 11am until 22 pm, everyday. Only 5CHF (£3.90) to rent ice skates. I’m not a pro at all but I love it. We went on a Thursday evening so there were not many people. At the end, I was alone on the ice rink! Happy me!
There is quite a lot of restaurants and fast food in Lausanne but I haven’t been to loads here as it’s quite an expensive country. I would rather spend my money on trips than on restaurants haha. Usually, if I’m off exploring for the day, I just buy cheap sandwiches and snacks. I’ll do a post about what I usually brings into my bag while travelling.
Here’s one restaurant I’ve tried, a pizzeria actually. It’s called “Pz Pizza”. I loved it. You can customize your pizza how you want. You choose a base (tomato or mozzarella I think) and then you add whatever ingredients you want. I chose mushrooms, spinach, red peppers and egg : delicious!
One of my favourite thing in Lausanne, or maybe my favourite one is the lake. The Leman’s lake. I can see it from the garden but I can also easily access to it by taking the bus. I just love walking along the lake, alone. It is absolutely peaceful and the view is stunning. I went there a few times already and with good or bad weather, the view is always insanely beautiful. There’s a few places in Lausanne where you can admire the lake beauty :
I’ve also visited Montreux, Genève, Neuchatel, Grindewald and Vevey so far and I’ve got a few cities in mind that I would like to visit before I leave : Luzerne, Zermatt, Bern, …
Have you have any recommendations for the places I should visit in Switzerland? Or even things I should do here, in Lausanne? Tell me everything in the comments section!
“The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.”
With love, Anaïs