Lakes and cities, mountains and castles

Like a Switzerland in miniature, the canton of Vaud boasts a large number of attractions to suit all tastes – magnificent landscapes around the Alps, the Jura and the lake, or one of the 200 historical and archaeological sites: remains from the Roman Empire, amphitheatres, castles, churches, monuments… 

You can visit Lausanne, its cathedral, its old town with its bustling squares and narrow streets, its numerous famous museums: the Musée d'Art Brut, the Olympic Museum, the Musée de l'Elysée (photography), the Fondation de l'Hermitage (fine arts).
Or take a stroll round the Ouchy waterfront, which has a real seaside feel.

Lausanne is also considered the nightlife capital of French-speaking Switzerland. A university town, it boasts innumerable bars, night-clubs and restaurants. The Flon quarter was recently converted from an industrial wasteland to a nightlife mecca, where trendy bars rub elbows with restaurants, cinemas, concert halls and clubs playing everything from house and salsa to rock.

By day, Lausanne, the capital of the canton of Vaud, reverts to a shopper's paradise, with steep pedestrian streets lined by local boutiques and outlets for various international brands, selling everything from luxury items to bric-a-brac or fashionable watches. It features numerous parks and gardens where you can take a pleasant break, and street cafés that invite you to stop for a drink and do some people-watching.

Don't miss Montreux, on the sun-drenched Riviera, with its magnificent backdrop of the Alps and the famous Castle of Chillon. Its restaurants, its stores and its casino have plenty to offer you if you like entertainment, good food or shopping.

You might want to head off and discover medieval cities or market towns, with their fortresses and citadels in la Broye (Orbe, Payerne), or Roman ruins in Avenche, with its superbly preserved amphitheatre.

Or why not besiege the impressive castles of Prangins (Swiss National Museum), Morges, Aigle (Wine Museum), Granson, Nyon, Yverdon or Oron.

You could take an unforgettable trip to the terraced vineyards of Lavaux, a candidate for the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or the Alpine resorts of Leysin, Les Mosses, Château d'Oex and others overlooking Lake Geneva, where you can visit a cheese dairy or take to the skies in a hot air balloon. The spectacular ice world of the Diablerets glacier will fill you with wonder.

Maybe treat yourself to a romantic cruise on one of the CGN paddle steamers that ply their way across Lake Geneva, some of which were built way back at the start of the 20th century (La flotte Belle Epoque).

Or climb aboard the “Vapeur du Gros-de-Vaud”, a genuine steam train that chugs across the Vaud countryside for 30 kilometres between Lausanne, Echallens and Bercher.

The region also has plenty of things for children to see and do. In Lausanne, for instance, there is the Lanterne Magique, a cinema club reserved exclusively for children; the Double Jeu puppet theatre; and the Théâtre pour Enfants and Petit Théâtre children's theatres.

The Chablais region has five major tourist attractions, with something for everyone: a train museum, a mad adventure in one of the biggest mazes in the world, go-carting or even the magical world of aquatic toboggans.
The region's rich history, its innumerable things to see and do, all in magnificent splendid scenery, will leave you with unforgettable memories.