Take the ferry across to...
Take the ferry across to Evian, where they bottle the water!! You can actually drink from the source, and some locals even fill up huge jugs with the water, presumably their drinking water for the week (wouldn't you???). Walking along the water (I tend to do that alot!) and playing on the big jungle gym type thingy (don't know what to call it!) on the waterfront. Just sitting down by the ferry docks in the park under the trees with a beautiful view of Lake Geneva was nice too.
Swiss meal hours
In Lausanne and in Switzerland in general, restaurants only serve food at certain hours and not all day like in many other countries. Lunch for example is only served from 11h30 to 14h00 and dinner from 18h30 to 22h00. If you miss these times, then you always have the option of going to a bakery at least until it closes at 18h30 lunch...
The lake Leman offers you a wide array of water sports possibilities: sailing, waterskiing, diving, etc.
The water temperature tends to be cold even in the Summer though, as the lake is fed by the glaciers around... Many places on the lakeside rent sailing and motor boats, as well as all the other equipment you need, like waterskis for example.
Secluded Place de la Madeleine (I&V)
Place de la Madeleine is could be described as a terrace standing by the south side of Palais de Rumine, on the elevation half-way between Place de la Rippone and Rue Pierre Viret, connected to both by Escaliers de l'Universite. It is one of those spots near the most prominent places, but somehow secluded, calm, sleepy, tourist free… Very useful Lausanne tourisme web page gives A touch of history using the book Les places de Lausanne by Louis Polla: Until the 16th century, the square was a cemetery to the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, adjoining Dominican convent established there in the 13th century. And then, in the 16th century, everything was demolished. Later, in 1754 a railing was made, and 15 years later, in 1771, the shops were built. From 1841, the merchants of shoes, hats, baskets… used to sell their products on the Place de la Madeleine. In the 1850s, the place was leveled and a covered fountain was erected. The fountain was especially popular among washerwomen, actually it was so popular that the municipality had to prohibit the hanging of laundry on gates.
Place de la Madeleine took its present appearance during the construction of the Palais de Rumine, between 1898 and 1906. As the final touch, the Monument of Louis Ruchonnet, eminent Lausanne politician, was erected in 1906. The monument was the artwork of Alfred Lanz, mostly recognized as the author of the Monument of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi in Yverdon, town on the south tip of Lac de Neuchatel – Neuchatel Lake.
Place de la Madeleine is among our favourites in Lausanne. We used it many times as the suitable spot for a short break during our explorations of the city.
My favourite locals spot
Bleu Lezard consists of two floors: the hip local bar and restaurant at the street level and the club below. Both are free of charge, visited by an eclectic local crowd and mostly happening on the weekends.
A prefect bar to start the night before heading to a club or simply downstairs. None