Le Parc Olympique, Lausanne
Le Parc Olympique is located at Ouchy, is a nice park with view of lake Geneva. It has some gardens not only with various plants but also house several sculptures of different sport disciplines, all connected with the Olympic Games of course, we found most of them boring/bad/weird but it was nice to stroll around.
According to a sign we noticed there daily at noon, you can see the Olympic Fire and listen to the Olympic Anthem played by a carillon from Barcelona.
The entrance to the park is free but you have to pay 7chf if you want to check the Olympic Museum that will satisfy anyone that’s into sports, it houses a large collection of more than 10,000 pieces. You can go follow the history of the games through numerous documents, photos, videos, and several items like coins, posters, stamps or medals. The museum was founded in 1993 but I realized that looking at the gold track shoes of Carl Lewis was much less interesting than going to YouTube to see again the 100m and 200m final race of 1984 Olympics.
The Olympic Museum is open daily (in summer months) 9.00-18.00 (October to April close on Mondays)
[…] "A place of dreams, the Olympic Museum is set in a beautifully maintained park. Bounded by a unique landscape where the waters of Lake Geneva meet an infinite sky, it is an oasis of tranquility and culture. […]" The description of the Olympic Park in the leaflet guide could hardly be better. The only explanation needed is about the park being "oasis of culture" – vast part of the Museum's permanent collection of sculptures on a sport theme is exhibited in the park or on the terraces of the Museum building.
Probably the most attractive sculpture is magnificent, large-scale kinetic torso called "Citius Altius Fortius" (the Olympic motto, Latin for "Swifter, Higher, Stronger"), artwork of Miguel Ortiz y Berrocal, created in 1992. Among the others are charming, colorful "Footballers", by Niki de Saint Phalle completed in 1993, Fernando Botero's "Girl With the Ball" from 1989, Igor Mitoraj's sculptural tribute to the cradles of civilization Greece and Italy called "Porta Italica" from 1997, witty "Olympia" – the three cyclists forming the Olympic circles from the wheels of their bicycles, by Gabor Mihaly, created in 1993…
Besides the works of art, in the Park are the Olympic Flame, a square meter of Barcelona Olympic's village sidewalk…
The Olympic Park is, simply – the enchanting place.
To be continued in "Paavo Nurmi, Drazen Petrovic, Emil Zatopek"…
The Olympic Park is an area in Ouchy where the Olympic Museum is located, along with beautiful gardens that, together with lake Léman's landscape, makes possible one of the best views ever. You can also in this garden several plants from other countries like Italian cypresses and Spanish magnolias.
In the gardens you can also find sculptures from Eduardo Chillida, Fernando Botero, Miguel Berrocal, Niki de Saint Phalle, Tàpies, and others, related to the different sporty disciplines. You can get in the park to walk around the gardens, withouth any need of visiting the museum.
Olympic museum in Lausanne was also as an International Head Office in the fields of World Sport