After walking around the Old Town we decided to visit Ouchy. Once a fishing village turned during 19th century into the port of Lausanne serving the Geneva lake (Lac Léman ).
Getting out of the metro station we were surprised that the lake was just there in front of us with amazing background of the Alps. There are many café, bars and restaurants but we preferred to spend our time walking near the lake like most locals do during the summer months, its so beautiful we couldn’t believe it. There were many people with rollers or bicycles while others were just enjoying the sun, eating an ice cream, chasing their dog along the 1,5km-long lake front.
There are many statues along the path but we also like the small info boards with black&white photographs of the area where you can see daily moments of the previous century.
You can also rent a water wheeler and have a lazy stroll in the lake. Of course this is the place where you can take the boat for cruise along the lake or visit other towns (Montreux, Evian, Geneva etc) from what I saw with a steam boat.
Visit some of the museums of the area (Olympic Museum and Photography Museum are the most interesting) or just walk towards the Olympic Park.
You can see some interesting buildings in Ouchy, just opposite the metro station is Chateau d’Ouchy (pic 5) a medieval castle that was built during 13th century to house bishops but later also used as a prison. The castle was demolished in late 19th century but was rebuild again in 1893 and turned into a hotel. This was the place where the First Treaty of Lausanne was signed in 1912 after the Italo-Turkish War (1911-12) but the city is mainly known about the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne which settled the borders of Turkey after World War I.
it’s about 2km south of the Old Town, we took the metro (M2 line) from Flon to Ouchy
Once a fishermen's village, Ouchy was incorporated into the City of Lausanne in the mid-19th century to serve as a port on Lake Geneva. In 1823 the first steam boat in Switzerland linked it to Genrva. Now Ouchy is the "riviera face" of Lausanne. The beautiful views of the lake & Alps, and the cooler air in summer have made it a popular place especially in the summer months.
There are many hotels and restaurants in Ouchy, including remarkable Chateau d'Ouchy. Olympic Museum and Musee de l'Elysee, photography museum are in Ouchy too.
It was a port with so many attraction of Water enjoyment. Steam boat which run from west corner to East corner of Lake Geneva vise versa, motorized boat, kayaking and all water touristic and sports activities
Almost steam boat at Lake Lausanne are commonly in white color, it was in harmony with blue color of lac leman, generally organize by a hotel which also manage the restaurant on board, so beside enjoy the lake, the moutain range of lausanne, the attendants also enjoy some drink and food. On this occasion, LA SUISSEE steam boat made a journey from Ouchy to Chateau de Chillon at Montreux
In Lausanne, on Sundays, there isn't much going on... One thing I like doing on nice Sunday mornings (afternoons is CROWDED) is rollerblade or walk along the lake, from Vidy or St-Sulpice to Ouchy, have a drink or ice cream in Ouchy and back. You just have to be careful because there can be a lot of people, bikes, dogs, kids running around, but if you go in the morning, you should be fine... The view is amazing and you will also see a lot of people pick-nicking in Vidy...
On the lakeside south of Lausanne's central district (7 min. by Metro) lies the busy little port of Ouchy. Next to the metro station, visitors can see the Chateau d’Ouchy, now a hotel and restaurant. Here the peace treaty between Turkey, Greece and the Allies was signed in 1923.
Lovely mile-long lakefront with gardens and cafes – the liveliest place in town in good weather. When we were here in 1991 the 700-year celebrations were going on and the floral arrangements marking this were spectacular. The harbour area - OUCHY – has two marinas and lake steamers depart here across to the French resorts of Evian and Thonon.
Ouchy is the old part of the city and it is situated on the shore of lake Geneva or lake Leman for French.Beautiful cafes and expensive hotels are situated in this part of the city .
Ouchy is a part of the town which is just next to the lake...a nice place to take a walk and admire the nice flowers in front of the entry of the big hotel palaces!