Flights to Lausanne
Situated in the French speaking part of Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva, is the city of Lausanne. Lausanne is the fourth largest city in the country and is in the heart of a wine region. This combined with the lake, mountains, culture and architecture make Lausanne a lovely destination to visit.
There is a small Lausanne Airport (airport code: QLS) though it doesn’t handle any international flights to Lausanne. From South Africa you would catch a flight to the Geneva International Airport (code: GVA), less than an hour away by train. Swiss Air flies to Geneva with one transfer in Zurich and Iberia goes through Madrid. If you fly with South African Airways, you will have a connection in London which is the same as with British Airways. The average flight to Lausanne from Johannesburg will take around 15 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Lausanne:
Lausanne is a beautiful city that has many sights and attractions. You could fit a lot into a long weekend, but if you wanted to explore in a bit more detail, and see the region surrounding Lausanne, you could easily spend a week here.
The Cathedral of Notre Dame is more commonly known as just Lausanne Cathedral and it’s the major landmark for the city. Perched up on a small hill Lausanne Cathedral has one of the best views in the city, and can be seen from most of the city too. It’s a gothic style cathedral that was built between 1170 and 1240 and underwent restorations in the 1870s.
Palais de Rumine
Another major landmark of Lausanne is the Palais de Rumine. This strikingly grand building was built between 1892 and 1904 though its architecture makes it appear older than this. Its namesake is Gabriel de Rumine who left the city of Lausanne 1.5 million Swiss Francs on his death so that the city would construct a building for use by the people.
The palace has seen a variety of uses over the years and today is home to five of Lausanne’s museums: the Cantonal Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Archaeology and History, the Zoological Museum, the Geological Museum, and the Numismatic Museum.
With such a variety of museums under one roof, the Palais de Rumine attracts a large number of tourists each year.
The Olympic Museum
Another of the many museums in Lausanne is the Olympic Museum. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Lausanne and houses both permanent and temporary sports and Olympics exhibits. The collection totals over 10,000 pieces, making this the largest archive of the Olympic Games in the world. While you’re visiting, make sure you also walk around the museum’s park where you will find a number of sculptures and other works of art relating to sports.
When Should You Visit?:
July is a good month to visit Lausanne as it’s the warmest month of the year and has one of the lower rainfalls. Average highs will be around 25C. All year round rain is possible in Lausanne, so whatever time of year you visit make sure you bring an umbrella or raincoat. Temperatures are pleasant between May and September, but drop off quickly from October onwards. The average high in January (the coldest month) is around 3C.