Lausanne is a destination like no other. Richly blessed by nature, it boasts all the advantages of a major Swiss city and a small European Metropolis, thanks to its exceptionaé range of attractions, services, schools, sporting and cultural amenities, care centers, hotels, restaurants and shops.
LAUSANNE, THE HISTORICAL CROSSROAD
Lausanne, which is the provincial capital of the Canton of Vaud, has a very rich history back to Lousonna of the Roman Era. It has always been a key point on the North-South route from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. Its Gothic cathedral was built in the 13th century. To this day, it remains a magnificent architectural and artistic heritage.
Among famous people, Voltaire often stayed in Lausanne. “I owe this city my happiest days”, he wrote. Other famous Lausanne inhabitants were Benjamin Constant, a writer and politician, or the painter Felix
Closer to developmental psychology, a special note should be made to the psychologist Jean Piaget, originally from Neuchatel, who was for a long time Professor in Geneva and Paris. Jean Piaget has also
been Professor in psychology and sociology at the Lausanne University, between 1938 and 1951
LAUSANNE, OLYMPIC CAPITAL
The International Committee (IOC) and Lausanne’s history have been closely intertwined since the IOC settled in Lausanne in 1915. At its 100th anniversary in 1994, the IOC designated Lausanne the official Olympic Capital, a unique and prestigious title. In 1993, Lausanne inaugurated the Olympic Museum, a real window on the IOC’s activities.
LAUSANNE, THE CULTURAL CROSSROAD
Lausanne is home of the famous Béjart Ballet, founded by Maurice Béjart in 1987, one of the greatest choreographers of our century.
Since 1976, Lausanne has been the capital of Art Brut (“Outsider Art”). Unique in the world long before similar
institutions appeared in Europe and the USA, the Collection de l’Art Brut remains the “home” and point of reference for outsider art. In fact, its core comes from the “inventor” of Art Brut himself, the French artist Jean Dubuffet, who was the first to recognize the worth of spontaneous and non-mainstream art, which he
discovered in asylums, psychiatric hospitals, and prisons.
LAUSANNE, A CITY OF EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Lausanne University, founded in 1537, counts around 11.000 students. It has the country’s largest university campus with the University of Lausanne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), an outstanding centre of innovation and competence.
POPULATION 125,000 / Greater Lausanne : 250,000.
TIME ZONE GMT + 1 (Summer time + 1 = March-October).
ALTITUDE 372 m/1,124 feet at lakeside. 495 m/1,628 feet at city center.
CLIMATE Mild. Average annual temperature 14°C/57°F. Average summer temperature 24°C/75°F.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE French. All of the most common languages are understood.
Lausanne is easy to access from the International Airport of Geneva (45 minutes by train), and is at the crossroads of major international train networks.