If the neighbouring Geneva boasts the hosting of the world headquarters of the United Nations and the Red Cross Organisation, Lausanne prides itself with the Olympic spirits. Certainly that is the case with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) being headquartered here.
Apart from that, the city center is indeed beautiful. Located on the shore line of the clear blue Lac Leman, the city itself is tiered into some levels of hill slope, providing glorious vistas along the way.
Nonetheless, I didn’t find the time to venture further uphill into the older parts of the city. I found that the waterfront of Lausanne-Ouchy is quite enchanting, with tree-lined walking paths along Quai d’Ouchy and Quai d’Belgique, cool and crisp Lac Leman’s breeze and beautiful view of the marina at Place du Port.
A short walk away brought me to the compound of Le Parc Olympique (The Olympic Park) which hosts the Musée Olympique (Olympic Museum). If you are into the history behind the Olympic movement, this is the place for you. I did find it a little dry with too much Olympic trivia of yesteryears to my liking. Outside the museum is a unique arch in the shape of human abdominal which symbolizes athleticism in the true spirit of the Olympic Games.
There is a nice fountain by the Ouchy waterfront, along with a wide open space for strolling under the warm winter weather. Along the landscaped fountain also are some architecturally wonderful buildings such as the Hotel Au Lac and Château d’Ouchy.