A landscape city

The city of Lausanne overlooks Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Western Europe, and faces the majestic splendour of the snow-capped Alps. It boasts a backdrop of scenic beauty that is truly breathtaking.

A human city

Home to a population of 137 000 and the hub of a metropolitan area of 350 000, including 80 000 international residents, Lausanne boasts business, cultural, sports and educational facilities that are truly remarkable for a city of its size.

An award winning sustainable city

Lausanne embarked on its path to sustainability in the 1990s by ensuring that all local government services reflected a respect for the environment and the integration of nature into town planning. In 2004, Lausanne’s forward-thinking energy policy enabled it to become the first city to be awarded the European Energy Award Gold, a title that was reconfirmed in 2009.


A conference city just around the corner

Lausanne’s compact size, perfect accessibility and well-developed infrastructure make it a top choice for international conferences. Not least, its standing is supported by a cosmopolitan, multilingual population and workforce.

Just 45 minutes from Geneva International Airport by road or rail, Lausanne is easily reachable from all international destinations. And being located at major rail and road interchanges, all of Central Europe is within easy reach.

How to get there?

The city of Lausanne lies in the western part of Switzerland, in very close proximity to France and Italy, in the heart of Central Europe. Located just 40 min by road or rail from Geneva, Lausanne is easy to reach by air through Geneva International Airport.
From many European cities, high speed trains reach Lausanne in a few hours:

  • Grenoble: 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Milan: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Paris: 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Brussels: 6 hours 30 minutes

All Swiss cities are reachable in between 40 minutes and 2.5 hours.

Basic facts

Official language

All of the most common languages are understood.


137 000

Average Summer temperatures


Time zone

GMT + 1 (Summer time + 1 = March-October)

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