50 things to do in Lausanne in 2018

By My-Lausanne

Bucket List 2018: 50 things you must definitely do in 2018 in Lausanne.

1. Enjoy the snow and build snowmen in Chalet à Gobet

2. Drink Lausanne’s best hot chocolate at the Café de l’Evêché

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3. Attend the selections or the final of the Prix de Lausanne (from 29 January to 3 February 2018)

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Carte blanche to Niels Ackermann @nielsack 📸 Here > pointe shoes of candidate #PdL2017 from South Korea, Sunmin LEE ( @min__o_o ) Exhibition of photos to see on the Grand-Pont ( @mylausanne ) from Jan 22nd to Feb 4th, 2018 In 2017, the Prix de Lausanne gave a “Carte blanche” to the Swiss photographer #NielsAckermann to document the competition in his own way. The Grand-Pont – a central location in Lausanne with a lot of people crossing it every day – highlights what the audience usually does not see: the intense work, the apprehension and the energy needed by these young dancers to reach the highest level. The photographer invites all the Lausanne residents to glance behind the scenes of a global event. Niels Ackermann is 30 years old and lives between Switzerland and Ukraine. His work shows the world and its nuances: from the teenagers of Tchernobyl who are fixing their parents mistakes to the millions of Lenin statues that the Ukrainians do not know what to do with today. #PrixdeLausanne #PrixdeLausanne2018 #PdL #PdL2018

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4.  5, 4, 3, 2, 1, go! Get into the spirit of the Pyeongchang’s Olympic Games in the Olympic Museum. (exhibition Do you speak Pyeongchang? until 11 March 2018)

5. Discover the japanese culture at the Japan Impact (17-18 February 2018)

6. Let yourself be carried away by the magic of Art On Ice (6-7 March 2018)

7.  Join the dance for the Printemps de Sévelin (from 28 February to 18 March 2018)

8. Let yourself be surprized by the avant-garde programme from the Programme Commun (from 15 to 25 March 2018)

9. Add to your agenda one of the many events of the mouth-watering programme from the Lausanne à Table association (April-December 2018)

10.   Walk between the cellars in Cully to let yourself be carried away by the blue notes from the Cully Jazz festival (from 13 to 21 April 2018)

11. Learn with fun in the museums during the Pakomuzé event (from 30 March to 15 April 2018)

12. Run the 20 km, or the 10… or the 5… Or just support runners from the roadside. Because sometimes it’s almost as important to have a supporting crowd! (28 and 29 April 2018)

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13. Taste the new wines from Canton de Vaud and meet the winemakers during the Open Wine Cellars event (19 and 20 May 2018)

14. Be amazed by everything you can see at the Nuit des Images (June 2018)

15. Take a walk in the market that takes place every Wednesdays and Saturdays to stock up with delicious fresh local food.

16. Take a walk around the EPFL and admire the impressive architecture of the Rolex Learning Center

17. And since you’re around, visit the Art Lab and listen to the Montreux Jazz Festival’s archives with an outstanding sound quality

18. Notice the Olympic Hour and check the countdown before the next Games

19. Discover the new Béjart Ballet show and mesmerize yourself with the choreographies (June 2018)

20. Spend an evening strolling in the streets during the Festival de la Cité and discover artists, performers and musicians (July 2018)

21. Take a pedalo for a ride on the lake

22. Savour and treat yourself to (or ask it as a birthday present) a 3-star meal at the Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville in Crissier

23. Taste the Pavés of the Confiserie Tony 

24. Attend an organ concert at the Cathedral

25. Enjoy the summer with Lausanne Estivale. Cultural visits, walks, concerts, shows, performances ; there is something for every taste and every age (from June to September 2018)

26. Spend a moment of your night with the Cathedral’s nightwatcher to discover the nocturn panorama of Lausanne

27. Come and cheer the athletes stars of Athletissima (5 July 2018)

28. Take a farniente break at the Jetée de la Compagnie

29. Taste the delicious local food in the great outdoors for the now traditional Pique-nique du 1er août

30. Join the most colourful race: the Color Run (9 September 2018)

31. Stalls, cellars, cows, white wine and live music, this is the programme of the not-to-miss Comptoir Suisse (from 14 to 23 September 2018)

32. Walk through the terraces of Lavaux and see the vineyards change according to the season (September 2018)

33. Discover and visit buildings that are usually closed to the public during the European Hertiage Days. For instance, for the 2017’s edition, the Parliament, the Courts of Justice and the St-Maire castle were opened to the public. (September 2018)

34. Browse through the ninth Art comics at the BDFIL festival (from 13 to 17 September 2018)

35. Spend a crazy night discovering the nightlife of the museums during the Nuit des Musées (22 September 2018)

36. Test all the Sunday brunches to determine which one you prefer. Couronne d’Or, Tom’s Café, Zinema, Café de Grancy, Java, St-Pierre, Blackbird social club, Romain C, Pointu, Brasserie de Montbenon, Bleu Lézard, Etoile Blanche, Movenpick, and so many others. It’s so hard to choose the One!

37. Take the boat for a scenic cruise on Lake Geneva

38. Visit the Collection de l’Art Brut, the only museum devoted to the Art Brut movement

39. For once in your life, take the time to climb the tower of the Cathedral. Listen to the bells ringing, watch the 360° panorama and spy the nightwatcher’s lodge.

40. Have a picnic in a typical Lausanne park. Mon-repos, Valency, Sauvabelin, Milan, Olympique, Denantou and so many others, Lausanne abounds with welcoming parks for a green break

41. Meet the pirates d’Ouchy and board the Vaudoise

42. Hurtle down the steep slopes of Lausanne and enjoy the splendid landscapes offered during the panorama stroll 

43. Visit the largest freshwater aquarium-vivarium in Europe: Aquatis Aquarium-Vivarium.

44. Get surprised by the original programme of the Lausanne Underground Film Festival (from 17 to 21 October 2018)

45. Lose yourself to the blues rythms of JazzOnze+ (from 6 to 11 november 2018)

46. Get into the Christmas’ mood and stroll around the chalets of Bô Noël (from 22 November au 31 December 2018)

47. A glass of warm mulled wine in hand, discover the lighting installations of Lausanne Lumières (from 22 November au 31 December 2018)

48. Take advantage of the Nuit des Étoiles to discover the most beautiful hotels from Lausanne at a incredible price (December 2018)

49. Support the runners of the 12th Christmas Midnight Run (December 2018)

50. Wish everyone a Happy New Year when admiring the burning of the Cathedral on New Year’s Eve


2018, here we go!