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The capital of the canton of Vaud, Lausanne is positioned on the northern shore of Lake Geneva. The symbol of the city is Cathédrale Notre-Dame in the Cité, the old centre, and the Château St Maire (1397-1431). A walk along the walkway of the old Port d’Ouchy reveals a slower pace of life. A funicular can be taken from Ouchy to the inner part of the city of Lausanne.


Numerous rivulets and rolling hills govern the canton Vaud, a famous wine-producing region. Other customary activities in the region include wood sculpture and cheese-making. Vaud boasts one of the country’s most important historic buildings: the Benedictine monastery Church of St Pierre (11th century) in the small town of Romainmotier.

Montreuxis well-known for its mild climate and the International Jazz Festival in July. At Villars there is an 18-hole golf course, while nearby Château d’Oex, Les Diablerets and Leysin are main sporting centres for climbing, hiking, mountain-biking, paragliding and skiing.

Each summer there is a rock festival at Leysin and there is summer skiing on the glacier at Les Diablerets (noteworthy for its panoramic views of Mont Blanc and icy peaks and green valleys of the Alps).

Ski resorts

The long-established village resort of Gstaad is an upmarket, glamorous destination for skiers with extensive slopes and a thriving après-ski scene. Smaller, more family-oriented winter resorts include Château d’Oex, Villars and Leysin.
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