Walk along Lake Geneva in Lausanne

Starting at the Tour Haldimand, I walked along Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) until I reached the EPFL campus in Écublens. On the way, I passed by the Parc du Denantou and its Thai pavillon, the Olympic Museum (although I didn’t go in), Ouchy and its castle, as well as many marinas and beaches.

Above, Tour Haldimand.

Above, Lake Geneva, looking east.

Above, fog looking west.

Above, looking towards Ouchy.

Above, Thai pavillon (Pavillon Thaïlandais) in Parc Denantou.

Above, Olympic Museum.

Above, the promenade is lined with many sculptures.

Above, in Ouchy.

Above, Château d’Ouchy, now a hotel.

Above, mountains on the French side of Lake Geneva.

Above, CGN station.

Above, CGN boat.

Above, marina.

Above, Pyramides de Vidy (built for the Swiss National Exposition of 1964).

Above, swan on a beach.


Sauvabelin Tower & Park

The Tour de Sauvabelin (Sauvabelin Tower) is a 35m-high wood tower, located inside Parc de Sauvabelin in Lausanne. It offers a good view on Lausanne and the surrounding area, such as Lake Geneva or the mountains. The park is also worth a stroll, with multiple forest paths, a lake and even a small zoo.

Above, observation platform at the top.

Above, Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).

Above, stadium.

Above, Jura.

Above, Parc de Sauvabelin.

Above, towers of the Lausanne Cathedral.

Above, stairs on the way down.

Above, lake in in the park.

Above, wooly pig in the small zoo near the lake.

Above, rabbits eating.

Above, passing by the Tower on the way out of the park.

Walk in Lausanne

Last summer, I went on a day trip to Lausanne, in Switzerland. I walked around and visited a few parks, the old town and the cathedral. At the end of the day, I walked along Lake Geneva towards the EPFL.

Above, train station.

Above, Palais de Justice on Esplanade de Montbenon.

Above, Casino de Montbenon.

Above, Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).

Above, Chapelle de Guillaume Tell.

Above, Flon neighbourhood.

Above, metro station on Place de l’Europe.

Above, Grand Pont, with the cathedral in the background.

Above, Eglise Saint-François.

Above, in the Cité (old town).

Above, on Pont Charles Bessières.

Above, inside the cathedral.

Above, view from the top of the bell tower of the cathedral.

Above, Place de la Riponne.

Above, Palais de Rumine, a museum.

Above, stuffed animals in the Palais.

Above, Château Saint-Maire.

Above, Parc de l’Hermitage.

Above, Tour de Sauvabelin.

Above, Lake Geneva seen from the top of the tower.

Above, Lac de Sauvabelin.

Above, wooly pigs in a small zoo near the lake.

Above, Fondation de l’Hermitage.

Above, Palais de Rumine, back on Place de la Riponne.

Above, Cure Catholique Romaine de Notre-Dame.

Above, in the Cité.

Above, Eglise Saint-Laurent.

Above, Tour Bel Air.

Above, Flon.

Above, Fontaine de la Justice on Place de la Palud.

Above, City Hall.

Above, Piscine de Mon Repos.

Above, Parc de Mon Repos.

Above, Promenade Jean-Jacques Mercier.

Above, on the way to Lake Geneva.

Above, at the lake.

Above, Thai pavilion in Parc du Denantou.

Above, castle in Ouchy.

Above, Pyramides de Vidy.

Above, swan on a beach.

Above, EPFL Rolex Learning Center.

Croix-Rousse Hill

La Croix-Rousse is the second major hill of the city of Lyon, as well as the name of a neighbourhood located on this hill. After crossing the Saône from the Fourvière area, I walked up the “montée de la Grande Côte”, a street that links the Place des Terreaux with the Croix-Rousse neighbourhood. I then went down towards the Rhône on the east side of the hill.

Above, city hall on Place des Terreaux.

Above, Montée de la Grande Côte.

Above, one of the numerous examples of street art on display in the area.

Above, the Roman Amphithéatre des Trois Gaules.

Above, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Metallic Tower.

Above, Jardin de la Grande Côte.

Above, cow exhibition on Place de la Croix-Rousse, at the top of the hill.

Above, Esplanade du Gros Caillou.

Above, the Gros Caillou (Big Pebble).

Above, graffiti in rue Joséphine Soulary, on the way down to the Rhône.

Above, Rhône river.

Vieux Lyon / Fourvière Hill

The Fourvière Hill is the oldest inhabited part of the city of Lyon. At its foot, along the Saône river, is the Vieux Lyon (Old Town), a neighbourhood that dates from the middle ages. At the top of the hill, the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the Tour Métallique dominate the city. Ruins of a roman theatre are also located near those landmarks. To get there, a funicular is available but it also possible to take the stairs.

Above, Pont Bonaparte across the Saône.

Above, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Metallic Tower.

Above, Eglise Saint-Georges.

Above, tower of Eglise Saint-Georges.

Above, street in the Vieux Lyon.

Above, monument to Laurent Mourguet, creator of the Guignol puppet show.

Above, the Jardin Archéologique Saint-Jean, near the Cathedral, features ruins dating from the end of Roman times.

Above, Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

Above, looking at the Fourvière Hill from Place Saint-Jean in front of the Cathedral.

Above, Montée du Garillan, to go up the hill.

Above, in Parc des Hauteurs:

Above, skyscrapers of La Part Dieu from the Parc des Hauteurs.

Above, at the Basilica.

Above, viewpoint of the Basilica.

Above, looking towards Parc de la Tête d’Or.

Above, Cathédral Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Place Bellecour.

Above, Tour Métallique de Fourvière.

Above, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière. I will make a specific post about the church.

Above, stairs on the way down, on Montée Nicolas de Lange.

Above, Rue de Montauban.

Above, Eglise Saint-Paul.

Above, crossing the Saône river again.