COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Stay up to date with the latest on the coronavirus pandemic.   Learn More >

Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Lausanne: day-trip from Geneva, or stay a few days?

Lausanne: day-trip from Geneva, or stay a few days?

Old May 15th, 2018, 09:27 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 22
Lausanne: day-trip from Geneva, or stay a few days?

Hiya, I'm going to Switzerland in August and planning to start off in Geneva. I just want people's opinions on whether Lausanne makes a good day-trip or if its better to spend a few solid days there?

Cheers!s
cassie15490 is offline  
Old May 16th, 2018, 06:58 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 78,322
One day would be enought for most IMO - not that much there to see - nice town but many would suggest going to Montreux and Chateau Chillon or taking a day trip to say Gruyeres perfectly walled old town, etc. A few days stay in Montreux could be neat - take lake boats around - lots of easy excursions - for info on Swiss trains and where to go around Geneva check www.sbb.ch; BETS-European Rail Experts and www.ricksteves.com. You could also easily day trip to Chamonix by few-hour bus ride and experience awesome glaciers and high Alps.

Yes many and I say base in Montreux not Geneva, a town that few fall in love with though it is a nice town but Montreux or Vevey much more romantic and great bases.
PalenQ is offline  
Old May 17th, 2018, 08:27 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 6,821
As said above, the city of Lausanne and the Olympic Museum can be visited in less than a full day. But Lausanne is a transport hub for whole Western Switzerland and could be a good base for dozens of day trips. So, all depends on your interests.
neckervd is offline  
Old May 17th, 2018, 09:23 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 93,681
I'm not a fan of Geneva so much. I'd switch it around and do a day trip to Geneva's Old Town, and spend the rest of the time & stay out in Lausanne, or better yet Vevey or Montreux.
suze is offline  
Old May 17th, 2018, 11:31 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 78,322
Montreux is about as good as Lausanne for day trips - just a few minutes train ride away and some of the best excursions start from it - like Chocolate Train to Gruyeres and Broc Chocolate factory and mountain train to Rochers-de-Naye. Be sure to take a boat ride on lovely Lake Geneva - like over to Evian-les-Bains, France for a taste of fresh Evian water and a famous spa town and casino to replenish dwindling trip funds.
PalenQ is offline  
Old May 17th, 2018, 12:00 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 93,681
Since you mention August, and it it's hot, the Montreux Casino has a lakeside swimming pool that you can buy a day pass to. Very "local" and fun thing to do.
suze is offline  
Old May 17th, 2018, 01:35 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 78,322
That lakeside pool sounds like a good bet! Great for unwinding after flight.
PalenQ is offline  
Old May 17th, 2018, 03:07 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 36,385
We often stay in Lausanne. I agree a lot depends on what kinds of things you enjoy. It is obvious that some of the people above have never really taken the time to explore the place.
Dukey1 is offline  
Old May 17th, 2018, 03:47 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 78,322
I have stayed in Lausanne and explored all the town - yes and I agree with Dukey - a very pleasant place with trappings of a larger city and a lovely lakefront area - that said I think most would rather have the quieter smaller more romantic towns like Vevey or Montreux. Me, I'd take Lausanne as I like busy towns! And as said Lausanne a great base for many nearby towns.
PalenQ is offline  
Old Jun 4th, 2018, 07:22 PM
  #10  
kja
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 22,984
I'm chiming in a bit late here, but thought both cities well worth some time. I think it really depends on what YOU want to see and do.....
kja is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
onthebow
Europe
3
May 5th, 2018 09:05 PM
Ruby99
Europe
35
Mar 19th, 2016 06:49 PM
Hez
Europe
5
Aug 7th, 2014 10:58 AM
patiricia
Europe
12
Mar 17th, 2010 08:44 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO