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What is there to do on a sunday in Lausanne? Are there tourist places around that you could take the train to see?

I had walk around yesterday and need some ideas as to what to do in Switzerland in the weekends for the next few months. Where might you travel to around Lausanne that isn't too expensive and is still fun in terms of scenery, and all that?

When would it start getting unsafe to travel around? Would it be too cold to go places in Oct/Nov?

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Re: Sunday in Lausanne

most of the museums are open on sunday- ouchy, especially on a nice sunday, is packed with people. also many go on hikes, visit family, etc. there's quite a bit to do. last sunday we walked to sauvlin belin (spelling) and had a great time. today espace de inventions, which is great. also good- art brut museum. if you have a walk around riponne there are a few museums so you have your choice and it may also be one of the last day for the piscine so you can head to pully, montchoisi pool or belle rive. enjoy! it's already beautiful out!
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Re: Sunday in Lausanne

I second going to some of the Museums up by the Cathedral. They have quite a few nice shows going on. If worst comes to worse there's always going to the movies.
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There's so much to do and accessible by train that I honestly don't know where begin.
1. You've got the lovely Lavaux vineyards between Lutry and Vevey on your doorstep. UNESCO world heritage site. Just take a ramble through the little paths that wind their way through the vineyards. In September the vines turn to beautiful autumn colours. Make for the village of Chexbres and stop off at terrace of the hotel Baron de Tavernier for the best view of Lac Léman and the Alps in the whole of the region.
2. The lovely town of Vevey. Stroll around the old town or the lakeside promenade. Take the funicular up to Mont Pelerin for more stunning views.
3. Head out to Montreux and enjoy more lake views. Nearby Chateau Chillon is a must.
4. Heading in the other direction towards Geneva and you have Morges and Nyon next door to Lausanne. Great places to spend a Sunday afternoon with more castles, old town and lake. I believe Nyon has an antiques market every Sunday. You can also take the boat from Nyon to the French medieval town of Yvoire.
5. Further afield but within an hour by train from Lausanne is the lovely town of Neuchatel. Very different architecture and ambiance from the towns of Vaud. Fribourg is also a nice place to visit on a Sunday afternoon. It's only 45 mins away by train from Lausanne.
6. Sion in Valais is just over an hour away and also worth a visit. The train ride from Lausanne to Sion is stunning - passing by the lake, the Lavaux viineyards, Chateau Chillon, Dents du Midi, the St. Maurice gorge and on into the orchards and vineyards of the lower Valais. In Sion you can visit the old town, the old Basilica on the hill and the Chateau Turbillon where the bishops of Sion lived. A few stops further down the line from Sion is the underground lake at St. Leonard. I'd do Sion on a Saturday because Sunday is dead. On Friday there's a market in the old town.
7. The Chablais region, between Montreux and St. Maurice is full of things to see - chateau d'Aigle, Bex Salt mines, Abbey of St.Maurice, The World War II fortifications where the Swiss planned to make their last stand if Germany had invaded. Also from Aigle you go up into the mountains on the trains of the Transport Public Chablais to Les Diablarets and the Portes du Soleil. From Bex you can go up to Villars. If you're a meat eater, the end of September marks the beginning of "La Chasse" when many Chablais restaurants serve game - Venison, Pheasant, Boar etc.
8. Take a boat cruise on the Lac Leman?
9 Take a boat from Ouchy to Evian?
10. Vaud and Valais are the biggest wine producing areas in Switzerland. In September the wine producers usually thrown open their doors and offer sampling of last year's wine production. You buy a glass and drink all you want. I usualy go to Ollon, Aigle and Yvorne but there are plenty of other villages that do this.

I mean, I could go on and on - and I've just restricted myself to what's on offer in under an hour by train. Gruyères and Murten are 1.5 hrs away and also worth a visit.

Switzerland is such a small place you could easily do any one of Basle, Bern, Luzern and Zurich - there and back in day if you fancy sampling a bit of the Swiss German culture and don't mind a two hour train ride to get there.
The weather In September here can be fantastic - warm and dry. We can even get nice weather well into October in the suisse romande ...though this year I wouldn't guarantee anything. Best check it out on this site:
www.meteosuisse.ch

Happy travels!

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Re: Sunday in Lausanne

The antique market in Nyon is on every last Sunday of the month. There are a few museums in Nyon, too. Prangins right next to Nyon has a beautiful castle with a Swiss national museum and a nice garden. Take some food with you and have a picknick afterward at the lake shore. You can take a train to Nyon and walk cca 30min to Prangins. Morges and Rolle are both great for some strolling by the lake, picknicking and castles, cute little towns, on the same train line between Lausanne and Ge. There are two really good icecream shops in Nyon and Rolle, both the same company, I forgot the name.
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When would it start getting unsafe to travel around? Would it be too cold to go places in Oct/Nov?
Never too cold if you have enough clothes

Those of us who hike in winter have a saying: "There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothes". Has been attributed over the years to many people, usually Scandinavian.
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The antique market in Nyon is on every last Sunday of the month. There are a few museums in Nyon, too. Prangins right next to Nyon has a beautiful castle with a Swiss national museum and a nice garden. Take some food with you and have a picknick afterward at the lake shore. You can take a train to Nyon and walk cca 30min to Prangins. Morges and Rolle are both great for some strolling by the lake, picknicking and castles, cute little towns, on the same train line between Lausanne and Ge. There are two really good icecream shops in Nyon and Rolle, both the same company, I forgot the name.
Now, I find out.

Oh, well, my last, last sunday of the month, in Switzerland.
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Re: Sunday in Lausanne

You can discover Lausanne very nicely by foot. Many walks are described on the homepage of the city which have a bit of information added about where you walk by: http://www.lausanne-tourisme.ch/view...528&language=E.

As previously mentioned: the lavaux is fantastic. You can get a small map for free at the tourist info (next to the station) with the places, routes, distances and time estimations for walks in the area.

Enjoy Lausanne & Switzerland!
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Re: Sunday in Lausanne

An addition: the entrance to all city museums* is free every first saturday of the month in Lausanne (ok, you ask for sunday things to do, but in case you find the time on a saturday ). In Geneva this is the case every first sunday of the month.

* List of museums:
Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts
Collection de l'Art Brut
Musée de Pully
Musée de l'Elysée
mudac – Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains
Espace Arlaud
Musée historique de Lausanne
Musée romain de Lausanne-Vidy
Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire
Musée monétaire cantonal
Musée cantonal de géologie
Musée cantonal de zoologie
Musée et Jardin botaniques cantonaux
Fondation Claude Verdan
Espace des inventions
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You'll be wanting a hang over so big, that all you want to do is sit on the sofa falling asleep to the Grand Prix

(go skiing in the winter)
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You'll be wanting a hang over so big, that all you want to do is sit on the sofa falling asleep to the Grand Prix

(go skiing in the winter)
Were you spying on me again? Sunday was indeed spent with a hangover, falling asleep to the Grand Prix.

Next Sunday I'll get out and explore. Promise.
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Next Sunday I'll get out and explore McDonalds
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Re: Sunday in Lausanne - Weekends in Switzerland

Thanks guys for the suggestion. I guess I'll go to museums in Lausanne this Saturday and then Geneva on Sunday. Now what is there to do in Geneva.

Ended up going to Roche des Nayes on Sunday since that was the last day for the 18:46 train to run. Didn't get the chance to go see the castle but might head back one day to see the vineyards and the castle. Is the coming down of the cows something worth seeing? Has anyone been up to the castle for Oct 15's scary evening? Is it in English? Or should I wait for the "Lights on the Lake" exhibit.

I wouldn't mind actually traveling 2hrs one way to other places - Lucern and Interlaken seems like worth the try and maybe I could stay the weekend but finding a place to stay would be expensive that day trips might be better.

Will you be able to ski in Nov?
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