Lausanne in winter rhymes with small Christmas markets, hot wines, fondues, snow, and so many other activities not to be missed!
1. FONDUE AT THE CAFÉ DU GRÜTLI
The Café du Grütli, which has been based in Lausanne since 1849, is a reference restaurant in the capital of the Canton of Vaud. The Grütli serves traditional Swiss cuisine. The atmosphere is wintry, with stone walls and hunting decorations. On sunny days, a pretty small staircase terrace adapts to the sloping street of Rue de la Mercerie. Very good wine list. It is possible to eat in ski cabins during the winter, the experience is extraordinary. An atypical place to eat a tasty fondue!
2. HOT CHOCOLATE AT THE BRASSERIE DE MONTBENON
There is nothing better than a hot chocolate to warm up with the cold of winter. If I had to recommend only one place to visit, it would be the Brasserie de Montbenon. This gourmet place is located in a former casino. The cuisine is neat and seasonal. There is a large terrace with a breathtaking view of the lake where you can enjoy hot chocolate around a fire. Certainly the brewery with the best location in Lausanne.
3. SKATING WITH FRIENDS
Lausanne offers various sites for those who love skating. You can find 4 ice rinks.
FLON: from November to March, it may not be the largest or fanciest ice rink around, but Flon is a great area with a lot of events.
Price: Entry is free, skate hire costs CHF5 for students.
LA PONTAISE: it is an open-air rink from 28th October 2019 to 7th March 2020.
Price: CHF4 for students. Bus access: TL 1: Velodrome, TL 21: Beau-Site
Parking at the Velodrome
VAUDOISE ARENA: an ultramodern multisport complex located in Malley designed to allow the public to play sports like skidding and hockey with his big ice rink. Open to the public in February 2020. The schedules will be available in January 2020.
MONTCHOISI: Located near the Olympic Museum, the Montchoisi ice rink has two open-air tracks.
Price: CHF5 for students.
Bus access: TL 4, 8: Montchoisi stop, TL 25: Elysée, Olympic Museum
4. LAUSANNE LIGHTS
From November to the end of December, Lausanne is as bright as a star. Many contemporary works are exhibited in the streets of the center and the old town.
Lausanne Lumière's audacity and poetry attract more and more people every year. The festival enhances the Christmas season by offering an artistic and modern complement to traditional Christmas activities.
5. BÔ NOËL
A typical Christmas market! There are stands of all kinds, from creators, winegrowers, local producers, and even street food. The atmosphere is friendly and you can taste Swiss products, beers, and hot wines with your friends. This is the first year that Bô Noël has taken over the Place Centrale with the Fabulous Village des Flottins, which will offer a monumental installation to enliven the square in the city center.
I hope that you will enjoy your winter in Lausanne! ;)