After our stay in France, the group headed back into Switzerland towards Lausanne where a friend there wanted to show us around. Lausanne is the Olympic Capital, as the Olympic Comittee is headquartered there.
The city began as an Roman military camp in the 2nd Century A.D. on the shores of Lake Geneva. However eventually the city moved further up the hill for better protection.
This is the museum and where the parliament of the city meets. It’s very beautiful and palacial. Everything you touch is solid stone.
It had a grand entrance staircase leading off into different wings of the building.
As old as this place is, it’s quite young in comparison to:
The Cathédrale Protestente Notre-Dame de Lausanne, or Protestant Cathedral.
This huge church is nearly 800 years old. Built in 1235 in a very gothic fashion it’s almost unreal to behold.
Mind boggling archetecture. And also holding some of the best views of the city. For a fee (naturally), we were allowed to climb a seemingly endless number of spiral steps to the very top of the building.
Views all around for miles. You can see Lake Geneva in the misty horizon.
After the tour we walked through the snaking city streets much of which were built in the medieval eras. Lausanne is a French speaking Swiss city, so there was plenty of time to work on your “Merci’s”.
It’s also very hilly as you see here.
The city is extremely green too. With lush foresty parks and lawns.
This is a courthouse for the state.
As old as the city is, in many ways it’s very futuristic. It’s the smallest city to have a mass transit metro system. The trains are driverless and careful thought goes into how they can build lines without deforesting even 3 or 4 trees.
One of the oldest cities in Europe is building the future. This section of the town is full of modernist buildings and plazas.
After a great home cooked meal we started off for our next stop, Château de Chillon.
Sitting on the lake of Geneva, the Château de Chillon was built to control a road from Burgundy to the Great St. Benard Pass. It’s oldest parts date from 1005. It was a summer home of the Counts of Savoy. And in 1248 Peter II expanded the castle.
Massive imposing walls. The Counts who stayed here used to keep a fleet of ships on the Lake of Geneva.
The History of Switzerland never ceases to amaze me.