Discover all that Switzerland has to offer over the summer break. Both in Lausanne and further afield, there's something for everyone!

Welcome to Switzerland — the land of scenic landscapes, charming cities, and unforgettable experiences. As you settle into life in Lausanne, you’ll quickly discover that summer here is a cherished season filled with endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation. This blog will help you enjoy summer to the fullest.  

Let’s start in Lausanne 

Switzerland’s summer is a special time, especially after the lingering winter. In Lausanne, surrounded by stunning views of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), you’ll find plenty of exciting activities to enjoy.

Begin by exploring the shores of Lac Léman. Take leisurely strolls along the promenade, soak up the sun on one of the public beaches, such as Vidy, indulge in water sports like waterskiing and stand-up paddleboarding, or rent a pedalo in Ouchy. The waterfront comes alive with energy during the summer months, offering a perfect escape from the heat. 


 Just a short distance from Lausanne lies the picturesque UNESCO-protected vineyards of Lavaux.  Wander through terraced vineyards, and sample exquisite Swiss wines while taking in the panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. 

Lavaux vineyards

Each summer, the Luna Park comes to the shores of Lake Geneva at Bellerive, right in front of IMD. This annual event transforms the lakeside into a vibrant carnival atmosphere, offering thrilling rides, delightful treats, and live entertainment for all ages.  

Lausanne Luna Park

Beyond Lausanne 

While Lausanne is captivating, Switzerland beckons you to explore its diverse attractions beyond the city limits.

Travel to Interlaken, a renowned resort town nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, framed by the iconic peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Here, thrill-seekers can engage in outdoor adventures like paragliding, hiking, or exploring the breathtaking Trümmelbach Falls. 


Immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene by visiting Art Basel, one of the world’s premier contemporary art fairs held annually in Basel during mid-June. Discover groundbreaking artworks, interact with international artists, and experience the pulse of the global art community. 

Art Basel

Switzerland offers a fantastic outdoor movie experience with Allianz Cinema or Coop Open Air Cinema, which screen films under the stars in cities like Zurich, Basel, and Bern. Escape to one of these locations for a memorable evening at the cinema  with friends. Every summer, the canton of Vaud also hosts a variety of concerts. Among the most renowned are the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Paléo Festival Nyon. The Montreux Jazz Festival takes place in early July and is the second-largest annual jazz festival globally. Meanwhile, the Paléo Festival is an annual rock and hip-hop festival held in Nyon, Switzerland. 

Open air summer cinema

Switzerland’s summer is a time to cherish and explore. Whether you are wandering through vineyards, attending vibrant music festivals, or diving into the art scene, every experience promises memories to treasure. 

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