On two wheels in Lausanne, the second home of the Olympics
A place de la Navigation, on the lakeside of Lausanne, count days, hours, minutes and seconds that separate them from the next Olympics. They do it with the Countdown clock, a orologione in limestone blocks. Four meters high by 20 tons engraved with the five rings of the Olympic flag. Not only dimostrazone practice than the Swiss are related to the measurement of time, but especially the arch-symbol of the spirit of the sport city, declared Olympic capital in 1994. And the seat of the International Olympic Committee for the last one century.
Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Games, had no doubts about where to fix the headquarters of the new Olympics in 1915: “The Olympic spirit will find independent and proud atmosphere that reigns in Lausanne the pledge of freedom that it needs to progress. “Pride, independence and freedom that can be felt even today. In addition to its strategic location on Lake Geneva: behind the château d’Ouchy, on the horizon the terraced vineyards of Lavaux, Evian-les-Bains and the French Alps snow.
For a scenic route is also suitable for less sporty – the city is all ups and downs – the ideal is from Quais d’Ouchy, the banks of Lake Geneva, and along the lake. Not lacking alternative routes for those who dream of the Olympics. There are many. Through the city from the lake in the Bois de Sauvabelin. Extend throughout the canton of Vaud. Why Lausanne sport is in their DNA, and the offer of biketour can only be as wide as the range of Olympic disciplines.
Cyclists “slow” the lake can move undisturbed. Among sailboats, myriads of gulls, swans, young scooter and rollerblade. Nearby, guests can visit the Olympic Museum and its park. Outside Lausannetante sculptures athletic dipped between the shades of autumn and the Mediterranean vegetation. Deeper in the structure, recently renovated, there is the history of the sport from Olympia to the present day, including interactive and multimedia courses, philatelic and numismatic collections.
For lovers of the restaurant’s brunch Olympic Museum is the place to enjoy an international buffet respectable – but not cheap -, putting a pancake and poulet aux épices breathtaking views.
Before being annexed in Lausanne, Ouchy was a harbor and a fishing village independent. It retains the charm around the castle, between the Hotel du Port and Crêperie d’Ouchy – at 7 place du Port – which contends the best buckwheat galettes with the Chandeleur, in Rue Mercerie 9.
Stages striking are the Esplanade des Cantons, the promenade de Vidy and the Parc Bourget. Here is the city behind you, and you find yourself in an oasis of quiet and a crossroads for sportsmen. Continuing the Chamin de la Roselière until you reach Chamin des Pierrettes Saint Sulpice. To enlighten the eyes, if you appreciate the architecture of high tech, are waiting for the curves of the Rolex Learning Center and edges of glass and steel of the Swiss Tech Convention Center. Both the campus of EPFL, the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne.
Returning to the center are the two necessary stops: the Vallée de la Jeunesse, created in 1964 and now a paradise for skaters, is a park with over 10 thousand rose plants for which it is best to wait until the flowering period. And the happy ending, the Esplanade de Montbenon. In addition to the scene this corner of Lausanne provides a good test of integration, the new parc Légende d’Automne. Along the Promenade Schnetzler have installed 18 sculptures that depict a story, in a new way. For each figure there is a book that tells the bronze also in braille a legend, turning so also to blind visitors. To discover this tale just ride, read and, for once, try a different ban: forbidden not to touch.