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With a rounded peak, the rounded top Mont Pelerin is an attractive destination owing to its idyllic location overlooking Lake Geneva and the spectacular views that it provides. The best way to explore the mountain is by following a funicular rail ride from Vevey via the Chardonne vineyards, then on foot and with the lift up the 403 feet tall television tower, perched on the summit. The Le Mirador Kempinski hotel is a popular stop over on the mountain and offers panoramic views of the beautiful Lake and the magnificent Alps, the Rhone Valley and terraced vineyards of the Swiss Riviera.
Located in the same park as the Fédéral Tribunal, Switzerland's highest court, and some rather beautiful mansions, there is little that is lofty about this swimming pool. It's simply somewhere to have some fun. A 25 metre pool with a lot of kids is the best way to describe this place. A great way to escape the winter blues, though, as one can always pretend to be laying by the beach somewhere. Okay, maybe not, but for a good work-out mid-winter, this is the place to be.
If you want to experience Lausanne from a different perspective maybe even two, rent a boat or a bike from one of the lakeside companies. Guy Delessert, open week-ends only in March, every day in high season, has small motorboats for speed demon-wannabes (no license required), pedal boats for the more easy-going person. Everything looks different when you are on a bicycle. Take a leisurely ride along the lakeside towards Lutry or join the trendy and try the portable push scooters. No helmets are provided, place closes in October.
Chalet-à-Gobet, situated just north of Lausanne, is where you can find the Parc Equestre. Parc Equestre is a veritable wonderland of horse-related events.
Bordering the Marina, this area is great for both the active and non active person. The energetic can keep themselves entertained by rollerblading, cycling, riding scooters, hiring pedal boats and waterskiing. Children can paddle in the fountains, climb on the adventure tower and go dizzy on the rather small merry go round. For the more thoughtful there are outdoor chessboards. Shaded gardens provide shelter from the midday sun. Dominating the small marina is the huge C shaped weathervane, with its four marker stones which indicate the wind direction.
Seasons mean little inside this place: in the winter, you can skate, and in the summer, bring your bathing suit because it becomes one giant pool. The pool, open from mid-May to the end of August or the first week in September, has big waves all afternoon so if lazing on your back like your grandfather used to do is your idea of swimming, come here in the morning when things are usually more calm. As with all outdoor pools, opening hours can vary depending on weather and on attendance. Call first if it looks like rain. Note that if you are around for a while, you can buy various group deals, good for Bellerive, Montchoisi and Mon-Repos pools.
Yes, it looks funny. Yes, people use brooms and throw stones and yes, curling is an extremely popular sport, albeit only in the colder countries. All shuffleboard and old people jokes aside, curling is a fantastic sport and more importantly, is a blast for first-timers. Want a story to tell your mates or your family back home? Curl a while at Curling Club Lausanne Olympique. The club is only open from September to March.
Want to learn sailing? If yes, then call Ecole de Voile d'Ouchy. Learning here is fun as there are no classroom lectures to bore you. You will learn it right here on the boat, navigating and taking charge of the vessel. Private and group lessons and nighttime rides are also available. If you want to rent a boat for week-ends or for a full week, check with them.
If you cannot find a way to amuse yourself on this enormous site, then pack your bags and head on home. Sound harsh? Maybe, but Bellerive-Plage is just like an amusement park but more wet! It has an Olympic-size swimming pool, a 10-meter high diving board, access to Lake Geneva, beach-volleyball courts, kids' games, cafes... The pools are supervised so bring the kids along. If you still don't feel like jumping in the water, no problem: sip something cool at the café overlooking the lake and take in the sights. Also note that weather and poor attendance may affect opening hours. Open hours may vary according to weather, so call ahead.
AquaSplash Renens is a water sports park located west of Lausanne, but easily accessible by taxi and by public transport. Water parks like these are all the rage here in Switzerland. Similar to Six Flags in America, you will find five heated pools, slides for grown-ups and for kids, a 10-meter high diving board and courts for all kinds of activities like volleyball, football and badminton. There is also a place to get a massage and a proper work-out room.
Les Pléiades, marks the beginning of the foothills and overlooks Lake Geneva and the towns and villages of the Swiss Riviera. It can be easily accessed via a cog train. Once at the upper station, the AstroPléiades tour is one that should not be missed for the world! Providing deep insights about the entire solar system, the tour starts by taking the Earth as a starting point and then moving on to exploring different phenomena occurring in space for millions of light years apart. After a complete observation of the solar system, the visitor is transported to different fixed stars in distant galaxies. To add to the beauty of the peak, fields of blooming daffodils adorn the landscapes and are an absolute delight for walkers, hikers and avid photographers.
This attraction park is made up of three different worlds all in water: 'Captain Kid's Land' where there are slides and ferocious pirates, 'Jungle Land,' with its luxurious environment created by exotic plants and waterfalls has six giant slides guaranteed to thrill, and 'Paradise Land,' made for adults, which promises a day of relaxation through Turkish baths, saunas and jacuzzis. The water park is open daily from 10:30a onwards.