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Situated in the district between the main train station and the lake, the Musée et jardin botaniques cantonaux are a small space of heavenly calm and relaxation. There are plants from all over the world, with a particular emphasis on the local flora. Created at the end of the 19th Century to allow pharmacy students to study medicinal plants, it continues to show plants used in popular medicine and important medications. The hot and the humid greenhouses show tropical plants, while the Alpine gardens glorifies typical Swiss mountain flora. The small museum hosts temporary exhibitions related to botany. Admission is free.
This park lies across the street Lake Geneva and is the home of the Olympic Museum and the Élisée Museum of Photography. The park is often a feature of tourist walks around Lausanne, and has quite a few statues and pieces of public art on its grounds, many of which are representations of athletes from all epochs and from around the world. The park reopened after a comprehensive renovation in 2013 with nearly twice as much exhibition space, a brand new museum, and new landscape features.
The lovely Le Denantou is a small city park that runs along the Quai de Belgique and Lac Léman. The park has a few distinguishing features, including a ruined tower along the bank of the lake, landscaped gardens with a beautiful collection of beech trees, camellia flowers, and rhododendrons. The most known, however, is the Thai pavilion, an intricate wooden structure in the east side of the park. The building was constructed in 1997 by a Thai craftsmen and the city’s parks and promenades department, and was a gift of King Bhumibol of Thailan, given in thanks of the time he spent studying in Lausanne.
Signal de Bougy, a leisure park that was conceived with the whole family in mind, has been open since the 1970s. You can relax by playing golf on a nine-hole course, mini golf, badminton, football and volleyball. For younger children there are swings, a playground, activities with clowns and a zoo. As far as eating is concerned, there is a self-service restaurant and picnic areas. For the major public holidays such as Easter and August 1st (a major Swiss holiday), a special entertainment program is organized.