Set in the manoir where he breathed his last, Chaplin's World is a museum dedicated entirely to the legendary comedian, Charlie Chaplin. This charming museum gives an insight deep into the comedian's personal as well as his professional life. The museum is divided into three sections, the world-class studio, the lush green park and the splendid manor. Within the studio, you will find yourself surrounded by model sets from some of his well-known films, wax statues of the legend and his co-stars, and audiovisuals that trace his journey from a nobody to one of the most talented actors, writers and filmmakers. The museum also illustrates his meetings with famous personalities like Sophia Loren and Mahatma Gandhi. For any further information, you can call on +41 842 422 422. If you wish to spend your day immersed in stories from the life of this legendary comedian, Chaplin's World assures you an enriching experience.
Musée du Vieux Pays-d'Enhaut is one of the finest museums in Château d`Oex. This museum displays folklore art and artisan items that help you learn about the lives of people that lived here during earlier centuries. A wide range of cut paper artworks of Johann Jakob Hauswirth can also be found at Musée du Vieux Pays-d'Enhaut.
Charming public gardens, planted with exotic trees and shrubs and displaying bronze statues, lead you up to the museum. Once at the top, one can see the modern building is truly inspired by a Greek temple with its white marble facade. Two rows of white columns to the entrance carry the names of the towns that have hosted the Olympic games and the Olympic flame burns in an ornamental granite bowl illustrating the myth of Prometheus. The exhibition leads you through the history of the Olympic games, starting with Ancient Greece. There are beautifully preserved terracotta figures, gold laurel wreathes and marble sculptures to see. On display are all the torches that have been carried in every event since 1936 and a great collection of stamps, coins and medals bearing images of the Olympics. Huge video screens and stereo sound help the viewer to experience a part of the apprehension, excitement and concentration, the athlete encounters before an event.
Holding a place of pride in the heart of Lausanne's Old Town, this imposing Gothic cathedral soars over a sea of red-roofed buildings. Although the original master mason is undocumented, construction efforts can be traced back to the 12th Century. The structure was completed roughly a century later in 1275 under an engineer named Jean Cotereel. It was ordained by three important figures - Pope Gregory X, Rudolph of Habsburg, and Guillaume of Champvent, the then bishop of Lausanne. Its belfry a home to seven sonorant bells, the Lausanne Cathedral's other noteworthy features include an exceptional pipe organ and a stained glass window considered to be one of Europe's finest. Those in the city will also hear a town crier announcing the hours every night between 10p and 2a from the bell tower, as has been tradition since the Middle Ages. An architectural wonder par excellence, this historic cathedral comes alive with a repertoire of concerts and a bevy of cultural events.
The Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle) is the most visited historical building in the country. Located 20 minutes away by train (just outside Montreux), this fortress dates back to the 11th century and is worth a visit. Try to avoid the massive number of tourists who flock here during the summer months by arriving early. And if you are able to, take the train to Montreux and walk along the lake to the castle. One piece of advice, a tourist stall screens a video of the castle right outside the entrance. Try not to be one of those people who become glued to the screen when the real thing is towering above your head!
Deep in the recesses of the Sauvabelin forest lies a modern, wood-built tower which affords a breathtaking view of the rolling Jura Mountains and glistening Lake Léman. Measuring 35 meters (115 feet), the distinctive tower takes its name from the surrounding forest. Although it serves a spectacular purpose, the structure itself is eye-catching, and its spiral staircase was inspired by the helical architecture found at the Chateau de Chambord in France. Fashioned out of Douglas firs sourced from local forests, this tower and its supporting institutions are greatly inclined towards sustainable development and environmental consciousness, and strive to radiate the same principles to visitors.
At first sight, Lausanne mesmerizes with its sheer beauty, a city of Gothic grandeur cascading down the hillside up to the shores of Lake Geneva. A closer look and the city reveals an upbeat ethos driven by a youthful populace. The city's legacy as a rich milieu for intellectuals like Rousseau, Voltaire and Lord Byron has given way to a vibrant local scene. The neighborhoods of Ouchy and Flon are especially enticing, the hotbeds of the city's urban, contemporary culture. Lausanne has been home to the International Olympic Committee since 1914 and the Olympic Museum is one of its most popular attractions. The Medieval old town is dominated by the Cathedrale de Lausanne, a sight of sheer majesty, and its narrow streets are lined with boutiques, cafes and restaurants, while the city's rich and vibrant history is showcased at various museums. The fabulous art collections of the Beaulieu Castle, the Fondation de l'Hermitage and the Musée de l'Elysée are also meritorious. Backed by spell-binding vistas of the lake, and mountains clad in vineyards, Lausanne is enchanting to its very core.
Enter Le Romandie for an unusual yet exciting night out . This dark venue is reserved for all those for whom rock is a religion. Featuring artists from all over Europe, Romandie is a place where both established and upcoming talents take the stage. Le Romandie is also a hub for underground cinema as their associated Kinoplex regularly features films of this less popular genre.
One of Lausanne's most recognizable structures, Maison Mercier is truly an architectural marvel. Built during the latter years of the 17th Century, the Maison stands 11 stories tall, covering a surface area of 6000 square meters (64,583 square feet), making it a work of art that was way ahead of its time. Maison Mercier has been a versatile venue ever since its inception, housing numerous businesses, registry offices and religious institutions. The building is still functional even today and has been constantly renovated to ensure that it doesn't lose out on any of its imperial-era charms.
It is virtually impossible to visit Lausanne without seeing this church, at least from the outside. Located right at the heart of Lausanne, St-François Church was established before the Reformation. After the building burnt down in the 1368 fire, the church was renovated to include an interesting combination of modern and traditional concepts. The church has automatic doors and a part of this monument has been renovated. Several concerts are held in the renovated part of the building. Historical information, concert schedules and services are available inside the church. Guided tours are conducted in this church that acquaints the visitors with the history of this place.
The Births of the Full Moon (Les Naissances de la Pleine Lune) is a piece of artwork that was arranged by artists Yves Zbinden and Anne-Hélène Darbellay around a fountain near the church of St. Francis. The constellation of golden cobblestones showcases the name of all the children who were born in the city under a full moon during 1998. The real intent was to showcase and celebrate birth and life. Though the work of art can be easily overlooked under ones feet, it is really special for all those lucky children whose names feature as part of the artwork.
Although it may not not look like much, but Place Saint François is the hub of Lausanne. The hippest of cafés here is the Café Romand. You can also the grand Saint François Church. Many street entertainers perform here and students hang out. Every city has one place where everyone inevitably winds up passing through, and this is the one in Lausanne. You will walk through the square on your way to trendy rue de Bourg, Place de la Palud, Place Riponne and all its museums. Good place to be seen.