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A one of a kind tribute to the rich heritage of computers, Musee Bolo was set up in 2002 and is housed in the IT building of the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne. It was the passion and love of computers of Yves Bolognini - the engineer who gave his nickname Bolo museum that gave birth to this collection. The Museum is home to thousands of objects from the history of computing and information technology and is aimed at highlighting the progress made in terms of technology and industrial design. The exhibits include the first real personal computer general public by IBM, the first Mac and more than 500 different machines, including game consoles and calculators as well. The constant miniaturization of machines and computers is beautifully measured and displayed by placing different memories or PC motherboards side by side for easy comparison.
A site of regional and national pride, this formidable defensive fortification sits along the picturesque Lake Geneva. Built in the year 1286 on the orders of Baron Louis I of Vaud, this castle was constructed as a traditional Savoyard Carré, essentially a thick fortress with four conical towers enveloping a plaza. Through the years, several of the castle's features were altered, especially during the Bernese conquest of Vaud, when the castle's gates were destroyed. After years of instability, the castle was converted into a site housing four regional museums, the most prominent of which is the Vaud Military Museum.
A trip to the city is incomplete without a visit to the famous Zoo de Servion. Covering a massive 55,000 square meters (592,015 square feet) of lush forest and landscaped area, this is one of the biggest zoos and wildlife parks in the city. Home to over 60 different species of exotic birds and animals, including wolves, lions, leopards and bears, here one can catch a glimpse of some of the most intriguing animals, without setting foot out of the country. One can also learn a thing or two about the nature and life of the animals, from the well-informed zookeepers and guides.
Reformed Church of Saint-Symphorien is a relatively newer building, constructed in the 16th century. But the original parish dates back to the 6th century, hailing from a village called Glerula. This village was destroyed by a giant wave and its ruins can still be seen beneath the church. Moreover, the stained glass windows and the picturesque bell tower adds to the church's historical significance.
One of the most prized natural spots of France, the Delta de la Dranse National Reserve belongs to the delta of the Dranse river. Characterized by beaches and marshy swamps, the reserve offers a brimming place of life. Replete with plethora of flora and fauna varieties, the national park is home to some rare reptiles and amphibian species. One can also see many local and migratory birds visiting the nature reserve.