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Best Outdoor Activities in Lausanne

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Mont d'Or is one of the highest peaks of the Jura mountain range situated at an altitude of 4800 feet (1463 meters) above sea level. Being one of the highest peaks in the region, it is also one of the most popular mountaineering destinations, testing the skills and temperaments of elite mountaineers. Apart from being an adventure junkie's favorite, it is also known for its skiing ranges and limestone quarries.

Overlooking Lake of Joux is Dent de Vaulion, a mountain peak, in the canton of Vaud. It is known for its ski resorts and hiking ventures. Hiking starts from Lake Joux up to the peak of Dent de Vaulion. It takes about 3 hours with the La Petit Dent restaurant on the way. The Chalet de la Dent de Vaulion at the top serves fondue cheese, dried meat and cream desserts with meringue. An orientation map is provided to the hikers which enable them to identify the lakes and mountains as they go by.

Considered to be the highest point above the ski resort of Leysin, Tour d'Ai is the go-to destination if one is looking for some safe yet enthralling adventure trip. Its summit is at the top of a long ridge and features vertical cliffs dropping away along all sides. The Tour d'Ai - Via ferrata route is the most exciting and is an exposed path with some ladders and chains higher up, to facilitate easy climbing. Once at the top of the peak, the wide panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the beginning of the Rhone Valley, as well as the Bernese Oberland are quite spectacular.

Overlooking the village of St-Gingolphe, Le Grammont is a frequently climbed peak of the Chablais Alps. The hiking routes are well defined and take the visitor through the picturesque Lake Taney, then ascending towards the Col des Crosses and the edge of Grammont with a lovely view overlooking Lake Geneva, to finally reaching the top. Once at the summit, there is sufficient space to relax and soak in the mesmerizing views all around, ranging from the Jura, Chablais, the Rhone Valley, the Grand Combin, and Upper Giffre to the mighty Mont Blanc.

Home to the unique and intriguing Kuklos, a revolving restaurant, the Berneuse is a picture perfect ski resort destination. It is one of the most beautiful vantage points in western Switzerland and one can enjoy a magnificent view of the plain of the Rhone, as far as the Lake Geneva basin and to the Dents du Midi. The main attraction of this peak is the revolving restaurant where one can enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding peaks.

Lac de Joux is a beautiful lake in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland and is the biggest lake in the country. It is a great tourist attraction and is highly popular among the locals and tourists alike. In summer, Lac de Joux is a hub for several activities like water sports and hiking and in the winters, people enjoy ice skating and ice walking over the frozen waters of this lake. It is a wonderful place to be with your family or group of friends.

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.

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.

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.

Located on the outskirts of Mollens, the Mont Tendre mountain is a popular hiking spot among tourists for its easy trails. With a height of 1679 meters (5509 feet), the mountain summit provides stunning views of the Swiss countryside.

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.

A very convenient and easily accessible mountain peak, Moleson is a definitive symbol of the Fribourg Pre-Alps and its slopes are a real mountain of leisure activities, both in winter and summer. It overlooks the medieval town of Gruyères, and its imposing peak can be easily accessed by the funicular and the cable car that goes right till the summit. The brilliant views from the top of the peak range from the Swiss plateau on one hand and Lake Geneva on the other. One should also explore the opportunity to discover the stars at the Moléson Observatory on the summit.

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