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Best Parks in Lausanne

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Set overlooking the beautiful, pristine blue waters of the Lac Leman, the Parc de l'Indépendance offers a real treat for the senses. Flanked by the Château de Morges to the east and Au Parc to the west, with the city unfolding behind, this park features an impressive display of over 51 species of trees, including such gems as redwood trees, orchids, and elms. Some of the trees here date back to the mid-to-late 1700s, and are an ideal spot to lay underneath, indulge in some stargazing, or enjoy a picnic with the family. Call to know more.

Nestled in the Lake Geneva Region, the Parc Jura Vaudois enchants hikers, bikers, and outdoor adventurers of every stripe. This stunning regional park features 523 kilometers (324.97 miles) of winding trails that cut through thickly wooded emerald green pastures and occasional stonewalls. Extending from the Col de la Givrine, to the Col du Molledruz, hikers in the park will encounter mesmerizing landscapes that range from the shimmer of Lake Geneva, to the pristine alpine beauty of the Alps.

This beautiful oasis is ideal for relaxing; the palace is used for official purposes.

Spread over 200 hectares (494.211 acres) of forest land and meadows, the Arboretum du Vallon de l'Aubonne, also popularly known as The Arboretum, is a truly magnificent public park. Located close to Aubonne, this park is largely used for scientific research of various plants and tree species. There are over 3,000 varied flora species currently cultivated in this park, significantly suited for temperate climate regions. The site also hosts the Musee du Bois, museum of wood and forestry, and multiple hiking trails that offer scenic and pleasant natural paths for long walks.

One of the landmarks of Fribourg, Jardin Botanique, also locally known as the Botanical Garden, is a museum of diverse species of plants and flowers. Featuring over 5,000 different plant species that are segregated into 21 sectors, including three large greenhouses, this botanical garden is a true testament to the diverse floral life on Earth. The garden transforms every season with different flowers blooming in different seasons. There is no entry fee for visitors and tours are also provided free of cost.

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.

Enormous green spaces and athletic facilities motivate you to exercise.

Established in the early 20th century, Place de Milan is a large multi-purpose playground that is used to host sporting events, school events and markets. Located adjacent to the botanical garden, this park is the perfect place to relax with family and friends.

A lush and dense park in the center of the city, the Parc Roussy is much more than a green space. Roussy is one of the premier event venues in the city and witnesses events throughout the year.

Juraparc may sound like a safe haven for dinosaurs, but is actually a nature park. The park offers tours wherein you can take a stroll around the property, witnessing the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Animals are abundant here, with bears, wild boar, wolves and bison being spotted on a regular basis. Activities such as educational workshops give you a better insight in to how the park functions without disturbing the fine balance between mother nature and its inhabitants.

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