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Must Visit Attractions in Lausanne

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Impressive scenery with vineyards on the river banks of the Monts de Lavaux; from Lausanne to Vevey.

Le Chasseron is an alpine mountain and is a part of the Jura mountain range. One can get a good view of the town of Sainte-Croix once at the top. The mountain stands at a height of 1607 meters/5272 feet above sea level. It is said to have been listed as one of the most isolated mountains in the country.

Perfectly mirroring the surrounding Pic Chaussy massif in its crystal clear waters, the picturesque mountain lake of Lac Lioson, is the perfect rest stop while hiking across this region. Forested all around, this idyll getaway also features few cottages for those wanting to stay and explore the varied flora and fauna of the area. In summer, it is an ideal spot for fishing and swimming while in winter, with the entire lake covered in ice, ice diving is popular here.

The spectacular Abbey of Hauterive is situated in the municipality of Hauterive in Switzerland, and is a national heritage site. The Cistercian establishment was founded in 1138 by Guillaume de Glâne, who was once the local lord. The abbey has been the cultural focal point for the locals of Hauterive ever since. In the 18th Century, it was subjected to renovations and improvements, and was rebuilt in the distinctive Baroque architectural style. A place for solidarity and peace, this establishment is currently home for several monks and priests. For information about opening hours, kindly visit the website.

An enchanting mountain lake nestled in an idyllic landscape with meadows, cliffs and dark forests; Lac de Taney is a lake straight out of a fairy tale. It is surrounded by flower strewn fields, which include alpine rose, monk's hood and mountain violet among others. The entire region has been declared as a national natural heritage site and offers an incredible variety of flora and fauna like the characteristic tall, fragrant fir trees and a vast number of amphibians like frogs, alpine salamanders and many others. The imposing peaks of Jumelle and Grammont provide a scenic background and there are also provisions to stay in this exquisite place, at the charming little mountain inn on the Western shore of the lake.

Lucens Castle is a beautiful and grand historic structure, located on a hill top and over looking the countryside town of Lucens. Built around the 16th Century, the castle served a residential place for kings and nobility, a fortress, a girls institution before being sold to a private party. Today, it functions as a luxury event venue with weddings, dinners, parties, meetings and conferences regularly hosted here. 10 rooms for accommodation are available as well.

A spellbinding natural rock formation of gigantic dimensions, Creux du Van is found between Vaud and Neuenburg cantons. Standing tall at 524.93 feet (160 meters), this natural rock-made arena is formed in the vicinity of an equally picturesque basin. Creux du Van's history goes back to over 200 million years when the glaciers and the creeks have led to the formation of the spectacular formation from an ancient water stream. Nature lovers would love the arctic-alpine plantations of the rock. Lynx, Ibex, Chamois and other species of wildlife have made the pristine Creux du Van their home.

Fribourg's last wood-covered bridge; current state dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

The grand old castle of Neuchâtel is a popular tourist attraction in the region with its rich history and beautiful architecture. A designated Swiss heritage site, it is often paired with the neighboring and equally magnificent church of La Collégiale. Today it is open to individual visitors for no charge at all, while guided tours with groups are available for 50 francs in English, French, German and Italian.

Lac des Taillères, also known as Lake Taillères, is a popular picnic spot among tourists and locals alike for its sweeping panoramic views of the Jura ranges, clear clean waters and rolling green lawns surrounding it. During the summer, the bright blue sky and warm weather make it ian ideal place for relaxation and reflection while the winter days converts the frozen lake into a skating and snowshoeing rink.

Located between the towns of Noiraigue and Boudry, lies the Areuse Gorge whose beauty has enchanted the many who've tread the path that winds past its plunging depths. This is a relatively small gorge compared to some of the others in the area which includes a crystal clear stream and two main rock formations connected by a bridge made of stone. Nestled within a forest, this is a great place to take a stroll with a loved one amidst nature. Man-made pathways ensure that most parts of the gorge are accessible.

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.

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