Host City - Lausanne
At only 45 minutes from Geneva-Cointrin international Airport (by rail or car), Lausanne is on the junction of a major highway and rail arteries. For example, every 30 minutes, trains depart for all of Switzerland’s major cities – with easy connections to more remote areas. Paris and Milan are 3h50 min. away by high-speed train, and are served 3 to 8 times a day.
LAUSANNE – The award winning sustainable city
The city embarked on its path to sustainability in the 1990s by ensuring that all local government services reflected a respect for the environment and the integration of nature into town planning. By 1996 the commune received the “City of Energy” label, and by 2001 was ranked 1st 60 competing communes. In 2004, Lausanne’s forward-thinking energy policy also enabled it to become the first city to be awarded the European Energy Award Gold, a title that it confirmed in 2009. The same environmentally responsible path has been followed by many private companies here, helping Lausanne forge its reputation as a city of today that cares passionately for tomorrow.
LAUSANNE, a landscape city
The city of Lausanne overlooks Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Western Europe, and faces the majestic splendor of the snow-capped Alps. It boasts a backdrop of scenic beauty that is truly breathtaking. Sweeping views of the turquoise expanse of the Lake Geneva, the Alps’ pristine magnificence and the whimsical play of clouds appear from each street corner, square and every window.
LAUSANNE, A human sized city
As home to a population of 130’000 and the hub of a metropolitan area of 250’00 (including 80’000 international residents) Lausanne boast business, cultural, sports and educational facilities that are remarkable for a city of its size. It is Switzerland’s fifth largest city, is located in the heart of western Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is the capital of the State of Vaud and, having been the seat of the International Olympic Committee since 1915, it was in 1994 designated Olympic Capital. It is also the headquarters of more than fifteen international sports federations.
LAUSANNE, Olympic capital & worldwide sports
The International Committee (IOC) and Lausanne’s history have been closely intertwined since the IOC settled in Lausanne in 1915. At its 100th anniversary in 1994, the IOC designated Lausanne the official Olympic Capital, a unique and prestigious title. In 1993, Lausanne inaugurated the Olympic Museum, a unique window on the world of sports. The dynamism of the IOC as well as the support of the federal, regional and local authorities enabled the settling of 50 international sport federations and organisations in Lausanne and surroundings. Today Lausanne is considered the worldwide capital of sports administration.