06 May, 2009

Lausanne from a Roman Military Camp to Skateboard Central


Lausanne started out as a Roman Empire military camp. It was located where Vidy and Ouchy are now. When the Roman Empire fell, it was moved to where it is now, an area that was easier to defend. The hills made it harder to attack. The camp grew into a city and it became the capital of Vaud, a Swiss Canton, in 1803. This is part of the French speaking area of Switzerland. Lausanne is now known as the Olympic Capital because the international Olympic Committee has been located there since 1915. This gives the people living there a strong connection to the Olympic Games. Although the community did pass on actually hosting the 1994 Olympic winter games, yet there is a great Olympic Museum to visit.

A definite bonus provided when staying at a hotel or guest house is the Lausanne Transport Card. Visitors are given the transport card when they arrive and can use it for the length of their stay. It gives free and unrestricted access to all public transport. This includes the use of bus, train and the metro. It is a great advantage to getting around for both business and fun.

Ouchy waterfront hosts music events every weekend. They are designed to appeal too many and include all types of music such as techno music, chamber music and African dance. There are other events organized all over Lausanne, not just at Ouchy, focused on cultural diversity. The events are fun and free to attend. Today, it is the place to be inline skating or skateboarding. All the hills make it a fast and exciting place to skateboard or inline skating, or blading. Some skateboarders have reached 90 kph on some of the city’s hills. That would definitely be a thrill to reach those speeds. In August, Lausanne hosts the International Roller Contest. This is Europe’s top skateboarding and inline skating event. The very hills that helped defend in the past are what create this skateboarders paradise.


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