University of Lausanne

28 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  5 minutes

Unithèque building © Odrade123/cc-by-sa-3.0

Unithèque building © Odrade123/cc-by-sa-3.0

The University of Lausanne (UNIL; French: Université de Lausanne) in Lausanne, Switzerland was founded in 1537 as a school of Protestant theology, before being made a university in 1890. The university is the second oldest in Switzerland, and one of the oldest universities in the world to be in continuous operation. As of fall 2017, about 15,000 students and 3,300 employees studied and worked at the university. Approximately 1,500 international students attend the university (120 nationalities), which has a wide curriculum including exchange programs with other universities.   read more…

Vaud Riviera on Lake Geneva

30 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  3 minutes

Chillon Castle © Giles Laurent/cc-by-sa-4.0

Chillon Castle © Giles Laurent/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Vaud Riviera (French: Riviera vaudoise) forms the eastern part of the northern shore of Lake Geneva in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It includes in particular the towns of Vevey, La Tour-de-Peilz, Montreux and Villeneuve. To the west of it lies Lavaux. The settlements belong to the Geneva-Lausanne metropolitan region, the second largest metropolitan area in Switzerland.   read more…

Lake Geneva

11 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

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© Matthieu valentin/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lake Geneva (French: le Léman, lac Léman, rarely lac de Genève; Italian: Lago Lemano; German: Genfersee; Romansh: Lai da Genevra) is a deep lake on the north side of the Alps, shared between Switzerland and France. It is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe and the largest on the course of the Rhône. Sixty per cent (345.31 km² or 133.32 sq mi) of the lake belongs to Switzerland (the cantons of Vaud, Geneva and Valais) and forty per cent (234.71 km² or 90.62 sq mi) to France (the department of Haute-Savoie). Lake Geneva is divided into three parts because of its different types of formation (sedimentation, tectonic folding, glacial erosion):   read more…

Montreux Jazz Festival

19 February 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

© montreuxjazzfestival.com

© montreuxjazzfestival.com

The Montreux Jazz Festival (formerly Festival de Jazz Montreux and Festival International de Jazz Montreux) is a music festival in Switzerland, held annually in early July in Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline. It is the second largest annual jazz festival in the world after Canada’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. The Montreux Jazz Festival was founded in 1967 by Claude Nobs, Géo Voumard and René Langel with considerable help from Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegün of Atlantic Records. The festival was first held at Montreux Casino. It lasted for three days and featured almost exclusively jazz artists. The highlights of this era were Charles Lloyd, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Evans, Soft Machine, Weather Report, The Fourth Way, Nina Simone, Jan Garbarek, and Ella Fitzgerald.   read more…

Hotel President Wilson in Geneva

15 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  4 minutes

© Sandro Senn/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Sandro Senn/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Hotel President Wilson is located in Geneva, Switzerland, near the United Nations building on Lake Geneva. The hotel is named for the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, in honor of his dedication to the creation of the League of Nations.   read more…

Hotel Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne

6 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  5 minutes

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© flickr.com – Michelle Walz Eriksson/cc-by-2.0

The Beau-Rivage Palace is a historical luxury five-star hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is located in Ouchy, on the shores of Lake Léman. The hotel opened in 1861 and the current main building was constructed in Art Nouveau and neo-baroque style in 1908. It is registered in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National and Regional Significance. The Beau-Rivage Palace is owned by Sandoz Family Foundation founders of Sandoz AG, now Novartis.   read more…

Évian-les-Bains, meeting point of the Haute-Volée from around the world

9 March 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Source Cachat - The Evian-Water comes from this source © Ngdm

Source Cachat – The Evian-Water comes from this source © Ngdm

Évian-les-Bains or Évian is commune in the northern part of the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. An elite holiday resort and spa town on the shores of Lake Geneva (aka Lac Léman), for two centuries, it has hosted many Royals such as Kings Edward VII and George V of England and King Farouk of Egypt, and celebrities such as countess Anna de Noailles and Marcel Proust.   read more…

The music city of Montreux

7 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

View on Lake Geneva and France © Christian Perez

View on Lake Geneva and France © Christian Perez

Montreux is a municipality in the district of Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is located on Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps and has a population of 23,800 and nearly 90,000 in the agglomeration.   read more…

Lausanne, the perfect symbiosis of life style and business

4 July 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Lausanne, Lake Geneva and the Alps © Jamcib

Lausanne, Lake Geneva and the Alps © Jamcib

Lausanne is a city in Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland, and is the capital of the canton of Vaud. The seat of the district of Lausanne, the city is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva (French: Lac Léman). It faces the French town of Évian-les-Bains, with the Jura mountains to its north-west. Lausanne is located 62 km (39 mi) northeast of Geneva. Lausanne has a lot of monuments, especially located in the medival old town quarter, museums and art galleries to explore and experience.   read more…

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