#2421 – A Weekend in Lausanne

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In mid-August, I went on a weekend trip to Lausanne, Switzerland. I was excited about this trip because this summer has generally been a “slow” travel season for me and because Lausanne has been in my bucket list to visit for quite awhile anyway! πŸ˜€

To get to Lausanne, I flew to Geneva. I wouldn’t write too much about the flights as the in-flight experience was pretty much the same as earlier this summer. Well, other than the on-board service cut was much, much deeper on Air France flights than KLM, which was quite disappointing (for Air France) and rather surprising in some ways, haha.

Only limited drink service on board Air France’s short flights nowadays

Anyway, getting to Lausanne was very easy and convenient from Geneva Airport, as there were multiple direct train services between the two within an hour! I already booked my train tickets since about a week before the trip to take advantage of the Supersaver 50% discount; but this discount came at a cost that I had to take a specific train service, not just any. As a result, as my KLM flight arrived well on time at Geneva Airport, I had to wait for about 1.5 hours for my train while there were several other services before that one, haha. It wasn’t a problem, though, as I decided to have lunch at the airport train station.

Salmon for lunch at Geneva Airport

The journey from Geneva Airport to Lausanne took about 45 minutes with the fast InterCity (IC) train service (it only stopped at Geneva in between). The view along the way was … really scenic btw! On the right side you could see Lake Geneva along the way, and on the left side you could see mountains with a lot of vineyards, and sometimes sunflower fields too. It was nice!

It turned out that Lausanne was a very “hilly” city, so be prepared for that, haha. The beautiful old town area was surrounded by hills so it was quite easy to find a spot with good almost birds-eye view of the city. My favorite was a terrace by the Lausanne Cathedral πŸ˜€ .

Hello from Lausanne

What surprised me about the city was that it had a quite extensive public transport network, including two lines of light rail services! Indeed, size-wise Lausanne exceeded my expectation, though now that I think about it, it shouldn’t be surprising given it was home to a famous university (EPFL) and also the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Lausanne Metro

What really was cool about Lausanne was that aside from it being “hilly”, it was also located by the Lake Geneva. And this area of the city was beautiful as well, where there were long boulevard by the lake. There was even an international harbour there (the other side of the lake was French territory) where you could take a ferry to cross the lake to France.

Lake Geneva in Lausanne

But what’s coolest about this lake-side was the Olympic museum. Naturally, as home of the IOC, an Olympic museum existed there! Too bad it was too late for me to enter the museum when I was there (As a colleague of mine told me the museum was actually beautiful). But it wasn’t all “loss” because just outside the museum was the Olympic Park which was also beautiful! Its size was on the smaller side, though. And at the Olympic Park was the Olympic flame as well, which was kept lit! It was really cool! πŸ˜€

The Olympic flame in Lausanne

Le Flon was a district in Lausanne which was more on the “contemporary” side, haha. It used to be an industrial wasteland which had since been turned into a lively place with a lot of restaurants, cafes, bars, a cinema, etc. It was really a nice area and was my favorite place in the city to get something to eat, haha πŸ˜† .

Le Flon in Lausanne

So yeah, it was such a nice weekend in Lausanne. Admittedly, the city was quite “different” from what I expected, but in a very good way!

BAHASA INDONESIA

Di pertengahan Agustus kemarin, aku pergi dalam sebuah perjalanan akhir pekan ke Lausanne, Swiss. Perjalanan ini seru untukku karena selain musim panas tahun ini agak slow” bagiku dalam urusan jalan-jalan, memang Lausanne sudah berada dalam bucket list untuk kukunjungi lumayan lama! πŸ˜€

Untuk mencapai Lausanne, aku terbang ke Geneva. Aku tidak akan terlalu menuliskan tentang penerbangannya karena pengalamannya kurang lebih mirip lah dengan awal musim panas kali ini. Eh, kecuali pemotongan layanan di dalam pesawatnya Air France lebih dalam daripada KLM sih, yang mana cukup mengecewakan (untuk standar Air France) dan agak mengejutkan juga dalam beberapa sisi, haha.

Hanya pilihan minuman yang terbatas saja yang kini disajikan Air France di penerbangan jarak pendek

Anyway, untuk mencapai Lausanne dari Bandara Geneva sangat mudah loh, karena ada beberapa layanan kereta api langsung di antara keduanya setiap jam! Aku sudah memesan tiket keretanya semenjak semingguan sebelum perjalanannya agar bisa mendapatkan diskon Supersaver sebesar 50% (lumayan kan ya); tapi diskon ini datang dengan restriksi dimana aku hanya bisa naik satu jadwal kereta yang sudah ditentukan saja, tidak bisa sesuka-hati gitu. Sebagai akibatnya, karena penerbangan KLMku tiba di Bandara Geneva tepat waktu banget, aku harus menunggu 1,5 jam-an untuk keretaku padahal ada beberapa layanan kereta lain ke Lausanne yang berangkat sebelum itu, haha. Nggak masalah juga sih, karena aku malah jadi bisa makan siang dulu kan sembari menunggu keretanya, haha.

Makan siang dengan salmon di Bandara Geneva

Perjalanan kereta dari Bandara Geneva ke Lausanne memakan waktu kurang lebih 45 menit dengan layanan kereta cepat InterCity (IC) (keretanya hanya berhenti di Stasiun Geneva saja). Pemandangan sepanjang jalan juga bagus banget loh btw! Di sisi kanan kita bisa melihat Danau Geneva di sepanjang jalan, sementara di sisi kiri nampak pegunungan dengan banyak kebun anggur, dan terkadang ada pula ladang bunga matahari. Keren dah pokoknya!

Ternyata Lausanne adalah kota yang sangat “berbukit-bukit”, jadi kalau kesana siap-siap dengan ini ya, haha. Area kota tuanya yang indah dikelilingi oleh banyak bukit sehingga mudah untuk menemukan tempat dengan pandangan mata-burung yang keren akan kotanya. Favoritku adalah teras di sebelah Katedral Lausanne πŸ˜€ .

Halo dari Lausanne

Yang mengejutkanku dari kotanya adalah jaringan transportasi umumnya yang cukup ekstensif, termasuk dua jalur kereta bawah tanah loh! Memang sih, secara ukuran Lausanne ini melebihi apa yang aku bayangkan sebelumnya. Walaupun sebenarnya kalau dipikir-pikir lagi seharusnya tidak mengejutkan ya mengingat ada satu universitas terkenal (EPFL) yang berbasis di sana dan kotanya juga merupakan lokasi kantor pusat Komite Olimpiade Internasional (IOC).

Lausanne Metro

Yang keren dari Lausanne adalah selain kotanya yang berbukit-bukit, kotanya juga berlokasi di tepian Danau Geneva. Dan area ini di kotanya juga bagus banget, dimana ada boulevard di samping danaunya. Bahkan ada pelabuhan internasional juga di sana (sisi seberang danaunya adalah teritori Prancis) dimana kita bisa naik kapal feri untuk menyeberangi danaunya ke Prancis.

Danau Geneva di Lausanne

Tapi yang paling keren dari sisi tepi danau ini adalah Museum Olimpiade! Jelas lah ya, namanya juga rumah dari IOC, ada Museum Olimpiade juga di sana! Sayangnya aku datang kesana kesorean sih sehingga museumnya sudah ditutup (Seorang kolegaku kemudian memberi-tahuku bahwa dalam museumnya juga bagus). Tapi nggak “rugi” juga sih karena di bagian luar museumnya adalah Taman Olimpiade yang juga tidak kalah kece! Ukurannya agak kecil sih tapinya, haha. Dan di taman ini juga terdapat api Olimpiade yang dijaga untuk terus menyala loh! Keren banget deh! πŸ˜€

Api Olimpiade di Lausanne

Le Flon adalah satu distrik di Lausanne yang tergolong “kontemporer”. Area ini dulunya adalah tempat pembuangan limbah industri yang baru-baru ini sudah disulap menjadi suatu tempat yang “hidup” dengan banyak restoran, kafe, bar, bioskop, dsb. Area ini asyik deh dan aku paling suka untuk makan di area ini, haha πŸ˜† .

Le Flon di Lausanne

Jadi ya begitu deh, akhir pekan di Lausanne kemarin ini asyik banget. Memang sih harus kuakui kotanya “berbeda” daripada apa yang aku bayangkan sebelumnya, tapi berbeda yang baik!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Yance says:

    asik juga ko, masih bisa jalan2 terus disitu. Bagus kotanya ya….stay safe n healthy..

    1. zilko says:

      Iyaa beruntung masih bisa jalan-jalan walau pilihannya juga (makin) terbatas, hahaha πŸ˜† . Trims, stay safe and healthy juga yaa!!

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