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Kathcoulter
Kathcoulter
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Feb 19, 2020 - 7:07 PM

I saw in another thread about locals knowing where the best ways are to get up and down in Lausanne. (Elevators, less steps, etc.) Is there a map or do you just have to find out by trial and error. My husband has a bad knee so trying to minimize some of the ‘climbing’. My apologies for losing that thread. Thanks!

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Ildiko
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Feb 19, 2020 - 7:59 PM in reply to Kathcoulter

Hi Kathcoulter,

I am living in Lausanne (www.myswissalps.com/lausanne) but unfortunately I've never seen any maps like that. If you take bus number 6 or the metro to Bessières (name of the station) then you are almost on the same level as the Cathedral. From there you need just to walk down (usually).

My other advice is to use as much the public transport as you can, perhaps it will help you a bit. The system is quite good. If you are staying in a hotel in Lausanne, you'll get a free Lausanne Transport Card: www.myswissalps.com/lausanne/travel.

Here is a self-guided walking tour: www.myswissalps.com/hiking/lausanne.

Ildiko

Last modified on Feb 20, 2020 - 6:51 AM by Annika
Slowpoke
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Feb 20, 2020 - 10:00 AM in reply to Kathcoulter

Hi Kath -

<<" Is there a map or do you just have to find out by trial and error.">>

Indeed, Lausanne is on a hillside. About 300 meters altitude change from the lake shore to the park near the top.

There is a way to help to do that using some Swiss Maps.

This one shows bus/transport stops very clearly, if you turn them on in the menu ( under Points of Interest/ traffic- the star in a circle). It does not show altitude, but it is very clear on the location of the stops:

map.search.ch/?pos=539304,152060&z=128&poi=bergbahn,haltestelle,zug

Mouse over an icon for a station, and you get the exact name of the station/stop, as well as which routes stop there.

This topographic map is more complex unfortunately , but it does show altitudes. It is possible to turn on a map layer for public transport stops. I did.

map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=swisstopo&lang=en&bgLayer=ch.swisstopo.pixelkarte-farbe&catalogNodes=1392,1538,1396,1430,1436&layers=ch.swisstopo.swisstlm3d-wanderwege,ch.bav.haltestellen-oev&E=2537630.86&N=1151504.60&zoom=9

The altitudes are shown throughout in meters, with the lake at about 374 meters.

In theory, Google Maps street view might help...I tried a couple of spots and it was not to useful for me, but, you may find it works for you.

Finally, I suspect that the Tourist Information Office might have a useful map ...worth a look, at least.

www.lausanne-tourisme.ch/en/

There is one office near the main station, at Place de la Gare 9.

Slowpoke

Last modified on Feb 20, 2020 - 10:02 AM by Slowpoke
Ildiko
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Feb 20, 2020 - 11:05 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Hi Slowpoke,

I've read that it is even 500 m elevation difference from Ouchy to the top, (Chalet-à-Gobet). :)

The topographic map and the Tourist Information Office are good ideas. There is also one Tourist Office next to the metro station in Ouchy.

Ildiko

Last modified on Feb 20, 2020 - 11:06 AM by Ildiko
Slowpoke
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Feb 20, 2020 - 12:58 PM in reply to Ildiko

Hio Ildiko-

Thanks. I was not sure where the "top" was, perhaps not actually in Lausanne?

've read that it is even 500 m elevation difference from Ouchy to the top, (Chalet-à-Gobet). :)

In any case, it is a substantial climb, and a sore knee would also be bothered by a going down, as well as up.

Slowpoke

Ildiko
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Feb 20, 2020 - 1:18 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Yes, right. If it is 300 or 500 meters, it doesn't really matter for bad knees.

I just mentioned it as an interesting thing. As far as I know Chalet-à-Gobet is part of Lausanne, at least according to it's postal code and also to Google Maps, I've just rechecked now.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Feb 20, 2020 - 1:32 PM in reply to Ildiko

<<"As far as I know Chalet-à-Gobet is part of Lausanne, at least according to it's postal code ">>

Thanks. I could not tell quickly from the maps.

Although this map, does show the city boundaries:

map.search.ch/Lausanne?pos=539616,153608&z=32

Slowpoke

Kathcoulter
Kathcoulter
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Feb 20, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Thank you Slowpoke and Ildiko for the great suggestions. I will check them out.

Kath

Slowpoke
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Feb 20, 2020 - 4:38 PM in reply to Kathcoulter

Hi Kath-

I forgot to mention that the topo map also gives bus stop and station names. Click on the icon, and a menu will appear with name of stop, and next departures to various destinations

I'd be surprised if any of the bus routes do not stop at the main station.

Slowpoke

Last modified on Feb 20, 2020 - 7:23 PM by Slowpoke

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