Lausanne is a picturesque city of 125,000 on the banks of Lake Geneva. It is a world-renowned city for historical treaties and home to the Olympic Games Committee. Together with Montreux, Lavaux and Chillon Castle, they form the Swiss Riviera and wine region. Looking out at the blue lake decorated by the snow-capped Alps, one can instantly understand the fascination Lausanne has stirred in Victor Hugo, Lord Byron, Voltaire, Dickens, Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel and Freddy Mercury. A highlight while in Lausanne is to explore the hills of Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO Site, as well as the elegant small resort cities of Montreux and Vevey. Either by the coastal road or by train, the journey itself is worth it with the incredible views along the banks of the majestic lake, the vineyard fields and the wine villages. Lausanne is convenient to spend a few days while touring Switzerland, as its railroad station is a hub for trains between France, Geneva, Bern and the skiing and mountaineering resorts of the Valais.