Lausanne, Switzerland’s fifth largest city and the capital of the State of Vaud, is located in the heart of western Switzerland on the shores of Lake Leman (Lake Geneva) - the largest lake in Western Europe.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Lausanne’s history have been closely intertwined since the IOC settled in Lausanne in 1915. On its 100th anniversary in 1994, the IOC designated Lausanne the official Olympic Capital, a unique and prestigious title. In 1993, Lausanne inaugurated the Olympic Museum, a unique window on the world of sports. The museum, having been closed for renovations, has just re-opened its doors in December 2013.