20 Interesting Lake Geneva Facts

Lake Geneva is a crescent-shaped lake shared between France and Switzerland, and overlooked by the Alps.

Lake Geneva Facts

  1. The largest city on the shores of Lake Geneva in Geneva.
  2. Lake Geneva has been explored by four submarines.
  3. The lake forms the border between France and Switzerland.
  4. The deepest point is 310 m deep.
  5. The biggest contributing river is the Rhone, other important tributaries are the Dranse, the Venoge and the Aubonne.
  6. Lake Geneva is the largest Alpine lake in Europe.
  7. There are six small islands in the lake: Île de la Harpe, Île de Salagno, Île de Peilz, Île de Choisi, Île Rousseau and The island with Chillon castle.
  8. The Pierres du Niton are two erratic stones in the lake in Geneva. They were deposited there during the last ice age.
  9. The first recorded name of the lake is Lacus Lemannus, dating from Roman times.
  10. The average surface elevation of 372 m above sea level.
  11. Lake Geneva is divided into three parts because of its different types of formation: sedimentation, tectonic folding, glacial erosion.
  12. Yacht racing is a popular sport, and high-performance catamarans have been developed specifically for the lake.
  13. In the late 1960s, the pollution made it dangerous to swim at some parts of the lake, the visibility underwater was close to zero, In 1980s the pollution was so bad it had almost wiped out all the fish. This has now improved and it’s now safe to swim again. 
  14. The Lavaux vineyard terraces plunge into Lake Geneva is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. 
  15. The lake has 20 indigenous species of fish and 6 that were introduced in the 19th century.
  16. Prehistoric lake dwellings have been found on the shores.
  17. Lake Geneva is the largest body of water in Switzerland.
  18. The first recorded name of the lake is Lacus Lemannus, dating from Roman times; Lemannus comes from Ancient Greek Liménos Límnē, meaning “port’s lake”.
  19. The Rhone traverses the lake, and exits at Geneva. On average, its waters take 11.4 years to traverse the lake.
  20. The lake surface is the lowest point of the Valais and Vaud cantons & the Greatest depth can be found in the broader portion between Lausanne and Evian-Les-Bains.
Lake Name: Lake Geneva
Country (s): Switzerland, France
Surface Area: 572 km2
Maximum Depth: 310 m
Average Depth: 156 m
Lake Type: Glacial
Altitude: 370 m
In Flow Rhone & Dranse
Out Flow Rhone

 

Lake Geneva Facts
Lake Geneva Facts

The Olympic Museum Facts

Facts About The Olympic Museum:
  1. The Olympic Museum is located in Lausanne.
  2. The museum is the largest archive of Olympic Games in the world.
  3. The Museum is one of Lausanne’s largest tourist attraction, attracting more than 250,000 visitors each year.
  4. The Olympic Museum was founded on 23 June 1993.
  5. The Olympic Museum is surrounded by a park containing numerous works of art on the theme of sports.
  6. In 2013, The Olympic Museum was completely renovated and re-opened on 21 December 2013.
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The Olympic Museum

20 Amazing Facts About Lausanne

Lausanne is a city on Lake Geneva, in the French-speaking region of Vaud, Switzerland.

Lausanne Facts

  1. The city is the capital of the district, Lausanne.
  2. Two-thirds of the population speak Swiss-German.
  3. Lausanne is the only city with an underground system in Switzerland.
  4. Lausanne was once a Roman military camp called Lousanna built on the Lake Geneva shoreline.
  5. The International Olympic Committee founded by Pierre de Coubertin in 1894 is headquartered in Lausanne.
  6. Lausanne is the capital city of the canton of Vaud. 
  7. Lausanne is the fourth largest city in Switzerland.
  8. Temperatures in Lausanne range from 25 °C in summer to -2 °C in winter.
  9. Lausanne will host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics.
  10. The Biggest Cinema in Switzerland is located in Lausanne, known as The “Capitole”.
  11. Lausanne hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1989.
  12. Majesty King Bhumibol of Thailand studied in Lausanne
  13. Two major international treaties were signed at Lausanne. Between Italy and Turkey in 1912 & between Turkey and the Allies of World War I in 1923.
  14. In 1964, the first motorway was inaugurated, linking Lausanne to Geneva.
  15. Lausanne has a population of 139,111 ( as of 2018). 
  16. The city was the birthplace of the noted Swiss literary figures Benjamin Constant de Rebecque, Alexandre Vinet, Juste Olivier, and Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz and of the philosopher Charles Secrétan.
  17. Life expectancy for Lausannois is 78.5 years for newborn males and 84 years for females.
  18. Two short streams, the Flon and the Louve, which formerly flowed through the centre of the city.
  19. The 19th-century Palais de Rumine houses fine art and science museums.
  20. Lausanne is the second-largest city on Lake Geneva.
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20 Amazing Facts About Lausanne

Lausanne Cathedral Facts

The Cathedral of Notre Dame of Lausanne is a church located in the city of Lausanne, in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It belongs to the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Vaud.

Facts About Lausanne Cathedral:
  1. The great pipe organ of the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Lausanne was inaugurated in December 2003.
  2. Construction on the cathedral began in 1175 and it was consecrated in 1275 by Pope Gregory X.
  3. The Cathedral has a total of seven bells that are suspended on two floors of the belfry.
  4. The oldest bell dates back to 1493 while the most recent bells date back 1898.
  5. In 1536, during the Reformation, the Cathedral underwent significant changes when a new liturgical area was built in the nave.
  6. It became a protestant cathedral in 1536.
  7. the cathedral has been classified as a historic monument since May 25, 1900.
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Lausanne Cathedral Facts