On our first evening, we took the train to Lausanne where we met up with friends C & D who drove all the way from Zurich so we could all have dinner together. They met us at the station and then we drove to the École hôtelière de Lausanne where we had planned to have dinner at their fine dining restaurant, Le Berceau des Sens, run by the students. They were fully booked that evening but we decided to stay anyway for an aperitif at the students' bar, walk around a bit and have a look at the hotel school where C & A studied together 20 years ago.
We drove down to Lausanne afterwards and rushed to our dinner reservation at the Château d'Ouchy. Originally a bishops' residence with the tower constructed in 1170, the chateau was rebuilt completely from ruins in 1885 with only the tower remaining from the original structure and converted to a hotel in 1893. It was bought by the Swiss French Lottery in 2001, renovated completely and reopened as a modern boutique hotel under the management of the Lausanne Palace in 2007.