10 Must See Things in Lausanne

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Martí Micolau

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A postcard scenery. This is how Switzerland presents itself to us Lausanne, a city overlooking the shores of the limpid Lake Geneva and that enjoys, in fact, the presence of mountains, vineyards, woods, all uncontaminated. Alongside this lush natural scenery the locality offers tourists the opportunity to enjoy numerous attractions for all kinds of visitors. If you still don't know the wide range of possibilities offered by Lausanne, don't miss the exclusive top ten drawn up by ForTravelAdviceLovers relating to the "must see" of the city.


  1. Lausanne Cathedral
  2. Collection de l'Art Brut
  3. Place de la Palud
  4. Escaliers du Marché
  5. Olympic Museum
  6. Château de Saint-Maire
  7. Parc de Mon Repos
  8. Ouchy
  9. Cantonal des Beaux Arts Museum
  10. Cimetiere du Bois-de-Vaux
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Cathedral of Lausanne

L'unmistakable external rose window makes this majestic Cathedral recognizable among millions of other buildings. The building, a successful example of gothic architecture, is characterized by the high tower (200 meters, from the top of which you can enjoy a splendid view of the city) and for the organ inside (whose case, dated 2003, was designed by the Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro). There Notre-Dame Cathedral of Lausanne it is a favorite destination not only for the faithful, but also for art lovers.

  • walk south-east from the center of Lausanne on Place Saint-François / Route 9
  • Mon-Sun 09am - 00pm
  • full € 4,20; students and accompanied children enter for free. Visits must be booked in advance.

2 - Collection de l'Art Brut

It is not the usual museum. There Collection de l'Art Brut it hosts, in fact, pictorial, sculptural and performative works by unknown artists, whose life was and continues to be characterized by emotional trauma or serious mental disorders. In this case, art becomes a vehicle for transmitting states of mind, albeit tormented, and aims to be a sort of therapy for these people. The visitor is thus given the opportunity to attend a vast "alternative" exhibition, in which art does not imitate life: it is life.

  • by bus (n ° 6, departing from Lausanne, Sallaz station) to the Beaulieu-Jomini stop: it can be reached from the center in 14 minutes
  • Tue-Sun 11:00 - 18:00
  • every first Saturday of the month access to the museum is free. During the week: full € 8,50; reduced for students € 4,26. Unemployed people and children up to 16 years of age enter for free.

3 - Place de la Palud

Tradition, history and modernity are intertwined in the busy Place de la Palud, a meeting place for the inhabitants of Lausanne thanks to the presence of cafes and restaurants and targeted by tourists for the presence of two particular attractions inside the square: the famous Fountain of Justice and the picturesque mechanical watch which tells the story of the city through some cartoons. Twice a week, Place de la Palud also hosts the market.

  • walk in 6 minutes, proceeding southeast on Place Saint-François / Street 9
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4 - Escaliers du Marché

Lausanne is full of rather particular attractions and among these we cannot fail to include the Escaliers du Marché, covered steps that connect Place de la Palud to the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Lausanne. Flanked by narrow cobbled streets, the Escaliers du Marché allow, crossing them step by step, to admire splendid sixteenth-century buildings and to enjoy a steaming hot chocolate in one of the famous cafes of the city.

  • on foot, via Rue Pépinet, the staircase can be reached in 7 minutes
  • always accessible
  • free, free visit

5 - Olympic Museum

La history of the Olympics enclosed in a splendid building overlooking Lake Geneva.
L'Olympic Museum traces the history of the famous multidisciplinary competition through statues, exclusive films, documents, clothing and - of course! - the inevitable Olympic torch. A more unique than rare opportunity to know the value and the secrets of this famous sport show.

  • public transport is needed. We start by train from Lausanne station (S2 St-Maurice train) to Pully stop. From Pully, gare, then get on board bus no. 4 to the Montchoisi stop, then continue on foot for a short distance. Estimated time: 18 minutes
  • Tue-Sun 10:00 - 18:00
  • full € 15,30; reduced for children aged 6 to 16 € 8,50; reduced for seniors € 13,65; reduced for students and disabled € 10,24. Children under 6 enter for free

6 - Château de Saint-Maire

This castle, which can only be visited from the outside, is currently home to government offices, but its charm is equally indisputable. The structure, located on top of the hill immediately after the Cathedral, dates back to the th century and is surrounded by alleys of medieval origin that lead the visitor to catering establishments: a more unique than rare opportunity to taste the local food and wine specialties in an almost alternative universe.

  • on foot, via Rue Cité-Devant, in less than 15 minutes
  • always accessible
  • free, free visit

7 - Parc de Mon Repos

A green oasis of tranquility, but not only: the Parc de Mon Repos is the ideal location for young and old, thanks to the expanses of gardens and flowers, the tall trees, an aviary with over 70 species of birds, fish, suggestive installations and a fairytale tower of neo-Gothic origin.

  • by public transport from the center in 8 minutes. Just take the metro m2 which leaves from Lausanne, Salaz station to the Ours stop and then walk briefly
  • always accessible
  • free, free visit

8 - Ouchy

Once upon a time there was a laughing man fishing village, famous for its port and a castle; from the th century on, Ouchy has become more than that. Its privileged location - very close to the shores of Lake Geneva - made it a crucial "hub" for travel by water. There are also numerous sports that can be practiced on the shores of the extraordinary lake mirror. Hotels, bars and walking paths make the beautiful village of Ouchy a preferred destination for families, couples, groups of friends. Finally, a gem is represented by the redevelopment of the Ouchy Castle, whose construction dates back to the 1800th century. Rebuilt several times following disastrous destruction - the last of which, in a neo-Gothic style, towards the end of the s - it has now been transformed into a splendid hotel.

  • by metro (m2) from Lausanne, Sallaz, to Jordils, in 14 minutes
  • always accessible
  • free, free visit

9 - Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts

The twentieth century Palais de Rumine it houses some small museum institutions, in addition to the best known Cantonal des Beaux Arts Museum. the latter, although not particularly large, houses a fairly varied collection of works by Swiss, French and foreign artists, ranging from Degas a Cezanne and that they find, in the landscapes of Louis Decros, the ideal "spearhead" of the entire exhibition.

  • by metro (m2) from Lausanne, Sallaz, with stop at Riponne-M. Béjart in 7 minutes from the center
  • Tue-Wed-Fri 11:00 - 18:00; Thu 11:00 - 20:00; Sat-Sun 11:00 - 17:00
  • free, free visit

10 - Cimetiere du Bois-de-Vaux

The eternal rest of great international names in culture, fashion and entertainment such as Coco Chanel e Pierre Ducan takes place within the Cimetiere du Bois-de-Vaux, a suggestive cemetery not far from the city center, a privileged stop for tourists and natives.
It is not just a question of commemorating the dead, because the cemetery of Lausanne is an atypical attraction but, at the same time, pleasant, despite the location. Tree-lined avenues, benches and colorful flowers thus transform a sad place par excellence into a sort of big name museum who are no longer with us, to be "honored" with a click or, even better, with a simple prayer.

  • in 11 minutes by train, the S1, from Lausanne station to Prilly-Malley stop
  • always accessible
  • free, free visit

Plan your stay in Lausanne: Flight, Hotel and Tour

Although the accommodation prices are not really to be defined among the cheapest in the Old Continent, a brief weekend in Lausanne could become a dream in any season of the year, thanks to theefficiency of public transport, the myriad of different attractions to visit and the inevitable postcard snapshots featuring the lake and the beautiful landscapes.

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