From the Flon footbridge

Passerelle du Grand-Pont
This time the lake and the Alps are absent from the panoramic view. Instead, away to your right, it is the Jura Mountains that are visible.

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Passerelle du Grand-Pont
1003 Lausanne

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Palud square

In the centre of the square is the town’s oldest fountain, adorned with a statue representing justice. Close by, a clock presents the history of Vaud in animated scenes every hour from 9:00 to 19:00. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings this is the site of the country market, which also sets up shop in the neighbouring pedestrian streets. Every first Friday of the month, it plays host to a craft market. Typical cafes, boutiques and large, elegant shops complement what this high-class district, which is completely pedestrianised, has to offer.

La Cité

This is a quarter full of typical small bistros and craft shops. To the north of the Cité hill, at Place du Tunnel, avenue César-Roux avenue and Place de l’Ours, shops and quirky bistros cry out to be discovered. It is around the Cité hill, sculpted by the Flon and Louve rivers, that the mediaeval town grew. Its cobble-stoned pedestrian streets as well as its monuments, the Cathedral of Lausanne, the St-Maire Castle and the Old academy, bear witness to that.

Lausanne Cathedral

At the heart of the old town, the majestic Lausanne Cathedral overlooks the city. Seen as one of the most beautiful gothic art monuments in Europe, it attracts more than 400,000 visitors every year.


Discover the Mosto wine shop that offers local wine, cider and beer that are respectful of nature.

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In the foreground on the same side, you can now see the new Flon quarter. Initially a warehousing district, it now forms the heart of the modern city. Standing tall on its right is the Bel-Air Tower, one of the first skyscrapers in Switzerland, built in 1932 by Alphonse Laverrière (undergoing renovation work in 2014). As you make your way across the footbridge, the cathedral will appear like magic to your left, with the Grand-Pont Bridge in the foreground.

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