On the cathedral esplanade

Esplanade de la Cathédrale
On the Cathedral esplanade, you can see the roofs of old Lausanne in the foreground, St-François church with its green steeple, the lake and the mountains.

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Esplanade de la Cathédrale
1005 Lausanne

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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.

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.

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During Cathedral opening hours, it is possible to climb up into the belfry so as to enjoy even more extensive views. When the evening comes, the belfry becomes the residence of the Cathedral lookout, who calls out the hour from 10pm until 2am. This tradition has lasted more than 600 years and originally served to warn of fires.

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