Rôtillon Quarter

Rue du Rôtillon
Built entirely on a slope, the picturesque Rôtillon Quarter is one of the oldest in Lausanne.

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Rue du Rôtillon
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.

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Situated in the very centre, it connects different parts of the city. Its passageways and narrow alleys provide access to the rue Centrale from St-François and the rue de Bourg as well as the cathedral via the steps running down the side of the Gymnase de la Cité.

With its brightly coloured houses and buildings, its half-human, half-animal sculptures dotted about, its little shops, boutiques and bohemian stalls, its trendy bars and restaurants, the Rôtillon Quarter offers a delightful setting much prized by the people of Lausanne.

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