Dominik, the arch-photo fan

Dominik, the arch-photo fan

I’m a software and big data engineer with a passion for photography – and architectural photography in particular. Originally from Germany, I started my university studies in France before moving to Montreal, Canada, where I lived for almost 20 years. As soon as I arrived in Lausanne in 2016, I fell under its spell. This is such a multifaceted city. I now take advantage of every free weekend I have to explore the cultural and architectural richness that Lausanne and the whole of Switzerland have to offer, and I love sharing these discoveries on my Instagram account.


« Lausanne for me is a city where there’s always something to see, whether that’s a new building, a new exhibition in one of its many museums, or simply savouring the view over the lake and Alps. »

My recommendations

What could be better than ending a summer day at the beach in Vidy? Within walking distance of the town centre, we love chilling there with the family around a barbecue as well as cooling down in the lake. Not to mention the splendid sunsets…
The Fondation de l’Hermitage – on a site that’s packed with charm and boasts a stunning view on Lausanne and its cathedral – impresses me every time. I never tire of viewing the exhibitions, with such refined harmony between the manor house and the displayed works!
For me, the most beautiful view of Lausanne in springtime is from the Musée de l’Élysée’s park. With its alley bordered with cherry blossoms and its benches, it’s the perfect place for a lunch break with a view over Lake Geneva.
The Galfetti Tower on Chauderon Square fascinates me. Not only does it look like the largest keyhole in Lausanne when you stand in its centre and look upwards, but its appearance also changes dramatically between night and day.
What a surprising staircase – laid out in a double helix structure, with visitors ascending and descending at opposite sides. And the fantastic views over Lausanne are not to be missed.
While the interior of the opera house reminds us of Italian halls, its mirrored exterior shows us the town in an entirely new light in the form of a reflection!
Even today, the cathedral watchman continues to call out the time from ten at night until two in the morning! A visit with the watchman was an unforgettable experience for me!