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La Cité

Perched on a hill, overlooked by Lausanne's Cathedral is the Old Town, La Cite. This is the historic heart of the city, with its narrow cobbled roads and its old buildings.

The cathedral is impressive and beautiful, and after strolling in and around it, make sure you stop on the overlook just in front, l'Esplanade de la Cathedrale, to catch a view of Lausanne and the lake in the background.

In the Old Town area, you will also find the Castle, next to which you will find an other overlook which will give you an other view of the town. On the way up to this overlook, do not forget to give a glimpse at the statue of Major Davel, a historic figure in the canton of Vaud.

Some of the government buildings are also housed here and there are a few restaurants and bars. The school, Gymnase de la Cite, is also in this area of town, so don't be suprised if you see a lot of students. The Gymnase de la Cite, apart from being an education facility is also very artistic and encourages its students to free thinking and free style, it is an incredible school of life...

If you happen to be in Lausanne in July, make sure you don't miss the Festival de la Cite. In the streets of the old town, this festival presents all types of performing arts, from dancing to theatre to rock concerts. Entrance is free and the festival is funded by the sale of T-shirts and other gadgets.

Place de la Palud

Place de la Palud is in the town centre, in the midst of the main shopping area.

On Saturdays and Wednesdays, you will find a market that spreads from this point and into the neighbouring streets and squares. In the Palud area, you will find mainly fresh fruit and vegetables as well as beautiful bouquets of flowers.

Switzerland is a democracy, and therefore, every political representant is elected. The Swiss also get to vote on various propositions and important decisions on a national and cantonal level. Here we can also make a change by getting a certain number of people to sign petitions or ask for a referendum. All this political activity takes place in this area of town. So if you see party stands among the fruit stalls, chances are an important election or votation is coming up.

The Place Palud is also home to the famous talking clock. Usually, every hour, it tells the story of the history of the town. It is animated with rotating figurines and music. For exact times, you had better check with the tourist office as it would seem that the animation has grown less frequent these last few years.

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  • Nov 20, 2004 at 9:09 AM

    great lausanne page!! i didn't know about the foxes... cool though! good tips on nightlife as well!! welcome to VT


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