Old Town, Lausanne
The Old Town of Lausanne is the picturesque part of the city with numerous pedestrian streets. We were lucky enough to walk there during Saturday morning when most of the squares and side streets were filled with happy locals that gather there for shopping among the numerous stalls with fruits, veggies etc, actually this large car-free area turns into a huge farmer market. We took advantage of it for having breakfast but also bought fresh supplies for later in the day.
We walked from the impressive gothic cathedral down to Place de la Riponne, then to place de la Palud and place St.François. You can just enjoy wandering around, check some historic buildings or/and visit some of the various museum of the area.
When the market closes you can enjoy the numerous café and bars but we couldn’t be there as we had to attend a rock festival in some other corner of the city.
Walk in the center of the town : from the "Place St. François" to the "Place de la Palud", "rue de Bourg", and up to the cathedral : the streets are narrow and so cute! From the cathedral, you have also a view on all the roofs of the town. Walk down to the "Place de la Riponne" where is a a lot of museums and the "rue St. Laurent".
The old town is centred on the gothic cathedral, consecrated 1275 – one of the last places to preserve the night watches tradition. 10pm –2am a night-watchman calls out the hours from his tower. From there you can take the metro down to the colourful harbour area.
one of the last places to preserve the night watches tradition. 10pm –2am a night-watchman calls out the hours from his tower. From there you can take the metro down to the colourful harbour area.