The Old Town of Lausanne is full of cozy pedestrian streets and some interesting squares, laid back atmosphere in summer, good for some relaxing in the outdoor cafes and ideal for people watching.
Place de la Palud is a central cobbled stone square that houses some nice old buildings, among them the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) (pic 4) that was built in 1675 where previously was a covered marketplace from 14th century. You can walk around although there’s no any tour or something similar. Merchants took advantage of the central spot of the square since medieval ages anyway.
Place de la Palud was built between 2 rivers (Flon and Louve) on a muddy areaIn our days (actually every Wednesday and Saturday) the area around the square along the surrounding pedestrian streets turns into a big open air market. It was a lovely sunny Saturday when we were there so the place was full of colors and smells. The prices were outrageous for us, 5 times more than the prices in southern Europe but again it was a nice opportunity to buy some fruits.
A few meters away is the Fontaine de la Justice (pic 5) with a colorful statue (the figure of justice) that is actually a copy of the original statue that was made in 1585 and now can be seen in the History Museum of Lausanne.
Behind the fountain of Justice you can see a mechanical clock that was created in 1964 and tells the history of Canton de Vaud (early 18th century). You can see it the mechanical figures go round every 60’ from 9.00am to 19.00 but only in French.
This quaint cobbled stone square is filled not only by the Town Hall but with the wonderfully colored buildings, each with its own window box of geraniums and pastel colored shutters. The square is home to the Fountain of Justice, whose basin dates from 1557 making it the city's oldest. The original Statue of Justice was made in 1585 but is now replaced by a copy.
Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, a market is held on all surrounding pedestrian streets where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables. The overall atmosphere of the square is very laid back, making it a good place to relax in the outdoor cafes and restaurants.
The picturesque medieval square – Place de la Palud is one of the most prominent places in Lausanne, and certainly the most prominent in Ville Marche, the net of small pedestrian streets in the olden part of the city bordered by Place Saint Francois on the south and Place de la Rippone on the north. Its name suggests the square was once a marsh. Several streets – Rue Madeleine, Rue Saint-Laurent, Rue du Pont and Rue Mercerie, conflate to make the square, it is connected by staircase Escaliers du Marche with Cathedrale plateau, and by passage through the building of Hotel de Ville – the Town Hall with Place de la Louve. Such, central location made it a choice spot of merchants ever since the 9th century.
Place de la Palud is home to the 16th century Fountain of Justice, the 17th century Town Hall and the 20th century storytelling mechanical clock.
Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, a market is held on Place de la Palud and all surrounding pedestrian streets. It is, during the other days, good place to relax in the outdoor cafes and restaurants.
The charming storytelling mechanical clock is the newest attraction at medieval Place de la Palud. The clock, located on the Rue Mercerie side of the square, was made by Omega in 1964, and renovated in 2005. It presents the story about early 18th century history of the Canton de Vaud, daily, on the hour, from 9 am to 7 pm. The story is told in French, and everything looks enchanting.
Place de la Palud is a medieval market square which dates back to the 9th century. The square is surrounded by shops and cafes, and is home to a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It is also home to the 17th century Hotel de Ville (Town Hall).
If you are in the vicinity on the hour, make sure you check out the mechanical clock which chimes hourly, with a parade of figures who look like they are marching to war.
In the centre of the square is the Fountain of Justice - a fountain with a tall column topped by a figure of justice. The original dates back to 1585, but this has been removed and can be seen in the Historical Museum, so what you are actually looking at is just a replica column.
We found the square a good place for some people watching from our perch at one of the cafes.
Located in Lausanne’s Old Town, the cobbled Place de la Palud is a perfect spot for people-watching: with shopping streets cascading through the square from all sides, plenty of pavement cafés and the handy Fontaine de la Justice usually ringed with promenaders perching on its wide rim, it’s a tempting place to take a break for a reviving café renversée, especially if the Wednesday and Saturday morning markets are in full swing. Every hour on the hour, mechanical figures emerge on the wall behind the fountain for a little chiming display.
This quaint cobbled stone square is filled not only by the Town Hall but with the wonderfully coloured buildings, each with pastel coloured shutters. The square is home to Fountain of Justice, whose basin dates from 1557 making it the city's oldest.
The overall atmosphere of the square is very laid back, making it a good place to relax in the outdoor cafes and restaurants.
Located in the Place the la Palud, and around the Hôtel de Ville you will find the Fountaine de la Palud, also known as Fountain of Justice. It's an ancient monument whose basin is from 1557, although the current sculpture, which is from 1726, is a copy of the original made in 1585.