Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts
Cathédrale de Notre Dame
Lausanne’s Gothic cathedral, Switzerland’s finest, stands proudly at the heart of the Old Town. Raised in the 12th and 13th centuries on...
Musée Historique de Lausanne
Until the 15th century, the city’s bishops resided in this lovely manor across from the cathedral (after which it became a jail, then a...
Everyone knows the Great Escape, a busy student pub with pub grub – great burgers – and an enviable terrace overlooking Place de la...
One of just a handful of restaurants behind the cathedral, the White Elephant is one of Lausanne’s finest dines. But what’s stagger-...
Lonely Planet review
Palais de Rumine, the neo-Renaissance pile (1904) where the Treaty of Lausanne finalising the break-up of the Ottoman Empire after WWI was signed in 1923, safeguards the city’s fine arts museum. Works by Swiss and foreign artists, ranging from Ancient Egyptian art to Cubism, are displayed, but the core of the collection is made up of works by landscape painter Louis Ducros (1748–1810). During temporary exhibitions (many with free admission), the permanent collection is often closed.
The same ticket covers admission to the palace’s other smaller museums covering natural history, zoology (with the longest – almost 6m – stuffed great white shark on show in the world), geology, coins, archaeology and history. The latter gives an overview of the history of the Vaud canton from the Stone Age to modern times.