Rolex Learning Centre


This quirky building (which topographically looks like a slice of Emmental cheese) houses the main campus of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), hailed as Europe's answer to Boston's MIT. Designed by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, it should be considered a 'must-see' (you can go inside and stroll around) for students of architecture and fans of ultra-modern design.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Lausanne attractions

1. Musée Romain Lausanne-Vidy

1.44 MILES

Check out the remains of Roman Lousonna, and the adjacent museum, housed on the site of a Roman villa, with its modest collection of artefacts. Walk or…

2. Musée de l’Art Brut

2.75 MILES

Brut means crude or rough, and that’s what you get in this extraordinary gallery with its huge collection of works by untrained artists (many from the…

3. Place de la Palud

3.07 MILES

In the heart of the Vieille Ville (Old Town), this pretty as a picture 9th-century medieval market square, was once bogland. For five centuries it has…

4. Hôtel de Ville

3.07 MILES

Offices of the City of Lausanne are housed in the 17th-century Hôtel de Ville and whilst you can pop your head in the foyer for a snoop, it's not open to…

5. Fontaine de la Justice


Sculpted by Laurent Perroud between 1584 and 1585, this striking fountain features a statue of a blindfolded woman bearing a sword and scales with four…

6. Musée de l’Elysée

3.12 MILES

Set in a lovely spot on manicured grounds, in Parc Olympique with views over Lake Geneva and the Alps, this excellent photography museum hosts a permanent…

7. Escaliers du Marché

3.13 MILES

This timber-canopied staircase with tiled roof heads up the hill from Pl de la Palud to Rue Pierre Viret and beyond to the cathedral.

8. Palais de Rumine

3.14 MILES

This robust neo-Renaissance palace (1904) was designed by Gaspard André. In 1923, the Treaty of Lausanne was signed here, finalising the break-up of the…