Top Choice Museum in Lausanne

Musée Olympique

Musée Olympique is easily Lausanne’s most lavish museum and an essential stop for sports buffs (and kids). Thoroughly revamped in 2014, the state-of-the-art installations recount the Olympic story from its inception…
Top Choice Cathedral in Lausanne

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 the site of earlier, humbler churches, it lacks the lightness of French Gothic…
Square in Lausanne

Place de la Palud

In the heart of the Vieille Ville (Old Town), this 9th-century medieval market square – pretty as a picture – was originally bogland. For five centuries it has been home to the city government, now housed in the 17t…
Notable Building in Lausanne

Hôtel de Ville

City government is housed in the 17th-century Hôtel de Ville .
Museum in Lausanne

Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts

Palais de Rumine, a bombastic 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 S…
Museum in Lausanne

Fondation de l’Hermitage

High-calibre temporary art expositions grace this beautiful 19th-century residence ensnared in the green peace and tranquillity of the Bois de Sauvabelin on Lausanne’s northern fringe. A delight to stroll, the woode…
Museum in Lausanne

Musée de l’Art Brut

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 fringes of society or with a mental illness), put together by Fr…
Museum in Lausanne

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 court, then a hospital). Since 1918 it has devoted itself to evoking Lausanne’s…
Museum in Lausanne

Musée Romain Lausanne-Vidy

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 take bus 1, 2 or 6 and alight at Maladière stop.
Museum in Lausanne


This ode to modern design and applied arts hosts six intriguing temporary exhibitions each year. Find it opposite the cathedral's southern side.