Top Choice Church 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…
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). Following a thorough revamp of its facilities, the museum reopened in 2014, with its tiered landscaped garde…
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…
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

Musée de l’Elysée

Excellent temporary photography expositions and manicured grounds with views of the lake and Alps.
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

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


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