Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Lausanne

Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts

The Palais de Rumine, where the Treaty of Lausanne was signed in 1923, safeguards the city’s Fine Arts museum, though in 2019, it will be relocating to Plateforme10. Works by Swiss and foreign artists, ranging from …
Top Choice Museum in Lausanne

Olympic Museum

Musée Olympique is easily Lausanne’s most lavish museum and an essential stop for sports buffs (and kids). State-of-the-art installations recount the Olympic story from its inception to the present day through video…
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 pretty as a picture 9th-century medieval market square, was once bogland. For five centuries it has been home to the city government, now housed in the 17th-century…
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…
Palace in Lausanne

Palais de Rumine

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 Ottoman Empire after WWI. Today it's a one-stop cultural shop …
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…
Notable Building in Lausanne

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 b…
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 de Design et d’Arts Appliqués Contemporains

This ode to modern design and applied arts hosts six intriguing temporary exhibitions each year. Find it opposite the cathedral's southern side. In 2019 the museum will be relocating to the long-anticipated Platefor…