Lausanne, Olympic capital!
A city of 300,000 inhabitants
20 ° C to 25 ° C in summer, 0 ° C to 10 ° C in winter
Office at the railway station:
Place de la Gare 9, 1003 Lausanne
open all year, daily from 9am to 19pm
City of Lausanne
Public information Office
Hôtel de Ville, 1002 Lausanne
Tel. 021 315 25 55
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7h45-12h and 13h15-17h.
The Flon district in the heart of Lausanne is a place that lives 24 hours 24. The events that take place succeed day after day and do not look alike.
The Old Town stands on a rock above the city, where ancient cobbled streets and elegantly restored medieval houses cluster around Switzerland's most splendid Gothic cathedral. During the night hours between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., echoing from the belltower you can hear the "all's well" cried by Europe's last nightwatchman! In the Old Town there are cosy inns, the students' cellar and two tiny theatres, one devoted to children's shows. Below, in the squares and streets at each end of the Tunnel, every corner has its small shops and bars which echo an older time.
In the streets around the Place de la Palud, dominated by the Town Hall with its magnificent roof, wednesday and saturday mornings see the weekly fruit and vegetable market, and the first friday of the month the craftsmen's exhibition. On the wall behind the Fountain of Justice - the city's oldest - every hour a procession of mechanical figures appears, reminding onlookers of the region's history. Guided walking tours through the city streets start from here. Several small theatres, cafés and boutiques, and several elegant department stores, make this one of Lausanne's most charming neighbourhoods.