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Practical tip – Orientation tour

An orientation tour or exploratory tour as you wish to call it, usually done by car, gives an impression of a life in Lausanne and surroundings. We explain transportation system, residential areas and share our knowledge of the real estate market and general aspects of life in Switzerland and the canton of Vaud. Leisure, school system, culture as per the client’s interest.

In this second post of this topic, we give you more insight about the main points of interest:

1) Place and Church Saint-François: This central town square is surrounded by impressive buildings which today house banks, post office and shops.

2) The Cathedral of Notre Dame of Lausanne is a church located in the city of Lausanne, in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It belongs to the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Vaud. Construction of the cathedral began as early as 1170.

3) The Palais de Rumine is a late 19th-century building in Florentine Renaissance style The building currently hosts one of the three sites of the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne. Additionally, it contains the following museums: Musée cantonal des beaux-arts (Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts), Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire (Cantonal Museum of Archeology and History), Musée monétaire cantonal (Cantonal Museum of Money), Musée cantonal de géologie (Cantonal Museum of Geology), Musée cantonal de zoologie (Cantonal Museum of Zoology).

4) Eole in Ouchy: The Eole, created by Clelia Bettua, is a large, semi-circular wind vane with a diameter of 20 metres by the lakeside wall at the port of Ouchy.

5) Olympic Museum: dedicated to the spirit of Olympics, is the most visited Museum in Lausanne.

6) Pavillon Thailandais: It is in Lausanne where H.M. the King, his brother and family, spent many years and His Majesty accomplished his university studies before ascending to the throne of Thailand. The pavilion, a precious gift of His Majesty in memory of the happy years spent in Switzerland, was built in Thailand, and taken to pieces again before being shipped to Lausanne where the pavilion was then reassembled by Thai workmen according to ancestral traditions.


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