Lausanne audio tour: Medieval Lausanne in the 21st Century

Medieval Lausanne in the 21st Century

Walking Tour

20 mins

About the Tour

Immerse yourself in centuries of Lausanne's stories, and make your own memories in the Old Town. Lausanne is a wonderful mix of old and new, where people from many walks of life and cultures come together. Explore its history, from the Iron Age through to the present and stop in at all the major sights, spanning centuries.

Tour Producer


Sonja Holverson

Author and academic, Sonja Holverson taught tourism marketing at an applied sciences university in Lausanne. As an expat living in Switzerland, Sonja enjoys writing and publishing articles about Swiss travel tips, events, and culture. She is also working on two Internet platforms; one for travel and one for humanitarian purposes.

Major Landmarks

  • Townhall of Lausanne

  • Lausanne Cathedral

  • Escaliers du Marché

Directions to Starting Point

From the transportation centre (bus stop) of Lausanne called Place Saint-François, go behind St. François Church. Between the Bally Shoe Store and the Bucherer Jewellery Store there is a tiny street called Rue Saint-François which descends to the large street Rue Centrale. Cross the street and the walk begins right there next to the Globus store on Rue du Pont.

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Places to stop along the way

Place de la Palud: Cafe L'Hotel de Ville, Le Raisin Terrace Restaurant, Le Grutli Restaurant Swiss cuisine, Pavillard deli with local specialities, La Ferme Vaudoise Cheeses, Olivier olive oil shop. View point terrace outside the Cathedral. The Lausanne Historical Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Best time of day

On Wednesday and Saturday mornings there are farmers' markets all over the Old Town of Lausanne, including this area. In summer on Fridays, there is a craft market in the Place de la Palud.

Please note: the climb to the top of the bell tower depends on access, and there's not always someone there to give access.


Wear flat comfortable shoes. There are cobble stones everywhere and high heeled shoes will get stuck between them. It is best to always carry a small umbrella as one never knows when it will rain. During summer there are frequent thunderstorms in the late afternoon.


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Medieval Lausanne in the 21st Century