Cathedrale de Lausanne, Lausanne

To see an exquisite example of Gothic architecture, head to Cathedrale de Lausanne in the heart of the city's medieval Old Town. Built during the 12th and 13th centuries, the building replaced an earlier and much more modest church structure. Thanks to constant conservation efforts and a few careful restorations, the building appears today just as it did upon its completion in 1235. Step inside to see the world-famous organ, which took nearly a decade to design and consists of 7,000 pipes. Take a guided tour to learn more about the cathedral's architecture and history, and climb the tower for sweeping views over the city and its lake. Put Cathedrale de Lausanne and other Lausanne attractions into our Lausanne road trip app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Located at the top of the pass, which overlooks the city, the Cathedral imposes its forms on the roofs of Lausanne. Full of history, we're getting close to the Church with respect and reverence. Inside, one of the world most beautiful bodies. Get on the tower for the best view of the panorama of Lausanne.
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  • August 16, 2017
    After the Reform Movement took over this former Catholic Cathedral, the Reformists painted over the ornate interior in drab grey paint, and further desecrated the statues of revered saints by breaking...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    It is a grandiose Cathedral with a vidieras worthy of a visit to a, worth it seems obsolete, inponente building.
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  • The organ music was ethereal! Do take the stairs up to the Bell tower, amazing 360 degree view from top. It's 5 CHF to go to the top, they accept EUR but only bills not coins.
  • Nice cathedral and you can get in and look around. From the outer place around the cathedral you have a nice view over part of the city. Close to the historical museum.
  • Beautiful Medieval Cathedral with simple interior but high ceilings and airy throughout. Plus entrance is free which is rare nowadays.
  • One of the first gothic cathedrals. Built between 1170-1235 when Lausanne was an important city for the papacy with its bishops. You may pay attention that the Church of Saint-François which looks similar uses a different type of conception. This cathedral is a living symbol of the artist connections between France and Savoy at that time.
  • Great views up the tower for 5 francs

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Where to stay in Lausanne

Elegant Lausanne is home to many luxury hotels for those looking to indulge. There is also a great number of mid-range options, a happy compromise compared to some of the pricey four-star accommodation. You'll also find plenty of guesthouses and bed and breakfasts in the area, though they are slightly removed from the idyllic lakefront. Hostels in the city are few and far between, so come prepared with a flexible budget.
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