Cathedrale de Lausanne, Lausanne

Must see · Historic Site · Religious Site
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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  • Just a regular cathedral, not that special. For some weird reason the walls are covered with cartoons, which really kills the vibe.  more »
  • Absolutely wonderful cathedral, a real gem. But... avoid it when someone is rehearsing on the EXTREMELY LOUD organ. This happened to me 10 September 2021 and I simply couldn't bear it - I tried for...  more »
  • The cathedrals is beautiful. You can tour inside once you show your vaccination card. The stained glass windows are beautiful. They offer a tour.  more »
  • Illuminated for Christmas season it was a special treat! The Cathedral itself is worth a visit anytime. Spectacular view above the city if Lausanne. Also coming up through the historical part of town is very beautiful.
  • The cathedral is very nice, but not that large. The stained glass windows are beautiful.I really went to climb the tower and get the views from the top. Well worth the climb. Even better when you can get the senior rate!
  • One of the very few remaining cathedrals in the world that still has a guy come out every hour starting 10pm till dawn to scream the time for people to hear. It's a worthwhile experience, if you're in the area. The onlook right in front of the cathedral also offers a breathtaking view of Lausanne, the lake and the Alps. Head up if you want a relaxing night of gorgeous views with friends.
  • Beautiful cathedral in overlooking the city; a moderate walk due to the incline. Many places to stop and take in the views. Highlights include the magnificent pipe organ, statues and carvings of saints, crypts, etc. Four stars only because the entrance is a bit hard to locate for first-timers.
  • A majestic cathedral with beautiful stain glass windows. It offers a respite from the busy city life. The downside is that it is located on top of a hill so you are required to walk on steep path. The pay off is when you reached the cathedral you will be able to catch a beautiful glimpse of the Lausanne skyline.

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