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Esplanade de Montbenon, Lausanne

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The Esplanade of Montbenon is an area of the city of Lausanne . It is located in the centre of the city, to the south of Flon.Casino de MontbenonThe Casino de Montbenon was built in 1908. It hosted the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee from 1915 to 1922.The Casino de Montbenon currently hosts the Swiss Film Archive, assembly halls and a restaurant (the Brasserie de Montbenon). The building contains the Cinématographe that serves as a movie theater for the Swiss Film Archive, the multi-use concert hall and movie theater Salle Paderewski as well as the Salle des fêtes, a large multi-use space that can host different kinds of events. Apart from the activities of the Swiss Film Archive, the Casino de Montbenon also hosts punctual events such as the Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival, the jazz festival Jazz Onze+ and the film festival Cinémas d'Afrique amongst others.Palais de justiceThe Palais de justice de Montbenon was built between 1881 and 1886 to host the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland. In the 1920s, the Federal Supreme Court moved to the Parc de Mon Repos and the building currently hosts the Tribunal d'arrondissement de Lausanne.
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  • Parc esplanade with amazingly great views and a comfortable strolling area to walk. Well worth the detour  more »
  • This is a nice little park to relax and chill. It is worth the detour if you are in downtown Lausanne. There is a nice view of Lausanne and the lake and the tribunal architecture is worth seeing.  more »
  • Amazing garden with panorama view. Historic buildings are interesting to explore. Trees are so huge. Nice to sit and relax.  more »
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  • Nice park close to the center of Lausanne with ample grass fields and beautiful view over the lake and alps.
  • The view is absolutely breathtaking, could be a nice park for hanging out, but the ground is often full of junk people leave behind. The place is also a favourite meeting point for drug dealers.
  • Great place to sit and have a beer. Very nice view
  • With a magnificent view, this place is a perfect spot to have your coffe or lunch in the weekday, or brunch in the weekend :)
  • Gorgeous view of the whole lake and a nice lawn in front of the local courthouse.