Lausanne’s Gothic Cathedral (1215), Notre Dame.
The cathedral’s sublime central stained glass window. The Notre Dame also contains a celebrated Rose Window and a renowned seven thousand pipe organ on which concerts are given from time to time.
The Bugcrew felt an immense sense of relief on the highway about halfway from Interlaken to Lausanne when suddenly all signs, road markings, crops, hats, cuisine and speech became French, with vineyards, berets and a sensual language of communication that we at least partially understood, leaving behind German, a language of command of which we understood little more than nein, ja, ja, ja, danke and verboten.
Sadly, while Lausanne certainly sported a grand joie de vivre, the city proved to be less interesting in terms of sights than the Germanic cities of central Switzerland, though it has a lengthy lakeshore, good free cycling and some fine museums. Live there? Oui. Tourism? Hmm. . .
However, all is not lost because Lausanne is not far from some excellent activities and destinations, such as Vevey (20 mins by car or bike there), Montreux (1 hour), Geneva (30mins by train), Berne (70 mins by train) and Verbier ski resort (1 hour by train)
Chateau Saint-Marie, at the top of Lausanne’s old town. No sign of any attractions inside.