Place de la Palud

Place de la Palud, Lausanne: Hours, Address, Place de la Palud Reviews: 4.5/5

Place de la Palud
4.5
Historic Walking Areas
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,057 contributions
Dec 2020 • Solo
This place is lovely and there is something interesting about it. Each hour in front of the fountain the figures start moving on a building that is a pharmacy/shop. A song is played and some manly voice says some sentences. A friend explained to me that it is a story about a man who works at the cathedral and is responsible for shouting the time. I dont understand much French so I had no idea. It was interesting. So be there before the full hour to witness it.
Written January 9, 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia12,637 contributions
Mar 2022
Place de la Palud is the central square in old town Lausanne. It is beneath the Lausanne Cathedral, accessed easily downstairs the historic Escaliers du March - covered medieval stairway.
On the square is city's Town Hall, a nice fountain and a maze of winding cobbled streets around with eateries, bars and shopping.
Have in mind Lausanne is pretty difficult for exploring due to its hilly landscape so you'll have lot of steep uphill streets to struggle with.
Written April 10, 2022
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Barbara E
Lausanne, Switzerland304 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
A large cobbled square (not square in shape) with several interesting sights: the Fountain of Justice with colourful statue, behind it above the pharmacy a historical mechanical clock that parades every hour on the hour, the Town Hall (look up to see the fancy dragon gargoyles and don't miss the wrought-iron gate), several good shops just after the town hall - florist, local savoury specialities, magnificent cakes and sandwiches at Moutarlier (lovely dark green façade guarded by two stone owls), the excellent Café de l'Hôtel de Ville but you'll need to book a table, opposite a venerable toyshop where the kids can get down several stories via a tubular slide, Rituals cosmetics and tea, Olivier & Co for olive oil and things made from it - and don't miss the tiny grocery store that stocks things from all over the world, and is renowned for its spicy merguez sausages, which are sold in a big spiral wheel. Exhibitions are sometimes held in the glassed-in courtyard of the town hall, and guided tours leave from here. Go through the arched passageway to the left of the town hall (when facing it) to reach another square with a deceptively small-looking bookshop in the corner - it is a labyrinthine Aladdin's cave, with unfortunately only a few English books but a lovely place to browse, with lots of nooks and crannies. Wednesday and Saturday are market days on place de la Palud and neighbouring streets; the first Friday in the month there's a craft market. There's a wider choice of second-hand English books upstairs in the shop on the left as you go up the Escaliers du Marché, the wooden stairs leading up to the cathedral (go past Lush, past the little bakery, and round the corner, it is tucked away on the left after the antiques shop).
Written March 3, 2018
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Sahil13
Basel, Switzerland59 contributions
Jul 2019
The heart of the old town... bustling with small, local as well as international brands.. quite busy during the day.. many cafe and bars around to just sit and relax
Written August 29, 2019
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Ralf K
Wurzburg, Germany1,491 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
The Place de la Palud will be surmounted by the "Justicia"(1585), a jung lady blindfolded with a sword and a libra in her hands as a dodecagonal water pool(1726).
This ensemble testifies together with the city hall from the power of the growing borough.
Always to the full hour you will find a lot of people watching the wonderful clock, which tells you the history of the canton Waadt with its figure game.
Written September 14, 2016
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Moeandpumpkin
Munster, IN342 contributions
Aug 2019
It's okay as town squares go. We really just walked through it on the way from the metro to the Cathedral and back again. There is a very colorful fountain there, and that is sort of interesting.
Written October 30, 2019
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain9,531 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
Place de la Palud is the main square located in the old town of Lausanne, a city in Switzerland. In the square there are some historical buildings like the city hall and the fountain of justice. Also it is the market square of the city and a very important place in the Middle Ages. Nowadays, it is a beautiful square, not more.
Written January 31, 2019
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,322 contributions
Apr 2022
This is a pleasant square with a nice fountain in one end. Worth a short break as you are heading uphill to the cathedral.
Written May 4, 2022
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Crvan
Weston, FL570 contributions
May 2019
This square is the heart of Old Town Lausanne with many wonderful old historic buildings, fountains, boutique shops and restaurants. We did not have time to wander down many of the streets in old town however we found everything we needed near the main square. We found a wonderful shop that sold all natural beauty products and my wife walked out with a good supply of all natural products - very pleased! The main square is located just downhill from the cathedral and near the old town city hall. After our way too brief visit to Lausanne, we definitely will be back for a more in depth discovery tour of Old Town. It has much to offer.
Written September 6, 2019
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Claude B
Atlanta, GA313 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This is the main square in the old town of Lausanne, nice fountain, very clean area a lot of kids were playing around the fountain.
Written July 1, 2019
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