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Place de la Palud

Lausanne, Switzerland
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Historic musical clock

Every hour on the hour, the clock opens up a little door and lines of historic figurines circle... read more

Reviewed March 3, 2018
pippa903
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Lausanne, Switzerland
Commercial centre of the Old Town

A large cobbled square (not square in shape) with several interesting sights: the Fountain of... read more

Reviewed March 3, 2018
Barbara E
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

Every hour on the hour, the clock opens up a little door and lines of historic figurines circle round while the voice recounts local history. Great if you understand French. Attractive if you don't.

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

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...More

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Reviewed January 9, 2018

Twice a week Lausanne has a street market and the Place de la Palud is at one end of it. That makes for a very busy downtown area. On Sundays meanwhile Lausanne shuts down and this area is empty, even many restaurants are closed. It...More

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Reviewed January 3, 2018

An amazing historical square with magnificent old buildings, a beautiful colourful fountain and a singing mechanic clock.

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Reviewed October 22, 2017

This is a nice spot in the old town part of Lausanne which is good for strolling if you can manage the hills and cobblestones. However I have to say this is the only city in Switzerland where I felt slightly uneasy. Some rather sketchy...More

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Reviewed October 5, 2017 via mobile

Walking from Cathedral Lausanne via Escaliers de Marché to a shopping area and this fountain is in the middle. Cobblestone area surrounds the round fountain with the pretty painted statue. Buy chocolate from a couple chocolatier shops, sit on the walls of the fountain and...More

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Reviewed September 4, 2017

This plaza has one of the very beautiful painted fountains that one finds in cities in Switzerland, and it is definitely worth going to see. We were not aware even that there were other things to note near the fountain, as we came upon this...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

Place de la Palud is centrally located in a pedestrian-only zone. It is noted for its animated clock that was constructed for the 1964 Swiss National Exhibition, and completely restored in 2005. Every hour, a parade of figurines representing historical figures marches around the wall....More

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Reviewed August 22, 2017

Great place to go to get a bite or to do some shopping. Also, there is a beautiful fountain in the mddle of the place . On the hour, there is a small mechanical play.

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Reviewed July 11, 2017

It was a scorching hot day so we sheltered in our air-conditioned hotel room until it had cooled down then galloped up the cathedral tower and scooted quickly to Place de la Palud to find the clock before the 7 PM strike. We took countless...More

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Barbara C
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Market days are Wednesdays & Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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