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Guidebook for Lausanne

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Guidebook for Lausanne

Sightseeing
Great cathedral + you can hear the Watchman crying out from the tower every hour from 10pm to 2am, uninterrupted tradition since the 15th century.
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Lausanne Cathedral
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Great cathedral + you can hear the Watchman crying out from the tower every hour from 10pm to 2am, uninterrupted tradition since the 15th century.
Great view over the city. Double helocoidal staircase inspired from Château de Chambord where people going up do not meet people going down.
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Sauvabelin Tower
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Great view over the city. Double helocoidal staircase inspired from Château de Chambord where people going up do not meet people going down.
This little Thai Pavillion in the beautiful Denantou Park was a present from the Thai government in 2007.
Pavillon thaïlandais
This little Thai Pavillion in the beautiful Denantou Park was a present from the Thai government in 2007.
This cute square has a typical swiss fountain, an arched way through the City Hall building and also a cute mechanical clock which goes on every full hour from 9am to 6pm.
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Place de la Palud
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This cute square has a typical swiss fountain, an arched way through the City Hall building and also a cute mechanical clock which goes on every full hour from 9am to 6pm.
The museum is top-notch if you like classical painting, but this isn't the reason I come here. I come when the weather's nice for the great lawn and the view over the lake. Search for the magic tree !
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Hermitage Foundation
2 Route du Signal
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The museum is top-notch if you like classical painting, but this isn't the reason I come here. I come when the weather's nice for the great lawn and the view over the lake. Search for the magic tree !
Massive historical building hosting a universitary library and half a dozen public museums. All of them are free of charge the first saturday of each month.
Palais de Rumine
6 Place de la Riponne
Massive historical building hosting a universitary library and half a dozen public museums. All of them are free of charge the first saturday of each month.
These are the HQ of the IOC. So far nothing spectacular but it is planned to create a new and very stylish building soon. The wheareabouts by the lake are very nice and host a fitness trail.
International Olympic Committee
9 Route de Vidy
These are the HQ of the IOC. So far nothing spectacular but it is planned to create a new and very stylish building soon. The wheareabouts by the lake are very nice and host a fitness trail.
When walking down this street, you completely forget you're in a city... Gorgeous houses, stone walls, and the lake view is just astounding. A small square on your right is a great place for a picnic.
Chemin du Languedoc 16
16 Chemin du Languedoc
When walking down this street, you completely forget you're in a city... Gorgeous houses, stone walls, and the lake view is just astounding. A small square on your right is a great place for a picnic.
The City's castle is where the Canton's Government works, so it is not open for visits.
Château Saint-Maire
The City's castle is where the Canton's Government works, so it is not open for visits.
For some reason, this part of the lakeside is a touristic highlight. I don't care much for it myself, as I prefer the more natural parts further west or east to this concrete area...
Place de la Navigation
For some reason, this part of the lakeside is a touristic highlight. I don't care much for it myself, as I prefer the more natural parts further west or east to this concrete area...
Very beautiful medieval little village by the lake. The beach is quite nice but a bit too crowded on summer week-ends.
Lutry
Very beautiful medieval little village by the lake. The beach is quite nice but a bit too crowded on summer week-ends.
Most famous monument in Switzerland, it's a great tour whether on a sunny or on a rainy day. Train station right next to it as for every major attraction in Switzerland !
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Chillon Castle
21 Avenue de Chillon
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Most famous monument in Switzerland, it's a great tour whether on a sunny or on a rainy day. Train station right next to it as for every major attraction in Switzerland !
Arts & Culture
One-of-a-kind museum exposing art from people who have never been in contact with art, and thus have "created" it themselves : loonies, schizophrenic, madmen... Free on first Sat of each month
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Collection de l'Art Brut
11 Avenue Bergières
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One-of-a-kind museum exposing art from people who have never been in contact with art, and thus have "created" it themselves : loonies, schizophrenic, madmen... Free on first Sat of each month
This independant cinema shows small budget movies in even smaller projection rooms (10 to 20 seats). Their sunday brunch is a hoot !!!
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Zinéma Lausanne
4 Rue du Maupas
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This independant cinema shows small budget movies in even smaller projection rooms (10 to 20 seats). Their sunday brunch is a hoot !!!
A locked room, one hour to escape from it by searching everywhere, finding the hidden objects and solving the riddles. I'm a sucker for this kind of games :)
The Door - Escape Game
6 Chemin de la Tour-Grise
A locked room, one hour to escape from it by searching everywhere, finding the hidden objects and solving the riddles. I'm a sucker for this kind of games :)
Very nice mansion with a beautiful garden just by the lakeside. A museum for photography with very nice expos usually. Free on the first saturday of each month.
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Musée de l'Elysée
18 Avenue de l'Elysée
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Very nice mansion with a beautiful garden just by the lakeside. A museum for photography with very nice expos usually. Free on the first saturday of each month.
Concert place in the desolate streets usually frequented only by hookers and their would-be customers. Really great lines-up with big names coming to this strange place !
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Docks de Lausanne
34 Avenue de Sévelin
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Concert place in the desolate streets usually frequented only by hookers and their would-be customers. Really great lines-up with big names coming to this strange place !
Small intimate independant cinema with a cute lounge bar. Love this place !
Cinéma Bellevaux
4 Route Aloys-Fauquez
Small intimate independant cinema with a cute lounge bar. Love this place !
Food Scene
As good as hot chocolate gets, with or without whipped cream. They are so famous for it that they even sell the doses to take away !
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Le Barbare
27 Escaliers du Marché
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As good as hot chocolate gets, with or without whipped cream. They are so famous for it that they even sell the doses to take away !
The best fondues in Lausanne. Otherwise, I recommend the typical dish from the Lausanne area, papet vaudois : cabbage/meat sausage with mashed potatoes and leek (do not eat the sausage's skin !)
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L'Evêché
4 Rue Louis-Curtat
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The best fondues in Lausanne. Otherwise, I recommend the typical dish from the Lausanne area, papet vaudois : cabbage/meat sausage with mashed potatoes and leek (do not eat the sausage's skin !)
Great french creperie, so if you fancy artisanal crepes be they salty or for dessert, this place is for you. And don't forget to wash it down with cider !
Crêperie la Chandeleur
9 Rue Mercerie
Great french creperie, so if you fancy artisanal crepes be they salty or for dessert, this place is for you. And don't forget to wash it down with cider !
Very famous for its huge portions and small prices. That's it, wait for nothing more :)
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Chez Xu
10 Rue du Tunnel
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Very famous for its huge portions and small prices. That's it, wait for nothing more :)
Very famous for its huge portions and small prices. That's it, wait for nothing more :)
Chez Xu
27 Rue du Petit-Chêne
Very famous for its huge portions and small prices. That's it, wait for nothing more :)
Great for typical swiss dishes, and as popular to locals as it is to tourists.
Le Grütli
4 Rue Mercerie
Great for typical swiss dishes, and as popular to locals as it is to tourists.
Chic & cozy coffee-bar place for beautiful people and foodies. Ex-Miss Switzerland tends there at the bar at the moment.
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Café Saint Pierre
1 Place Benjamin-Constant
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Chic & cozy coffee-bar place for beautiful people and foodies. Ex-Miss Switzerland tends there at the bar at the moment.
The best burgers in town, in my opinion. Book ahead ! Insider tip : you can also ask for them from the neighbouring Pin Up Bar.
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Zooburger
29 Rue Marterey
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The best burgers in town, in my opinion. Book ahead ! Insider tip : you can also ask for them from the neighbouring Pin Up Bar.
Friendly bar. You can also order the great burgers from Zoo Burger right next door and they will be delivered to you !
Pin Up Bar, Carmela De Girolamo
31 Rue Marterey
Friendly bar. You can also order the great burgers from Zoo Burger right next door and they will be delivered to you !
Cheap and good asian restaurant.
Restaurant Orchidée
25 Rue de l'Ale
Cheap and good asian restaurant.
Minuscule historical bar. I like it but rarely go there : it's tough to get a table !
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Pinte Besson
4 Rue de l'Ale
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Minuscule historical bar. I like it but rarely go there : it's tough to get a table !
Japanese & Korean food. Cannot vouch for Japanese as I don't fancy it but the korean bibimbap is great !!!
Isshin Sushi
Japanese & Korean food. Cannot vouch for Japanese as I don't fancy it but the korean bibimbap is great !!!
Brand new opening of this huge restaurant/brasserie which also serves as a bar earlier in the day, and sometimes hosts events or special parties late at night. Great terrace !
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Brasserie Montbenon
3 Allée Ernest-Ansermet
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Brand new opening of this huge restaurant/brasserie which also serves as a bar earlier in the day, and sometimes hosts events or special parties late at night. Great terrace !
Extremely popular Restaurant & Bar where the quality of service or food is excellent. The sunday brunch is so popular that you need to book a week in advance.
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Café de Grancy
1 Avenue du Rond-Point
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Extremely popular Restaurant & Bar where the quality of service or food is excellent. The sunday brunch is so popular that you need to book a week in advance.
This restaurant has a stylish deco, great cuisine, be it elaborate french dishes or simple pizzas, and the rates are relatively cheap ! Maybe because of its location, it's unfortunately often empty !
Chemin de Contigny 1
1 Chemin de Contigny
This restaurant has a stylish deco, great cuisine, be it elaborate french dishes or simple pizzas, and the rates are relatively cheap ! Maybe because of its location, it's unfortunately often empty !
Pizzeria with tasty dishes coming in good portions. It is not sexy but very functional as suited to a place just in front of the train station !
Bella Vita
52 Avenue de la Gare
Pizzeria with tasty dishes coming in good portions. It is not sexy but very functional as suited to a place just in front of the train station !
French Brasserie, great meat, great service, simple but tasty dishes. Often full so better to book ahead !
Les Trois Rois
7 Rue du Simplon
French Brasserie, great meat, great service, simple but tasty dishes. Often full so better to book ahead !
Cozy restaurant which serves delicious food in a (Swiss)-affordable price range. Real close to home !
Le P'tit Vidy
53 Avenue de Montoie
Cozy restaurant which serves delicious food in a (Swiss)-affordable price range. Real close to home !
Drinks & Nightlife
THE most famous bar in Lausanne. Too crowded for me in winter, and very full of non-french speaking expats', I like it better in the summer with its HUGE terrace, definitely THE place to be.
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The Great Escape
18 Rue Madeleine
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THE most famous bar in Lausanne. Too crowded for me in winter, and very full of non-french speaking expats', I like it better in the summer with its HUGE terrace, definitely THE place to be.
Cheap, rock-n-roll atmosphere with tattooed customers, table football and pinball, that's not everybody's kind of place but it's mine :)
The Backstage Bar Restaurant
7 Rue du Clos-de-Bulle
Cheap, rock-n-roll atmosphere with tattooed customers, table football and pinball, that's not everybody's kind of place but it's mine :)
Popular bar with a pleasant 30ish crowd. Big terrace on the pavement as soon as the sun comes out.
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Étoile Blanche
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Popular bar with a pleasant 30ish crowd. Big terrace on the pavement as soon as the sun comes out.
Friendly bar which stands out thanks to its great burgers.
Happy Days
3 Rue Saint-Pierre
Friendly bar which stands out thanks to its great burgers.
A cool rock'n'roll bar in the old town. Very young crowd on the week-ends !
The Green Rabbit
2 Rlle du Lapin-Vert
A cool rock'n'roll bar in the old town. Very young crowd on the week-ends !
Cool bar-disco in a very old building (thus it's name). Can be a pain at times if you're standing in the way as it's quite narrow by the main bar.
Le XIIIème Siècle
10 Rue Cité-Devant
Cool bar-disco in a very old building (thus it's name). Can be a pain at times if you're standing in the way as it's quite narrow by the main bar.
Very small cozy bar/restaurant. You won't come across it if you don't look for it as both accesses to this street are not enticing !
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Café La Couronne d'Or
13 Rue des Deux-Marchés
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Very small cozy bar/restaurant. You won't come across it if you don't look for it as both accesses to this street are not enticing !
Huge Rock'N'Roll bar-restaurant. Often hosts small concerts or even wrestling matches !
Taco's Bar
17 Rue de Genève
Huge Rock'N'Roll bar-restaurant. Often hosts small concerts or even wrestling matches !
Popular bar-restaurant. Not much to say for it or against it on my side. Below, the cave is more interesting as it regularly hosts concerts or comedians.
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Bleu Lézard
10 Rue Enning
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Popular bar-restaurant. Not much to say for it or against it on my side. Below, the cave is more interesting as it regularly hosts concerts or comedians.
Belgian beers specialist. A bit pricey but the place is nice and always lively !
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Bruxelles Café
1 Place de la Riponne
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Belgian beers specialist. A bit pricey but the place is nice and always lively !
Seasonal bar under huge arcades existing only in summer. Really a cool and lively place on a hot day !
Place de l'Europe
Seasonal bar under huge arcades existing only in summer. Really a cool and lively place on a hot day !
This Canadian pub is the only real lively bar in the area : screens showing hockey, pool tables, popcorn machines, a favorite for lots of people.
Pub Les Gosses du Québec
22 Avenue de la Gare
This Canadian pub is the only real lively bar in the area : screens showing hockey, pool tables, popcorn machines, a favorite for lots of people.
Small intimate bar which I really appreciate for its parisian like laidback cozy atmosphere !
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Bar Tabac
7 Rue Beau-Séjour
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Small intimate bar which I really appreciate for its parisian like laidback cozy atmosphere !
A few steps down take you below the massive Pont Bessières' Arch where a seasonal bar takes place on sunny days. My favorite terrace on a hot day !
Bessières Bridge
A few steps down take you below the massive Pont Bessières' Arch where a seasonal bar takes place on sunny days. My favorite terrace on a hot day !
Small intimate bar famous for its great choice of artisanal beers.
Pibar Sàrl
62 Rue du Valentin
Small intimate bar famous for its great choice of artisanal beers.
Everything Else
My favorite disco : rock music, drunk but friendly atmosphere where no one cares how you look, real cool bouncers who don't piss you off. 10.- entrance on Fri & Sat
Jagger's Club
1 Rue Etraz
My favorite disco : rock music, drunk but friendly atmosphere where no one cares how you look, real cool bouncers who don't piss you off. 10.- entrance on Fri & Sat
This trendy disco has no name. Free entrance, loads of people, fantastic venue and decoration, this disco is "almost" perfect : the music sets have no logic so it's almost impossible to dance.
Place Chauderon 18
18 Place Chauderon
This trendy disco has no name. Free entrance, loads of people, fantastic venue and decoration, this disco is "almost" perfect : the music sets have no logic so it's almost impossible to dance.
One of my 2 favorite beaches in Summer : sandy and 1 kilometer long.
Plage de Préverenges
One of my 2 favorite beaches in Summer : sandy and 1 kilometer long.
Quite far away from my place but I just love this beach. Big rocks, no sand, but crystal clear water and a beautiful view on the vineyards and the mountains.
Plage de Cully
Quite far away from my place but I just love this beach. Big rocks, no sand, but crystal clear water and a beautiful view on the vineyards and the mountains.
Extremely crowded in summer and reeks of barbecues everywhere. The place to go if you're 9 wanting to play football, drink beers and speak with strange people but by no means the romantic quiet place
Plage de Vidy-Bourget
7 Chemin du Camping
Extremely crowded in summer and reeks of barbecues everywhere. The place to go if you're 9 wanting to play football, drink beers and speak with strange people but by no means the romantic quiet place
Historic Cinema, owned to this day by the Swiss Cinematographic Fund. Plush chairs, huge red curtains, balcony, alcoves for 2 people... I love the atmosphere.
Capitole
6 Avenue du Théâtre
Historic Cinema, owned to this day by the Swiss Cinematographic Fund. Plush chairs, huge red curtains, balcony, alcoves for 2 people... I love the atmosphere.
Nice park with a botanical garden and a concrete terrace on top giving you a great view on a nice day.
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Parc de Milan
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Nice park with a botanical garden and a concrete terrace on top giving you a great view on a nice day.
Comedy club / Bar / Disco, this place has a lot going on. Late at night, the atmosphere turns to groovy-soul-funk !
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Le Lido Comedy and Club
17 Rue de Bourg
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Comedy club / Bar / Disco, this place has a lot going on. Late at night, the atmosphere turns to groovy-soul-funk !
This Porn Cinema is very famous to every person from Lausanne as a kind of landmark. 2-3 times a year they actually host big parties there !
Cinéma Moderne
2 Avenue William-Fraisse
This Porn Cinema is very famous to every person from Lausanne as a kind of landmark. 2-3 times a year they actually host big parties there !
Small shack selling some every kind of snacks (sandwiches, kebabs, hot dogs, ice creams...). Often a big queue on hot week-ends !
Prom. de Vidy 9
9 Avenue Pierre-de-Coubertin
Small shack selling some every kind of snacks (sandwiches, kebabs, hot dogs, ice creams...). Often a big queue on hot week-ends !
One of the world's best scientific universities and its architecturally interesting "Learning Center". Shortest way from my place : walk up 10mns to Montelly Station, and take the M1 Metro (10mns)
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Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
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One of the world's best scientific universities and its architecturally interesting "Learning Center". Shortest way from my place : walk up 10mns to Montelly Station, and take the M1 Metro (10mns)
If you're in Lausanne for courses at HEP, here it is. As you see it is extremely close by (10mns walk or 4mns bus n°1).
Haute école pédagogique du canton de Vaud
33 Avenue de Cour
If you're in Lausanne for courses at HEP, here it is. As you see it is extremely close by (10mns walk or 4mns bus n°1).
Lausanne's University on a lush green campus with sheep all around. To go there from my place : walk up 10mns to the "Montelly" station and take the M1 Metro (10mns).
University of Lausanne
Lausanne's University on a lush green campus with sheep all around. To go there from my place : walk up 10mns to the "Montelly" station and take the M1 Metro (10mns).
This ageing ice hockey rink is home to the Lausanne Hockey team constantly supported by 8000 fans. I am no lover of ice hockey but this is the one of the hottest atmospheres for sport in Switzerland !
Malley Sports Center SA
14 Chemin du Viaduc
This ageing ice hockey rink is home to the Lausanne Hockey team constantly supported by 8000 fans. I am no lover of ice hockey but this is the one of the hottest atmospheres for sport in Switzerland !
Lovely place to have a picnic by the lake and enjoy the scenery. Or the good place to turn around if you go there running from my place for a 1h jog. The neighbouring roman church is just beautiful.
Parc du Débarcadère
Lovely place to have a picnic by the lake and enjoy the scenery. Or the good place to turn around if you go there running from my place for a 1h jog. The neighbouring roman church is just beautiful.
Shopping
This upmarket street is mainly for shopping. Not my type though. High up is "Le Bourg" a lively bar / theatre / disco, very popular with hipsters & artists. Easy to spot with the drug dealers in front
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Rue de Bourg
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This upmarket street is mainly for shopping. Not my type though. High up is "Le Bourg" a lively bar / theatre / disco, very popular with hipsters & artists. Easy to spot with the drug dealers in front
Essentials
Famous italian caterer, great quality to get something to eat on your way !
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MAURO TRAITEUR LAUSANNE
4 Rue de l'Ancienne-Douane
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Famous italian caterer, great quality to get something to eat on your way !
Discount supermarket. It doesn't get any closer to you than this when staying at my place !
Avenue de Cour 153
153 Avenue de Cour
Discount supermarket. It doesn't get any closer to you than this when staying at my place !
This long road has a kind of village feel to it as the houses are typical from Switzerland, and it hosts small local shops such as fresh bakeries, butchery, cheese retailer...
Avenue de Cour 50
50 Avenue de Cour
This long road has a kind of village feel to it as the houses are typical from Switzerland, and it hosts small local shops such as fresh bakeries, butchery, cheese retailer...