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The history of Lausanne's vivarium, which contains reptiles, amphibians and arachnids, began in 1959, when amateur collector Jean Garzoni organized an exhibition of snakes for the sophisticated local audience. This exhibition was converted in 1970 into a vivarium located in the Sovabelin area.

The purpose of the discovery of the vivarium was not only the desire to show adults and children unique representatives of wildlife, but also to dispel some myths associated with them. Vivarium workers willingly shared information about the life and nutrition of snakes, about their habitat, and about the benefits they brought. There were established 50 closed terrariums in which 200 animals were kept, and two open, where reptiles who hibernated lived. The attraction of the vivarium was a tropical greenhouse, where you could see three crocodiles.

In 1992, a special fund was created to manage the vivarium, which by that time had the largest collection of poisonous reptiles in Europe. Even earlier, in 1976, the Livanne Society of Friends of the Vivarium was founded, which now has 300 members. These people support the Lausanne vivarium, organize various events, conduct excursions for schoolchildren, students, and adults.

In 2013, the vivarium of Lausanne began to have serious problems with financing. In order not to close the zoo corner that everyone liked, the city authorities decided to move it to the new Aquatis complex, which opened in the fall of 2017. Along with the vivarium, the Aquatis, located on the northern outskirts of Lausanne, also has an aquarium. In December 2015, the vivarium was closed, and two-thirds of the reptiles were moved to the premises of Aquatis.

Lausanne Travel Guide:

Lausanne - A beautiful picturesque town, the capital of the canton of Vaud (Vaud), located on Lake Geneva. Much less famous than Geneva, however, it leaves a much more positive impression, leaving a desire to return again.

Lausanne has been inhabited since the Stone Age, then there was a Roman city. In 1803, the canton of Vaud, whose capital is Lausanne, joined the Swiss Confederation.

For centuries, Lausanne has been a favorite place for all kinds of emigrants and expats, in particular, deposed monarchs. The city especially flourished during the Enlightenment, being associated with Rousseau and Voltaire - the two largest writers of the 18th century. Until now, many French-speaking Swiss love this city for their restrained elegance and artistry.

To find out more about all the sights of Lausanne, you can download the application under iPhone - Lausanne Travel Guide - link in the upper right corner. There is much more information.

Orient in Lausanne:

Lausanne is located on a strong slope, so the city is not recommended for visiting for those who have difficulty walking. The station is located somewhere in the middle of the slope. Below there will be a lake with the Ouchy promenade and the castle-hotel of the same name, as well as the Olympic Museum. The old city and most of the attractions are located above the station. The recently opened metro connects the upper areas with the lake promenade.

Lausanne tour better to organize as follows: from the station to walk or take the subway to the lake promenade. To do this, from the station you need to follow the signs to the surface and then wrap under the blue letter M. This will be the metro stationLausanne - Gare. The terminal station by the lake - Lausanne-ouchy - it will be neatly opposite the Chateau d´Ouchy castle. A little to the left, if you leave the metro, there will be a travel agency where you can get a free city map and useful information.

A walk along the promenade is worth taking the same metro to the station Riponne. Leaving the metro you will find yourself in the square in front of the Ryumin Palace. Behind it, a cathedral will rise on a hill.

From the cathedral go down to the lake - you will go to the town hall and to the city center. Finishing the tour at the metro station Lausanne-flon, you can go down to Ouchy another 1 station - and you will be at the station.

Get to Lausanne:

Travel time: from Zurich - 2:10, from Geneva - approx. 33 - 45 minutes, from Montreux - 17 - 30 minutes, from Bern - an hour and a half.

Directions: from Zurich HB:

  • at 32 minutes hourly - direct to Lausanne (direction Genève-Aéroport, departure from platform 17). On the way - 2:08.
  • 04 minutes of odd hours - direct train to Lausanne (from route 13, Lausanne - the final one).
  • 04 minutes even hours - 1 change in Biel / Bienne. Zurich HB - Biel / Bienne (from 13 ways, direction Genève-Aéroport, 1:09 on the way), Biel / Bienne - Lausanne (from the 5th way by train to Lausanne, 1 hour). Total travel time - 2:11.
  • at 06 minutes of odd hours - with 1 change in Bern. Zurich HB - Bern (train to Bern from platform 17, 1:20 on the way), Bern - Lausanne (from 2 tracks, direction Genève-Aéroport).
  • 30 minutes hourly - with 2 transfers (Olten, Bern). Zurich HB - Olten (from 16 ways the train in the direction of Biel / Bienne, 31 minutes), Olten - Bern (from 10 ways the train to Bern, 47 minutes), Bern - Lausanne (from 2 ways, direction Genève-Aéroport, sometimes Lausanne 1:11). Total travel time - 2:45.

See the exact timetable at www.sbb.ch.

Ticket price: From Zurich - 71 CHF, from Berne - 32 CHF, from Geneva airport - 26 CHF one way second class.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Kathedrale Notre-Dame - The Cathedral of Our Lady - rises above the trees east of the station. The church is one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in Europe. It is located at an altitude of 150 m. Above the level of Lake Geneva.

The floor plan is somewhat unusual: the apse is slightly inclined towards the nave, as if the Virgin Mary had bowed her head to her child.

The construction of the cathedral began in 1175, and in 1275 the church was consecrated by Pope Gregory H. During his stay in Lausanne, the pope met with Rudolph of Habsburg, the emperor of Germany and the entire Roman Empire.

In the Middle Ages, the cathedral was a pilgrimage Mecca: every year it received up to 70,000 pilgrims, while the population of the city was only about 7,000 people.

The doors and facade of the cathedral are richly decorated with sculptures and bas-reliefs. In the 19th century, the cathedral was restored under the guidance of architects Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

The interior of the building is quite ascetic, with the exception of carved wooden seats in the 13th-century choirs. A gothic round stained glass window in the south wall of the transverse nave - the "rose" - also dates from the 13th century. It depicts a number of saints, astrological symbols and allegories of the seasons. The cathedral also houses the largest organ in Switzerland with seven thousand pipes.

With the adoption of Protestantism, the interior of the church underwent a number of changes: the furniture and the famous statues of the Virgin with a baby on the throne of 12th-century gold and silver, as well as carved choirs, disappeared.

The cathedral has two towers, on one of them there is an observation deck, where you can climb over 225 steps.

  • Address: Place de la Cathédrale
  • To get there: 16 bus to Pierre Viret or metro to Rippone.
  • Entrance to the tower: 2 CHF.

Musée Historique de Lausanne / Ancien-Evêché

The Historical Museum of Lausanne, is located very close to the cathedral.

The museum is located in the building of the bishop's palace, built at the beginning of the 15th century. Ancien-Evêché has a 13th-century fortified tower and a collection of archaeological finds from Lausanne. You can see a model of the old city in the 17th century, measuring about 23 square meters.

  • Hours: September-June, Sun-Thu 11-18, Fri-Sun 11-17, July-Aug daily 11-18.
  • Address: Place de la Cathédrale, 4
  • To get there: 16 bus to Pierre Viret or metro to Rippone.
  • Admission: adults 8 CHF, senior citizens 5 CHF, students and children under 17 free.

Museum of Design - Musee de Design et d´Arts Appliques Contemporains (MUDAC)

Museum of Design and Applied Art Lausanne with an abbreviation funny for the Russian ear, it is also located near the Cathedral of Lausanne. The museum presents both a permanent exhibition and a temporary one. You can admire a large collection of contemporary works with glass, as well as a very beautiful collection of art from ancient Egypt and China.

  • Opening hours: Sun 11-21, Wed-Sun 11-18.
  • Address: Place de la Cathédrale, 6
  • To get there: 16 bus to Pierre Viret or metro to Rippone.
  • www.mudac.ch

Walking a little down to the southwest along the street Escaliers du Marché, you will find yourself in the square:

Place de la palud

In this square you can see Hotel de ville - the local town hall. The building has a 17th-century facade in the spirit of the Renaissance. It was completely renovated in the 1970s. Today it is the headquarters of the city council.

Located on the square Justice Fountain. The fountain pool dates back to 1557 - it is the oldest pool in Lausanne. The original statue of Justice was made in 1585, but now it is replaced by a copy. The clock with animated historical scenes shows a mini-performance every hour from 9 to 19 daily.

In the mornings on Wednesday and Sunday, an open-air bazaar is held on the square where you can buy the freshest produce.

From the square, head west along Rue Saint Laurent and from the church turn left onto Rue Pichard. Take it to Rue de Grand-Point.
After crossing the bridge, turn left onto Place Saint-François, and then almost immediately left again onto the smaller street Rue de Bourg enveloping the church:

L´Eglise Saint-François - church. St. Francis

The construction of the church was completed in 1272 under the supervision of Franciscan monks. Throughout the Middle Ages, the temple was the center of a large monastery complex, protected by the southern city wall.

The nave of the church was completely redone after the fire in Lausanne in 1368. At the same time, a clock tower was added. The chapel and frescoes were donated by wealthy families in the 14-15th centuries.

In 1536, along with the Barn troops, the Reformation came to the city and the monastery was closed. The monastic church was deprived of church decorations and made the parish church of the Lower City (Ville Basse).

In 1664, John Lill, an Englishman and former magistrate of King Charles I, who fled to Lausanne after the execution of the king, was killed in this church by the minions of the Stuarts.
Other monastic buildings were not preserved: the last remaining walls were demolished in 1895-1902.

Among other sights of Lausanne (to find out more about all the sights of Lausanne, you can download the iPhone application - Lausanne Guide - link in the upper right corner. There is much more information):

Château de Beaulieu and Musée de l´Art Brut

This castle, located in the north-west of the city, dates from 1756. At one time, Anna de Stael, the famous French writer, the daughter of a prominent statesman Jacques Necker, lived here.

The castle houses the unique Art Brut Museum with a collection of bizarre paintings of mentally ill and prisoners.

  • Hours: Tue-Sun 11-18.
  • Address: 11, av. des Bergières
  • Getting there: Buses 2, 3, 21 to Beaulieu
  • Admission: adults 10 CHF, senior citizens and students 5 CHF, children under 17 free.

Musée romain de lausanne-vidy

The museum is located west of the Ouchy promenade. This is one of the most intriguing Roman museums in Switzerland. The collection is represented by archaeological finds in the territory Lousonna - Roman city - the predecessor of Lausanne. Finds include a period from the 15th century AD through the 4th century AD. Among the exhibits are Roman coins and everyday objects.

  • Hours: Tue-Sun 11-18.
  • Address: 24, chemin du Bois-de-Vaus
  • Reach: 25 bus to Bois de Vaux
  • Entrance: adults 8 CHF, students and children under 17 for free. Free admission on the first Saturday of every month.

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