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In hilly Lausanne, take good note of the mysterious character that makes the town go mute every night.

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A day trip to Lausanne

Discover the north shore of lake Leman.

It may be tiring to climb its steep streets, but it's also well worth the effort: the views on the northern side of lake Leman are simply spectacular. The place is dominated by the Gothic Notre-dame cathedral, which has a curious eight metre organ that can be played, thanks to a ground-breaking electronic system, from anywhere in the world. To climb its steep hills you can use the Escaliers du Marché, a roofed wooden staircase that was built to join the medieval markets and that go up the street to the Cathedral and the Place de la Palud, where there is still a market twice a week, perfect for buying local produce. But the most noteworthy thing about Lausanne is the mysterious character that, every night from ten to two in the morning, climbs the watchtower to tell the city with its powerful voice that "all is well", as a reminder of the sentinels who warned the town about fires when Lausanne was mostly built from timber.



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