Jun 13, 2013

Busking in Lausanne

Lausanne was our last city in Switzerland we played and it was great as well as anywhere else in the country!
Busking rules in Lausanne:
You have to get a permit which you can get for 17 francs and for every extra day you have to pay 7 euros more. You have to change the place every 30 minutes. There are special kind of officers who check the permit. The normal police has different priorities.
Busker with little cows
Our experiance:
From Bren  it took us 20 minutes to get a ride to Lausanne and we were really happy :) Also the sun was shining all day long when we were there and we enjoyed it as much as we could. The city is really beautiful and the lake is amazing! You can see the Alps in the other side (France).
The Alps and the palm tree
We played 2 full days in Lausanne and it wa quite good! After playing 2 hours we always had around 60-80 Francs. First we thought that we don't need any permission because 2-3 groups of police men passed us but they didn't say anything. The last day we met with a local busker (he plays with a glass ball and late on we played with him a bit :)) and he told us about the rules. There is a special officer who can check your papers, but they are not that strict. He had a friend who was caught 3 times and he didn't get any fine but probably he will if they find him without paper again. So we didn't meet any of them in 3 days of playing.
Playing together
Street in Lausanne
Best places:
On the walking streets there are many possibilities to busk. The streets are quite long and not that wide and a lot of people are walking up and down. There were quite a lot of buskers in the city with many different type of acts. With hangdrums, horns, guitar, glass ball and so on. Here are some streets where we played.
Map for busking in Lausanne
  • Rue Saint-Francois
  • Rue du Rotillon
  • Rue de la Louvre
Lausanne was a great end for our Switzerland trip. Now we are heading towards France for the very first time! We hope that French people will like our music and the sun will be with us all the way to Spain. :)


  1. Hey! I'm heading to Lausanne and want to do some busking too. Any chance you know where to pick up those permits?? Thanks :)

  2. hi there, unfortunately we don't know exactly where you can get the permit, 'cause we didn't take it. :( But in St Gallen (in another city in Switzerland) we had to go to the police station and we had to pay some small fee for it. I think you should go there and ask anyway because they probably know the answer,
    best wishes

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