Lausanne is the fourth largest city in Switzerland and consist of a population of over 146,000 people. It is the focus point of many international sports events and houses the IOC (International Olympic Committee) who recognize Lausanne as the "Olympic Capital". Place de la Palud, roughly translated as pedestrian square, sits between the Flon and Louve rivers in the historic district and is used as a market place every Wednesday and Saturday.
It is also the location of the Lausanne Animated Clock which is located behind the Fountain of Justice. Every hour the clock chimes and animated figurines representing the different nations appear out of the wall of the building and cycle through disappearing back into the wall by the last chime.