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The fourth largest city in Switzerland, Lausanne's name may not be as familiar as the first three (Zurich, Geneva, and Basel) but travelers who make the 40-mile journey from Geneva will find a cosmopolitan city with a lively arts scene. Among the stand-out galleries and museums is the fascinating Musée Collection d'Art Brut, which celebrates art from the fringes of society. The museum was born with a donation of works to the city of Lausanne by the French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet, and has now grown to include the works of some 400 different artists like Aloïse, a governess at the court in Potsdam institutionalized because of her religious fervor, and Henry Darger, who worked as a dishwasher and painted hundreds of beautiful watercolors of imaginary lands that were only discovered after his death.
John Clifford's Stepping Out in Switzerland itinerary includes the Musée Collection d'Art Brut, other highlights of Lausanne, and visits to Zurich and Geneva as well. To read more about the trip John has designed and other itineraries to Switzerland, visit AFAR Journeys.