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🏰 Gourze Tower

Address
Gourze 1, 1097 Bourg-en-Lavaux
Phone 1
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2016 Aug, 2017 Juillet, 2017 July, 2018 Avril
  • Date de Visite
    10.08.2016 && 05.07.2017 && 15.04.2018
  • GPS
    46.51092 6.74073

Gourze Tower


The Gourze Tower (tour de Gourze in french) is a former watchtower located at the top of Mont de Gourze in the municipality of Bourg-En-Lavaux at an altitude of 923 metres.

The Gourze tower from the parking lot.
The Gourze tower from the parking lot.

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Parking below the tower at the restaurant of the Gourze tower.

History of the tower


The presence of this tower is attested in the 13th century and certainly built some time before. It belonged to the bishopric of Lausanne until 1536, when Bern invaded the Pays de Vaud and seized the tower. It was then abandoned and restored at the end of the 19th century.

The top of the Gourze tower with an orientation table on the right.
The top of the Gourze tower with an orientation table on the right.

Visit


A staircase leads to the top of the tower, almost 10 metres high, where you can enjoy a magnificent 360Β° view of the Jorat vaudois, the Fribourg prealps and the Lake Geneva basin. The Tower itself is of no interest, but the view of the Lake Geneva basin is particularly remarkable.

Aerial view above the Gourze tower over the Lausanne region.
Aerial view above the Gourze tower over the Lausanne region.

The other points of view


The other pretty lookouts on Lake Geneva are the Sauvabelin Tower, the Mont-Pelerin antenna, the Rochers de Naye and the Signal of Bougy. You can stop for lunch or a drink at the restaurant of the Tour de Gourze next to the car park.

The Sauvabelin Tower and the Mont-Pelerin antenna.
sauvabelin tower mont-pelerin telecom tower

The Rochers de Naye and the Signal of Bougy.
The Rochers de Naye train station the Signal of Bougy

VidΓ©o


Une vidΓ©o en drone sur la tour de Gourze.

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