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.
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.
A staircase leads to the top of the tower, almost 10 metres high, where you can enjoy a magnificent 360° 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.
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.
Une vidéo en drone sur la tour de Gourze.