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“A Nice Hike” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sauvabelin Tower

Sauvabelin Tower
Avenue de Rhodanie 2, Lausanne 1000, Switzerland
021 315 42 74
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Ranked #5 of 30 Attractions in Lausanne
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Fredericton, Canada
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“A Nice Hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Starting where the bus drops you off this is a nice hike to the tower which offers a really great view of Lausanne and lac Leman by the mountains. It's an interesting wooden structure and well worth the visit just for the view.

The hike back down to Lausanne is awesome! There is a wide variety of plants to see and there are occasional pretty views of the lake and city. There are fields that are good for picnicking on the way down.

If you are in reasonably good health it's just a nice walk but this trail would be challenging for some.

Visited August 2011
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Hue, Vietnam
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“Good place to have a look all over Lausanne”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

From the top of the tower you can see the full Lausanne and nearby places. Easy to get there by bus and a littlt walk in the forest. There's also a lake near by.

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Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
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“An interesting construction and one of the best views on Lausanne and the lake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

As I already said in another review, Sauvabelin is a nice place to spend a hot day in Lausanne it is a small forest within town, easy to access, pretty and cool. you can reach it by car, parking is never an issue or by bus, number 16 has stops in Sauvabelin, you can also take number 3 ou 8 which will bring you south of the forest and finish on foot.

There are few attractions in Sauvabelin, the tower is one of the most interesting,
Built with local wood, it is an Archimedes screw stairway culminating at 35m. Not seriously high, but high enough to place you above the treeline and give you a 360° panoramic view of Lausanne, the lake and the mountains.
It has 302 steps and no other way to reach the platform, so if you are afraid of heights or if the 302 steps are a bit too much for you, don't bother. But the view is well worth the effort.

Usually it has opening hours from 9 to 5 in winter and 9 to 9 in summer, it can be closed in case of really bad weather (strong winds, storm, ...) but there is a phone number you can call to check (021 315 42 74).

If you are in Lausanne go there for the view and for the unusual construction, you will enjoy it.

Visited July 2012
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic Views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Used the free bus pass issued by the hotel to travel up to the park and then returned on foot. The tower is fantastic made of timber the views from the top over Lausanne and the lake are great, there are notices on each side explaining what you can see.

Visited June 2012
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Chernex
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“unique construction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

wooden tower offering view over the region, very surprising the way it was built, all steps sponsored (see inscriptions and explications) I like coming there to admire the excellent and surprising work done

Visited June 2011
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