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Worth the walk

After getting lost in the woods, having walked from the campsite at the bottom, it was worth the... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2018
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Great views

If you drive up to the car park (switchback road), it is only a short walk up to the observation... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2018
James B
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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6 Sep 2018
“Worth the walk”
26 Aug 2018
“Great views”
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk to the obeservatoire is the highlight... The observatoire itself offers long waiting times on a busy day...(and a nice view I guess...).

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Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

After getting lost in the woods, having walked from the campsite at the bottom, it was worth the adventure. The easiest way is to follow the road to the car park and follow the path from there. Great views from the top, but you are...More

Thank MJGDerby
Reviewed 26 August 2018

If you drive up to the car park (switchback road), it is only a short walk up to the observation tower. If in season, get there early to avoid the wait - only 6 people at a time allowed up.

Thank James B
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

The tower offers a beautiful view over the lake and the mountains around it. The viewing point on top is over all the trees around it. But you need to go a few meters off the route. So nothing for your best shoes.

2  Thank Michael B
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Just climb and enjoy the view. From there you can see the lake and the wonderful surroundings. The place to go in Gerardmer for a nice walk.

1  Thank Winchris
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I chose to do this after a day of riding around with the car in the neighbourhood of Gerardmer. Although I studied the map beforehand, the climb towards the tower was heavier than expected but worth it. (You can also get there by car, I...More

1  Thank FoodMirador
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Be aware : only 4 persons at a time are allowed to climb up there. Plus, there is a lot of visitors, therefore you might wait. But it worths the view !

Thank Blumia
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing structure on top of the hill above Gerardmer lake. Walk or drive up the lane near Ramberchamp camp site following signs till you reach a circular parking area. Then follow the right hand rocky path up through the trees. You will...More

1  Thank BeeryGilly
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