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Best sunset

Went up just half hour before sunset and enjoyed the view over Arcachon and the bay. Not being too... read more

Reviewed September 12, 2018
Ulvenhout, The Netherlands
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Stairs sway but the tower is stable

The tower itself is stable, but the spiral staircase is held up by cables and sways a bit as you... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2018
New Jersey
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Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

Went up just half hour before sunset and enjoyed the view over Arcachon and the bay. Not being too comfortable with heights, the unstable stairs were scary but it’s worth it.:-)

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LeoJ164
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

This little tower gives you a good overall view on Arcachon and that's all. The tower isn't too big, nor scary. Not too many stairs, so easily doable within your own time.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank dccaroline
Reviewed July 21, 2018

The tower itself is stable, but the spiral staircase is held up by cables and sways a bit as you use it. Nice views from the top. Ville d'Hiver is not so interesting from above because of all the trees, but the view over Arcachon...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Xman_7
Reviewed July 18, 2018

Situated in the winter city, the tower offers a nice view of Arcachon. But you have to climb steep steps to reach the top.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank dindan_11
Reviewed June 18, 2018

I heard about the belvedere and as we went through the park, we saw it and decided to go. You do not have to be affraid of height if you go there but the view is fabulous. We were alone up there and it was...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mariean
Reviewed June 12, 2018

The obvservatoire is not for the faint of heart with its spiral staircase and swaying movement. The view from the top makes the nervy climb really worthwhile.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Keven and Jill H
Reviewed April 4, 2018

I have to confess that I did not ascend the observatory due to me not having a head for heights. The spiral staircase is iron, open sided, and wobbly, so if you are like me, you may want to give it a miss!. However, my...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Rod F
Reviewed December 11, 2017

The observatory is made in similar style as eiffel tower, the stair can be shaky when there is wind however the view is amazing in any direction! There is the bay with the Tchaque hut and the oyster area, the pine tree forest and the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Voirailleurssijysuis
Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across this tower and decided to climb up it. However, it didn't seem very safe, especially since it was very windy that day. Even so, the children were afraid to do it, and only one person climbed it. However, I can say that...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank SabrinaGiroux
Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

I am not that keen on heights, therefore found the ascent of the shaky spiral staircase rather an ordeal. However, the views once you get to the top are worth it. Each group of eight is limited to five minutes, which is ample to take...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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