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A short stage, always downhill.

St-Laurent-chapel near Les Croisettes

From Chalet Gobet, the path first leads through the forest to the eastern edge of Epalinges.

Near Les Croisettes, with the St-Laurent chapel (built around 1661) ...

Waadtländer und Savoyer Alpen

... we have a magnificent view of Lake Geneva, the Vaudois and Savoy Alps.

Savoyer Alpen

The Camino de Santiago signposts now lead through the residential quarters of Les Croisettes to the square with the new metro terminus.

Anyone who thinks they are now walking on asphalt through the Lausanne suburbs is mistaken. The path runs through a strip of forest with a gorge through which the Flon river flows. A well-maintained forest path leads us to a square with the terminus of a bus line.

Here we got lost. Actually we should walk to the Vivarium (near the motorway bridge) and up to Lac de Sauvabelin. There is a 35-metre-high wooden observation tower in the forest. From the top you should have a nice view of the lake, the city, the Alps and the Jura.

Blick vom Aussichtspunkt Le Signal

By taking a diversion, we reach the Le Signal lookout point and thus the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago. With the city of Lausanne at our feet, we enjoy the view of the lake and the mountains.


After a short descent along the edge of the forest we reach the old town and the cathedral.

Bischofspalast Lausanne

The bishop's palace can already be seen. The defiant castle of Saint-Maire was built between 1397 and 1427.


We walk past it to the cathedral square, where we are already expected for a guided tour of the cathedral.

Way of St. James Switzerland