Château-d'Oex - Rougemont

Lake Geneva Region

La Lécherette: Vue sur le Pic Chaussy et Praz Cornet

La Lécherette: Vue sur le Pic Chaussy et Praz Cornet

Rougemont: Videmanette

Rougemont: Videmanette

La Videmanette

La Videmanette

In both summer and winter, Château-d'Oex and Rougemont present a diverse range of holiday experiences and sporting activities. Wonderful mountainscapes and old decorated chalets are typical for the villages of the Pays-d'Enhaut.

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Situated at around 1000 metres in altitude, half-way between the classy resort of Gstaad in the Bernese Oberland and the small town of Gruyères in the canton of Fribourg, lie the two places of Château-d'Oex and Rougemont. The holiday region of Pays-d'Enhaut in the canton of Vaud is linked to the Lake Geneva region by the Col des Mosses and by the Montreux – Bernese Oberland Railway. Thanks to its favourable micro-climate, Château-d'Oex has developed into a hot-air ballooning metropolis. Passenger flights are available throughout the year and an international competition in hot-air ballooning is held every January.

But the older traditions too have been retained: accordingly, the much-loved Alpine cheese of Etivaz is still made over an open wood fire. In Rougemont, many chalets dating back a hundred years bear testimony to the folk art of the region.

Children too are fully catered for in the Pays-d'Enhaut. It allows the entire family to give themselves up to an adventurous treasure hunt. The themed trail about the life of ants on La Braye and a visit to the mineral and fossil collection in Rougemont are also highly enjoyable.

Summer

A beautiful pre-Alpine walking area lies south of Château-d'Oex: La Pierreuse, the largest nature conservation area in western Switzerland contains rock areas, forests, abundant flora and flat moors. For both leading bikers and amateurs, the Pays-d'Enhaut offers a large network of marked mountain biking trails along the tracks of the 1997 world championships. You can indulge in white-water sports on the fast-flowing river Saane: canyoning, hydrospeed, canoeing /kayaking and river rafting. One of Switzerland’s most beautiful river rafting routes lies between the wild Vanel and Gérignoz gorges.

Highlights

  • Espace Ballon – balloon museum charting the history of aviation and ballooning. The hot-air balloon – as used by Jules Vernes, through to its use in the adventures of Piccard and Jones – is the focus of everything here.
  • Etivaz cheese – is made in the Alpine huts of the Pays-d'Enhaut in cauldrons over open wood fires.
  • Mike Horn Familiy Trail – obstacle course by the adventurer Mike Horn in the form of a treasure hunt with interesting posts about the demands placed on expeditions – an adventure for the entire family.
  • Musée du Vieux Pays-d'Enhaut – the homeland museum in Château-d'Oex has dedicated its collections amongst others, to the art of silhouette cutting which has enjoyed popularity since the 18th century.
  • Le Grand Chalet in Rossinière – the chalet dating from 1754 with 113 windows, in which the well-known painter Henri Balthus lived, has long been regarded as the largest in Switzerland.
  • Montreux – Bernese Oberland Railway (MOB) – the Pays-d'Enhaut lies along its panoramic rail route, which links Montreux on Lake Geneva to Gstaad and Zweisimmen in the Bernese Oberland.

Top Events

  • International hot-air balloon week – a colourful spectacle in the sky. Balloonists from throughout the world convene to participate in a week-long competition (January).
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