Jaunbach gorge

Charmey – Lake Montsalvens – Broc – Gruyères

Epagny: aérodrome gruyère nord

Epagny: aérodrome gruyère nord

Gruyères: Lac de Gruyère

Gruyères: Lac de Gruyère

Epagny: Swisshelicopter - Gruyère

Epagny: Swisshelicopter - Gruyère

Epagny: aerodrome-gruyere sud

Epagny: aerodrome-gruyere sud

Hike along Lake Montsalvans and through the Jaunbach gorge. Walkers cross the Saane plain and follow mystic pathways to Greyerz (Gruyères) Castle, recognisable from afar. Temptations abound, with heavenly chocolate at Maison Cailler in Broc and legendary cheese in Gruyères (Pringy).

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Technical information

Starting point:Charmey
Destination:Gruyères Castle
Getting to the starting point:Car from Broc (Bulle); bus from Bulle or Boltigen
Back from the destination:Car to Bulle/Fribourg or towards Pays d'Enhaut/Gstaad; railway from Pringy (Gruyères) to Bulle or Montbovon
Technique:Easy
Physical fitness:Average
Difference in elevation:Ascent
Hiking time:3h 10m
Season:March to November
Note:   At the foot of the castle hill in Pringy, the "Maison du Gruyère" offers a tour of the cheese factory with a chance to get to know the aroma and taste of the cheese.

Description

The hike route initially follows Lake Montsalvens, where a suspension bridge soars above a fjord-like inlet; after the dam, the route plunges into the spectacular Jaunbach gorge − an unforgettable experience. Wooden walkways, tunnels and rock galleries, little waterfalls and polished rocks make of this adventurous section a family-friendly excursion.

Located in the brand new visitors' centre in Broc (opened in April 2010), Maison Cailler is a company steeped in tradition, enticing its guests into the world of chocolate with the slogan "pure chocolate - pure emotion". Their tour lasts twenty minutes and ends there where it all begins - with making chocolate.

The little medieval town with its imposing 13th century castle is then visible already from afar. The route passes the pilgrimage chapel of Notre-Dame des Marches dating from 1636 and continues to "Le Pont qui branle", a wooden bridge, then up to the old town and famous castle of Gruyères.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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