Les Diablerets

Lake Geneva Region

© Christophe Racat

© Christophe Racat

© Sébastien Staub

© Sébastien Staub

© Christophe Racat

© Christophe Racat

© Sébastien Staub

© Sébastien Staub

© Sébastien Staub

© Sébastien Staub

© Sébastien Staub

© Sébastien Staub

© Christophe Racat

© Christophe Racat

© Sébastien Staub

© Sébastien Staub

© Christophe Racat

© Christophe Racat

Les Diablerets, an important centre for adventure sports, lies between Lake Geneva and Gstaad at an altitude of 1200 metres. Even in summer, the Glacier 3000 ski region in the heart of the Vaud Alps offers skiing and glacier enjoyment over an expansive area.

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In the Middle Ages, the rock wall of the mountain massif which surrounds the small village was regarded as a dangerous and cursed place where the devil did his worst. Accordingly, the place name of Les Diablerets also derives from the French ‘le Diable’, the devil. But no one need harbour any fears in Les Diablerets today, at the most some courage for the multitude of adventurous sports on offer. A varied, child-friendly programme of events and adjusted prices and infrastructure characterise the efforts that have been made to accommodate the needs of our younger guests.

Summer

Active guests in particular will get their money’s worth in Les Diablerets. Skiing and snowboarding until well into the early summer in the glacier ski region of Glacier 3000 offer competition to a wide range of adventure sports: canyoning, hydro speed, paragliding, dirt monster biking (a cross between mountain biking and motorcycling), tyrolienne traversing, or the highest Alpine Coaster (toboggan run on tracks) at the Glacier 3000 mountain station. The «Indiana» fun obstacle course and fixed rope routes round off the activities. But traditional sports are certainly also on offer: walking (250 km of walking trails) and mountain biking. And excursions to the Aigle viticultural museum not far from Lake Geneva, the Bex salt mine in the lower Valais, or by postal bus across the Col du Pillon to the nearby sophisticated resort of Gstaad are always worthwhile.

Highlights

  • Glacier 3000 – snow fun, cross-country skiing and savouring the outstanding vista in the «Gastronamik» panorama restaurant.
  • Aigle viticultural museum – the viticultural museum in the canton of Vaud presents nearly 2000 years of the history of viticulture.
  • Bex salt works – salt mine with a gallery length of over 50 km. Part of the underground labyrinth can be visited on a tour.
  • Gstaad-Saanenland – the neighbouring region in the Bernese Oberland is a meeting point for ‘high society’ as well as unadulterated nature.
  • Narrow-guage railway network from Aigle and Bex - the lines to Leysin, Les Diablerets and Villars/Bretaye provide access to the region without a car of your own.

Top Events

  • Nuit des Diables (Night of the Devil) – large summer festival with performances, sports activities, bars and music; the event where guests and locals meet one another (July).
  • Festival International du Film Alpin (film festival about mountains and the environment) – awards are presented to the best productions in the fields «freeride, extreme sports and peak performances» as well as to documentaries on the subjects of the environment and mountains (September).
  • Festival of Swiss Folk Music – this event gives folk music fans the opportunity to listen to some of the finest folk orchestras in the country (October).

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