|Begin of tour:||Château d’Oex railway station|
|End of tour:||Saanen railway station|
|Access starting point:||Train to Château d’Oex|
|Access point of arrival:||Train from Saanen|
|Hiking time:||2 h 20 min.|
|Gastronomy:||Château d'Oex, Rougemont, Saanen|
|Various:||The trail between Rougemont and the Vanel Bridge is not always cleared meaning that it may be difficult to find in very snowy weather.|
During the cold weather, the Pays d'Enhaut plateau in the Vaud Alps is the ideal destination for some carefree hiking fun. Follow the groomed trail along the Sarine and enjoy the winter at its finest – snow-covered alluvial forests line the peacefully murmuring river on whose shady side small rivulets have frozen into bizarrely-shaped ice sculptures. Far from the busy traffic and the ski slopes, you will have now entered a world of soothing solitude where only silence reigns. After setting out from Château d'Oex station, you descend to the Sarine River, which you cross at the Pont Turrian – western Switzerland’s oldest suspension bridge. The trail runs along the river through beautiful mixed forest and up to the hamlet of Gérignoz. It then continues in the same direction over snowy meadows towards Rougemont. At the valley station for the Videmanette cable railway, branch off to the left and continue on to the village. Cross the Sarine and, after a short climb, you will reach the route destination at Rougemont station.
Château d'Oex - Rougemont - Saanen
At the railway station in Château d’Oex, set off through the village in the direction of Les Moulins and Point Turrian. After the bridge, turn left and continue to Gérignoz. From there, follow the signs to Rougemont and at the valley station of the Videmanette cable car, take the trail leading up to Saanen. After turning left again on the hill and passing the Vanel bridge, you will arrive at Saanen railway station.
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.