Largest Nature Reserve in western Switzerland


La Videmanette

La Videmanette

Rougemont VD: Rougemont, Gstaad - Videmanette, Klettersteig

Rougemont VD: Rougemont, Gstaad - Videmanette, Klettersteig

The Alp called La Pierreuse is situated in a wide valley basin. The valley is bordered to the West by Rocher du Midi, to the East by La Videmanette and Le Rubli and to the South by the white limestone rock faces of Gummfluh. A day hike with lots of vantage points for views starts at the mountain station Videmanette, leads around the Alp La Pierreuse and over four passes to L'Etivaz.

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Technical information

Begin of tour: Cableway from Rougemont to La Videmanette (Please pay attention to the cableway schedule)
Access starting point: via Châteaux-d'Oex or Gstaad to Rougemont
Point of arrival: L'Etivaz
Access point of arrival: Bus from Etivaz to Châteaux-d'Oex
Hiking time: 6 h
Physical fitness: difficult
Difficulty: challenging
Difference in elevation: 1000 m
Culmination point: 2130 m
Season: End of June - September
Gastronomy: pack a big picnic!
Overnight: Cabane de la Videmanette, L'Etivaz


There is a reason for the name: the Alp is as stony as the flanks of the surrounding mountains. Once, according to a legend, this Alp was particularly green and lush, but an avalanche destroyed it after a misdeed was perpetrated by a young cowherd . Today the Alp holds other treasures: La Pierreuse is the largest nature reserve of the Romandie and is a landscape of national importance with characteristic Pre-Alpine appearance: rocky regions, alpine meadows with a rich flora, flat marshes, fir trees, spruces and the occasional deciduous forest. Besides the varied alpine flora, the great variety of bird species is particularly remarkable. With a bit of luck and patience you will be able to observe golden eagles, falcons and black grouse.

For families: Families and children are heartily welcomed at Château-d'Oex . Bowling, Ludothek and an ice skating rink are open daily for adults and children. The babysitting service takes care of younger children who are over a year old.

Tour Overview

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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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