Between the French and German-speaking Regions

Schwarzsee

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Description

This easy, three-hour hike that connects French and German-speaking Switzerland begins in Schwarzsee, which means Black Lake. There is a dreamy lake here, and its flat and moor-like waters are indeed very dark. Ascend to the Euschels Pass and continue to Jaun, the only Swiss-German village in the French-speaking Gruyères region. Indeed, the Euschels Pass itself is very close to the language barrier and the adulterated names such as Ober Recardets or La Spielmannda indicate that the region can not quite make up its mind whether it wishes to speak German or French or maybe both at the same time. On the way one sees the typical mountain chalets with their grey slate roofs. Further ahead, the summits of Mounts Schafberg and Schopfenspitz shimmer white. From the top of the pass, at an altitude of 1567 m.a.s.l. one can see the Jaun Valley and the imposing mountain chain of the Gastlosen, famous among mountaineers. On the way down to to Jaun one passes the ruins of Castle Bellegarde, another witness to the confusing language barrier around here.
How to get there:
Drive or take public transportation to Schwarzsee via Fribourg and Plaffeien; return from Jaun to Fribourg via Bulle.

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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