The Gruyère Pays-d’Enhaut Regional Nature Park illustrates the natural lushness and the agropastoral culture of the Pre-Alps. The cradle of Gruyère AOP and Etivaz AOP is recognised as a site of national importance.
The Park has designed three itineraries to explore its most beautiful landscapes on foot or by bike, and for all audiences.
Hiking through the peaks: the Grand Tour des vanils
With its eleven stages, the Grand Tour des Vanils is designed for experienced walkers. It is best practiced from June to September.
Stroll from village to village: Les Vias du fromage
This dual route follows as closely as possible the old communication routes, in particular those used to transport cheese through the Col de Jaman in the 17th and 18th centuries. An app, Les Vias du fromage, available for iPhone and Android, encourages a fun and interactive discovery of this itinerary.
By bike: Tour of Gruyères County
The route follows the sign posted Swiss Mobile routes and is therefore mainly located on the fringes of high-traffic roads. Electric bicycles (e-bike) make this route, including the Mittelberg Pass (1633m), accessible to a wide audience.
The Park also offers a wide range of activities, including visits with mountain guides to observe wildlife, discover the architectural heritage of villages and natural reserves.
Facts and figures
Location: straddling the cantons of Fribourg and Vaud, 80 km from Lausanne and 60 km from Fribourg
Surface area: 503 km2
Number of inhabitants: 12'500
Number of municipalities: 13
Number of regions: 4 (Vallée de la Jogne: Val-de-Charmey, Châtel-sur-Montsalvens, Crésuz. Intyamon Valley: Bas-Intyamon, Grandvillard, Haut-Intyamon. Pays-d'Enhaut: Château-d'Œx, Ormont-Dessous (Les Mosses), Rossinière, and Rougemont. Rochers-de-Naye: the heights of the three communes of Montreux, Veytaux (with the Château de Chillon) and Villeneuve)