9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Lakes Route

Stage 2, Bulle–Gstaad

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Lakes Route

Picture postcard Switzerland: cheese, chalets, snowy summits, cable cars, hotel aromas and scissor cuts. Away from the idyllic image, the Pays d'Enhaut and Saanenland, an impressive landscape enlivened by a VIP aura and canny mountain folk.
From Bulle you travel from one small town to the next in the direction of Gruyères. Those who like will take a detour away from the Lakes Route to Lac de la Gruyère, Switzerland’s longest reservoir. The small town of Gruyères is the main attraction of the region. Its picturesque townscape, the striking castle and the medieval fortress walls nestled in the green hills at the foot of the Moléson and Dent du Chamois mountains attract scores of visitors. Down in Pringy, you have the opportunity to visit the Maison du Gruyère to see how Gruyère cheese is made. The tourists and other visitors who come here to taste the famous cheese and the Cailler chocolate from nearby Broc are joined by motorcycles and the latest in motorhomes. A vibrant piece of storybook Switzerland in the Pays-d’Enhaut region, so to speak…

The Sarine River is also quite lively in the Gruyère area. In German-speaking Switzerland, it is called Saane. It accompanies you on the way out of the Gruyère district and into pretty Grandvillard, where cattle breeding and milk production are playing an important role to this day. To the right you see Mount Moléson and to the left Vanil Noir, the highest peak in the Fribourg foothills at 2389 m. Many flowers that have already withered away in the flatlands are just now starting to blossom in the Haute Gruyère region. The fragrance, the chirping of insects and oodles of dancing butterflies are simply delightful, and you can’t get enough of the bright yellow dandelions.

Between Lessoc and Montbovon, where water is turned into power, the butterflies have vanished. Instead you feel the breeze of the many vehicles travelling as quickly as possible through this narrow section. If you bypass Château-d’Oex, the main town of the region, you will see the lovely village perched slightly elevated on a terrace. The area with the excellent artisan craftwork is also a mecca for hot air balloons. The International Hot Air Balloon Festival is held here every year, the largest get-together of its kind in the Alpine region. After Rougemont, an intact village with pretty chalets and fountains, the town of Saanen soon follows. Known for its amazing wooden houses, Saanen seems to whisper of wealth and prosperity. Gstaad, today’s destination, on the other hand, is one of the most famous and fashionable resorts in Switzerland and tells of a different kind of affluence.
Picture postcard Switzerland: cheese, chalets, snowy summits, cable cars, hotel aromas and scissor cuts. Away from the idyllic image, the Pays d'Enhaut and Saanenland, an impressive landscape enlivened by a VIP aura and canny mountain folk.
From Bulle you travel from one small town to the next in the direction of Gruyères. Those who like will take a detour away from the Lakes Route to Lac de la Gruyère, Switzerland’s longest reservoir. The small town of Gruyères is the main attraction of the region. Its picturesque townscape, the striking castle and the medieval fortress walls nestled in the green hills at the foot of the Moléson and Dent du Chamois mountains attract scores of visitors. Down in Pringy, you have the opportunity to visit the Maison du Gruyère to see how Gruyère cheese is made. The tourists and other visitors who come here to taste the famous cheese and the Cailler chocolate from nearby Broc are joined by motorcycles and the latest in motorhomes. A vibrant piece of storybook Switzerland in the Pays-d’Enhaut region, so to speak…

The Sarine River is also quite lively in the Gruyère area. In German-speaking Switzerland, it is called Saane. It accompanies you on the way out of the Gruyère district and into pretty Grandvillard, where cattle breeding and milk production are playing an important role to this day. To the right you see Mount Moléson and to the left Vanil Noir, the highest peak in the Fribourg foothills at 2389 m. Many flowers that have already withered away in the flatlands are just now starting to blossom in the Haute Gruyère region. The fragrance, the chirping of insects and oodles of dancing butterflies are simply delightful, and you can’t get enough of the bright yellow dandelions.

Between Lessoc and Montbovon, where water is turned into power, the butterflies have vanished. Instead you feel the breeze of the many vehicles travelling as quickly as possible through this narrow section. If you bypass Château-d’Oex, the main town of the region, you will see the lovely village perched slightly elevated on a terrace. The area with the excellent artisan craftwork is also a mecca for hot air balloons. The International Hot Air Balloon Festival is held here every year, the largest get-together of its kind in the Alpine region. After Rougemont, an intact village with pretty chalets and fountains, the town of Saanen soon follows. Known for its amazing wooden houses, Saanen seems to whisper of wealth and prosperity. Gstaad, today’s destination, on the other hand, is one of the most famous and fashionable resorts in Switzerland and tells of a different kind of affluence.
46 km
Asphalted: 45 km
Natural surface: 1 km
820 m | 540 m
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Bulle
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy mainroads Lessoc–La Tine and Rougemont–Saanen
Ascent Châteaux-d’Oex
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Ascent Châteaux-d’Oex
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Montbovon–Château-d'Oex
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 240m.
Cycle transport: limited space.
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Biking in swiss parks
From Gruyère , the Saane is followed through the valley with picturesque villages, testimony to the golden age of the cheese trade. Then we cross the Pays- d’Enhaut with numerous streams, a rich architectural heritage and exceptional landscapes.
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Arrival / return travel Gstaad
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Accommodation

Hôtel de Gruyères
Hôtel de Gruyères
Gruyères
Camping Enney SA
Camping Enney SA
Enney
B&B Bois-de-rêves Montbovon
B&B Bois-de-rêves Montbovon
Montbovon
B&B Combaz d’Amont
B&B Combaz d’Amont
Montbovon
Hôtel de la Gare
Hôtel de la Gare
Montbovon
La Croix de Fer
La Croix de Fer
Montbovon
Auberge de Jeunesse Château-d'Oex
Auberge de Jeunesse Château-d'Oex
Château-d'Oex
Hotel de la Poste
Hotel de la Poste
Château-d'Oex
Hôtel Roc et Neige
Hôtel Roc et Neige
Château-d'Oex
Les Chambres d'Hôtes du Berceau
Les Chambres d'Hôtes du Berceau
Château d'Oex
Hôtel de Commune
Hôtel de Commune
Rougemont
Jugendherberge Gstaad Saanenland
Jugendherberge Gstaad Saanenland
Saanen
B&B SportGenussNatur
B&B SportGenussNatur
Gstaad
BnB Steimandli
BnB Steimandli
Gstaad
BnB Ferienwohnung «Hübelihus»
BnB Ferienwohnung «Hübelihus»
Grund b. Gstaad
Ferienhaus Alpenblick
Ferienhaus Alpenblick
Gstaad
Hotel Arc-en-ciel
Hotel Arc-en-ciel
Gstaad
Posthotel Rössli
Posthotel Rössli
Gstaad
Sporthotel Victoria
Sporthotel Victoria
Gstaad
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Bookable offers

9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route
Tour of the Old County of Gruyères
Tour of the Old County of Gruyères
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Places

Bulle
Bulle
Gruyères
Gruyères
Moléson-sur-Gruyères
Moléson-sur-Gruyères
Montbovon
Montbovon
Château-d'Oex
Château-d'Oex
Rossinière
Rossinière
Rougemont
Rougemont
Gstaad
Gstaad
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Places of interest

Museum of the Gruyère Region
Museum of the Gruyère Region
Castel of Gruyères
Castel of Gruyères
La Maison du Gruyère - Cheese dairy
La Maison du Gruyère - Cheese dairy
La Maison Cailler
La Maison Cailler
Montbovon – bridges on the «Cheese Road»
Montbovon – bridges on the «Cheese Road»
Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut Regional Nature Park
Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut Regional Nature Park
11th century, Romanesque church
11th century, Romanesque church
Pumppark Saanen
Pumppark Saanen
Petting zoo and playground at Foundation Alpenruhe in Saanen, Switzerland
Petting zoo and playground at Foundation Alpenruhe in Saanen, Switzerland
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Swimming

Swimming pool Broc
Swimming pool Broc
Outdoor baths Saanen
Outdoor baths Saanen
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