59 Saanenland–Freiburgerland
59 Saanenland–Freiburgerland

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Saanenland–Freiburgerland

Saanenland–Freiburgerland

Bex–Erlach

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Saanenland–Freiburgerland

Saanenland–Freiburgerland

From the busy Rhonetal into the craggy limestone Vaud Alps. Over passes to the jet set in Gstaad. The Lac de la Gruyère and old towns of Fribourg and Murten are tempting places to stop. Leisurely finale in Grosse Moos vegetable country to Erlach.
From Bex, where salt is still mined, perspiring up through the old mountain village of Gryon and past Villars’ chalet mansions to Alpine pastures on the Col de la Croix. Craggy limestone cliffs rise from scree slopes to the icy Diablerets summit. Over the Col du Pillon, built by prisoners in 1883, and along the Saane to Gstaad, holiday haunt of the international jet set. Saanen seems more down to earth.

Abländschen-Jaun, another pass makes demands on the legs. After the steep spikes of the Gastlosen, the route rolls easily down to Charmey, a large municipality with many mountain farms and on to Broc, bliss for chocolate lovers. Wonderful water despite the dam walls: Lac de Montsalvens and ten-times bigger Lac de la Gruyère. We’re in the Gruyère region, home of the cheese of the same name and delicious double cream, the landscape now marked by rolling hills and cattle pastures. The Saane flows around narrow bends carved deep in the sandstone cliffs, aiming for the tradition-steeped cantonal capital of Fribourg. Gothic houses and the cathedral give the old town its character.

Along the Schiffenensee, over quiet, gently rolling countryside to the Murtensee lake with Mont Vully. History comes to life in medieval Murten where you can climb the battlements. The town’s speciality is fried perch. On the impressive bike bridge over the Broye canal into Grosse Moos vegetable country. The Bielersee with Erlach Castle soon comes into sight.
From the busy Rhonetal into the craggy limestone Vaud Alps. Over passes to the jet set in Gstaad. The Lac de la Gruyère and old towns of Fribourg and Murten are tempting places to stop. Leisurely finale in Grosse Moos vegetable country to Erlach.
From Bex, where salt is still mined, perspiring up through the old mountain village of Gryon and past Villars’ chalet mansions to Alpine pastures on the Col de la Croix. Craggy limestone cliffs rise from scree slopes to the icy Diablerets summit. Over the Col du Pillon, built by prisoners in 1883, and along the Saane to Gstaad, holiday haunt of the international jet set. Saanen seems more down to earth.

Abländschen-Jaun, another pass makes demands on the legs. After the steep spikes of the Gastlosen, the route rolls easily down to Charmey, a large municipality with many mountain farms and on to Broc, bliss for chocolate lovers. Wonderful water despite the dam walls: Lac de Montsalvens and ten-times bigger Lac de la Gruyère. We’re in the Gruyère region, home of the cheese of the same name and delicious double cream, the landscape now marked by rolling hills and cattle pastures. The Saane flows around narrow bends carved deep in the sandstone cliffs, aiming for the tradition-steeped cantonal capital of Fribourg. Gothic houses and the cathedral give the old town its character.

Along the Schiffenensee, over quiet, gently rolling countryside to the Murtensee lake with Mont Vully. History comes to life in medieval Murten where you can climb the battlements. The town’s speciality is fried perch. On the impressive bike bridge over the Broye canal into Grosse Moos vegetable country. The Bielersee with Erlach Castle soon comes into sight.
180 km | 4 Stages
Asphalted: 172 km
Natural surface: 8 km
3800 m | 3700 m
difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Bex
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Arrival / return travel Erlach, Post
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Services

Accommodation

Hôtel-Café-Restaurant La Dent-du-Midi
Hôtel-Café-Restaurant La Dent-du-Midi
St-Maurice
Hôtellerie Franciscaine
Hôtellerie Franciscaine
St-Maurice
Ferme Le Tourne-Sol
Ferme Le Tourne-Sol
Bex
B&B Châlet la Croisée
B&B Châlet la Croisée
Les Diablerets
Auberge de la Poste
Auberge de la Poste
Les Diablerets
Cabane des Diablerets CAS
Cabane des Diablerets CAS
Les Diablerets
Hotel les Sources
Hotel les Sources
Les Diablerets
Hotel Restaurant Bären
Hotel Restaurant Bären
Gsteig
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
Schuwey's BnB - Chalet uf der Eu
Schuwey's BnB - Chalet uf der Eu
Jaun
Hôtel de Gruyères
Hôtel de Gruyères
Gruyères
B&B Flüeler
B&B Flüeler
Ependes FR
B&B Château de la Grande Riedera
B&B Château de la Grande Riedera
Le Mouret
Hôtel Aux Remparts
Hôtel Aux Remparts
Fribourg
Hof Ottisberg
Hof Ottisberg
Düdingen
Hotel des Alpes
Hotel des Alpes
Düdingen
B+B Chez Papillon
B+B Chez Papillon
Laupen BE
La Ferme
La Ferme
Barberêche
Ferme du Petit-Vivy
Ferme du Petit-Vivy
Barberêche
perron13
perron13
Murten
Hotel Schiff am See
Hotel Schiff am See
Murten
Hotel Bad Murtensee
Hotel Bad Murtensee
Muntelier
Hotel-Restaurant Mont-Vully
Hotel-Restaurant Mont-Vully
Lugnorre
Hôtel Restaurant Cave Bel-Air
Hôtel Restaurant Cave Bel-Air
Praz (Vully)
Hôtel de la Gare
Hôtel de la Gare
Sugiez
Romantik Hôtel de l’Ours
Romantik Hôtel de l’Ours
Sugiez
Auberge La Sauge
Auberge La Sauge
Cudrefin
BeachIN
BeachIN
Ins
Camping des Pêches
Camping des Pêches
Le Landeron
Camping 'mon plaisir'
Camping 'mon plaisir'
Erlach
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Bookable offers

Alter Bernerweg
Alter Bernerweg
Round Trip Fribourg
Round Trip Fribourg
Tour of the Old County of Gruyères
Tour of the Old County of Gruyères
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Places

Monthey
Monthey
St-Maurice
St-Maurice
Bex
Bex
Villars-sur-Ollon / Gryon
Villars-sur-Ollon / Gryon
Les Diablerets
Les Diablerets
Gsteig
Gsteig
Gstaad
Gstaad
Rougemont
Rougemont
Jaun
Jaun
Charmey
Charmey
Gruyères
Gruyères
Bulle
Bulle
Corbières
Corbières
Rossens FR
Rossens FR
Freiburg (Fribourg)
Freiburg (Fribourg)
Laupen
Laupen
Murten
Murten
Ins
Ins
Erlach
Erlach
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Places of interest

Abbey Saint-Maurice
Abbey Saint-Maurice
Fairies'Cave
Fairies'Cave
Salt Mines Bex
Salt Mines Bex
Three high-altitude lakes
Three high-altitude lakes
Gypsum pyramids
Gypsum pyramids
Glacier 3000
Glacier 3000
Sanetschpass head
Sanetschpass head
Pumppark Saanen
Pumppark Saanen
Petting zoo and playground at Foundation Alpenruhe in Saanen, Switzerland
Petting zoo and playground at Foundation Alpenruhe in Saanen, Switzerland
11th century, Romanesque church
11th century, Romanesque church
Gasserenweid–Jaun (Jaunpass)
Gasserenweid–Jaun (Jaunpass)
Castel of Gruyères
Castel of Gruyères
La Maison du Gruyère - Cheese dairy
La Maison du Gruyère - Cheese dairy
La Maison Cailler
La Maison Cailler
Museum of the Gruyère Region
Museum of the Gruyère Region
Sensler Museum
Sensler Museum
Jean Tinguely/Niki de Saint Phalle
Jean Tinguely/Niki de Saint Phalle
St. Nicholas Cathedral
St. Nicholas Cathedral
Urban golf - a first for Switzerland
Urban golf - a first for Switzerland
Laupen Castle
Laupen Castle
Läubliplatz in Laupen
Läubliplatz in Laupen
Bois Domingue - Viewpoint and exhibition
Bois Domingue - Viewpoint and exhibition
Mount Vully
Mount Vully
Mount Vully - Home of good food and wine
Mount Vully - Home of good food and wine
The nature reserve centre La Sauge
The nature reserve centre La Sauge
Albert Anker House
Albert Anker House
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Swimming

Outdoor baths Saanen
Outdoor baths Saanen
Les Bains de la Gruyère Charmey
Les Bains de la Gruyère Charmey
Swimming pool Broc
Swimming pool Broc
Swimming bath Les Trois Lacs camp site Sugiez
Swimming bath Les Trois Lacs camp site Sugiez
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Signalization

Signalization
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