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Portalban
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Stage 2, Estavayer-le-Lac–Portalban
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Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Stage 3, Portalban–Murten
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Portalban
Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 6, Ins–Yverdon
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Les collines de la Broye
Les collines de la Broye
Route 481, Payerne–Avenches–Estavayer-le-Lac–Payerne
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Delley-Portalban
Portalban

Portalban

The picturesque fishing and farming village of Portalban on the south-eastern shore of Lake Neuchâtel has a gently sloping beach and is a paradise for bathing, windsurfing and sailing. There is a replica of a prehistoric lake dwelling on piles at the neighbouring village of Gletterens.
Portalban is situated on the south-eastern shore of Lake Neuchâtel across the shore from Neuchâtel town. It has been part of the merged Fribourg municipality of Delley-Portalban since 2005. There is a wide reed belt on the south-eastern shore of Lake Neuchâtel that is bordered by a gently sloping sandy beach at Portalban. There are several small weekend homes here and a lovely bathing beach, a camping site and a harbour. The beach is very popular with wind surfers and kite surfers.

The «Grande Cariçaie» nature conservation area – one of the most beautiful in Europe – stretches along the entire southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel. The wetland area is the habitat of 1000 flora and 10,000 fauna species; around one third of the inventory of Swiss flora and one quarter of the inventory of Swiss fauna. The nature conservation area of Grande Cariçaie is the largest Swiss lake wetland, with an area of 2500 hectares of shallow water, 700 hectares of marshland and 1100 hectares of woodland. It is a paradise for ornithologists: Grande Cariçaie is an important breeding area for many bird species and there are special observatory vantage points in the marshes and woods. Further information is available at the two nature centres BirdLife in La Sauge and ProNatura in Champ-Pittet.

There are handsome, well-preserved 17th to 19th century farmhouses at both Portalban and Delley. An early 18th century castle is situated on the northern edge of Dellay with the Saint-Antoine de Padoue Chapel, built in 1710, standing in the castle grounds. The chapel has significant 18th century glass paintings.

To the west of Portalban is the Gletterens settlement; a lake dwelling raised on piles. This is a true-to-original replica illustrating the life of the people who settled the shores of Lake Neuchâtel almost 6000 years ago. Visitors can enter the rush- roofed houses and take part in courses or watch demonstrations of old crafts. There is accommodation for overnight guests in a wigwam village.

Highlights

  • Lake access at Portalban – this village with harbour on Lake Neuchâtel has a gently sloping sandy beach and is very popular for bathing, surfing and sailing.
  • «Grande Cariçaie» - nature conservation area, largest wetlands in Switzerland and bird paradise, stretching over 40km along the entire southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel.
  • Lake pile dwelling at Gletterens – replica settlement illustrating the life of the first inhabitants to settle the lake shores almost 6000 years ago.
  • Lake Neuchâtel – largest lake entirely on Swiss territory. Excellent access via scheduled boat routes that also transport bicycles.
The picturesque fishing and farming village of Portalban on the south-eastern shore of Lake Neuchâtel has a gently sloping beach and is a paradise for bathing, windsurfing and sailing. There is a replica of a prehistoric lake dwelling on piles at the neighbouring village of Gletterens.
Portalban is situated on the south-eastern shore of Lake Neuchâtel across the shore from Neuchâtel town. It has been part of the merged Fribourg municipality of Delley-Portalban since 2005. There is a wide reed belt on the south-eastern shore of Lake Neuchâtel that is bordered by a gently sloping sandy beach at Portalban. There are several small weekend homes here and a lovely bathing beach, a camping site and a harbour. The beach is very popular with wind surfers and kite surfers.

The «Grande Cariçaie» nature conservation area – one of the most beautiful in Europe – stretches along the entire southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel. The wetland area is the habitat of 1000 flora and 10,000 fauna species; around one third of the inventory of Swiss flora and one quarter of the inventory of Swiss fauna. The nature conservation area of Grande Cariçaie is the largest Swiss lake wetland, with an area of 2500 hectares of shallow water, 700 hectares of marshland and 1100 hectares of woodland. It is a paradise for ornithologists: Grande Cariçaie is an important breeding area for many bird species and there are special observatory vantage points in the marshes and woods. Further information is available at the two nature centres BirdLife in La Sauge and ProNatura in Champ-Pittet.

There are handsome, well-preserved 17th to 19th century farmhouses at both Portalban and Delley. An early 18th century castle is situated on the northern edge of Dellay with the Saint-Antoine de Padoue Chapel, built in 1710, standing in the castle grounds. The chapel has significant 18th century glass paintings.

To the west of Portalban is the Gletterens settlement; a lake dwelling raised on piles. This is a true-to-original replica illustrating the life of the people who settled the shores of Lake Neuchâtel almost 6000 years ago. Visitors can enter the rush- roofed houses and take part in courses or watch demonstrations of old crafts. There is accommodation for overnight guests in a wigwam village.

Highlights

  • Lake access at Portalban – this village with harbour on Lake Neuchâtel has a gently sloping sandy beach and is very popular for bathing, surfing and sailing.
  • «Grande Cariçaie» - nature conservation area, largest wetlands in Switzerland and bird paradise, stretching over 40km along the entire southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel.
  • Lake pile dwelling at Gletterens – replica settlement illustrating the life of the first inhabitants to settle the lake shores almost 6000 years ago.
  • Lake Neuchâtel – largest lake entirely on Swiss territory. Excellent access via scheduled boat routes that also transport bicycles.

Arrival and return Portalban

Adresse

Fribourg Region
Postfach 1560
Route de la Glâne 107
1701 Fribourg
Tel. +41 (0)26 407 70 20
information@fribourgregion.ch
www.fribourgregion.ch

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Hiking in

Portalban
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Stage 2, Estavayer-le-Lac–Portalban
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Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Chemin des Trois-Lacs
Stage 3, Portalban–Murten
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Cycling in

Portalban
Mittelland Route
Mittelland Route
Stage 6, Ins–Yverdon
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Les collines de la Broye
Les collines de la Broye
Route 481, Payerne–Avenches–Estavayer-le-Lac–Payerne
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