269 Gorges du Gottéron
269 Gorges du Gottéron

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Gorges du Gottéron

Gorges du Gottéron

Fribourg–Ameismühle–Fribourg

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Gorges du Gottéron

Gorges du Gottéron

Enter the dragon’s lair, in a valley full of legends, following a river that tells the story of part of the industrial past of the town of Fribourg and the surrounding area.
The Gottéron valley, whose dark side was so greatly feared in the Middle Ages – legend had it that a dragon lived there – was home to both blacksmiths and millers. Located just outside the town, on the right bank, it was an ideal spot where noisy activities or ones that needed to be close to a river could be carried out without inconveniencing the neighbourhood. It was in this same valley that the young people of the Old Town founded Fribourg’s first hockey club.

This circular walk starts on the Place du Petit-Saint-Jean. Cross the Bern bridge, which was built in 1250 and has been regularly renovated since then. Carry on along the rue des Forgerons and pass the ramparts. From there, the path runs along the river through a wooded gorge. If you are lucky, you may spot the chamois who have settled on the molasse cliffs. Once you reach the old Ameismühle mill, walk back up to the Schürmatt farm, which stands on an open plateau. The path continues through fields and forests. In Bourguillon, follow the cantonal road for a few hundred metres, then reach the footpath close to the mediaeval tower. At the Auberge de l’Ange, cross the Bern bridge again to return to your starting point.

Tip: extend the route by going to La Lorette (Pt 653) from Bourguillon and heading back down to the Planche supérieure square via Montorge. This will offer you a lovely view over the town of Fribourg and its cathedral.
Enter the dragon’s lair, in a valley full of legends, following a river that tells the story of part of the industrial past of the town of Fribourg and the surrounding area.
The Gottéron valley, whose dark side was so greatly feared in the Middle Ages – legend had it that a dragon lived there – was home to both blacksmiths and millers. Located just outside the town, on the right bank, it was an ideal spot where noisy activities or ones that needed to be close to a river could be carried out without inconveniencing the neighbourhood. It was in this same valley that the young people of the Old Town founded Fribourg’s first hockey club.

This circular walk starts on the Place du Petit-Saint-Jean. Cross the Bern bridge, which was built in 1250 and has been regularly renovated since then. Carry on along the rue des Forgerons and pass the ramparts. From there, the path runs along the river through a wooded gorge. If you are lucky, you may spot the chamois who have settled on the molasse cliffs. Once you reach the old Ameismühle mill, walk back up to the Schürmatt farm, which stands on an open plateau. The path continues through fields and forests. In Bourguillon, follow the cantonal road for a few hundred metres, then reach the footpath close to the mediaeval tower. At the Auberge de l’Ange, cross the Bern bridge again to return to your starting point.

Tip: extend the route by going to La Lorette (Pt 653) from Bourguillon and heading back down to the Planche supérieure square via Montorge. This will offer you a lovely view over the town of Fribourg and its cathedral.
9 km | 1 Stage
280 m | 280 m
2 h 30 min
easy (hiking trail) | easy

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Fribourg Tourisme et Région
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1701 Fribourg
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Hôtel Aux Remparts
Hôtel Aux Remparts
Fribourg
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Freiburg (Fribourg)
Freiburg (Fribourg)
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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
Sensler Museum
Sensler Museum
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