2 Panorama Bike
2 Panorama Bike
2 Panorama Bike
2 Panorama Bike

Mountainbiking

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Panorama Bike

Stage 13, Charmey–Les Paccots

Route report
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Panorama Bike

Striking Gruyères Castle from the 11th century and the Lac de la Gruyère – the hallmarks of the region – can bee seen close-up on this tour. The route leads around the Moleson, over Alpine meadows and through forest to Les Paccots.
Without a care you take off early in the morning, follow the mountain bike signs directing you to Bulle, until you smell something unusual – not freshly mowed grass or flowers in bloom. You smell chocolate! The Panorama Bike route passes the Cailler chocolate factory, and you know it because your nose will tell you. Gruyère cheese is not this region’s only popular culinary export.

This area of the Fribourg Alps is also famous for the picturesque Lac de la Gruyère, whose south end is briefly skirted by the route. The next landmark then comes into view: Gruyères Castle, towering majestically on the hill above the pretty medieval town. Those planning a detour here should also be sure to visit the nearby HR Giger Museum, dedicated to the Oscar-winning «Alien» creator.

But the stage through the Gruyère region has even more to offer than a chocolate aroma, castles and ghastly science fiction creatures. Now you will circle Moléson mountain. The striking rocky peak stands alone, high above the Gruyère area, and for us it marks the gateway to the Lake Geneva region. A mix of single trails and gravel roads takes us through the lovely scenery, almost forgotten somehow and overshadowed by fashionable towns such as Montreux and Gstaad. With this kind of competition, the small village of Les Paccots is easily overlooked – but for us, it is a perfect ending of today’s stage on the Panorama Bike route.
Striking Gruyères Castle from the 11th century and the Lac de la Gruyère – the hallmarks of the region – can bee seen close-up on this tour. The route leads around the Moleson, over Alpine meadows and through forest to Les Paccots.
Without a care you take off early in the morning, follow the mountain bike signs directing you to Bulle, until you smell something unusual – not freshly mowed grass or flowers in bloom. You smell chocolate! The Panorama Bike route passes the Cailler chocolate factory, and you know it because your nose will tell you. Gruyère cheese is not this region’s only popular culinary export.

This area of the Fribourg Alps is also famous for the picturesque Lac de la Gruyère, whose south end is briefly skirted by the route. The next landmark then comes into view: Gruyères Castle, towering majestically on the hill above the pretty medieval town. Those planning a detour here should also be sure to visit the nearby HR Giger Museum, dedicated to the Oscar-winning «Alien» creator.

But the stage through the Gruyère region has even more to offer than a chocolate aroma, castles and ghastly science fiction creatures. Now you will circle Moléson mountain. The striking rocky peak stands alone, high above the Gruyère area, and for us it marks the gateway to the Lake Geneva region. A mix of single trails and gravel roads takes us through the lovely scenery, almost forgotten somehow and overshadowed by fashionable towns such as Montreux and Gstaad. With this kind of competition, the small village of Les Paccots is easily overlooked – but for us, it is a perfect ending of today’s stage on the Panorama Bike route.
41 km
Asphalted: 25 km
Natural surface: 16 km
of which Singletrail: 7 km
1450 m | 1300 m
medium | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Charmey (Gruyère) TChV
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Push-only passage
Pushing sections: Charmey–Les Paccots approx. 20 min. / Les Paccots–Charmey approx. 20 min.
Saving metres in altitude
There is a bus/an aerial cableway between Gruyères, gare and Plan-Francey that saves about 750 metres in altitude.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Les Paccots, Dent-de-Lys
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Services

Accommodation

Hôtel de Gruyères
Hôtel de Gruyères
Gruyères
Camping Enney SA
Camping Enney SA
Enney
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Bookable offers

2 Panorama Bike Fribourg
2 Panorama Bike Fribourg
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Places

Charmey
Charmey
Bulle
Bulle
Gruyères
Gruyères
Moléson-sur-Gruyères
Moléson-sur-Gruyères
Les Paccots
Les Paccots
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Places of interest

La Maison Cailler
La Maison Cailler
Museum of the Gruyère Region
Museum of the Gruyère Region
La Maison du Gruyère - Cheese dairy
La Maison du Gruyère - Cheese dairy
Castel of Gruyères
Castel of Gruyères
Le Moléson
Le Moléson
Le Lac des Joncs, Les Paccots
Le Lac des Joncs, Les Paccots
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Swimming

Les Bains de la Gruyère Charmey
Les Bains de la Gruyère Charmey
Swimming pool Broc
Swimming pool Broc
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