La Gruyère

Mountain villages and healing waterfalls

The panoramic viewing deck at the summit of Le Moléson at 2002 m

The panoramic viewing deck at the summit of Le Moléson at 2002 m

La Gruyère is not just chocolates and cheese but also a paradise for hikers. Hike or take the funicular till Plan Francey at 1520 m then hop in the cable car to the top of Moléson at 2002 m to get a breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and the Alps. When the weather is clear from the viewing deck you can see as far as the Mont Blanc. Hike down from the summit or take the cable car till Plan Francey. From here there are hiking paths back to Moléson village or Gruyères.

Hikers along the ridges of Moléson

Hikers along the ridges of Moléson

For the more courageous you can climb the rocky ridges till the top of Moléson by way of the via ferrata then hike down the valley …

Hikers in Moléson

Hikers in Moléson

Hiking around Moléson is breathtaking – Traditional chalets surrounded by grazing cows and green forest leading to lush fertile valleys …

The green valleys of Moléson sur Gruyère

The green valleys of Moléson sur Gruyère

The views are superb and can’t stop shooting at mountain chalets most are already empty as winter approaches.

Mountain chalet in Moléson

Mountain chalet in Moléson

Observe how the wooden logs are neatly piled …

An Alpine chalet in Moléson

An Alpine chalet in Moléson

Take a dip into the world of traditional old chalets such as seen along the hills of La Monse, a beautiful pastoral landscape …

The old chalet in La Monse

The old chalet in La Monse

I just had to stop to take this shot …

Mountain road

Mountain road

Some mountain villages in Haut-Intyamon are worth a stop over such as Grandvillard, Lessoc …

The charming Lessoc village with its fountain

The charming Lessoc village with its fountain

And see some of these chalets decorated with cowbells …

Cowbells hanging outside a chalet

Cowbells hanging outside a chalet

In one of the villages is a 19th century painting decorating a facade of a chalet illustrating the annual ascent and descent of the animals …

Painting of the annual ascent and descent of animals made in 1846

Painting of the annual ascent and descent of animals made in 1846

I have always wondered how wooden spoons seen hanging inside mountain chalets are made. They are usually used for scooping the fresh cream – so they are generally known as cream spoons. The intricately carved spoons are most often hand made – a unique artistic creation. A visit to a wooden spoon maker in the mountain village is my next stop … meet Manfred Buchs a talented woodcarver who only makes traditional spoons.

A wooden spoon maker

A wooden spoon maker

Time to unwind and we head for Jaun/Bellegarde the only German speaking commune of La Gruyère to take a break in a typical buvette (small restaurant) located among the hills. “If it wasn’t for the Swiss army who paved the road in these mountains, it would have been difficult to reach this place ” says Ronald Moura who recently opened his delightful Alpine restaurant. I quite enjoyed his special dish of venison served with the traditional spätzle and the small Botzi pear.

An idyllic lunch at the Buvette des Sattels

An idyllic lunch at the Buvette des Sattels

The journey exploring La Gruyère will not be complete without a stop over at the enigmatic waterfall of Jaun. The waterfall has a very positive telluric current scaling up till 13.500 Bovis units. Bovis scale is used to measure the cosmo-telluric energy of a place. There are quite a few of these high-vibrational sites in Switzerland and Jaun waterfall is one of them.

The wonderful Jaun waterfall

The wonderful Jaun waterfall

9 replies »

  1. Till today I just knew about the cheese and the chocolate, but what I see in your pictures is way more amazing. What a lovely region! Thanks for the nice trip report 🙂

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