The Freiburg foothills stretch from western Switzerland through the cantons of Fribourg, Bern and Vaud and so the hike is also a tour along the language border between French and German-speaking Switzerland. The route leads from the art and university city of Fribourg through the Gottéron-Schlucht (gorge), over a scenic plateau past medieval churches and chapels to Plaffeien and on into the heart of the Alpine foothills. Then on a pleasant riverside path beside the Singine, via Zollhaus to tranquil Schwarzsee lake, encircled by the Schwyberg, Chällihorn and Kaiseregg peaks.
The path over the Euschelspass into the Gruyère region passes typical Fribourg alp huts, with superb views into the valley on the descent to Jaun.
The jagged limestone cliffs of the Gastlosen chain form an impressive setting and flower meadows line the path up to Chalet du Régiment, where you can enjoy fine views and fine food, perhaps a typical fondue On the way into the verdant Pays-d’Enhaut, you hike from Canton Fribourg into Canton Vaud and after a lengthy descent reach the balloonists’ Mecca of Château-d’Oex.
Arrival / return travel
Rail, bus, boat recommendations
Our recommendations for arrival by public transport.
SwitzerlandMobility recommends covering the following sections by rail, bus or boat to shorten the route, to negotiate height differences or simply because it’s beautiful.
69 km Height difference
Fribourg–Château-d‘Oex: 3'700 m
Château-d‘Oex–Fribourg: 3'300 m Requirements
Grade: medium (mountain hiking trail)
Conditions: difficult Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.