Lesser-Known Walks Around Gruyeres
Lined with gorgeous cobblestones and painted on a perfect mountain backdrop, this 800-year-old town brims with perfection. While the 13th-century castle is the main visitor attraction, what many people miss are the picturesque walks. Descend from the altitude of the town and head down the slope where the path leads you east. Follow the track to the Sarine River and cross safely using the Pont qui branle (the shaky bridge). Then, another great route is from Charmey to the Gorges de la Jogne and Lac de Montsalvens. The gorge and dam here are impressive in their grandeur, while the lake is beautiful, particularly in autumn.
By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
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