Walk through the villages and valleys of the Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut Regional Natural Park in the footsteps of the Gruyère shepherds!
TRAILS, CHEESES AND PEOPLEAt the beginning of the 19th century, a famous travel guide described gruyère cheese as: The cheeses of Gruyères, known everywhere, are the best in Switzerland. They are transported to Germany, Italy, France, Holland, America and as far as the Oriental Indies. In certain homes, families keep enormous family cheese wheels, sometimes a century.
Leaving the shores of Lake Geneva, traveling to Gruyère and the Pays-d’Enhaut, is to climb the trail followed by men carrying cheese wheels over Jaman pass to Vevey, where the cheese was taken on ships to Geneva and Lyon, depending on the time period and military accords. In Lyon, the French Navy was an important buyer for a long time: on boats crossing the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Gruyères cheese was an important protein source that would keep for the duration of the journey. From Léman (Lake Geneva) to the Pays-d’Enhaut and the Gruyère region, traveling this trail constitutes a geographic, as well as historical and thematic «return to the well.»
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©La Gruyère Tourisme
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The application Cheese trailsCross the park through villages and valleys discovering the pearls of its historic and cheese patrimony with the help of our brand new mobile app Les Vias du fromage/ Cheese Trails. This application is for young and old, created by the park with the goal of highlighting and celebrating the best the region has to offer.
Live the life of a traditional cattleman, and solve the mysteries of the villages and landscapes of the Gruyère Pays-d’Enhaut Regional Nature Park. The Cheese Trails application allows you to do just that.
This application introduces the walker to the natural and cultural riches along the Cheese Trails of Le Gruyère AOP and L’Etivaz AOP. These historic routes link Les Avants, Charmey, L’Etivaz and Rougemont through 21 stages of 1 to 4 hours, all accessible by public transport.