Nature, sports, family: skiing at one’s own pace
The natural setting of Pays-d’Enhaut offers the entire range of winter sports: a reputed ski area, cross-country slopes across nature and gentle slopes for beginners.
Winter snow makes Pays-d’Enhaut even more magical and offers countless possibilities for sports fans. Cross-country tracks and snowshoeing paths allow you to practise these sports at a meditative pace across nature. The gentle slopes are ideal for beginners and young children. Athletes will prefer to go to Rougemont where the Videmanette cable car takes them to the famous ski area of Gstaad.
Once upon a time in Pays-d’Enhaut
Architecture, crafts, terroir, sports: Pays-d’Enhaut has many stories to tell in its museums and outdoors.
Fans of history, tales and anecdotes will get more than an earful in Pays-d’Enhaut. The architecture of the villages and the désalpes (coming down from the mountain pastures) illustrate the Alpine lifestyle of yesteryear. Discover paper cut-outs, a traditional art in this region, along a didactic path and in the Musée du Pays-d’Enhaut. The museum Espace Ballon shows why the region is the Swiss capital of hot-air ballooning, whereas Maison de L’Etivaz is an ode to this famous cheese with a protected designation of origin (PDO).
Spotlight on the products of the soil
Pays-d’Enhaut not only showcases its terroir products but also develops high gastronomy and wellness offers.
The cows in the Alpine pastures of Pays-d’Enhaut produce milk with the good taste of the mountains. This milk has always been turned into fine terroir products. One of them is the Alpine cheese L’Etivaz AOP (PDO). The restaurants and grocery shops, but especially Maison de L’Etivaz, feature these specialties branded “Authentic Products from Pays-d’Enhaut”. As a result, there is a growing number of reputed restaurants and relaxing spas.
At the heart of a preserved nature park
The Alpine landscapes of Pays-d'Enhaut invite visitors to explore them in many different ways: by train, on foot, on water or even with arm muscle power.
Whether you’re into sports or contemplation, there are many ways to let you fully enjoy the natural surroundings of Pays-d’Enhaut. The regional nature park "Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut", the nature reserve La Pierreuse and the didactic trails welcome hikers while raising their awareness about the importance of preserving these nature spots. The panoramic Belle-Epoque carriages of the MOB train wind their way through the mountains but also through time. Sportspeople will find many opportunities to spend their energy here: on the paths and the water as well as along the demanding via ferratas of the Rubli.
Between living traditions and local celebrations
The international Hot-Air Balloon Festival, coming down from the L’Etivaz mountain pastures, terroir celebrations, children’s shows, concerts and sports competitions: the diversified events agenda of Pays-d’Enhaut has something for all tastes.
The year always starts colourful and with fanfare music in Pays-d’Enhaut. The famous International Hot-Air Balloon Festival turns the Swiss capital of hot-air balloons into a meeting place for aerostiers from the four corners of the globe. Winter remains the season of sports competitions, whereas the summer festival “Children’s Land” turns Pays-d’Enhaut into a kingdom for small children. In autumn, the region focuses on music with the festival “Bois qui chante” and on traditions during the famous désalpe in L’Etivaz.