On the Grand Tour of Switzerland, the road is your destination. This route will lead you 1,600 km through four linguistic regions, 5 Alpine passes, 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 2 biospheres and along 22 lakes. The perfect opportunity to discover and explore an epitome of Switzerland – its most beautiful sites and cultural excellence.
The route crosses the cantons of Vaud, Neuchâtel and Fribourg over more than 400 kilometers. It can be accessed from:
North-west: Sainte-Croix/Les Rasses
The journey offers you the discovery of a great diversity of landscapes when crossing the plain of the river Rhône, driving along the shores of Lake Geneva and the terraced vineyards of Lauvaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour then leads into the Jura mountain range via Joux Valley before descending to the Orbe plain. On arrival in the spa town of Yverdon-les-Bains, the route again heads into the Jura, this time to Sainte-Croix, the land of automats, before continuing to the Col des Étroits. After crossing the authentic Val de Travers, the route leads back down to the shores of Lake Neuchâtel and on to the town of the same name. It continues along the northern part of the region before reaching Mont Vully, a wine-growing region on the shores of Lake Murten. Vully is renowned for its good wines, perch fillets and famous Vully Gateau. Then the route reaches the ramparts of the small medieval town of Murten with its Mediterranean climate.
The road continues towards Fribourg, passing by the Poya Bridge, which is Switzerland’s longest cable-stayed bridge. Fribourg, the economic capital of the canton with the same name, is a gastronomic mecca and a reputed architectural gem from the Middle Ages. Passing on to La Gruyère, the route leads along Lake Gruyère. This is the ideal opportunity to have a break and enjoy water sports or to visit the famous Ogoz Island. The journey continues to Broc, the home of Cailler chocolate, which has been produced for more than 100 years. A not-to-be-missed gourmet visit. Located a few kilometres away, La Maison du Gruyere is the next gourmet stop before the visit of the magnificent medieval town of Gruyères, where you can enjoy a delicious fondue, meringues or Gruyère double cream. The Grand Tour of Switzerland then leaves the Region of Fribourg via the Intyamon valley, which is located in the territory of the Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut Nature Park, a true haven of peace set in the middle of nature and the Gruyère mountains.
After crossing the cantonal border again, the route leads into the beautiful valley of Pays-d'Enhaut and its centuries-old chalets. The route passes by the regional nature parks “Jura Vaudois” and “Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut”, as well as major heritage sites.
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