Route 9: Section 2 – cycling Bulle to Gstaad, Switzerland

Route 9: Section 4 (Spiez-Meiringen)

Highlights: Gstaad, Rougemont (11th c. Church), Gruyères (castle & medieval village)

Route 9: Section 2 (Bulle 770m–Gstaad 1050m)

Stats from SwitzerlandMobility.ch (http://www.veloland.ch/en/routes/etappe-01001.html): 45km long, height difference Bulle–Gstaad: 680m (400m in the opposite direction). Their site has the full profile.

July 2017 

I rode this Section from Gstaad to Bulle.
Overall, this was a relatively easy ride, mostly on low-traffic country roads, with frequent but gentle climbs. The route goes through beautiful pre-Alpine Switzerland, with green mountains, cows, cheese farms (producing Gruyère and Etivaz), and a mix of resort and historic villages.

Arrived in Gstaad, I meandered a little through this picturesque, VIP village, with its typical Swiss chalets (some beautifully carved), luxury shops, and yet with a deep mountain atmosphere (see also 9:03).

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Gstaad

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After Gstaad, I went through the old village of Rougemont, with its carved chalets (some of them from the 17th century), and its 11th century Romanesque church.

The church (https://www.region-du-leman.ch/fr/P9747/l-eglise-de-rougemont), which was indeed a small monastery, is testimony to the founding of the village in the 11th century by Cluny monks. Next to the church is a small 16th century private castle.

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Rougemont
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Rougemont church complex
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11th century Cluny church

Further ahead, towards the middle of the Section, the route passed by Lac du Vernex, made via a dam on the Saane river.

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Rossinière
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Lac du Vernex

In the area of Montbovon (see also 4:08) there are a few km on the busy main road and then, at Barrage de Lessoc, the route goes through Lessoc and uses again country roads.

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Lessoc

From Montbovon to Gruyères the route is shared with 4:07. Arriving in Gruyères, one should detour into this pristine medieval village, perched on a hill and famous worldwide for its cheese. This is one of my favorite Swiss villages (see also MTB 2:13). The village is situated inside the castle’s walls. The impressive 13th century Castle houses treasures from its past (https://www.chateau-gruyeres.ch/en). In Gruyères there is also a museum of H.R. Giger, the Swiss artist involved in designs for the film «Alien».

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Gruyères

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I ended the trip in Bulle, a quiet little town (see also 9:01). Surprisingly enough, Bulle’s train station does not have a ramp nor an elevator for bikes or wheelchairs……

 

Links to Introduction & Other sections of Route 9:

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