A short flat walk along the river Sarine and into Broc, home of a genuine Swiss chocolate factory before catching the train to Rossiniere for the second half of the day.
After a relaxing breakfast, take a peaceful flat path alongside the Sarine (Sanne in German) river, to the neighbouring town of Broc- home to the famous Cailler Chocolate Factory. Chocolate is an important part of Switzerland’s culinary heritage, and a visit to the museum is ideal for those interested to learn more about how it is produced. Linger in the tasting room, enjoy a rich hot chocolate in the café and stock up on some presents from the factory shop.
If you prefer to save your appetite for later, or the factory is too busy (it’s a popular place!), walk to the beautiful Gorges de la Jonge, which is located just behind the factory.
Take a train to Rossinière or Château-d'Œx (depending on how far you would like to walk), from where you will follow an easy riverside path to Rougemont, your base for the next two nights. A traditional Swiss village, this quiet town is really chocolate-box perfect, and is a great contrast to both Gruyères and Gstaad which are bigger and busier.
Keep an eye out for vintage biplanes, there is a small runway in the region and there is a flight path over the river.
The weather can change rapidly in the Alps, always check the forecast before you start the days hiking and pack appropriately. If the weather is too rough, do not begin the trek.
Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths and even ice. Ensure you have suitable footwear with ankle support, and step cautiously when needed.
Some of the gates are cattle deterrents and are electrified, be sure to use the plastic handles and reattach the cable to the housing when you pass through, they are 12 volts, so not dangerous but very unpleasant.
Be careful on the road crossings and walk against the direction of traffic when there is no sidewalk.
As well as the appropriate shoes and layered clothing for the changeable weather and other essentials, you should consider walking poles, UV sunglasses and factor 30 suncream. The sun is bright and high UV in the higher Alps and the snow can reflect it and intensify the exposure.
Food and Drink
Broc has plenty of spots for food, and there is also chocolate of course!
Points of Interest
The Chocolate Factory
A genuine Swiss chocolate factory that is open for tours 'Do you dream of visiting a real chocolate factory? At Maison Cailler, we open the door for you to explore Cailler’s chocolate world. Experience with all your senses the secrets around the origins and manufacturing of our chocolate.
The journey begins with Aztec cocoa ceremonies and takes you through to today’s chocolate innovations. Touch roasted cocoa beans and follow your nose towards the irresistible scent of freshly made chocolate. Our chocolate tasting will titillate your taste buds with the aromas of exquisite cocoa, fresh Alpine milk and the best ingredients.'
Gorges de la Jonge
A short walk onwards from Broc, the gorge is beautiful, eroded from the rock with bridges over the water and wooded slopes either side.
This tour is available on the following itineraries: WSGSGAG