The Pays des Trois Lacs, between the Jura and the Fribourg region, is remarkable for its lakes and for Mont Vully which lies in the middle. To the south of Fribourg (city founded by the dukes of Zähringen) stretches the charming Gruyère district which contains a small castle, the Moléson leisure area and a very impressive nature park on the banks of the River Saane.

There could hardly be a greater contrast between the venerable past of this old university town and the youthful energy it exudes today! Its ochre-coloured sandstone buildings, café terraces and the blue waters of its lake call out to you to spend at least one night here – especially as thanks to its very liberal regulations it is the only Swiss town where you can have a hot meal at three in the morning.

Taking the route via Grand Marais and the Fanel birdwatching tower, we reach Mont Vully which lies between the three lakes of the Seeland (Pays des lacs) region. The road takes us through pretty winegrowing villages on the southern slopes of the hill, right down to the shore of Lake Morat.

Before we visit the former city of the dukes of Zähringen, we stop off at the historic fortified town of Morat. Traffic is permitted here, even in the old town. Don’t miss a walk on the ramparts, or a taste of local fish specialities in the Old Town or on the shores of Lake Morat.

The route
Main road and a small section of motorway to the bridge over the River Thielle, then Grand-Marais. Via Mont Vully along the shores of Lake Morat to the town of Morat. Main road to Granges-Paccot and over the new Pont de la Poya to the eastern side of Fribourg.
Distance: 51 kilometres
Photo opportunity: Grand-Marais offers an impressive landscape. The route across Mont Vully, with its steep cliffs rising from the lake, and the small town of Morat are also very pleasant.

Excerpt from "Grand Tour of Switzerland" / Leg Neuchâtel – Fribourg