"Le Moléson" – as diverse as no other.

It is no wonder that the people of Fribourg sing of the Moléson as the mountain of their hearts - even the journey up is a joy. "La Gruyère" is famous, not only for the small town of Gruyères with its castle and for the world-famous cheese, but also for the viewpoint that can be seen from far away. Two modern cable cars with panoramic windows connect the holiday village on the Moléson with the 2002-metre-high pre-Alpine peak "Le Moléson".

From the picturesque town of Gruyères, you first travel by public bus or private car on the road to Moléson-sur-Gruyères, also known as Moléson Village, the village that was presented at the 1964 Expo as an example of a new holiday resort to be created. This is where the modern funicular starts. The whole route to Plan-Francey runs in long curves on metal supports. At 10 m/s, the two panorama cars travel very fast - from 1963 to 1998, there was previously a detachable four-seater gondola lift based on the Swiss Müller system.

On Plan-Francey - as on the summit - there is a restaurant with simple mountain overnight accommodation. Here, the completely renovated aerial cableway awaits the onward journey to the Moléson summit, where you finally climb to the roof of the top station to enjoy the view even more: The Fribourg Alps, behind the Bernese and parts of the Valais Alps, Mont Blanc and, of course, Lake Geneva and the Jura above the Fribourg and Vaud midlands.
Just above Plan-Francey, two via ferrata routes start to the Moléson summit and in the summit restaurant an observatory with four telescopes opens up new dimensions for amateur astronomers. The (challenging) ridge hike over the Teysachaux to Les Paccots or the circular route via Tremetta and Gros Plané back to the Plan Francey middle station are further reasons to visit the Fribourg lookout mountain.

In Moléson-sur-Gruyères, there is a long summer toboggan run, Grastrottinett and bumpy downhill karts. In addition to the modern Gruyère show dairy down in the valley in Pringy near Gruyères, we visit the alp show dairy further up in the holiday village, and you go on the cheese dairy hiking trail.

Realised by Roland Baumgartner

Pictures: Office du Tourisme de Moléson and Roland Baumgartner


RegioExpress without changing trains from Bern to Bulle, then by narrow-gauge railway to Gruyères, then by bus or car to Moléson-sur-Gruyères. Also connection from Monbovon (GoldenPass route) to Gruyères.

Another tip:
Picturesque town and castle of Gruyères, talc cheese dairy in Pringy.