Tourism and activities in the heart of the Gruyère district
Skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer: there is no shortage of activities in Charmey!
Bains de la Gruyère in Charmey
Venture just 200 m from the Romantik Hôtel de L’Etoile and treat yourself to a dream well-being experience at the Bains de la Gruyère wellness centre.
Two pools (indoor and outdoor) are available. The pools are heated to approximately 34 °C and are equipped with a number of fun and relaxing features, such as an artificial waterfall, swan neck fountains, massage jets, jacuzzis and bubble beds.
The spa centre also includes saunas, steam rooms, a relaxation room with light therapy, a cold plunge pool and a solarium with panoramic views over the Gruyère mountains... everything needed to recharge the batteries while enjoying the magnificent setting.
Finally, the Bains de la Gruyère offers a wide range of treatments. Drawing inspiration from world traditions, the massages and body wraps will take your senses on an unforgettable journey. A beauty salon is also available.
Mountain activities in the summer
During your stay at the Romantik Hôtel de L’Etoile, take full advantage of the 250 km of waymarked trails snaking across the mountains around Charmey. Whether on foot or bike, novice or seasoned hikers, children and adults alike, the mountain is your oyster. You will be bowled over by the plant life, wildlife and beautiful landscapes.
To reach the summits, hop on the Charmey cable car and travel to Vounetz (1,630 m), which marks the starting point for countless hiking and MTB trails. A magnificent panoramic view will unfold before your very eyes: feast your eyes on the distant Fribourg and Vaud Alps, as well as Montsalvens Lake. A series of "Discovery" trails will take you through the unspoilt natural environment of the summits, winding their way between high-mountain pastures and forest paths. The landscapes can also be discovered from the skies, such as by paragliding.
An adventure park in Charmey provides the ideal escape in the heart of the forest. Try out the zip line for a true white-knuckle experience!
Mountain activities in the winter
The Charmey ski area is suited to every age and level. While soaking up the friendly atmosphere, check out an ideal winter sports destination for the entire family.
The "Rapido Sky" cable car is a mere stone's throw from the Romantik Hôtel de L’Etoile, meaning that you can easily reach Vounetz and the snow-capped peaks. Hurtle down the 30 km of pistes for all levels that snake across the Dents Vertes.
In terms of new winter sports, look no further than the resort's snow park, which is specifically engineered for thrills, moves and speed. A piste is also reserved for sledges and bobsleighs (free for the under-9s) - something to give everyone an adrenaline rush.
Waymarked trails allow snowshoe-trekkers to explore the mountain in complete safety and at their own pace. Cross-country ski fans will relish the 20 km of pistes carving through Jogne Valley.
From your hotel in Charmey, do not miss out on the opportunity of visiting some of the local tourist attractions:
- Charmey Museum: everything you wanted to know about the history and traditions of the Gruyère district's iconic village.
- Maison du Gruyère: become an expert on this appellation cheese! Located in Pringy-Gruyères in the castle's shadow, this cheese dairy explains how Gruyère cheese is produced, complete with a tasting session and an exhibition.
- Château de Gruyères: this 13th-century castle is one of the most beautiful in Switzerland.
- Maison Cailler: a chocolate factory that will awaken your taste buds and inspire deliciously gourmet moments.