Walk around Lac de Montsalvens, Gruyère, Switzerland

Like many of you no doubt, Jude and I have been longing to get away for a bit of a break. The hotels in Switzerland are still open and we took advantage of a special Dinner, Bed and Breakfast offer at a hotel in the small village of Charmey.

I think it’s fair to say that the Gruyère region is more ‘chocolate box’ pretty than the more rugged Alps of the Valais, as I hope these photos show.

8 thoughts on “Walk around Lac de Montsalvens, Gruyère, Switzerland

    • Many thanks for ids Viv. I’m not sure these ‘lower level’ plants are in my Alpine Flora book. By your expression that toothwort sounds dangerous… It was in a very damp area near the river. And, that grape hyacinth is the first I’ve ever seen in Switzerland (and, curiously, it was only one). Though I did see a bigger clump the following day. (Post of that walk tomorrow).


  1. Lovely photos Mike.. it must have been great to have a change of scene for a couple of days.. I think the pink ‘unknown flower’ is a butterbur? You find them around Oswestry.. The flower appears first then huge leaves that were apparently used to wrap butter.. hence the name.. x

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    • Yes, it was nice to get away, if only for one night. Though we read yesterday that restaurants/bars are allowed to open outside (e.g. on terraces) from next Monday. So that may trigger us to go away for a bit longer. (We’ll have to seize the opportunity before they change their minds and lock us down again!)

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