Diablerets village and region - Winter

VILLARS - GRYON - DIABLERETS - BEX - LAVEY - OLLON

Discover our vast region from the Chablais plain to the top of the Diablerets glacier at an altitude of 3,210 metres. 

Start your visit at a depth of more than 600 metres in the salt mines of Bex and continue with a dip in Lavey-les-Bains , the warmest thermal spring in Switzerland. Take a walk through the vineyards of Bex and Ollon, where authentic vines are produced, shaped by the unique character of the soil.

As you gain altitude, you will notice the more and more typical chalets of Gryon, a mountain village with a relaxing atmosphere. Only a few kilometres further on you will reach Villars, a family-friendly holiday destination, situated on a natural, south-facing plateau. Here, old traditional chalets line up with recent wooden and stone constructions.

In summer, take the Col de la Croix road, which winds through an alpine landscape with centuries-old traditions such as the production of L’Etivaz AOP , the well-known regional cheese. Cross the Col and head for the unspoilt village of Les Diablerets, nestled beneath an imposing mountain range. In Les Diablerets, legends and folklore combine with the sporting pleasures and with the pleasures provided by the eternal snow thanks to its glacier.

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Villars is located at 1300 metres in the heart of the Vaud Alps, on a natural south-facing terrace. For over 150 years, this destination has attracted families and visitors of all ages with a wide range of sporting and leisure activities.

All holiday pleasures are available amidst an idyllic setting with a breath-taking panorama stretching from Lake Geneva to Mont Blanc. An unforgettable holiday experience is guaranteed.

The Villars area has kept its original rural charme in spite of the rapid development of tourism, thanks to a strong building policy aimed at maintaining the traditional unique character of the area. Old traditional chalets stand side by side with recent wooden and stone buildings, all of which blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings.

The many protected areas also ensure that natural areas remain untouched. Guests will find a typical mountain atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing getaway with a superb view in the background.

Whether on the 18-hole golf course at an altitude of 1600 meters or in the Bretaye ski area, also accessible by train , Villars grants you some superb views. So does the renovated Villars Spa , an oasis of peace and well-being.

The authentic village of Les Diablerets consists entirely of chalets, located at an altitude of 1200 metres in the heart of the Vaud Alps, at the foot of an imposing mountain range, overlooked by its majestic glacier. 

For decades, Les Diablerets has attracted nature-loving guests from all over the world, developing continuously yet never losing its charm and candour. Thus, both in winter and in summer, the main street is transformed into a social hub where you can soak up the lively atmosphere and the welcoming atmosphere. A stroll along the river "La Grande Eau" will make you forget time thanks to its peacefulness and unspoilt nature. 

The hamlet of Vers-l'Eglise, small bucolic village located 3 km away, which dates from the end of the 13th century, is a true cultural treasure. Here you can immerse yourself in the ambience of the chapel built in 1396, which was made into a temple in 1530. Not far from the church you will find the museum of the cultural heritage of the Ormonts valley, offering an exhibition about the history and the local daily life through the ages.

The Diablerets toboggan run , accessible both day and night, ensures an exhilarating experience in a snowy landscape. Here is the right place to treat yourself to culinary delights in the shops and restaurants, featuring regional specialities such as "Diablerets Bitter" , an aperitif made from alpine herbs, as well as local cheeses.

The spectacular Glacier 3000 cable car leads directly into an Alpine world of adventure filled with glaciers, thrills and an exhilarating mountain panorama. Close to the glacier of Les Diablerets, the highest peak in the canton of Vaud is well worth a trip at any time of the year, while skiing is guaranteed from November to May. 

A relaxing walk, a roller coaster or a challenging hike, this place will amaze you. In particular on the Peak Walk , where you can look down into the abyss at 3000 metres above sea level, you'll live a unique experience offered by the only suspended bridge in the world connecting two peaks. The 108-metre-long footbridge is accessible all year round and allows visitors to discover a 360° panorama, with more than 24 peaks over 4000 metres high.

Situated right in front of some of the most beautiful Alpine peaks, such as the Muveran or the Miroir d'Argentine, a 100-million-year-old coral reef, the village of Gryon shines with authenticity thanks to its antique chalets. The ancient village is officially protected and the Tâtchis, its inhabitants, are so proud of this little pearl and its big heart.

Situated at the bottom of the valley, the famous peak Miroir d'Argentine (2325 metres) dominates the village of Solalex . The Restaurant du Miroir d'Argentine or the Refuge de Solalex are the best choices to warm up or enjoy a meal. A must-see hiking site, the trails can be explored in both summer and winter.

The hamlet of Taveyanne , located in the heart of a nature reserve, is also a protected site: the shingle-roofed chalets from the 16th century stand in closed rows making you feel like time has stood still here. In fact, the people here live even without electricity. Taveyanne also owes its uniqueness to its pastures all around, which were declared a nature reserve in 1970 and host the traditional shepherds' festival in midsummer.

Gryon is family-friendly and offers a wide range of activities for young and old throughout the year. In winter, the Frience recreation area on the heights is turned into a paradise for all those who want to learn to ski or sledge on its numerous trails. In summer, an emerald pond can be found right here, inviting you to take a cool swim. 

The village hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including music and festivals to honour tradition and celebrate the moment.

The town of Bex, situated near the Rhone Valley, is also one of the main gateways to our region. You'll find plenty of exciting geology and culture to discover both in and around this peaceful town. As you stroll through the sunny streets of Bex, you will spot many buildings boasting a rich history.

The salt mines and their 15 km of underground galleries are still in use and have become a major tourist attraction. The Alpine salt comes straight out of the heart of the mountain and is very popular throughout Switzerland. The municipality of Bex boasts a large and varied territory, with numerous vineyards on the mountain slopes. The grape varieties of this rich terroir await to be tasted during the harvest.

The Nant valley, right in the heart of the Grand Muveran natural reserve, stretches for 6 km to the source of the l’Avançon. During the summer season, this alpine pasture is the starting point for many hiking trails as well as for several trekking tours such as the Tour des Muverans. The alpine garden of Pont de Nant, La Thomasia, boasts nearly 3000 alpine plants and is part of the cantonal botanical gardens.

The commune of Lavey-Morcles is the access point to the canton of Vaud coming from the Valais. The difference in height is just impressive, as the village rises from the plain to an altitude of nearly 3000 metres.

Vineyards, fields, forests, peaks and summits, mountain pastures, game, rivers and streams all confer a unique character to this area. To top it all off, the town boasts a stunning panoramic view over the entire Rhone plain, linking Martigny to Lake Geneva and its Chillon castle in a single glance.

The commune of Ollon, the sixth largest in the canton, enjoys a delightful microclimate and is sun-kissed on its south-facing slope from sunrise behind Le Muveran to sunset behind Le Grammont.

The climatically ideal location may be one of the reasons why its several historic buildings, hidden in the small streets of the village, bear witness to the splendour of a bygone time. One of these is the Château de la Roche dating back to the 13th century. Most certainly, however, it contributes to the success of the wine that is grown here. Ollon stretches from the Rhône (391 m a.s.l.) up to Chamossaire (2,112 m a.s.l.) in a harmonious landscape of farmland, vineyards, forests, pastures and water courses.

23 villages and hamlets have emerged here over the years, including the small village of Saint-Triphon, famous for its quarries where black marble was mined from the 16th to the 20th century. History says that this stone was already used in the ancient times and the clay is said to have enabled the construction of several buildings in Switzerland during the Roman era.

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