Château-d’Œx - L'Etivaz
Château-d'Œx is known far beyond its borders for its "International Hot Air Balloon Festival", yet it has many other treasures to offer throughout the year.
Château-d'Œx is known far beyond its borders for its International Balloon Festival, yet it has many other treasures to offer throughout the year. Come and discover them among the cultural and leisure activities, the traditions and the history of this idyllic village nestled in the Vaud Alps. Its streets invite you to enjoy a culinary stop and taste the typical products of the area.
A stroll up to the Temple hill is a must and rewards you with an exceptional view of the valley and the surrounding mountains. Nature lovers will be tempted by Château-d'Œx's easy walks along the Saane or the sportier ones to the surrounding villages and lakes. Those seeking a change of perspective can climb into the basket of a hot-air balloon all year round and admire the Pays-d'Enhaut from above.
The village of l’Etivaz, situated between Château-d'Œx and La Lécherette, is famous for its alpine cheese L'Etivaz AOP which has been made by the farmers over a wood fire for centuries according to an old tradition. The cheese wheels then reach their maturity here in this small mountain village before being shipped all over the world. You can enjoy a piece of cheese on the terrace of the restaurant Le Chamois.
When winter is with us, put on your snowshoes and set off for the snowy mountains of the Pays-d'Enhaut! Rediscover the landscapes hidden under a thick blanket of snow. The Ramaclé forest invites you for a magical get-away-from-it-all. Between fir trees covered with snow, rivers and frozen waterfalls, enjoy the calm of nature. For those who enjoy good food, the La Sarouche mountain hut invites you to taste delicious dishes during your winter hike.
In January, don't miss the famous International Balloon Festival! Organised for over 40 years, it is the unmissable event in the region. Hot air balloon flights, night shows, sports competitions, entertainment for children await you during the 9 days of the festival. Thanks to Ballons Château-d'Œx, enjoy the unique experience of a balloon flight!
Ski touring enthusiasts, you've come to the right place! Many known routes are between the villages of Château-d'Œx and Etivaz. During the climb to the summit, enjoy the view of this unspoiled nature. A few hares might cross your path. Once you reach the highest point, take off your skins and let yourself slide down the freshly snowy slopes!