The protected natural areas of the Alpes vaudoises

The flora develops freely, the fauna is protected, the landscapes are remarkable Nature reserves and parks cover several areas of the Vaud Alps. Venture into the heart of these havens of nature.

With a regional natural park and protected areas, the Alpes vaudoises offer a multitude of opportunities to discover the fauna and flora in particularly preserved places.

When you enter a nature reserve, protected area or regional nature park, let yourself be carried away by the untouched nature that surrounds you. Many hiking trails take you to the heart of these natural oases, you may encounter animals from our mountains. Admire the richness of theAlpine flora during your walk. The protected areas are also preserved for the particularity of the landscapes, look up and contemplate the picturesque reliefs, the splendid views, the mountain valleys carved by glaciers for millennia.

Feel this vital energy

Gentiane jaune - Plantes de montagne
Explore the protected natural areas of the Vaud Alps

Breathe the pure air of nature!


The Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut Regional Nature Park

The Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut Regional Nature Park is of national importance and extends over three cantons: Vaud, Bern and Fribourg. It stretches from the shores of Lake Geneva in Montreux to destinations in the Vaud Alps as well as Gruyère and Gstaad.

Spread over more than 630 km², this Swiss park is located in a mountain area representative of the Northern Limestone Alps. Its territory is home to remarkable biotopes and geotopes, as well as a very rich fauna and flora.

The space has been labeled a Park of National Importance by the Confederation since 2012. It is characterized by unspoiled nature, remarkable landscapes and impregnated by a still very active Alpine economy.

The Gruyère – Pays-d'Enhaut Regional Nature Park

Discover the fauna and flora of this exceptional natural park! From Lake Geneva, discover the nature of the Vaud Alps.

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Geological curiosities

The formation of the chain of the Alps has left a picturesque relief to our region. Nature lovers are invited to discover places shaped by glaciers, waterways and the natural events of different ice ages. These sites often offer a remarkable geological feature. Contemplate what Mother Nature has created over time.

Pyramides de gypse - Villars - été - Grégory Rohart /
Geological curiosities of the Vaud Alps


Botanical gardens

The plant world is an incredible, captivating and infinite learning ground. Our botanical gardens invite you to discover some of the countless species in our mountains and shed some light on their characteristics, properties and uses.

Jardin botanique alpin de Pont de Nant
Botanical gardens in the Vaud Alps Les jardins botaniques des Alpes vaudoises

Nature contains hundreds of species, each more fascinating than the last.


Other outdoor activities may also interest you

Run in the forest, go up to see the view, go hiking, nature is an ideal leisure setting for having fun, getting active or refocusing, and always with respect!

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