Via Ferrata the Pilier Moléson, Gruyère, Fribourg
Splendid panorama, long, varied.
It costs 4.-- Frs. for adults and 2.-- Frs. for children.
ViaFerrata Tips and Tricks
Take a picnic with you. The panorama at the top of the via ferrata is truly something to be savoured and the restaurant accepts picknickers! (buy a drink... they are nice...).
The via is entirely in the shade. Bring an extra layer in case the weather is not very warm...
The Moléson is a superb resort!!! After the via you can enjoy summer sledding,devalkarting, or grass-scootering.
The lifts are open at 9h00. Make sure they are open if you want to take the funicular to get to the via ferrata.
What to eat in this region: the double Gruyère cream with the Gruyère meringues.
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Tourism Office Moléson Gruyère.
Length and Altitude
Length: 650 m
Altitude gain: 372 mètres
Alt. 1'522 m.
Time of Year
From spring to autumn.
Approach from the top of the funicular: 20 minutes
Via Ferrata: 2 hours
Way back: way back with the lifts from the lifts from the summit of Moléson. On foot, 1h30.
A12 Vevey- Fribourg-Bern, Highway exit: Bulle
When you exit the highway, take the first exit of the roundabout (next to the gas station) towards Moléson-Gstaad
Next go to "Le Moléson"
To Bulle and then by bus or train to Gruyère.
Via Montreux: Montbovon to the Gruyères train station, then by bus to Moléson-sur-Gruyères.
Contact the SBB, for schedules and fares.
It's very simple. In Moléson, park near the bottom of the funicular.
From the Moléson-sur-Gruyères parking lot, go towards Plan-Francey on foot (1h15) or with the funicular (7 min, leaving every 20 min, at ...h00, ...h20, ...h40). (14.-- Frs. there and back).
In Plan Francey you can rent via ferrata equipment.
In Plan-Francey follow the Via Ferrata signs for about 20 min and you will get to the base of the wall. The via ferrata described in this article is found on the left along the ridge, and is not the one that is on the right in the rock face.
Unlike its neighbour to the right which climbs into the rock face, this via ferrata starts strong and finishes in a more relaxed manner.
After a charming traverse of the rock, you arrive to a section that is more exposed and frankly vertiginous and very demanding for your arms. Here, you have a simple equation: Void + Strenuous = for fit via ferraters.
Nevertheless, there is an escape route to avoid this section.
The second part is a mish-mash between a grassy (or muddy) section and via ferrata.
Falling rocks are common, be very careful.
This version is easier than its neighbour and can be done by beginners, so long as you take the escape route and so long as the void doesn't scare you too much.
It's up to you, if you are in shape and you have experience with via ferratas, its little sister on the left is the "sexier" choice.
From the top, you can go down on foot via Tsuatsaux (2h30 to the parking lot), via Gros-Plané (1h45 to the parking lot) or with the lifts (4 min to the upper train station).
Where to Spend the Night
Contact the Tourism Office. The Moléson is a really nice resort.
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