We tried the spectacular and artistic Dolce Vista trail which led us through some beautiful Swiss scenery.
We parked the car in Villars and took the little train to Col de Bretaye before taking the chair lift up to Grand Chamossaire where the trail began at an incredible panoramic view point.
You just have to follow this sign:
The trail is dotted with sculptures in 7 spectacular locations, each one containing information about where to find the next viewpoint as we followed the Quest for the golden Book using the QR codes located on each sculpture. You can generally see where you have to go next and the signs are clear. Each sculpture represents a different local historical personality and on each point of view, you can hear, by scanning a QR-Code, the audio testimony of the old concierge of the Villars Palace, who remembers each personality, each anecdote, and who gives you many clues that make it possible to find the names of these people.
The trail takes you through fields full of cows which Alba loved, and we were all so impressed by the breathtaking scenery which accompanied us from start to finish.
At the end is a playground with zip line and slide.
It’s a beautiful downhill trail and we all really enjoyed it. I had Elio on my back and it was manageable, although quite a steep descent and a bit tough on my knees towards the end :-).
Time for you now to see the peaks and the landscape like you've never seen them before!
Parking : Yes
Toilets : Yes Train station and Col de Bretaye
Baby Change Facilities : No
Accessibility : Not Suitable for pushchairs
Length : 1.4 KM (count 1.5H)
Télé Villars-Gryon-Diablerets (TVGD)
Avenue Centrale 120
Adult (from 16 years old) CHF 35.-
Adult half price CHF 27.-
Children (6 to 16 years) CHF 25.-
Child with junior card CHF 11.-
- BVB train from Bex to Villars, then the Villars-Bretaye cogwheel train.
- Bus n°144 from Aigle (30 minutes from Lausanne with the RER Vaud (half-hourly frequency) to Villars, then the Villars-Bretaye cogwheel train.