Updated: Mar 13, 2020
We went to Schwarzsee to try to solve the mystery of the black lake!
On Sunday we decided to visit Schwarzsee in the canton of Fribourg which has been on our bucket list for a while. Schwarzsee is translated as “black lake” and it’s somewhere I have often seen photographed so we were really looking forward to seeing it for ourselves.
It was already warm when we woke up so we set off in shorts and t-shirts with our walking shoes and a picnic. It took us about 1.5 hours to get there from our house and when we arrived around 11.30 there were still places to park although the area seemed busy.
We stopped at the Hostellerie am Schwarzsee since we had read that we could pick up a pack for a treasure hunt for the children which cost chf15. During the week, you can also get this from the tourist office. Jude excitedly went through the pack examining all the items in detail which included a map, pencil, nails, vouchers and sweets. We started at the point indicated for the Häxewääg trail and set off to look for the first item on the map. The idea is that when you arrive at each landmark, there is an additional item to find which helps you to fill in the letters on the answer sheet. I really love this kind of thing as it gets the children involved and helps to keep them interested in the walk.
It’s a beautiful walk around the lake and a nice mix of sunny patches and leafy shade, leading through the forest as well as right along the edge of the lake. We decided to take the baby carriers but it's an easy walk and would be largely manageable for those with pushchairs apart from a couple of parts including a path which leads on to the waterfall where the ground was gnarly with tree roots and would be a bit tiresome with a pushchair.
There are plenty of places to stop for a picnic and we saw lots of people were bbq-ing. We found a nice bench next to the waters edge to eat before setting off for the next half of the walk. We followed the trail for the Häxewääg but in fact there are lots of different paths to try and plenty of places where you can leave the main track and explore. It’s really family friendly with lots of toilets and play areas for the children including a luge (a voucher for a free ride is included in the packet for the Häxewääg trail). There is also mini golf (with another voucher included for an ice lolly redeemable at the golf course) and places to swim, sunbathe and rent boats.
It was really a lovely day out. Our highlights were the dragon (we didn't add the picture on purpose for your little ones to be surprised!), the waterfall and the witches hut but it’s all gorgeous and a beautiful walk. We were there about 3 hours but apparently it’s doable in about 2.5hours for the 4km walk.
Definitely worth a visit.
Oh and if anyone has any idea what we were supposed to do with the nails, please let us know 🤪
Parking : Yes (you need to pay at the machine)
Toilets : Yes
Accessibility : Accessible for all
Schwarzsee Tourismus Schwarzseestrasse 212 1716 Schwarzsee Switzerland
Phone+41 (0)26 412 13 13