In the center of town, you will find the gondola for the Breitling Orbiter, the first hot air balloon Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones used in an attempt to circumnavigate the earth in 1997. The 3rd generation of the Breitling Orbiter launched from Chateau d'Oex in 1999, successfully completing their task over Egypt nearly 20 days later. The...more
On the lower end of town, there's a path that goes past the youth hostel and bends left across a stream. If you continue to follow it, you will come to a small footbridge called Pont Turrian. The area is flat and scenic, and a fine choice for a short walk. Minifrosch enjoyed taking his naps along the trail. There is also a path that winds uphill...more
It can be worth your time just to walk down the main street and take in the surroundings. Enjoy the architecture, surrounding scenery, and peek in at the various specialty shops. We continued until the main street met with the highway, then let Minifrosch do some walking back toward the town center.more
Theres a small cemetary just on the outskirts of town that not only is interesting for the famous actor David Niven who is buried here but also for seeing the styles that the gravestones here range in from really old elaborate or interesting ones to contemporary modern ones. There are also plaques and gravestones that refer to those who died...more
This museum is rather excellent! Of course it was particularly fitting to visit while the Hot Air Balloon festival was on but it is open for tourists all the year round.Theres loads of info on all sorts of flight records around the world - with names that you might excitedly recognise such as Richard Branson's intrepid journeys and record breaking...more
Every year in January Chateau D'oex hosts its International Hot Air Balloon Festival which usually runs for a week.A programme is available of the schedule - advising of 100 hot air balloons being present for lift off into the skies, who is who of the balloon world present, hot air balloon rides.I stayed in the youth hostel and found that theres a...more
Les Monnaires 46, Chateau-d'Oex, 1660, Switzerland
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Rue Centrale, Chateau-d'Oex, 1660, Switzerland
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Les Quartiers, Chateau-d'Oex, 1837, Switzerland
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This place is located right next to the train station, and offers good quality local fare at prices slightly lower than restaurants downtown. With Minifrosch accompanying us, we decided to eat outside on the terrace. The food was very good and service was quick and friendly. The family-owned establishment also offers modest hotel rooms at reasonable prices. I can't personally vouch for the quality of the rooms (though sister site TripAdvisor gives the hotel mixed reviews), but we were quite satisfied with our dinners.
Favorite Dish: I had the croûte au fromage, a filling and tasty dish consisting of melted local cheese and fresh, toasted bread. Sara had one of the daily specials, a broiled fish dish. Minifrosch contented himself playing with a toy car and singing, much to the amusement of nearby diners.
The primary means of public transportation into and out of Château-d'Oex is the train. Château-d'Oex lies on the Golden Pass line between Montreux and Zweisimmen, with continuing service to Interlaken and Lucerne. This section of the railway is operated by Chemin de fer Montreux Oberland Bernois (MOB), and features regularly scheduled service of both long tourist trains with panorama cars and more modest local trains traveling exactly the same route at more or less the same speed. Reservations are required on some tourist trains, but there are normally at least one or two second-class cars per train not requiring reservations to accommodate local passengers (that's you). Swisspass and Swisscard are valid on all trains.
The station itself has limited services, though the MOB ticket counter is open 7 days a week. There is also a ticket machine on the platform if you know where you're going and what ticket you need. Additionally, there is a small kiosk nearby, and a hotel/restaurant (Hôtel Buffet de la Gare) a few steps away.
Château-d'Oex has a very large market for a town of its size. The Coop is easily accessible from the main highway, and is likely a major shopping destination for the entire region. It's also impressive just to enjoy the views from above and below the store. Minifrosch was most interested in the glass elevator, which he enjoyed watching go up and down while we shopped.
What to buy: Every conceivable item you might need for a picnic can be found here. There's also an excellent selection of Swiss and imported wines. Naturally, fresh berries, chocolate and cheese can be found in abundance.
What to pay: While more expensive than comparable items in, say, the United States, the Coop offers prices lower than the average in Switzerland. A good picnic for two will probably run you CHF 10-15, while a half-liter of decent Swiss wine can be had for as low as CHF 5.
These beautiful towns on the shores of Lake Lausanne are both prominent and popular towns to visit with must see sights. Convenient and reliable train travel in Switzerland means you can plan day trips to these places and manage your time.The views as you come from Chateau D'oeux direction from the top of the over hill overlooking Lake Lausanne are...more
Get the timetables from the helpful railway station staff - or the very excellent swiss trains website at www.swisstravelsystem.ch - to tee up the trains that go from Chateau Doeux to the lovely town of Gruyere.Theres a castle there with gardens to visit and a chocolate factory - not to mention the chocolate box or picture postcard perfect sweet...more