Splendid panorama, long, varied. Not for beginners even if the final exit was made easier. In fact, the last overhang, which hung over the rest of the via, was completely taken down because it had the tendancy of creating traffic jams because of those who overestimated their capacities.
Cost: 4 Frs.-- for adults, 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. Take an extra layer in case it's cold...
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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Office du Tourisme de Moléson Gruyère.
Length and Altitude
Length: 1'310 m
Elevation gain: 372 mètres
Start Elevation: 1'630m
Alt. 1'522 m.
Time of Year
April - November
Approach from the end of the funicular line: 20 minutes
Via Ferrata: 2h30
Way back: with the lifts from the summit of the Moléson. On foot, 1h30
A 12 Vevey - Fribourg-Berne, Highway exit: Bulle
At the highway exit, take the first exit of the roundabout (next to the gas station) towards Moléson-Gstaad
Then follow signs for "Le Moléson"
By the Train
Go to Bulle and then by bus or train to Gruyère.
From Montreux: Montbovon to the Gruyère train station, then by bus to Moléson-sur-Gruyères.
Contact the SBB, for schedules and fares.
Its very easy. At Moléson, park near the start of the Funicular.
From the Moléson-sur-Gruyères parking, go towards Plan-Francey on foot (1h15) or with the funicular (7 min, leaves every 20 min, at ...h00, ...h20, ... h40). (14 Frs.-- there/back)
In Plan Francey you can rent via ferrata equipment.
From Plan-Francey follow the Via Ferrata signs for about 20 min and you will reach the base of the rock face. The route is in the rock face on the right, and not the via ferrata that is found on the ridge on the left.
The Via Ferrata traverses the north face of the Moléson, passing by the cross of the Petit Moléson and arriving at the summit of.... try to guess: the Moléson.
This is not a via ferrata for beginners and we always find some fools stuck on the way. Mountains are something to be respected!
The start is fairly simple, and makes for a great warm up. You climb in some beautiful chimneys that are sometimes a bit athletic. The route was wonderfully traced.
You are given the pleasure of a few overhanging sections... and they are a tad bit strenuous. These sections are not very long... and there are always some flatter areas nearby to rest. The closer you get to the summit, the more strenuous it is. A very nice climb in a chimney with a section that works the arms and is a bit more demanding.
The last part is absolutely amazing. Since there were too many fools who came to this via ferrata for an introduction and ended up getting stuck, the last overhang was removed.
The via is really well equipped. At times there is even a bit too much equipment, but you have the opportunity to be in contact with the rock. It's very enjoyable.
For taller people (like the guy writing this right now) its a bit complicated since you are often in overhanging sections.
From the summit, you can go down on foot via Tsuatsaux (2h30 to the parking), via the Gros-Plané (1h45 to the parking) or with the cablecar (4 min to the upper train station).
Where to Spend the Night
Contacte the Tourism Office. The Moléson is a really nice resort.
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