Description - Chemin de la Sarine au Pays-d'Enhaut
From Rougemont, which was once the priory of Cluny, the trial goes over the Kirchenhügel from Château-d'Oex to the Grand Chalet of Rossinière. It goes between the rushing Saane and landscape steeped in history, moulded by the mountain farmers.
The trail starts in Rougemont at the foot of the imposing peak of the Gummfluh. The village has several architectural gems, such as old wooden chalets with beautifully ornamented facades and brightly coloured flowers, the former 11th-century Romanesque church of St. Nicolas and the 16th-century castle. The site was created by Cluny monks in 1080, making Rougemont the religious centre of the Pays-d’Enhaut.
From Rougemont, the trail follows the course of the River Saane, past the hamlets of Combes and Gérignoz and leads over a track to the waterfall of Ramaclé. After this water meadow zone, Château-d'Œx can be reached by crossing the Turrian bridge, one of the few suspension bridges in West Switzerland. In the middle of the village one can climb up to the Colline du Temple, the Kirchenhügel (Church hill) and enjoy a rewarding view of the old village centre. The church, built in the 15th century, was later provided with beautiful stained-glass windows. Many sunny days, protected from extreme winds by the mountains and plenty of space – its microclimate makes Château-d'Œx a mecca for balloonists.
It continues through meadows to Rossinière. The place is renowned for its outstanding timber architecture, particularly the Chalet de la Place and the famous Grand Chalet, where Balthus spent his final years. In the middle of the village is the Balthus chapel, which commemorates the artist.
Signalization: From the train station of Rougemont-Village, follow the yellow marked trail in the direction of le Crêt. From Le Crêt, go on the direction of Gérignoz and then the direction of Château-d'Œx. From Château-d'Œx, take de direction of La Frasse, and then La Chaudanne. From La Chaudanne, follow the direction of Rossinière up to the village.