If you want to get to your destination, you can take the train, but if you really want to travel, you have to walk

22. June 2014 | categories: Hiking

Finally I gave up all the work and have again time to walk a bit further. This time Fribourg – Bulle is on the agenda. The weather is good and the swimming trunks are packed.

At five o’ clock in the morning, breakfast and I’m already on the train to Fribourg. The train station of Fribourg is also the place to look for a signpost in vain, so I simply hike in the first best direction, where after about 100 metres the first sign of the hiking trail appears and leads me out of the city. A little later I meet the first turnoff, where of course there is no village on my printed map. Fortunately I meet two nice older ladies and unpack my best French. The answer is:”Daa müessed sie daa abe ga u uf am zwote Wegwyser isch Bulle agschrybe”.

Continue down to the Glâne, across an old stone bridge and up again. At Grangeneuve we go down to the Sarine and along the river. After a larger river loop we return up to Écuvillens. The route continues to Farvagny and Vuisternens-en-Ogoz.

Ascension begins from Vuisternens-en-Ogoz. It’s almost only an hour or more up. At the top, at almost 1200 metres above sea level, a TV tower with a viewing platform awaits you as a reward. From there I can see the lakes of Gruyère, Neuchâtel and Murtensee and the cities of Fribourg and Bulle.

Afterwards I walk down to camping La Forêt. Since I am running out of water slowly and no fountain is far and wide, I buy a bottle of mineral water in the camping site shop for no less than 8 francs! I guess they know how to rip off the walks. After the campsite I walk through a forest with countless wooden sculptures.

2.5 hours later I arrive exhausted in Bulle. I took the swimsuits with me in vain, because the hiking trail does not go along Lake Gruyère. Bulle is also the first place after Fribourg, where it has a real shop again.

I wouldn’t recommend the whole route to anyone, especially the beginning is not really worth it in my opinion. I would recommend the ascent to the television tower, which offers a wide panoramic view. If you are travelling by public transport, you can take the bus to Vuisternens-en-Ogoz and walk from there to the campsite La Forêt. If you are not yet tired, you can make a short detour to the sculpur forest, which starts right after the campsite. There is also a bus station at the campsite. If you are travelling by car, it’s best to go to the campsite and run up and down the TV tower.

P.S. The title is a slightly modified version of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “Whoever wants to reach their destination can go by stagecoach, but who wants to travel properly should walk.”