Schwarzsee - The lake path
This circular route around the Schwarzsee lake in Canton Freiburg is located in the midst of wonderfully picturesque scenery. With it's impressive mountain panorama and glistening lake, the region is ideal for extended tours.
The tour begins at the Gypsera bus stop in Schwarzsee village. Right from the start, the route affords stunning views over the glistening waters and the hilly Sense region. First you pass a superb meadow and then reach the picturesque lakeside path. The shores are unspoilt, totally natural and the variety of fauna and flora is most impressive.
The scenery progressively changes, as the path sometimes leads over rises and then past peaceful, shady forest sections. A special attraction is the «Schwarzsee Dragon», recently created from iron and sheet metal by a local artistic blacksmith. It stands majestically atop a 20-metre high rock and is a popular photo subject.
The path is also called the Hexenweg (Witches Path). Along the way, local fables and tales are presented at various points at which you can actively take part or learn. A mystical adventure for children and the ever-young. Rest stops are found overall along the route, always surrounded by a fascinating mountain backdrop. Simply well-worth seeing.
Tip: Do not miss to make a detour of around 10 minutes via the waterfall. The summer toboggan run, near the main parking, is fun for big and small.
In winter a white layer of snow and ice sometimes settles on the fish-filled waters. As soon as the layer of ice is stable enough, the frozen Schwarzsee is open to ice skaters, cross-country skiers and walkers. So anyone who wants to extend their walk a little can strap on their skis and head across the lake. The route is regularly maintained when there is enough snow and is also suitable for pushchairs or toboggans. Another tip is to make a 15-minute detour to the Seeweidbach waterfall. This freezes in winter, creating a unique spectacle. A cave along the way is perfect for a brief moment of relaxation. Another curiosity is the Pürrena viewpoint, which offers a panoramic view of the Fribourg Pre-Alps and the whole of the Schwarzsee.
Accessible by public transport: yes
Accessible by car: yes
Difference in height: + 50 m / - 50 m