The Fribourg Pre-Alps are dotted with over 1,200 chalets d’alpage, traditional mountain farmhouses.
As well as being a sign of a still-vibrant farming community, these chalets are a great draw for visitors. While some provide accommodation, others offer their guests a chance to watch Gruyère d’alpage AOC being made, and most serve samples of local home-grown produce and specialties. Their traditional wood-shingle (“tavillon”) roofs are now considered as part of the region’s cultural heritage. The Gruyère Pays-d’Enhaut Regional Nature Park even organises workshops on the centuries-old craft of “tavillonage”.