On the Witch’s Trail around Schwarzsee’s mountain lake, a fearsome dragon wakes from his lengthy sleep, and long-forgotten myths are brought back to life. The adventure trail leads along the shoreline through a magical landscape set against a picturesque mountain backdrop. Fascinated children, encounters with mythical creatures, an entertaining hike and fun and games are guaranteed!
The idyllic landscape of Fribourg’s Sense region with its imposing mountain backdrop and gently rolling hills is steeped in legend. During the wonderfully designed hike around the mysterious Schwarzee (Black Lake in German), hikers of all ages will suddenly find themselves surrounded by mythical creatures, forest animals and the magical interplay between humans and nature.
The adventure trail is primarily aimed at children, yet it offers an unforgettable outing for the entire family. If you follow the 25 guideposts around the shoreline, you will find signboards with local legends written on them. Curiosity and imagination are all that you need to discover a fun, themed surprise at every stop.
Dragons, Graybeard and Old Hags
A day trip turns into a fun expedition on the Witch’s Trail. The creatively designed signboards introduce you to the silent “Puggelimandli”, known as “Muggi”, the mystical night hunter “Hutätä” with a gray beard, and a wild black cow that made life miserable for her Alpine herdsman.
The highlight of the adventure trail is the story of how the lake of Schwarzsee came to be. A mighty dragon, which according to legend was banished into the lake by a courageous settler, awaits you.
The legends on the signboards are summarized and written in verse (German and French), inviting attentive listeners to start guessing, since each story is accompanied by a short riddle. Various interactive stations provide even more fun and games.
Agile climbers can balance their way along suspended bridges, crawl through tubes and swoosh down slides. Water-play areas invite children to swim, cool off, splash, build dams and pan for gold. The entertaining design of the hike makes it seem short even for tired little legs.
Off You Go!
The Witch’s Trail begins and ends beside Restaurant Gypsera. Trail markers and information signboards lead you on a magical expedition along the shoreline. If you wish to walk around the lake without taking any long breaks, the 4.4-km shore path can be covered in about two hours. The adventure trail can also be hiked in either direction. However, it is worthwhile to plan enough extra time. Thanks to the wide variety of activities, a morning hike can quickly turn into an all-day outing.
The picturesque area around Schwarzsee captivates visitors with its lush meadows, pristine beauty and fairy-tale forests and is ideal for relaxing in nature. Don’t forget to take a little detour to visit the waterfall! The rushing, roaring, gurgling and babbling of the water makes it irresistible to imps of all sizes. The comfortable fire pits along the lake’s shoreline are ideal for picnics and barbecues.
Length of hike 2 h (without taking a break) Distance 4.4 km Altitude difference Around 50 m Häxesäckli* (witch’s sack) The “witch’s sack” contains different items to make your adventure complete, such as nails for hammering, a beverage and small snack. CHF 15.00 per sack.
Points of sale: Tourism office, Hotel Hostellerie am Schwarzsee, Side Cut Sport AG sports store.
Opening times The Witch’s Trail is open every day from May to October. Level of difficulty** Very easy Start/end You may choose your starting point. Accesses located near Hotel Bad and Restaurant Gypsera. Refreshments along the trail Various restaurants around the lake, fire pits (free wood available)
*Revenues derived from the sale of witch’s sacks are used to maintain the Witch’s Trail.
**The trail is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs (gravel and forest path).
Schwarzsee in Winter
Whereas in summer families can hike the Witch’s Trail and BBQ fans roast sausages over a fire, in winter the lake freezes and turns into a magical skating rink. When the weather is right, you can tie on your skates and glide over the smooth ice. Find out all the other things the Schwarzsee region has to offer in winter here.