La Pierreuse Nature Reserve, Château-d’Oex
The Pierreuse Nature Reserve in Château-d’Oex covers an exceptional area in the Alps of the Lake Geneva Region and is a place of refuge for ibex. Etivaz AOC cheese is also made on these Alpine pastures.
La Pierreuse nature reserve is located to the south of Château-d’Oex in the area of the Gummfluh massif. It also includes the upper region of Etivaz to the north of Pic Chaussy. This characteristic landscape of the Pre-Alps covers an area of 34 square km and contains several valleys dominated by calcareous rock faces.
Wild fauna and rare species abound here: ibex, chamois, marmots, three-toed woodpeckers, owls, royal eagles, lynx and black grouse.
The region features wild nature with great geological abundance and remarkable sub-Alpine vegetation, as well as traditional Alpine meadows, the home of the famous Alpine cheese Etivaz.
In 1945, Aurèle Sandoz bequeathed Pierreuse to Château-d'Oex with the idea of turning it into a nature reserve. In 1958, Pro Natura was entrusted with the management of the territory.
La Pierreuse offers exceptional hikes and is the symbol of the “Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut Regional Nature Park" project.