This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Château-d'Œx. To help you make friends with Château-d'Œx before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Located in Switzerland’s upper Saane valley, this small, picturesque town is known across the globe as the World Alpine Capital of Hot Air Ballooning. Since 1979, balloonists from around the world gather in Chateau d’Oex for a week-long festival and competition during the last week of January.
If you’re looking to stay in a hostel, there are a number of options available in Chateau d’Oex, as well as in nearby Rougemont. While plenty of visitors to the villages of the Pays-d’Enhaut opt for a hostel experience, those seeking a traditional hotel stay can find appropriate accommodation.
Skiing is a popular activity among the locals, and visitors can easily access the La Braye ski station thanks to a cable car service that runs year-round, right through the heart of the community. Winter tourists can also enjoy snow-shoe treks, forested walking trails, and thrilling toboggan runs.
The beautiful landscapes of Chateau d’Oex also offer a wealth of opportunities for exploration throughout the summer. Rocky plateaus, forests, moors, and vibrant flora can be found just south of Chateau d’Oex in the largest nature conservation area within western Switzerland, La Pierreuse. Cyclists can take advantage of some of the Pays-d’Enhaut’s expansive network of marked mountain biking trails, and the river Saane gives adventurous travelers the chance to experience a variety of watersports ranging from kayaking to river-rafting.
Culinary experiences are also abundant in Chateau d’Oex. Venturing out from your hostel or hotel, tourists can opt to visit one of the village’s fantastic restaurants – or check out Pays-d’Enhaut’s traditional Alpine huts to sample etivaz cheese, prepared in cauldrons over an open fire.
Trains are available to bring travelers to Chateau d’Oex, or tourists can choose to drive themselves to this unique Alpine destination. Either way, the scenic passage through the mountains and into this charming village will provide visitors with an unforgettable experience.
Written by local enthusiast for Château-d'Œx hostelsJakob Lombardi