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The Swiss village of Chateau d'Oex is best known as one of Europe's leading locations for hot-air ballooning. Situated in the delightful Pays-d'Enhaut area in the canton of Vaud, it lies approximately halfway between the famous cheese-village of Gruyeres (as in cheese-making, rather than a village made of cheese!) and the upmarket resort of Gstaad. It has a certain micro-climate, with warm thermal air currents rising up through the valley, that, along with the splendid scenery, have made it a Mecca for ballooning enthusiasts and tourists. The main event occurs every January with the annual International Balloon Festival, but there are also a wide range of companies offering trips throughout the rest of the year.

Chateau d'Oex - The Good, the Bad, ...and the Facts!

  • Chateau d'Oex Resort Alititude: 960m.
  • Location ideally suited for ballooning - it's what the resort is most famous for.
  • Close to Geneva.

Chateau d'Oex Live Streams

No live-streams are currently available for Chateau d'Oex.

Chateau d'Oex Web Cameras

A list of webcams for Chateau d'Oex and the surrounding area.

Chateau d'Oex Snow Record

Chateau d'Oex is Family Friendly

There are plenty of family-orientated activities around Chateau d'Oex. Obviously there is a lot of emphasis in this particular resort on the ballooning trips, but there is also plenty of hiking, climbing and biking. There's also a heated outdoor pool, mini-golf and a kids play area. So plenty to keep everyone happy !

Chateau d'Oex has Amazing Scenery

Any Summer Skiing at Chateau d'Oex ?

Chateau d'Oex History

Chateau d'Oex was an agricultural village up until the turn of the 20th century, when the opening of the Montreux - Bernese Oberland Railway started to bring tourists to the area in the summer months. With trips to the Swiss Alps being particularly popular amongst the British, some grand hotels started to be built and Chateau d'Oex started morphing into a holiday resort, rather than just a centre for farming and cheese-making. Tennis clubs, swimming pools, camp-sites and cable cars all started appearing, and with the advent of skiing amongst the masses, Chateau d'Oex also became a winter time destination as well as a summer one. Hot-air ballooning and white-water rafting, two of the pastimes for which the resort originally became known, are still extremely popular to this day. As well as the skiing up on La Braye, of course.

Chateau d'Oex - Getting There

Chateau d'Oex is in a great location for visitors from Britain who fly into Geneva. It's particularly easy if you make use of the country's famous rail network - just pop onto one of the frequent trains from Geneva around the lake to Montreux, make a quick change of train and then an hour later you'll arrive at Chateau d'Oex. Simple. And the scenery on the trip is rather tasty too.

Getting to the Slopes at Chateau d'Oex

The Skiing at Chateau d'Oex

Chateau d'Oex is part of the much larger Alpes Vaudoises Ski Region:

Alpes Vaudoises

Information on the Swiss ski area Alpes Vaudoises, including links to the surrounding resorts, webcams, slope information and lift details.

The Alpes Vaudoises ski area covers a large area that comprises slopes from quite a few different resorts. The closest ski area to Chateau d'Oex is La Braye, which sits directly above the resort. The ski areas around Rougemont and Gstaad are also close by but require either road or rail transport to get into their lift systems. You will find details of the La Braye ski area below:

La Braye Ski Area

Chateau d'Oex Piste Maps

A list of piste-maps for Chateau d'Oex and the surrounding ski areas.

Chateau d'Oex The Resort Itself

Chateau d'Oex Other Activities

Chateau d'Oex Local Knowledge

Legendary British actor David Niven (best known for his upper-crust roles such as Sir Charles Lytton/The Phantom in The Pink Panther, and Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days) lived in Chateau d'Oex during the 1970's and through to his death at his home there in 1983. He was friends with another legendary British screen star - Sir Roger Moore, who at the time lived in neighbouring Gstaad.

Chateau d'Oex Apres Ski

Chateau d'Oex - Any Chance of Early Snow ?

Chateau d'Oex Resort Style

Chateau d'Oex Annual Events

Annual Events in this and neighbouring resorts...

When it comes to ballooning, the Swiss resort of Chateau-d'Oex is the Alpine capital, and this is the festival to celebrate it. The 2016 festival will be the 38th in the history of this renowned international event, and will feature about 100 balloons, including 10 special shaped ones, from over 20 different countries. The highlight for us though has to be the fantastically named event - "the David Niven Long Distance Hare and Hounds Competition" !

As the festival normally runs in the last week of January it's possible to combine a visit with a skiing holiday in the area - Chateau-d'Oex is situated in the Pays-d'Enhaut region (between Lausanne and Interlaken) and there are a number of other ski resorts close by, including Gstaad for the millionaires amongst you.

Chateau d'Oex Balloon Festival »

The 2016 Les Diablerets Film Festival will be the 47th running of one of Europe's largest events dedicated to films centred around the mountains. Centre piece of the festival is a giant screen showcasing the latest action from some of the world's top outdoor film directors, including some free-riding features. There also climbing walls and exhibition stands to visit.

Les Diablerets Film Festival »

Chateau d'Oex Useful Links

If you want some further information on Chateau d'Oex, then you might find these links to other sites useful...

Hotels + Chalets in Chateau d'Oex

Chateau d'Oex hotels and chalets.

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