Stained glass Trail
An undulating pathway in the heart of the Glâne’s green landscape, discovering churches and their remarkable, well-preserved, stained-glass windows. The starting point for the walk is the jewel crown of the region: the Vitromusée Romont, the Swiss Museum of Stained Glass and Glass Art.
From the museum in the Castle of Romont, there are steps leading away from the hillside that take you down to the Glâne, the river from which the district takes its name. Take a look at the little Chapel of Sainte-Anne, then head back up to Mézières to see the modern stained-glass windows in the church and visit the Wallpaper Museum. Cross a forest and then walk back down to La Neirigue, a small town on the banks of the stream that shares its name. From there, you can go out and back to the church in Les Grangettes-Près-Romont, with its pretty view over the valley, or head straight to the chapel of Notre Dame de l’Epine in Berlens, a destination for pilgrims since the Middle Ages.
On the way back, the hamlet of Mottex, Romont and its hillside offer a picture-postcard landscape. Take a moment to contemplate the stained-glass windows designed by Brian Clarke in the church of the Cistercian Abbey of La Fille-Dieu, which has celebrated its 750th anniversary. There is a short final climb before a well-deserved rest on the pews of the collegiate church in Romont, which also dates from the 13th century, and whose stalls inspired John Howe in the film “The Lord of the Rings”.
Tip: the Tourist Office can provide a guide to accompany your walk, with explainations of the history of stained-glass windows and their creators.
Accessible by public transport: yes
Accessible by car: yes
Difference in height: + 515 m / - 514 m