Bulle is a small town that is located in the Gruyere district in the province of Fribourg in Switzerland standing at the foot of the Fribourg Pre-Alps. This formally independent city was incorporated into the La Tour-de-Treme in 2006. The town as a whole only covers just over 9 square miles half of which is used for agricultural purposes. Don’t let that dissuade you from a visit though. This is a perfect representation of a quaint alpine village of Switzerland.
The town of Bulle sits on a hill that is 2,500 feet high, not exactly a hill by most standards, and to the left of this “hill” flows the Treme River. The entire old town of Bulle is part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites. This includes the Notre-Dame De Compassion Chapel, the Baillival Castle, the Halle Landi and the Gruérien Museum. There is much to admire in the historic areas monuments, squares and parks. Plus the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains are not to be missed. One is simply in awe as you are nestled in the majesty of their shadows. The downtown newer area of Bulle is made up of many shops to peruse. A great way to take in local culture is to experience the Folk Market.
Bulle is a Swiss town that although it embraces its traditions and cultures its arms are opened wide embracing the future. One of the ways its does this by incorporating the wonderful sights of the mountains and mixing it with wonderful cuisine. What better way to do this than on a train ride. Hope aboard the Fondue Train. Take a retro train ride and be treated to wonderful cheese dipped delights as you race through the mountainside. The train ride goes from Bulle to Montbovon. It departs at 7:25PM from Bulle and you return at approximately 10:00PM. If fondue is not your cup of tea, don’t worry! During the warmer months of the year the Fondue Train turns into the Sushi Train. As you admire the beautiful landscape of Gruyere ensconced on the train you can enjoy a wonderful array of sushi and sake. The train times are the same. Check future dates as the 2014 schedule is not available yet. What an interesting and unique way to take in this amazing atmosphere.
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