Cross-country skiing and hikes in picturesque and intact nature
Peace and serenity await skiers who decide to spend their winter holidays in Gryon. With its time-honored facades, narrow streets and alpine huts, Gryon is one of Switzerland's historic heritage. Surrounded by a landscape full of natural attractions, Gryon is a true nature lover's paradise. On its numerous marked routes through fir forests, pastures and farms Gryon invites you to immerse yourself in the intact, lush and peaceful nature. An oasis also for cross-country skiers, deep snow skiers and snowshoe hikers. Numerous curios await hikers and skiers on the routes of Gryon. From the heights above Gryon you have a magnificent view of the majestic mountain peaks.
At 1900 m altitude in the south of the Diablerets Massivs is the Alp Anzeindaz, one of the most beautiful pastureland in the Vaud Alps. Here, a magnificent and wild panorama opens up as far as the eye can see. After about an hour's walk on forest and dirt roads you reach the Alp Solalex. From here you can see and climb the famous Miroir d'Argentine (2325 m), a fossil coral reef. Time for a break in the charming inn of Solalex. In a cozy atmosphere with traditional music in the background, you can enjoy regional dishes prepared over wood fire. The menu features regional, alpine and French dishes. The most popular hike from Gryon leads to Taveyanne, a village surrounded by beautiful pastures in the heart of a nature reserve. This idyllic village is a protected 350-hectare alp, which extends between 1515 and 2600 m altitude. The village of Taveyanne with its picturesque alpine huts offers natural habitat for numerous animal and plant species. An enchanting corner of earth that is as important to the Gryonnaisians as their village. The 53 km of cross-country routes cross the meadows, pastures and Alps of Taveyanne and Solalex.
Rich historical heritage
Gryon is not just a ski and vacation spot. First officially mentioned in 1189, this 1217-strong village is one of the oldest in the canton of Vaud. So Gryon is above all a place full of history and proud of its rich and diverse cultural heritage. Like an open-air museum, the village center tells of its past: the church witnessing all the events in the village and the large well, a 7-tonne basin that was pulled up the hill only by muscle power in 1805 by the inhabitants of the village. Not far from where the market used to be, the Maison du Terroir is now located. This building is dedicated to the marketing of local products and handicrafts. There are also various art objects (wood sculptures, watercolors, oil paintings, graphics, silk paintings), jewelry, food, drinks, spa products, decorative items, dolls and stuffed animals. In Gryon there are many more historical sites: the parish house of Gryon with its terrace, which gives a wonderful panoramic view of the valley and the neighboring peaks, the old post office of the 19th century, built in 1661 and superbly preserved chalet Griuns as well as the residence of the poet Juste Olivier.