This is a delightful town full of history and clearly well preserved. I walk around part of the easily accessible town ramparts crowned by striking towers, and cast my eyes over rooftops and out across the lake.
I wander along the narrow arcades and pop into the Aebersold bakery, famous for its Nidelkuchen, a unique cream tart. Three generations have been refining its taste, quality and simplicity, and I can personally vouch for the pastry’s extraordinary lightness, yet wholesome taste.
I move on to The Vully, one of the smallest wine regions of Switzerland, where I meet up with Marylene Bovard-Chevet, who opened the Chateau de Praz winery on the banks of Lac de Morat with her husband Louis. They currently produce around 100,000 bottles a year, six white and two red, and have no trouble selling it throughout Switzerland.
After lunch at the Bel-Air restaurant in Vully, where I have a superb main course of fresh perch caught from the lake, I move on to Estavayer-le-Lac, another of the region’s imposing medieval towns. In pure Gothic style, I wander through the arcades of Chenaux Castle and inside the 14th century Collegiate Church of St-Laurent.
I spend a pleasant early evening at Chateau de la Corbiere outside the town. The chateau has gone through various stages of life, from a girl’s school, boarding house for monks, boy’s school and private residence, before being purchased by Philippe and Anne Lise Glardon in 2011.
– Michael Cowton
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