The Telecom Tower of Gibloux
The Telecom Tower of Gibloux is a transmitting radio and television antenna located at the highest point of the Gibloux hills at 1205 meters alt. The tower represents the crossing point between the three districts of the Canton of Fribourg with the Gruyère District (municipality of Sorrens), the Glâne District (Villarsonnens) and the Sarine District (municipality of Gibloux created in 2016 by the regrouping of the 5 municipalities whose Farvagny). The antenna, owned by Swisscom and built in 1994, is 118 metres high with the spire. The concrete structure, in its part, is at 65 meters.
Access from the parking
The tower is accessible by car on the district Gruyere side. Just follow the antenna signs and you arrive at a parking in the forest of the Pont-en-Ogoz municipality. From here you can access to the tower by a 1.6-kilometre small paved road per 180 meters incline. Going up takes 40 minutes and going down around 25.
The panoramic terrace
A panoramic terrace all around the antenna is available at 37 meters high from May to October. Access is free from a spiral staircase composed of 200 steps backed to the Tower. The 360-degree view offer a beautiful view of the Gruyere region, the Alps and the Jura. The didactic panels of “Géorama”, along the stairs and at the same level of the terrace, give an overview of the history of the universe, the earth and the life.
Note that the Mont-Pelerin Telecom Tower, which have the same radio and television broadcasting functions also has a panoramic terrace but in the highest point of the concrete structure, 60 meters high, while the terrace of the Telecom Tower of Gibloux is located at the “habitable” area.
Many walks are available in the Gibloux area, as well as a forest botanical trail leading to the Tower. At the foot of the tower, it is allow to do some grills with the presence of wooden tables. Toilets are also available. Note the presence of Gibloux municipality (Villarlod) and the two lifts of the Mont-Gibloux including one for children.
The antenna from far
For the anecdote, the Telecom Tower of Gibloux is exactly in the alignement of the Chaumont Funicular trench in the heights of Neuchâtel.
Modern building in French-speaking Switzerland
Modern tower in French-speaking Switzerland