Barme Alpine Plateau


Barme is one of the most beautiful sites near Champéry, a bucolic alpine valley where tranquil herds of livestock graze in flowering meadows strewn with impressive blocks of white limestone. Countless alpine creatures make their homes in the protective shade of the forests that cover steep hillsides.

Nestled at the foot of the Dents Blanches mountains on the border with France, this idyllic alpine valley is the starting point for countless hiking and walking trails. It is also the most important North-South flight path over the Alps for migratory birds.

Not surprisingly, given this strategic location and geography, Barme was also a major thoroughfare for contraband in its not-so-distant past. Today, a themed hiking trail takes visitors back to the olden days when the ‘Contrabandiers’ smuggled goods, animals and sometimes even people along the narrow alpine paths and over the Col de Cou Pass.

Adjacent to the Col de Cou is the Col de Bretolet, home to one of the most important ornithological stations in Europe. From August to October, bird-lovers from all over the world literally flock to visit this unique spot.

No matter what the season, Barme is a true natural wonder, with unspoiled landscapes and a rich and diverse flora and fauna.

A variety of different trails dedicated to the themes of geology, fauna, flora and local history provide a wealth of additional information and interesting anecdotes, making a visit to Barme a memorable and enriching experience.

Opening hours

From May to October



  • Play area
  • Picnic area
  • Bar
  • Themed path
  • Orientation board
  • Sustainable development
  • Parking nearby
  • Waste management
  • Pets welcome
  • Coach access
  • Restaurant
  • Fast food
  • Spot photo


Free access.


BarmeCH - 1874ChampérySuisse
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