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Castle of Gruyeres

Route du Chateau 8, Gruyeres CH 1663, Switzerland
+41 26 921 21 02
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Gruyères Castle has stood proudly atop a verdant hill in the heart of Switzerland since the 13th century. Surrounded by the magnificent panorama of the Alpine foothills, the medieval fortress houses prestigious collections that bear witness to its long and rich history. The treasures to be found within its walls include the capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the intricate stained-glass windows dating from the Middle Ages; the frescoes commissioned by the bailiffs under the Ancien Régime; paintings by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot and the troubadour decorations of the Salle des Chevaliers, created at Gruyères in the 19th century by a colony of passionate artists. From its ramparts to its French-style gardens, from the guard room to its romantic salons, Gruyères Castle takes you on an adventure through eight centuries of art, history and legends.
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Route du Chateau 8, Gruyeres CH 1663, Switzerland
+41 26 921 21 02
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Years ago I had the opportunity to visit their cheese factory as part of a USO tour out of Germany. Wonderful experience! The tour was an informative and nicely presented audio tape from the cow's perspective that guided you through the exhibits and views of...More

Thank cgoethe2016
Reviewed 2 days ago

I have been to Gruyeres 5 times yet. I recommend this visit not only for the castle, but also for the views from there. it is not packed of tourists like fro example Newschwanstein or other castles.

Thank eugeniodbi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't actually go into the castle but the mediaeval town is very pretty. The views all around are spectacular. We had the obligatory fondue which was lovely. It's a lovely town with amazing views.

Thank Lindaandin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The whole place is idyllic, a must see place, from the quaint village that surrounds the castle to the castle itself. Definitely a step back in time not to be missed.

Thank Dee M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a 10 Swiss Franc charge to enter. Free with the Swiss Pass. Walk around the castle instead, and take in the amazing view. Cool photos!

Thank anonymousLosAngeles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I toured the castle during a lunch break on a group tour to the famous Callier chocolate factory and Gruyere cheese factory. The grounds surrounding the castle are beautiful. If you don't have time to tour the castle, at least walk around...More

Thank missylarson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A fascinating place to look around and interesting. Everything was very well maintained and it didn't take forever to look around.

Thank Tim D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing and beautiful palace built on the hill about 800 m above sea level. The palace is surrounded by beautiful mountain view and village. There are many small hotels and restaurants on the way to palace. Just dont forget to eat fondue and raklette the...More

Thank DisneySea
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tiny village is why people visit Europe - it feels like a step back in time. Great stop! The castle was very interesting - the interior courtyard of the castle reminded me of Winterfell in Game of Thrones.

Thank NotALostWanderer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gruyeres was my favorite place to visit on my 3 week visit to Switzerland with my family. I loved how easy it was to drive there from Thun. We parked near the cheese factory and walked up to the castle. The medieval town around the...More

Thank irsh21
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5 April 2017|
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Response from ChateauDeGruyeres | Property representative |
Hi Christina, In the reviews on tripadvisor, there is sometimes a confusion between the castle and the fortfied city of Gruyères. Walking into the city is totally free and really nice. You can see, among others, fortified... More
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12 June 2015|
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Response from Pavlos K | Reviewed this property |
You could call them before you go: La Maison du Gruyère, Place de la Gare 3, CH-1663 Pringy-Gruyère Tél. +41(0)26 921 84 00 This is the telephone number of the cheese house/museum. They will help you.
12 June 2015|
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Response from mariostoona | Reviewed this property |
From Geneva airport to Gruyeres was around 4 hours with a lot of intermediate stations using trains mostly. The route was like Geneva-Lossane-Paleziex-Bulle-Gruyeres. You have to change train many times but the view is... More