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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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  • Average5%
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Route du Chateau 8, Gruyeres CH 1663, Switzerland
+41 26 921 21 02
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took a day trip from Bern by train, well actually three trains and a bus, to visit this little city and see the castle and watch the cheese making demonstration. The Chateaux is free with a Swiss travel pass, otherwise 12 CHF for adults....More

Thank Christine H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wouldn’t say that there are a lot of differences from this castle to the next. I absolutely love seeing the history. This one was never abandoned. It is perfectly preserved. Great views of the mountain towns. This castle has a personal touch to it....More

Thank Heston Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

The town of Gruyeres or Greyers is a beautiful enclave in the Freiburg Canton, an area of Switzerland where the mountains and the small picturesque town blend with pristine lakes and crisp air. The castle area, which is accessed walking from the parking area, is...More

Thank wanderingant
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Castles in general in Switzerland are very lovely, but this one is really amazing. Gruyeres itself is a very nice place to visit, with the Cheese factory and HR Giger Museum. The Castle of Gruyeres is the crown jewel, with very pleasing views of the...More

Thank Vhakemi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We finished our Switzerland vacation with a stop in Gruyeres on the way back to Geneva. This was a recommendation from the hotel innkeeper in Grindelwald. The old town and castle were impressive but overall left me a little cold. Just didn't have the same...More

Thank NaplesMyHome
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The city is lovely. Small and only need an hour or two if you not going to eat. The castle is OK. Very average on European standards and the women at the entrance were the only non friendly people I encountered in Switzerland. Suggest she...More

Thank steveco2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

take your time to observe the architecture... the midel age defense strategy... the cold in winter...

Thank p0siek
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Did not go inside so can't comment on that, but the outside was well maintained and had a beautiful view of the surrounding town and mountains

Thank Drew M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. Spectacular views on all sides and packed with interesting artifacts including a severed hand from the crusades, Liszt's piano and artwork from many different periods. Definitely worth paying the entry fee to look around, especially if one is visiting the Giger...More

Thank Daniel R
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Gruyeres is one of the numerous picturesque villages in Switzerland. Famous not only for its cheese and ' creme de gruyere' full cream full of calories but ooh so divine. During the strawberry season if you happen to be in Switzerland do make it a...More

Thank Proflfa
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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