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Castle of Gruyeres

Route du Chateau 8, Gruyeres 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 1663, Switzerland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The castle stands at the end of the main street in the medieval village of Gruyeres. The cost of entry is not enormous and well worth the money. A variety of rooms house a considerable number of very interesting artefacts and the views over the...More

Thank CaptainBedfordshire
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this castle for a third time on a rainy day. Our advice to visit the castle only once and on a sunny day. You are sure to enjoy the tour.

Thank kls42
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful castle. We visited on our way back to Montreux from Maison Callier. After you alight at Gruyères train station, cut through the train station for the bus stop. The bus (number 263) stops just infront of the souvenir/gift shop near the...More

Thank Simply1005
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice charming well kept castle.the entire place where the castle located gives you feeling of old history sensations.The view from above to villages and land escapes is fantastic and the views of around mountains are amazing.go on sunny day so you can see more beautiful...More

Thank mechil
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is really nice when the weather is with you. You have a great view onto the mountains. The castle has a central part which is really visit of the old castle and within the fences you have the castle village which are lots...More

Thank Mitchi121
Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

What I travel in time!! Its seemed se were walking in a small town in 16th century. Very beautiful scenario with a great sensation of cavallary... Very nice to spare some hours visiting.

Thank Gabrielbggomes
Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

The views are amazing and the Castle is very nice. Make this a part of your visit while at Gruyeres, you will not regret it!

Thank FernandoMexico8
Reviewed November 6, 2017 via mobile

Gruyére is relatively simple to get to from Geneva. Once you arrive, the hike to the historic centre is epic. The countryside is like being in fairy tale! Once you arrive at the Castle you are rewarded with more beautiful vistas. The castle and its...More

Thank Ben M
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

You shouldn’t go to Gruyères and miss the castle. Great exhibits of the place over the centuries. Really nice place to learn about the region.

Thank Ludo-Owen
Reviewed October 18, 2017 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
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April 5, 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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June 12, 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.
June 12, 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