Castle of Gruyeres, Gruyeres

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Set the clock back a few centuries with a visit to Castle of Gruyeres, situated in the verdant countryside against the backdrop of western Switzerland's majestic mountains. Constructed in the 13th century, the castle served as home to a long succession of local counts, who controlled this region from the 11th to the 16th centuries. Converted into a museum in 1938, the turreted castle houses a large collection of tapestries, paintings, and period furniture, allowing visitors to discover eight centuries of the region's artistic and cultural heritage. Watch the short multimedia film about the history of the castle and explore the footpaths winding their way around the property. Purchase tickets upon entrance; consider a combined ticket that gets you access to one of the nearby museums. Guided visits of the castle are available at an extra cost. Plan to see Castle of Gruyeres and other attractions that appeal to you using our Gruyeres route builder website .
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  • Lot of history here. We took a paid tour that was 1.5 hr. Which was interesting but way too short to do the site justice. I would suggest if you take the tour go back and visit the pieces that were ov...  more »
  • Interesting visit... quiet and lovely place... wait for the sunset who dangled the mountains in the windows of old houses in the village of Gruyères
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  • In the little medieval town of Gruyères there is this postcard beauty. Inside the castle there are a few museums and a beautiful garden! In the region there are good restaurants, charming by the way!
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  • One of the most beautiful places in Switzerland. It's quaint and picturesque. Not too many tourists. The castle has nice exhibits inside. Good views of the Meadows from the castle. This is a must see place in Switzerland as the Gruyere town is very small but charming. It is on a Cheese and Chocolate tour. One can easily do this by the efficient Swiss Public transport. There is a Cheese factory just outside the train station. One has to take a public bus 5 min. To reach the old town. One can take a bus 15 min from the Railway station to Broc for the chocolate factory. Makes a very nice and rewarding half day trip.
  • Great place to spend half a day. Tremendous view and 3 floors of ancient rooms. Everything is made out of stone and wood. Also great place for kids. At the castle store one can buy swards for kids :-) there is also some food, prices as Swiss usual. Parking near the castle are quite full, through free.
  • 10/10 castle, has a lot of castle places and historical themes. There is a path and a castle square where pedestrians can roam freely and visit shops or cafes and restaurants. There is an artisan chocolate shop with plenty of high quality produce and a few souvenir shops. The people are friendly and dogs are allowed inside. The HR Geiger museum has a very immersive theme of the authors work. The way up to the castle us steep but the view is good and the snow capped mountains are visible. There are plenty of landmarks and the place is even open during the cold winters. Would definately recommend to anyone in the area for a great day out
  • Very beautiful castle. Has a captivating calm to the aura in it. Especially beautiful views on a nice sunny day. Has its roots going deep into Swiss history.
  • A historical place worth visiting while getting your cheese and chocolate fix. The cobblestone town is fun to walk through as well.
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