Gruyeres Castle, Gruyeres

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Set the clock back a few centuries with a visit to Gruyeres Castle, 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 Gruyeres Castle and other attractions that appeal to you using our Gruyeres route builder website.
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  • A visit to the castle is worth it, I had a discounted price for being student. However, the inside of the castle is not that amazing, it is an average castle. I was expecting to see more like the...  more »
  • Didn't manage to visit the inside of the castle but the exterior of it was really well kept and loved how the castle was situated in the mountains and surrounded by Swiss alps. There are also lots of....  more »
  • Ok, we didn't go inside the castle (was closed at that time due to some sneaky virus that took over the world). But we were surprised to learn that most of the grounds in and around the castle were...  more »
  • Really lovely castle to visit. It was well worth the price of entry. You can tour many of the rooms they also have lovely art featured in the rooms that weren't furnished. Fascinating history of the castle. One of the highlights of the Swiss part of our trip!
  • It's a very educational place to visit. You will be able to see some amazing views from the castle. Not giving five stars only because some of the descriptions do not have English but only French and German.
  • Didn't know what to expect so didn't go in with any expectations but ended up spending quite a bit of time here. The fall colours with the scenery and view is spectacular. The rooms are beautiful with just the right amount of information provided to give you a taste for the history without taking up too much of your time. Seeing the movie at the earliest showing in your visit is recommended as it tells you a bit about some of the rooms and scenes you'll see which further help to paint a picture.
  • The pictures online are all you need to see to motivate you to see this place. However, once you are there, the pictures do it no justice! Superbly maintained. Love the garden!
  • Very nice around there. Marvellous views from the Castle. I suggest use a hat to walk around during summer time because there are not much shade. Gruyères is a beautiful place to be there 1-2 hours. You can also visit the restaurants and try the Gruyères Fondue. It is amazing!

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