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Address: Route du Chateau 8, Gruyeres CH 1663, Switzerland
Phone Number:
+41 26 921 21 02
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Gruyères Castle has stood proudly atop a verdant hill in the heart of...

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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A Gem around Geneva

If you are in Geneva, Gruyere is only an hour drive and it's a must see! The castle is surrounded by one small narrow street that's full of shops and restaurants as well as a... read more

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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are in Geneva, Gruyere is only an hour drive and it's a must see! The castle is surrounded by one small narrow street that's full of shops and restaurants as well as a hotel. The area is preserved to show the historic nature of the place. Lots of sightseeing and history to explore. It's a beautiful place! Would... More 

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Sitiawan, Malaysia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A fascination place and great surroundings. Tells you a lot about the old Swiss History .. visit the castle inside and see also the great gardens. Walking up through this Typical Medieval village, you will find a lot of souvenirs shops and great local restaurants. Try the Swiss Cheese Fondue (with Gruyere Cheese of course) and the Local big Meringue... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful place!!!! Stores, cafes, restaurants. Dont forget to try meringue with double cream!

Thank KeniaT
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is very fascinating... to see how people lived back then. I just didn't get the modern art... however I love the garden and it's just a beautiful view and beautiful castle...

Thank Maria G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved touring around the town and Castle of Gruyere. I had a day touring on my own, and loved walking around the perimeter of the Castle, as well as exploring inside. The rooms are gorgeous, and the view of the gardens and surrounding countryside was so so beautiful. I loved everything about it except for the little movie that... More 

Thank Caitlin D
Chipstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely castle in the most beautiful setting. The tour was very well set out and easy to follow. The castle is maintained well and has information to read in a few languages. Well worth a visit if you are travelling in the area. Gruyere is a lovely hill top village with no cars that is well worth driving off... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Don't miss the 20 minute video it is quite entertaining. I think I like the stories and the views most about this castle. It is at the top of a Medieval city and is part historical, part art gallery and part a painted time line of it's history as artists have lived in it and painted the walls. 16th century... More 

Thank Katie V
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

It was out of the way. It was mixed with modern art in some areas that seemed to mismatch with the originality of the castle. But, it was open, not restrictive, and you could get closer to the exhibits and take pictures. I've been to better castles and I've been to worse. The view was awesome, of course we always... More 

Thank Chris P
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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Wa able to visit Castle de Chillon and it puts this castle to shame, but it doesn't mean that this one isn't nice to visit. With this visit you get the pleasure of walking thru the shops and stopping for Fondue if you want. There is also an amazing bar there you have to visit. It was designed by the... More 

Thank Lisa R
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

My father, daughter and I visited this medieval castle. It was a tuesday morning so there were not many other visitors. The price was affordable for a 45 minute visit and 20 minute video projection. My young daughter really enjoyed the various rooms in the castle and father the historical value of the visit. I enjoyed the fact that we... More 

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