Château de Gruyères

Top choice in Fribourg, Drei-Seen-Land and The Jura

This bewitching turreted castle, home to 19 different counts of Gruyères, who controlled the Sarine Valley from the 11th to 16th centuries, was rebuilt after a fire in 1493. Inside you can view period furniture, tapestries and modern ‘fantasy art’, plus watch a 20-minute multimedia film about Gruyères' history. Don’t miss the short footpath that weaves its way around the castle. Combined tickets covering the château and other area attractions are available.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Fribourg, Drei-Seen-Land and The Jura attractions

2. HR Giger Museum

0.08 MILES

Biomechanical art fills this space, dedicated to the man behind the alien in the Alien films – Chur-born, Zürich-based Giger (b 1940). The museum bar…

3. La Maison du Gruyère

0.55 MILES

The secret behind Gruyère cheese is revealed in Pringy, directly opposite Gruyères train station (1.5km below town). Cheesemaking takes place three to…

4. Maison Cailler

1.95 MILES

Cailler has been making chocolate since 1825, and its entertaining factory tours take visitors on an extravagant twirl through chocolate history, made…

6. Fromagerie d’Alpage de Moléson

2.87 MILES

At this 17th-century fromagerie d'alpage (mountain dairy), 5km southwest of Gruyères in Moléson-sur-Gruyères, cheese is made in summer using old-fashioned…

7. Musée de Charmey

4.61 MILES

This simple little local-history museum, housed in a mountain chalet atop the Charmey Tourisme office, explores life in the town throughout the ages. It's…

8. La Rambertia

11.6 MILES

This lovely Alpine garden with around 1000 plants is located about 400m from the Rochers de Naye cogwheel-train station.