Attractions

Top Choice Factory in Gruyères

Maison Cailler

Cailler has been making chocolate since 1825, and its entertaining factory tours take visitors on an extravagant twirl through chocolate history, made even sweeter by generous free samples. Cailler also offers a the…
Top Choice Cathedral in Fribourg

Cathédrale St Nicolas de Fribourg

Before entering this brooding 13th-century Gothic cathedral, contemplate the main portal with its 15th-century sculptured portrayal of the Last Judgment. On your right upon entering, inside the Chapelle du Saint Sép…
Top Choice Museum in Fribourg

Espace Jean Tinguely – Niki de Saint Phalle

Jump on the button to watch the Retable de l’Abondance Occidentale et du Mercantilisme Totalitaire (1989–90) make its allegorical comment on Western opulence. This museum, created in memory of Fribourg’s modern arti…
Top Choice Castle in Gruyères

Château de Gruyères

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, tap…
Top Choice Farm in Gruyères

Fromagerie d’Alpage de Moléson

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 methods – at 10am daily you can watch how they do it. The Al…
Top Choice Museum in Fribourg

Musée Suisse de la Marionnette

In an age where technology is everything, it's refreshing to see that some unique, age-old crafts that have brought joy to children and adults alike throughout the ages are being kept alive and well at this fabulous…
Area in Fribourg

Old Town

The 12th-century Old Town was laid out in simple fashion, with Grand-Rue as the main street and parallel Rue des Chanoines and Rue des Bouchers devoted to markets, church and civic buildings. The settlement later sp…
Museum in Gruyères

HR Giger Museum

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 opposite, Bar HR Giger, is kitted out in the same surrealist styl…
Museum in Fribourg

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire

Fribourg’s art and history museum, with an excellent collection of late Gothic sculpture and painting, is housed in the Renaissance Hôtel Ratzé. Gothic meets Goth in the underground chamber, where religious statues …
Historic Site in Fribourg

Tilleul de Morat

Legend has it that in 1476 a messenger sprinted from Murten to Fribourg to relay the joyous news that the Swiss had defeated Charles the Bold…only to drop dead with exhaustion on arrival. Onlookers, saddened by this…