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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 Swiss in Gruyères

Chez Boudji

Visitors love the authenticity of this Swiss mountain chalet with a panoramic terrace overlooking the Alps. Linger there in anticipation of the cheesy goodness you're about to consume. This is stodgy, hearty food: m…
Top Choice Bar in Gruyères

Bar HR Giger

Sip absinthe or cocktails with names like Bambi Alien Blood at this insanely trippy cafe-by-day/bar for a few hours, kitted out in the style of theHR Giger Museum across the road. You really have to see the interior…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Fribourg

Le Port

No address better reflects Fribourg's creative spirit. Squirrelled away in a former gas warehouse on the banks of the River Sarine, the Port bursts with energy. On summer days Fribourgeois hang out on its tree-shade…
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…
Top Choice Chocolate in Fribourg

Villars Chocolate

The adjacent burnt-red and caramel brick factory of this chocolatier, in business since 1901, churns out slabs of Alpine-rich Gruyère milk chocolate, and loved-by-kids têtes au choco (chocolate-covered marshmallow h…