The Castle of Gruyères — Château de Gruyères in French — is located in the tiny medieval town of Gruyères in the canton of Fribourg. It is one of the most famous places in Switzerland, not only for the castle and the historical town, but also for the cheese.
Visiting Gruyères is a very Swiss experience. You will arrive on time on a clean, silent train. You’ll see modern, clean cheese manufacturing and the modular Swiss architecture recent buildings all seem to share, then take a short walk up an Alp to see ruins harking back to the Roman days, a medieval village with cobblestone streets and a castle with history ranging from 1270 to the late 1800’s.
In town, you’ll eat meringues with La Gruyère double cream and aged Gruyère cheese (hopefully in a fondue), as well as meet smiling, friendly Swiss country-folk who won’t hesitate to shush you or admonish you with “non non” as needed. There is even a bar in town where you can sit in a chair designed by H.R. Giger, the man who gave the movie Alien its look. When you’re ready to go, your train will depart at the exact minute it should, delivering you quietly to your next destination.
It’s really a splendid, splendid place! Check out our photos below.
Note: some things may be closed in winter or certain days of the week, so make sure to check before going.