At the highest point in the medieval town of Gruyères lies the majestic Castle of Gruyères. Amidst a glorious panorama, a visit to this castle provides a fascinating insight into 800 years of history, art and legends.
The Castle of Gruyères has stood proudly atop a verdant hill at the foothills of the impressive Fribourg Pre-Alps since the 13th century. Today, the medieval fortress houses prestigious collections that bear witness to its long and eventful history. Visitors to the castle can embark on a journey through the ages and discover its many amazing treasures. These include the precious stained-glass windows dating from the Middle Ages, capes belonging to Charles the Bold’s Knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece, the wall hangings commissioned by the bailiffs under the Ancien Régime, paintings by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot and the troubadour decorations of the Knights’ Room, created in Gruyères in the 19th century by a colony of passionate artists.
Gruyères, a land of legends, also has many stories to tell: of La Belle Luce, John the Cripple, the jester Chalamala and the heroic women of Gruyères who used their goats as weapons. Temporary exhibitions complement the historical and artistic heritage, revealing a new side to the castle with every visit.
Visiting and events
Visitors can explore the castle and exhibition on their own with the handout guide. This guide is free and available in 12 languages. Alternatively, a fascinating multimedia show in eight languages tells the story of the castle. The Castle of Gruyères also offers special tours. Guides will share the long history of the site and the people who have lived there with visitors. Storytellers in medieval costume recount the legends of the castle and the region on entertaining guided walks. The castle also has something for its youngest visitors: a lady of the court takes them on an exciting treasure hunt.
- Car: approx. 300 parking spaces at the entrance to the town
- Picnic spots close to the castle in “Clos aux cerfs”