Dating back to the 13th century, the castle is now a museum covering eight centuries of regional architecture, history and culture, and sits amidst a wonderfully scenic panorama. The Gruyères region is also steeped in legends: You’ll soon be familiar with La Belle Luce, John the Cripple, the jester Chalamala and the heroic women of Gruyères who used their goats as weapons.
The Castle of Gruyères has been standing proudly atop a verdant hill at the foot of the impressive Fribourg Pre-Alps since the 13th century.
These days, the mediaeval fortress houses prestigious collections that bear witness to its long and eventful history. Visitors to the castle will embark on a journey through the ages and discover its many amazing treasures: the precious mediaeval stained glass and the capes of the knights; the wall hangings, which the bailiffs commissioned under the Ancien Régime; and the decoration of the Knight’s Room, which was created in the 19th century by a colony of passionate artists.
Temporary exhibitions complement the historical and artistic heritage, revealing a new side to the castle with every visit.
Overlooking the picturesque town of Gruyères, the castle invites you to travel through time from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Inside its towers and ramparts, the rooms of the counts and bailiffs (13th-19th century) offer a wide variety of furniture, paintings, sculptures, heraldic stained glass windows and tapestries. The chapes of the Order of the Golden Fleece from the battle of Murten (1476) are worth seeing. In the apartments of the Bovy-Balland family (19th-20th c.), one can admire panelling painted by J.-B. Camille Corot, B. Menn and H. Baron, as well as the collection of works of art. Baron, as well as the collection of coins and medals of A. Bovy, the paintings of A. Baud-Bovy and the Braschoss piano-forte (1837). The murals in the Knights' Hall, by D. Bovy and B. Menn, illustrate the legends of the Counts of Gruyères. An impressive multimedia show on the history of the castle and temporary exhibitions complete the visit.
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Group & pricing information
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Adult: CHF 12.00
Senior / Student: CHF 8.00
Group (15 or more adults) CHF 8.00/person
Children (from 6 to 15 years) CHF 4.00