GRUYÈRE the Medieval Town
A picture-perfect medieval town on a small hill with a castle and three totally different museums: In Gruyères, 800-year-old regional history and culture meet Oscar-winning aliens and Buddhist sculptures.
The historical town of Gruyères, Greyerz in German, has preserved its Medieval character up until today. The old comital residence lies on a hill above the river Saane. The castle, which dates back to the 13th century, is today a museum depicting 800 years of regional architecture, history and culture.
The museum of H. R. Giger is to be found in the nearby small castle of St. Germain. This museum showcases the fantastical art of the Oscar-winner and «Alien» creator. The Tibet museum (opened in 2009) with over 300 Buddhist sculptures, pictures and ritual works from various Himalayan regions, is located in the midst of the traffic-free town.
The town also has a charm all of its own thanks to its superb gastronomy and its modern show dairy.
A visit to the castle is a journey across eight centuries of architecture, history and culture. The castle was the residence of the counts of Gruyères.
The castle, constructed in the 13th century, was home to a long succession of Gruyères counts. Michel, the last of them, faced financial difficulties and declared bankruptcy in 1554. The creditors – the towns of Fribourg and Berne – shared his land between them. The Castle became the headquarters of the Fribourg bailiffs (1555-1798), then the prefects’ residence until 1848. It was put up for sale in 1849 and became the property of the Bovy and Balland families, who stayed there in summer and took care of restoration of the site with their artist friends. In 1938, the State of Fribourg bought the Castle and opened a museum.
Discover the Castle’s permanent exhibitions that serve as a reminder of its history, in addition to various temporary exhibitions.
“Gruyères” is a thrilling multimedia show (images, music, light and sound). 18 minutes duration, available in 8 languages, it brings the visitor out of time, on a discovery of the wonderful story of the castle. Every day, every 30 minutes.
CASTLE OPENING HOURS
Access for the disabled at ground level (including temporary exhibitions) as well as to the multimedia show.
Please contact us concerning access to the Chateau.
Guided tours in French, German, English, Italian, Spanish or Russian upon request.
April to October: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
November to March: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Adults: CHF 12.-
Seniors, students: CHF 8.-
Kids (6 to 16): CHF 4.-
Family price: CHF 25.- (2 adults + 2 or 3 kids up to 16)
Groups (from 15 pers.): CHF 8.-
Castle and HR Giger Museum: CHF 19.-
Castle and La Maison du Gruyère – Cheese dairy: CHF 16.- (only for adults)
Castle and Tibet Museum: CHF 17.-
Rue du Château 8
Phone : +41 (0)26 921 21 02