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Castle of Gruyeres

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Gruyères Castle has stood proudly atop a verdant hill in the heart of Switzerland since the 13th century. Surrounded by the magnificent panorama of the Alpine foothills, the medieval fortress houses prestigious collections that bear witness to its...more
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Route du Chateau 8, Gruyeres 1663, Switzerland
+41 26 921 21 02
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 August 2013

This is one of the most charming castle villages in Switzerland. We unfortunately arrived too late this time to go in the actual castle, but enjoyed walking around it and taking in the view of the surrounding area. They were set up for August 1st...More

25  Thank marlena m
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 15 April 2015 via mobile

Visited here recently with my parents, brothers, husband and my 2 year old. We have learned from experience that old buildings and cobbles don't work well with strollers so we decided to put my daughter in her backpack and carry her that way. We went...More

3  Thank Devin T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My mom visited the castle and we were not disappointed... We've been in quite a few castles... This one is lovingly preserved, with many great historical pieces to look at (furniture, light fixtures, art, stained glass windows). We also enjoyed a snack prepared right in...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were on our way from Chillon to Cailler chocolate factory, when we saw this beautiful place. It is car free, but plenty of parking on the big lots. Ice cream was great, from a local shop. We took so many pictures...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The town of gruyere is beautiful...from the setting to the cobblestone streets. The castle is lovely and worth visiting. However, I would not waste your time going to the (free) movie about the history of the castle. That was 20 minutes I can’t get back.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting Chateau du Chillon and having lunch in Montreux, we decided to stop all at Gruyeres on the way back to where we were staying. We found a great looking Chateau at the top of the hill, and with a reasonable charge for admission,...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Great castle to visit. Historical and beautiful. Just a fabulous place to spend a few hours. A+++ . Take family and friends and you will love it.

Thank 798yvesm
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

One of the most prestigious castle in Switzerland. Situated at the altitude of 830m above the medieval town. Own by the merchants in the 15th century and turn to museum in 19th century. You can spend 1 hour inside to look at the residence of...More

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Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Easy to find, as there good signage. We walked from the train station along the pedestrian path. It’s fairly steep but doable, obviously. This is a self guided tour. The brochure given to you at the beginning of the tour is actually really informative and...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

We loved the small town and the walk from the train stop to the castle. It has an authentic vibe to it and the surroundings are even better than the castle. If you came by train, the bus up the castle and back will be...More

1  Thank ktantonet21
Reviewed 25 September 2018

This castle sits atop a hill in Gruyeres and is easily walk-able from the train station. The castle is also about 5 minutes from the local cheese factory/downtown Gruyeres. The castle offers a short film (and I recommend watching it) when you first enter to...More

Thank toddmcd17
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

Gruyeres is an adorable medieval town. We walked up to the town (it’s a short hike uphill from the train station). We had fondue and raclette for lunch - seemed fitting - and it was delicious. We walked around and saw the views from the...More

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5 June 2018|
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Response from ChateauDeGruyeres | Property representative |
Hello, here are the entrance fees (2018) : Adults : CHF 12.00 Retired, students : CHF 8.00 Groups (starting from 15 « adult » entries) : CHF 8.00 Kids (from 6 to 15) : CHF 4.00 Under 6 years : Free Families (2 adults and... More
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5 April 2017|
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Response from ChateauDeGruyeres | Property representative |
Hi Christina, In the reviews on tripadvisor, there is sometimes a confusion between the castle and the fortfied city of Gruyères. Walking into the city is totally free and really nice. You can see, among others, fortified... More
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12 June 2015|
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Response from Pavlos K | Reviewed this property |
You could call them before you go: La Maison du Gruyère, Place de la Gare 3, CH-1663 Pringy-Gruyère Tél. +41(0)26 921 84 00 This is the telephone number of the cheese house/museum. They will help you.
12 June 2015|
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Response from mariostoona | Reviewed this property |
From Geneva airport to Gruyeres was around 4 hours with a lot of intermediate stations using trains mostly. The route was like Geneva-Lossane-Paleziex-Bulle-Gruyeres. You have to change train many times but the view is... More
31 December 2014|
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Response from micheleielliott | Reviewed this property |
Hello I just stayed there. You would have to contact the hotel for reservations. it is a lovely hotel and I think they would have places that far in advance. Be sure to get a balcony room at the back overlooking the... More