On my trip to Switzerland, I discovered the cutest village ever: Gruyeres. As its name shows, this place is famous for cheese making, but not only. It also has a majestic castle, overlooking all the medieval village, and more museums. Located 1h25-drive from Geneva, I 100% recommend you a visit to this cute place if you’re around; you will feel disconnected from the world. All you can see is nature, mountains, grass and cows. It feels amazing to reconnect (even for just a few hours) to this living world.
The castle is standing 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 has been home first to the counts who built it, then to the bailiffs of Fribourg, and finally the Bovy and Balland families from Geneva, before opening its doors to the public in 1938.
The treasures to be found within its walls include the capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the intricate stained-glass windows dating from the Middle Ages; the frescoes commissioned by the bailiffs under the Ancien Régime; paintings by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot; and the troubadour decorations of the Knights’ Hall, created at Gruyères in the 19th century by a colony of passionate artists. From its ramparts to its Frenchstyle gardens, from the guard room to its romantic salons, Gruyères Castle takes you on an adventure through eight centuries of art, history and legends.
Today, you can visit it for 12 CHF per person.
Maison du Gruyeres
This factory was amazing to visit. We could discover all the traditions and secrets of the making of the cheese, and even taste some. Furthermore, the exhibition features : panels giving of general information on the cheese dairy, the Gruyere AOP and the cellars as well as a film shot at La Maison du Gruyère showing the various production stages of Le Gruyère AOP.
Of course, more activities are to be made in Gruyeres. You can for example visit the HR Giger Museum, or hike and climb in Moleson, a beautiful ski resort. Many restaurants and hotels/chalets can be found in the area, offering great Swiss products. I traveled there during Spring season, but I am sure that travelling during winter and seeing all the landscapes and surroundings covered in snow must be charming as well !