• Castle of Gruyères
  • Castle of Gruyères
  • Castle of Gruyères
  • Castle of Gruyères
  • Castle of Gruyères

Castle of Gruyères

Gruyères, FR
  • Castle of Gruyères
  • Castle of Gruyères
  • Castle of Gruyères
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Discover eight centuries of history, art and legend - in front of a breathtaking panorama.

Discover a magical place full of stories and traditions and let it inspire you to go on an adventure! The more adventurous visitors may climb the fortified walls and explore the knight's hall, whilst those who prefer a more tranquil experience might visit the living quarters that have been restored in the style of the romantic period and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the French gardens..

Due to its unique architecture, its historical collections and special exhibitions covering topics from the Middle Ages to modern times, a visit to Gruyères Castle is a unique experience in time travel.

800 years of history 

The foundations of today's castle complex, ancestral home to the Dukes of Gruyères, date back to the years around 1270. Towards the end of the 15th century the old fortress was rebuilt into a representative seat of power for the dynasty. Michel, the last of the Gruyères dukes went bankrupt in 1554 having tried but failed to implement his own system of currency. He died shortly after that whilst still in exile. 

Between 1555 and 1848 bailiffs from Fribourg resided in the castle and embellished it in the Baroque style. After 1849, under the ownership of the families Bovy and Balland from Geneva, the castle flourished. Especially due to the sponsorship of an artists' colony by the castle's lord Daniel Bovy, Gruyères became a cultural centre in the region. Painters such as Camille Corot, Berthélémy Menn and others were inspired by the natural beauty of the countryside surrounding the castle, recreating it in many historical scenes and romantic landscapes on the castle's walls. After the private owners of the castle ran into financial difficulties, the authorities of Canton Fribourg bought the property and converted it into a museum.

Special exhibitions

Encouraged by the Bovy family, the castle still maintains strong ties to the arts. The museum's special exhibitions display works by a wide range of artists, focusing on contemporary art and thus creating an interesting contrast between the pieces on show and their historical surroundings.

opening hours

April to October: 9 am - 6 pm

November to March: 10 am - 5 pm

Last entrance 45 minutes prior closing.
The castle is open all year.


Individual visitors

  • Adult: CHF 13.-
  • Senior citizens and students: CHF 9.-
  • Child (6-15 years): CHF 5.-

Groups / families

family offer (2 adults and up to 3 children): CHF 29.-

As from 15 people: CHF 9.-

Free entrance

  • Children under 6 years
  • Schools (class visits with teacher)
  • Swiss Museum Pass
  • Raiffeisen Member Card
  • ICOM (International Council of Museums)
  • Swiss Museums Association (AMS)
  • Association of Friends of the Château de Gruyères
visitor information

The castle isn't wheelchair accessible.

No dogs are allowed into the Castle, Esplanade, Courtyard or French Garden.

There are picnic areas around the village of Gruyères.


Gruyères has many restaurants. Taste the regional specialities including a Fondue moitié-moitié, Borne ham or double-cream meringues.


By public transport

  • Stop: Gruyères-Gare / Pringy (15 minutes walk to the Medieval Town and Castle)
  • Train: Bern - Lausanne line, with change in Palézieux
  • Train and Bus: Bern - Lausanne line, with changes in Fribourg and Bulle

By car

  • Motorway A12 (exit Bulle).
  • Parking at the entry of the town, 500 meters from the castle.

The region around Gruyères offers a wide range of nature and sporting activities.


The city has various categories of hotels.

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