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A castle dedicated entirely to glass art
Entirely dedicated to the art of glass, the Vitromusée Romont preserves and presents important collections combining stained glass, reverse painting on glass, glass objects and graphic works, as well as tools and materials associated with glass processing. Several thousand fragments of old stained glass, window glazing as well as glass stocks for stained glass join them. This union of all aspects of glass art makes Romont Castle a unique place in Switzerland.
Romont Castle is situated on a hill at 780 metres above sea level and, together with the collegiate church, the curtain wall and the houses of the medieval town, defines the picturesque and characteristic townscape of Romont. Since 1981, the castle has provided a unique setting for the Vitromusée Romont, founded as the Musée suisse du vitrail. The old castle building known as the Château savoyard, which currently houses the stained glass collection, and the castle tower (donjon), 38 metres high, were built during the lifetime of Peter II of Savoy (1203-1268) in the 13th century. The bailiffs of Fribourg had another wing added in the 16th century, the so-called Château fribourgeois, which since 2006 has housed a rich collection of reverse painting on glass from the Vitromusée Romont. The 16th century décor of the former bailiffs' hall (Salon des baillis) is exceptionally well preserved.
The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday:
November - March 11 am – 5 pm
April - October 10 am - 5 pm
Closed Monday, 25th December and 1st January
- Adult: CHF 15
- Student – military/civilian service – OASI – DI: CHF 12
- 10 people or more: CHF 12
- Classes, children’s groups: CHF 3
- Members of ICOM/AMS, Léman sans frontière and Tremplin Fribourg, Swiss Museum Pass, Members of Raiffeisen
- Friends of the Vitromusée
- Prices may increase during special temporary exhibitions
Information on guided tours:
At the castle
During opening hours, the Vitrocafé serves coffee, tea, cold drinks and pastries.
In the vicinity
- Restaurant La Belle Croix
- Pizzeria Pinocchio
By train :
30 minutes from Lausanne or Berne
Available nearby. Two parking spaces reserved for coaches
Entrance to the museum is in the courtyard of the castle
Museum is accessible to people with reduced mobility
Vitrobrunch invites you to enjoy a brunch of local cuisine in the St-Luc Room and be charmed by a special ambience, surrounded by works from the museum collection. After this culinary delight, offered in collaboration with local bakeries, you are invited to discover the treasures of our museum. Vitrobrunch is offered once every two months on Sunday from 11.00 to 14.00.
Let yourself be enchanted by the music of talented young people from the Conservatoire de Fribourg COF during your visit to Vitromusée Romont. Vitromatinée allows you to discover glass art in a musical setting that will delight all the senses.
Whether in the street, in churches, in public institutions, in glass artists’ workshops or in the Vitromusée Romont, this multifaceted material is an integral part of the Romont region. Our educational trail Vitroparcours offers you a fun walk along the city walls of Romont, allowing you to delve into the world of glass and its secrets. Vitroparcours is an easy walk along the city walls of Romont, with no fixed starting point and accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Duration: approx. 1 hour 15 mins, Price: free