• Romont Castle
  • Romont Castle
  • Romont Castle

Romont Castle


Romont, FR
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    A castle entirely dedicated to glass art

    Dedicated entirely to glass art, the Vitromusée Romont conserves and exhibits important collections of stained glass, paintings on glass, glass objects and graphic works, as well as tools and materials related to the glass arts.  It also contains several thousand fragments of ancient stained glass, as well as artistic glazing and artists’ glass stocks.  This concentration of all aspects of the glass arts in one single place makes Romont Castle a unique place in Switzerland.  

    Romont Castle, situated on top of a 780 m hill, together with the Collegiate Church, the ramparts and the houses inside the walls of the mediaeval city form the seductive and picturesque skyline of Romont.  Since 1981, the castle has been the beautiful setting for the Vitromusée Suisse, founded as the Swiss Museum of stained glass.  

    The large building housing the collection of stained glass (the Savoyard Castle) and the dungeon (38 m high) were built in the 13th century, at the time of Pierre II of Savoy.  In the 16th century the bailiffs of Fribourg ordered the construction of the building (Fribourg Castle), which, since 2006, has housed the large collection of reverse glass painting of the Vitromusée Romont.  The décor in the former bailiffs’ salon going back to the 16th century is extremely well preserved.

    opening hours

    Reopening on 12 May 2020

    The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday:

    November – March                11.00 – 17.00

    April – October                      10.00 – 17.00

    Special opening hours during public holidays:

    Open Easter Monday and Whit Monday

    Closed 25th December

    Open 1st January from 14.00

    Prices

    Single admission

    • Adult: CHF 12.-
    • Student – military/civilian service – OASI – DI: CHF 9.-

    Groups

    • 10 people or more: CHF 9.-
    • Classes, children’s groups: CHF3.-

    Free entrance 

    • 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
    visitor information

    Information on guided tours:

    Vitromusée Romont

    Gastronomy

    At the castle

    During opening hours, the Vitrocafé serves coffee, tea, cold drinks and pastries.

    In the vicinity

    • Restaurant La Belle Croix
    • Pizzeria Pinocchio
    Arrival

    By train  :

    30 minutes from Lausanne or Berne

    Free parking:

    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

    How to find the castle with Google Maps

    Tips
    • Vitrobrunch

    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.

     

    • Vitromatinée

    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. 

     

    • Vitroparcours

    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

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