Gruyères Castle towers majestically over the picturesque small town of Gruyères and offers a fascinating insight into history and culture from the Middle Ages to the present day. The impressive architecture, a rich historical collection, diverse paintings, a spectacular multimedia show and changing special exhibitions make the visit an unforgettable experience.

Gruyères Castle / Photo Brigitte Heller

Gruyères Castle / Photo Brigitte Heller

Gruyères Castle / Photo Brigitte Heller

Gruyères Castle / Photo Brigitte Heller

Gruyères Castle: A Storied Past of Nobility and Administration

The castle, once the seat of the Counts of Gruyères, was built around 1270 and underwent significant changes over the centuries. After it was converted into a manorial residence at the end of the 15th century and lost its fortress character, it served as the seat of the administrators of Fribourg i. Üe from 1555. The baroque interiors date from this period.

The castle later became the private property of the Bovy and Balland families from Geneva and developed into a meeting place for artists. Well-known painters such as Corot and Menn created late romantic and historicist paintings that can still be admired today.

Gruyères Castle garden / Photo Brigitte Heller

Gruyères Castle garden / Photo Brigitte Heller

In 1938, the canton of Fribourg bought back the castle and established the current museum.

Today, the medieval complex houses magnificent collections that bear witness to a long and rich history.

Tracing Centuries of Transformation and Heritage

A visit to the castle is like a fascinating journey through time to discover its treasures: from the precious medieval glass paintings to the smoking cloaks of the Knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece under Charles the Bold; from the wall decorations commissioned by the bailiffs under the Ancien Régime to the paintings by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot and the decoration of the Knights’ Hall, which were created in the 19th century by a passionate colony of artists in the Troubadour style. These were created by a passionate colony of artists in the troubadour style in the 19th century. A real jewel of history to explore!

Opening hours and admission prices at: Chateau Gruyères

Video Château de Gruyères – Art, histoire et légendes

Château de Gruyères - Art, histoire et légendes

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Video Walking through the Medieval Castle of Gruyères in Switzerland

In the heart of Switzerland, the medieval town of Gruyères with the Castle of Gruyères (in french Château de Gruyères) is a picturesque 13th century Town and Castle. Gruyères Castle is atop a hill in the Canton of Fribourg in the Alpine foothills of Switzerland and is one of the many Swiss heritage sites that are across Switzerland.

Walking through the Medieval Castle of Gruyères in Switzerland

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