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Gruyères: must-knows

  • This charming village is home to a cheese factory, a castle, several museums and chocolate and cheese shops.
  • Walk up to the castle even if you don‚Äôt plan to enter it: the views of the surrounding rolling hills is beautiful here.
  • Make a free day trip with the Swiss Travel Pass: the ride to Gruy√®res and access to the cheese factory, castle and H.R. Giger Museum are fully covered.
Min. time required: 1:00
Season: all year
Recommended season: all year
Max. altitude: 810 m (2657 ft)

What is Gruyères? Copy link to clipboard

Gruyères (sometimes called "Greyerz" in German) is an attractive medieval town in the Swiss canton Fribourg ("Freiburg" in German). It's located on a hill at an altitude of 810 m, with good views over the surrounding hilly landscape. Gruyères houses a castle, several museums and many culinary highlights, such as the cheese factory La Maison du Gruyère.

Gruyères is a good base town for a holiday in Fribourg area, but also a popular day trip destination from eastern Lake Geneva (Montreux, Vevey or Lausanne) and western Bernese Oberland (Bern, Gstaad, or Thun).

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What it costs to reach Gruyères

Acces to Gruyères is free. If you don't have a rail pass allowing free traveling, such as the Swiss Travel Pass, you will have to pay for your journey though.

The costs depend on where you're coming from. Just an example: a 2nd class return ticket without rail pass discounts between Bern and Gruyères costs CHF 65 in 2023.

You can find prices for your trip in the Swiss timetable.

Access tickets to the castle and museums

The Swiss Travel Pass allows free entrance to the cheese factory, the Gruyères Castle and the H.R. Giger Museum. Without this pass you'll have to buy admission tickets.

Tours to Gruyères

You can book a tour to Gruyères from many Swiss towns. Such tours may include admission to the cheese factory, the castle and/or the chocolate factory in nearby Broc. Check the conditions for each tour.

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Gruyères Medieval Town, Cheese Factory and Maison Cailler Tour from Interlaken
Culinary (cheese), Culinary (chocolate)Guided day tour
Admire the breathtaking landscapes of Gruyères. At the top of the hill, take a deep breath of pure mountain air and listen to the cowbells in the pasturelands. Taste typical Swiss cheese while watching the cheesemaking process. Smell chocolate and taste one of the most famous Swiss delicacies in the …

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Gruyères Medieval Town, Cheese Factory and Maison Cailler Tour from Bern
Culinary (cheese), Culinary (chocolate)Guided day tour
Admire breathtaking landscapes of Gruyères. At the top of the hill, take a deep breath of pure mountain air and listen to the cowbells in the pasturelands. Taste typical Swiss cheese while watching the cheesemakeing process. Smell chocolate and taste one of the most famous swiss delicacies in the chocolate …

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Bern: Gruyères Castle
Bern: Gruyères Castle, Cheese, Chocolate Small Group Tour
Culinary (chocolate)Guided day tour
Immerse yourself in the lipsmacking world of Swiss cuisine, as you discover the story behind the country's favorite delicacies: chocolate, and cheese.

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The travel passes below grant discounted or even free traveling to Gruyères. Some also include entrance to additional activities such as the cheese factory and the castle.

PassDiscount
Swiss Travel Pass Free:
  • Entrance fee castle
  • Entrance fee H.R. Giger Museum
Swiss Travel Pass Flex Free:
  • Entrance fee castle
  • Entrance fee H.R. Giger Museum

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We advise you to travel to Gruyères by train. The car-free village center can be reached on foot from the railway station, or by bus.

Take a train to the railway station of Gruyères

You can reach Gruyères by train from the directions of Bern/Fribourg, Lausanne/Bulle and Montbovon.

Montbovon is located along the GoldenPass route and can be reached from the directions of Montreux and Bern/Thun/Interlaken.

From the Gruyères railway station to the town

The railway station of Gruyères is located near, but not in the old town center. The village itself sits on a hill. You can walk up there in about 15 minutes. There are stairs along the way. Buses between the town center and rail station are available too.

The Chocolate Train from Montreux

The Chocolate Train is a day trip from Montreux, combining visits to cheese and chocolate factories and some free time in Gruyères.

Traveling by car

The small town center of Gruyères is car-free. There are several parking lots near the town. One is located near the rail station and La Maison du Gruyère.

Map of Gruyères in Fribourg, Switzerland

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When the village and activities are accessible

Gruyères and its castle are accessible all year round. Please consult opening dates for other activities you’re interested in separately. Examples:

How to plan your journey with the Swiss timetable

If you plan your journey with the Swiss timetable, use these names:

  • "Gruy√®res" for the rail station
  • "Gruy√®res, gare" for the bus stop next to the rail station
  • "Gruy√®res, ville" for the bus stop in the town center

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The village is accessible all year long. Each time of the year has its own charm:

  • We think that scenery in and around Gruy√®res is at its best in spring (especially April and May) and autumn (especially late-October). This is when there may be snow on the hilltops that surround Gruy√®res, while vegetation in the lush valleys is either green or brightly colored in autumn shades.
  • Gruy√®res is vibrant and attractive in summer.
  • The village is very atmospheric during winter days. But it's at relatively low altitude. Snow in the town can occur, but it's no guarantee.

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Clear and sunny weather is ideal for a trip to Gruyères. It adds to the charm of the village and the views over the hills of Fribourg. But there are more than enough indoor options to enjoy yourself in bad weather too.

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What Gruyères looks like

Gruyères is a charming small village on a gentle hill, dating from the Middle Ages. The small town center looks very picturesque. It has colored facades, cobblestones, and fountains. In spring and summer, it’s adorned with colorful flowers.

The castle and museums

The 13th-century castle ‚ÄĚChateau du Gruy√®res‚ÄĚ, which is accessible to visitors, is a highlight. Walk up there, even if you don‚Äôt plan to enter the castle. You‚Äôll have great views of the Fribourg scenery from the castle site.

Another museum is that of H.R. Giger, a Swiss designer and visual artist who worked for the movie ‚ÄėAlien‚Äô. There‚Äôs a small museum on Tibetan art as well.

Chocolate and cheese activities

Gruy√®res is a great destination if you‚Äôre interested in Swiss cuisine. It‚Äôs home to the famous ‚ÄėLe Gruy√®re AOP‚Äô cheese. The cheese factory next to the railway station (about 15 minutes on foot from the town center) can be visited all year round. Many restaurants and shops in Gruy√®res offer this cheese.

Lovers of chocolate are also served well. You‚Äôll find chocolate bars and pralines in several stores. ‚ÄėChocolaterie de Gruy√®res‚Äô is a small museum that explains about local chocolate creations and that offers workshops.

How long it takes to visit Gruyères

The small town center and the castle site can be explored in about 1 hour from the rail station. Count on half a day or more if you also want to explore Chateau du Gruyères, the cheese factory, museums, shops and restaurants.

You’ll also have to take travel times into account. Examples of how long a one-way train ride to Gruyères takes:

What more to see and do in the Gruyère area

This is what you can do in the region near the village (which is called ‚ÄėGruy√®re‚Äô without an ‚Äės‚Äô):

  • You can combine a trip to Gruy√®res with a visit to the Maison Cailler chocolate factory in nearby Broc.
  • There‚Äôs a dairy hiking path near the village.
  • Cheese fondues can be enjoyed not only in restaurants, but also during romantic coach rides or in the fondue train from Bulle.
  • From May to September, visitors are welcome at the mountain cheese dairy in Mol√©son.
  • Pre-arranged day trips from Montreux can be made with the Chocolate Train.
  • Another culinary train ride from Montreux is the Cheese Train to Chateau d‚ÄôOex.

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Annika
Page author: AnnikaSince early childhood I've been visiting Switzerland during my holidays and I just fell in love with the country. I spent many summers in the Bernese Oberland, which still feels like my second home, and then started to explore other areas. Traveling, hiking and photographing in the Swiss Alps are my absolute favorite activities.