Gruyères is a medieval town in the district of Gruyère in the country of Switzerland. This town draws many people towards the valley region of the Saane River and the town itself is located atop a hill overlooking both the valley and the Lake of Gruyère. Gruyères has multiple historical sites that were preserved from medieval times, which only adds to the appeal of the town and the surrounding areas.
Here are the 3 best places to visit while in Gruyères:
Castle of Gruyères
The medieval Castle of Gruyères was constructed between 1270 and 1282 and has become the most famous attraction in the town. This castle changed hands throughout the years due to bankruptcy and changing of owners and it was finally purchased by the canton of Fribourg in 1938 and eventually opened to the public as a museum. Inside the castle, guests can see the three capes that are part of the Order of the Golden Fleece, which were part of the items that were collected during the Battle of Morat. There is also a collection of landscape paintings that were completed by numerous 19th century artists including BarthélemyMenn and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.
HR Giger Museum
The HR Giger Museum opened back in 1998 inside the Chateau St. Germain and this is where people can see the artist’s entire collection. He began his work during the early 1960s and continues to create to this day. While at the museum, people can view his paintings, sculptures, film designs, and his furniture creations. Mr. Giger even created a bar next to the museum that opened in 2003 and he poured his heart and soul into the design. The entire space from the walls, ceiling, floors, furniture, and even fittings were designed using his own style and visions.
FuniculaireMoléson sur Gruyères
Spectacular views can be found from the summit of Le Moléson and the cable car takes people to the top quickly. Instead of spending time hiking the trails, people can board the cable car and watch as they climb closer and closer to the top of the mountain. Once they arrive at the top, they will be met with magnificent panoramic views of Lake Geneva as well as the peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.
Gruyères is a fantastic small town that everyone needs to visit, because they can learn a lot about the history and how people lived back in the medieval times. There are not too many places that have preserved items from that period of time and that is one of the many things that makes Gruyères unique.