Gruyères Things to Do

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    Eglise St-Theoddule (Church)

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 14, 2016

    Eglise St-Theoddule is the beautiful church that situated downhill of the Castle. You could see the church beautifully from the castle. I visited the church after visiting the castle. I walked downhill and along the way I saw many people sitting on the grassland and enjoyed the sun. It was a beautiful sunny day.

    When I reached the church, I entered the church without any people around. Inside the church, it looks newly renovated. I felt the peace and calm inside the church.

    I had my quick break outside the church. I noted it is a graveyard surrounded the church. It is orderly built and well maintained by the locals. It is common to see a graveyard in the church yard in Europe.

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    Castle: Knight's Room

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 14, 2016

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    Knight's Room is the most impressive room of the castle. It has a serial of wall paintings to represent Gruyeres legends and mixes them to its counts' history that based on Daniel Bovy's drafts. They were painted by Henri Baron, Barthelemy Menn and their collaborators.

    The wooded furnitures were made by Augueste Ansermot at the end of the 19th century, adapted from antique models.

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    Castle: Music Room

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 10, 2016

    It is located on the 2nd floor of the castle. It is painted green wall.

    The pianoforte in the center of the room by J.W. Braschoss (Geneva) made for Franz Liszt about 1835.

    The wall panelling and furniture in the style of Louise XV.

    The beautiful clock is made by Daniel Funk (Bern) about 1760.

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    Castle: Esplanade

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 10, 2016

    The Esplanade was built as part of the fortifications by Count Francois 1st (1433-1475) and carried on by his son Louis (1475-1492).

    As dated 1752, a well now marks the place where the old ditch used to stand.

    The remains of the drawbridge are visible above the gate to the courtyard. On the sides of the gate lay the bronze shields of Mars (1997) and Venus (1999) by Patrick Woodroffre.

    You get a good view of Gruyères from the Esplanade.

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    Castle: The Chapel

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 10, 2016

    This chapel was built in the 13th century as a place of worship.

    It is located east side of the esplanade of the castle. And the original chapel was known as St John and had the chapel renovation in 1480.

    The wooden sculpture in the picture is Pieta and Mary Magdalene, second half of the 15th century.

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    Castle: Ramparts & French Style Garden

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 10, 2016

    The ramparts and the French style landscape garden are located on the east side of the castle. You could simply walk on the ramparts until you see the garden. It is enjoyable to walk on the old ramparts and enjoy the views of the French style garden.

    The wall of the ramparts and the towers were rebuilt at the end of the 15th century.

    The Balland family had created this beautiful French geometrical style garden at the end of the 19th century.

    I enjoyed the views of the garden by walking on the ramparts and most tourists love enjoying the sun and taking photos in the garden.

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    The Castle of Gruyères

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 10, 2016

    The brief history of Castle of Gruyères:
    *First Built - Unknown (Between 11th and 16th centuries)
    *Michel owned it until 1554 due to bankruptcy.
    *Between 1555 to 1798, residence to the bailiffs and then to the perfects sent by Fribourg.
    *In 1849, the castle was bought by Bovy & Balland families used as their summer home.
    *In 1938, it was bought back by the canton of Fribourg. It becomes a museum and opens to the public.
    *Since 1993, a foundation is set up to conserve this heritage building and the collections inside the castle.

    It has outdoor ramparts, french style landscape garden, and beautiful surrounding Gruyères. There are two storey building with display rooms, including the 1st floor; Bourgundian room, Corridor I, Bailiffs' room, Corot's room, Room of the counts, and The room of the beautiful Lucy. The 2nd floor; Fantastic art room, Music room, Furet's room, Hunting room, Baroque room, Knights' room, Corridor II, and Gallery II.

    Click the official website to learn more..

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    Tibet Museum

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 1, 2016

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    Another unexpected attraction in Gruyères is the Tibet Museum.

    Tibet Museum is next to the HR Giger Museum.

    Alain Bordier has set up this museum with a collection of Buddhism Arts including sculptures, paintings, and ritual objects from various Asian countries like Tibet, Nepal, Kashmir, Northern India, and Burma. There is a contrast between the exhibition and the building itself. The museum is located in the chaplaincy and the chapel of the old Chateau St Germain dedicated to St Joseph. It was housed to deaf and mute children by the Catholic nuns.

    You will expect to see a chapel set-up with gothic arch ceiling architecture with catholic stained glass windows. And the religious objects are Buddhism Statues that display in the center of the hall and Tibetan music as background.

    I entered this Museum for free with my Swiss Pass.

    You can learn more by visiting the official website..

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    HR Giger Museum

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 31, 2015

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    I never thought I would see "Alien" in Gruyères. This is the only permanent museum of the Swiss surrealist painter, Hans Rudolf "Ruedi" Giger or simply HR Giger. Shall I describe it as horrifying or just amazing contemporary arts that this talent artist can do? I am not sure whether it has an age restriction to enter the museum but I strongly advise parents think to restrict their younger children to explore the "art" in this museum.

    I was grateful to be able to see the work of HR Giger other than in the movie, Alien. You will be able to see painting, sculpture, furnitures, wallpapers, even the flooring featuring his imagination of futuristic, cutting edge of aliens' lifestyle and beauty.

    The HR Giger Museum Bar is right next door to the museum. You could simply buy a drink and enjoy the lifestyle of an Alien world. It has an amazing alien roof and furnitures, don't worry the staffs are friendly and they are not Alien. Ha-ha...

    I entered for free with my Swiss Pass.

    Check out the Museum official Website...

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    Le Calvaire

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 31, 2015

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    It looks like a chapel in the Gruyères town square. In fact, It is an art gallery where a number of local craftsmen come to exhibit their work here. You would expect to find small wooded craft souvenirs to exquisite jewelry that you couldn't find elsewhere.

    It is a 16th century building. The building was named by a group of sculpture placed there for convenience as the canopy protecting it from bad weather.

    You won't miss it!

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    Gruyères Town Square

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 28, 2015

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    The Gruyères Town Square has a wide pedestrian stone walkway with beautiful classical swiss houses that converted to become hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, cafes, travel agency, bars, and etc. There is a traditional fountain in the center of the square, that makes it more classical.

    No doubt this is a favorite place for tourists to have lunch or dinners with their friends and family. And the local souvenir shops are my favorite, so many cute little things to buy to bring home. Some of the local souvenirs you can only buy them here, like a pin or magnet.

    The Le Calvaire, a small building look like a chapel, is so nice to look at as the town square background.

    Enjoy The Gruyères Town Square!

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    Northern Ramparts and Gates

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 26, 2015

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    The northern ramparts and gates were what I first saw when I reached the Gruyères Old town. They are the remaining old ramparts and gates of the old town, which is not very long or big for the space. Children and families love to play around and take beautiful photos with the ramparts and gates. People also walk on the narrow stairs remaining with the ramparts. I enjoyed taking photos in here, the views of the area are just beautiful plus I had a good sunny day during my visit.

    The gate on the south side is the way to the Gruyères town square.

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    La Maison Du Gruyère

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 26, 2015

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    This is my first time visiting a Cheese Making Demonstration Factory. Le Gruyère Cheese is not only famous cheese brand in Switzerland but throughout the World especially in the U.S and Europe.

    They use local milk to produce up to 48 wheels of Gruyère AOP, or Cheese right in this factory. During your visit, you can have a live show to see cheese-makers to work inside the building and have a glass wall let you to see the cheeses are stored in a cellar.

    The whole exhibition also gives you the sense of hearing the sound of Gruyère AOP; bells, bellowing, the streams that rush down the mountainside, a journey inside a drop of milk; You will be able to smell the aromas, such as the flora of the high pastures and the hay. You could touch the herbs, cow-hide, lime, cheese probe and brush, milk canisters and etc. You will be given a sample Gruyère cheese to taste.

    Adult admission is CHF 7. It is free with Swiss Pass.

    Check out the official website to know more....

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    GRUYERES CASTLE INSIDE & THE RAMPARTS

    by balhannah Updated Nov 14, 2015

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    Be prepared for some climbing when looking around this Castle.

    Looking through the Castle rooms, I found quite a few painted with medieval legends, and others had huge Flemish tapestries. The fireplaces were huge, one even had a door through to the Kitchen! There were Knight's armour on display and nice furniture.
    The outer walls of the castle, surround an enclosed small French style formal garden. I walked along the walls to see the garden and the views of the Mountains. Also, in the outside courtyard, the views over the countryside of the Mountains, Lakes and Towns is wonderful!

    In mid-June for two days, the medieval festival of St. John is held at the castle and takes over the village with middle-ages re-enactors, crafts and weaponry demonstrations and falconry show. It may be a great time to pay a visit!

    OPEN EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR
    From April to October:
    9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    From November to March:
    10 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

    Admission in 2015
    ADULTS CHF 10
    SENIOR & STUDENT CHF 8.50
    CHILD 6 - 16YRS CHF 3.00
    SWISS MUSEUM PASS - FREE
    RAFFEISEN SWITZERLAND CARD - FREE

    COMBINED TICKET
    CASTLE & GIGER MUSEUM CHF 17

    Address: Gruyeres Castle

    Directions: Motorway A12 (exit Bulle).
    Parking at the entry of the town, 500 meters from the castle.

    Website: http://www.chateau-gruyeres.ch/e/infos/infos.html

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    HR GIGER

    by balhannah Updated Nov 14, 2015

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    I was walking towards the Castle at Gruyeres when I came across some "weird" looking sculptures.
    They made me and probably everybody else stop to have a look at these very unusual sculptures.

    Now, if you are Swiss, or have seen the film "Alien," then you probably would know HR Giger was the swiss artist who won the Oscar for best visual effects in that film.
    I didn't know of him, but I found his work pretty amazing to say the least. I did want to go into the Museum, but price put me off, [I had to choose between Castle and here], so I just peeked through the door, and then did the same at the HR Giger Bar across the other side of the street. The Bar Stools were pretty cool!!
    If you do visit the Museum, it has on display the biggest existing collection of HR Giger works, including paintings, sculptures, furnishings, film sets.

    Since coming home and reading about this Museum, I see they have a combination ticket.

    Combined tickets for the HR Giger Museum and Gruyeres Castle CHF 17

    OPENING HOURS
    Apr - Oct: opened every day 10 - 6pm
    Nov - March: Tue - Fri 1pm - 5pm
    Sat / Sun 10- 6pm
    Mondays closed

    ADMISSION IN 2015
    Adults: CHF 12.50
    Children: CHF 5.50
    Students: CHF 8.50

    Opening hours HR GIGER BAR
    Apr – Oct: opened every day 10 - 8.30pm Mondays closed
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    Directions: Located near the Guyeres Castle on the RH Side.

    Website: http://www.hrgigermuseum.com/index2.php?option=home

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