The Swiss Castles Day

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The Swiss Castles Day

Gruyères Castle holds many secrets – and is ready to reveal some to you! Explore the various rooms as you follow our brand-new puzzle trail. Can you solve all the mysteries?



Self-guided tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where in the castle is the next clue hidden? What is the mystery of the Bailiffs’ Room? Discover the castle, its famous residents and its history with a new puzzle trail for explorers of all ages. Work together as a family to solve the riddles and open the casket of mysteries.

All visitors

Concert at 3 p.m. in the Guard Room
Music for a special occasion: for the second Swiss Castle Day, the musicians of Mirabilis will transport you back to the Middle Ages with a medley of song and dance.

Light meals from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The medieval companies will be hard at work in the kitchen, rustling up some tasty treats from the olden days and revealing some of the secrets of medieval cookery. Be sure to try some of the mouth-watering delicacies from the Compagnie des Tours.


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Presentation     Opening Hours     Entry fees     Location



Gruyères Castle has stood proudly atop a verdant hill in the heart of Switzerland since the 13th century.

Surrounded by the magnificent panorama of the Alpine foothills, the medieval fortress has been home first to the counts who built it, then to the bailiffs of Fribourg, and finally the Bovy and Balland families from Geneva, before opening its doors to the public in 1938.

Today, the castle houses prestigious collections that bear witness to its long and rich history. The treasures to be found within its walls include the capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the intricate stained-glass windows dating from the Middle Ages; the frescoes commissioned by the bailiffs under the Ancien Régime; paintings by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot; and the troubadour decorations of the Knights’ Hall, created at Gruyères in the 19th century by a colony of passionate artists. From its ramparts to its Frenchstyle gardens, from the guard room to its romantic salons, Gruyères Castle takes you on an adventure through eight centuries of art, history and legends.

Opening Hours

The castle is open eveyday of the year, 9am to 6pm from april to october and 10am to 5pm from november to march.

The castle’s visit takes about 1 hour.

Entry fees

Adults : CHF 12.00
Retired, students : CHF 8.00
Groups (starting from 15 « adult » entries) : CHF 8.00
Kids (from 6 to 15) : CHF 4.00
Under 6 years : free
Families (2 adults, 3 children under 16) : CHF 25.00

If you visit the same day another museum in Gruyères (Maison du Gruyère, Tibet Museum, HR Giger Museum), ask for a combined ticket with the castle.

All credit cards are accepted. Euros notes are accepted but the change is given back in Swiss Francs.


to come by public transportation