One of Lynn’s requests was to see a castle. She didn’t think she’d ever been to a real one, and since Switzerland is chock full of castles, I thought this would be an easy feat. Think again. In the winter, many castles here are closed. After much internet research, and at the last minute, we decided to head to Château de Gruyères in the Canton of Fribourg. We had one more of the Tageskarten to go anywhere in the country for two people in one day. Now was the time to use it. It takes about 2.5 hours to get to this tiny, tiny town. First a train, then a bus, then a 7-minute train. You step off the last train (which comes through the town once an hour – in either direction) and look up the hill to the medieval town which is still contained within its original walls. The walk up the hill takes about 10 minutes.
You walk through the town entrance in grand style.
Pass through another gate into the main town square.
The town seems to exist purely for tourism with many little shops, and plenty of restaurants. Even on this cloudy winter day there were a number of people milling about with cameras. We passed by the outside of the HR Giger Museum. The reviews I read suggested that I may not particularly enjoy it (even if many others did), so we skipped right on by and headed to the castle. Lynn was particularly happy to visit the castle which reminded me in some ways of Château de Chillon, and in some ways is quite different. Here is the main courtyard. Many of the walls still maintain their original artwork (although it may be restored, I don’t know).
Some of the rooms are decorated in the 19th C. style.
Several of the rooms had some beautiful tapestries.
Some of the rooms had some modern art, some of it quite strange.
I am sure that the gardens are quite lovely in the summer. They are still fun to look at in the snow, too.
More odd art.
This room had various murals, each one telling a story throughout the castle’s history.
Although these sundials are now under a roof, they were once able to help tell the time on sunny days.
The little chapel outside.
If you know your cheese, you know about Gruyère, and tomorrow’s post will be about fondue at the mother ship.