Gruyere Castle is the emblem of the historic town of Gruyere, Switzerland, which until now has managed to preserve the medieval town atmosphere. Extremely beautiful and impressive the castle dominates the surrounding area and the Saanen Valley from its highest peak.
The town of Gruyere is in the Swiss canton of Fribourg and is also known by the German name Greyerz. The castle can be reached on the A12 motorway exit at Bulle. The town and fortress is located about 35 kilometers from the district town of Fribourg and 40 kilometers from Vevey. In the town and the castle you cannot use a car , instead you should leave your car in the parking lot at the entrance, which is located approximately 500 meters from Gruyere Castle.
The town and its attractive medieval fortress lir in the middle of the Fribourg Alps green foothills. Gruyere Castle is considered one of the best preserved, beautiful and authentic in Switzerland. The sight of towering castle towers over the old town is a view that is difficult to describe.
Tour of the castle itself today is a kind of lecture on architecture, history and culture for the past 800 years. The castle dates from the 13th century, and currently is an interesting regional museum, which tells the history, traditions and manners in the construction of this Swiss region. Also various temporary exhibitions are held, which tells in pictures the past history of the castle.
In 13th century the castle was home to many of the Counts of Gruyere. Michel, which was the last family, was facing financial difficulties and in 1554 declared bankruptcy. Creditors of the town of Fribourg and Bern shared the land and property among themselves, and in 1555-1798 the castle was used as headquarters of the Fribourg bailiff.
By 1848 Gruyere Castle served as a residence of local prefects. One year later the palace was released and became the property of the families Bovy and Balland. These two families ever spent summers at the castle and dealt intensively with its restoration, with help of their fellow artists and painters. In 1938 the State Board of Fribourg bought the castle and operated it as a museum.
The town of Gruyères itself is unique: a medieval village consisting of a cobble-stoned main street flanked by ancient but beautifully preserved buildings – a tribute both to the local statesmen’s commitment to the rich history of their canton, and to the craftsmen restorers who have kept the village in its pristine condition. The famous 13th century castle, the Château de Gruyères, towers over the town and the valley below. The entire town is car-free, and the cobbled main street is an uphill slope to the château, so remember to wear comfortable walking shoes. Not only is the architecture of the medieval buildings themselves worth seeing, but some exceptional art and cultural exhibitions are housed here. And to top it off, you are surrounded by some of the most breathtaking views in Switzerland.
A visit to the castle is a journey across eight centuries of architecture, history and culture. The castle was the residence of the counts of Gruyères.
The castle, constructed in the 13th century, was home to a long succession of Gruyères counts. Michel, the last of them, faced financial difficulties and declared bankruptcy in 1554. The creditors – the towns of Fribourg and Berne – shared his land between them. The Castle became the headquarters of the Fribourg bailiffs (1555-1798), then the prefects’ residence until 1848. It was put up for sale in 1849 and became the property of the Bovy and Balland families, who stayed there in summer and took care of restoration of the site with their artist friends. In 1938, the State of Fribourg bought the Castle and opened a museum.
Château-d’Oex an outstanding snow region, excellent ski-lifts and pistes that connect to each other. Taking the cable car from the heart of the village, the domain of La Braye is the ideal location for families wishing to take advantage of quality infrastructures while staying in a family environment. Different ski lifts allow skiers and snowboarders of all levels to easily access ski runs without wasting precious time in line. Here children till 9 years ski for free! The 62 ski lifts of the Gstaad Mountain Ride region takes you up to 250 kilometers of unforgettable runs for all levels of capacity, carefully prepared each day for lovers of snow sports. Welcome in Château-d’Oex!
The International Hot-Air Balloon Festival in Château-d’Oex is a hot-air balloons festival that has taken place every year during nine days at the end of January in Château-d’Œx, Switzerland since 1979.It is attended by nearly a hundred balloons from over twenty countries. It is famous for taking place in a snowy valley (most of the time) and also for a unique event : the “night-glow” show, where all the balloons are exposed on the mountain, lit by their burners, during the evening of the 7th day.
Held in January, the International Hot-Air Balloon Festival in Château-d’Oex attracts aerostiers from around the globe. The picture of colourful balloons against the snow-capped Alpine peaks is unforgettable
After 1460 days on the sea ,yesterday at 4 am I arrived to Switzerland .Little village called Chateau-D-Oex .Situated at around 1000 metres in altitude, half-way between the classy resort of Gstaad in the Bernese Oberland and the small town of Gruyères in the canton of Fribourg, lie the two places of Château-d’Oex and Rougemont. The holiday region of Pays-d’Enhaut in the canton of Vaud is linked to the Lake Geneva region by the Col des Mosses and by the Montreux – Bernese Oberland Railway. Thanks to its favourable micro-climate, Château-d’Oex has developed into a hot-air ballooning metropolis.
But the older traditions too have been retained: accordingly, the much-loved Alpine cheese of Etivaz is still made over an open wood fire. In Rougemont, many chalets dating back a hundred years bear testimony to the folk art of the region.
In both summer and winter, Château-d’Oex and Rougemont present a diverse range of holiday experiences and sporting activities. Wonderful mountainscapes and old decorated chalets are typical for the villages of the Pays-d’Enhaut.
For the first time after 4 years spending on the sea ,I slept in normal bad without falling down on the floor ,having normal shower with unlimited amount of hot water ,using normal toilet ,all of this is new for me ,for the next month I must adapt to the luxury which is offering dry land .Now is time to have some rest ,do some of the winter activity ,go back home for Christmas see family ,and after all of this back to the real home which is sailing vessel Pangaea .