Gruyeres (district) Attractions Greyerzer Land
The district of Gruyères (German Grayerzer Land), in the southern half of the canton of Fribourg, is a gently rolling Pre-Alpine region mainly devoted to intensive stock-farming and renowned as the home of Gruyère cheese. Its beautiful scenery, numerous remains of the past and vigorous folk traditions make it an attractive tourist region.
Gruyeres (town), Switzerland
6km/4mi southeast of Bulle, on a green ridge of hills, is Gruyères (alt. 801 m/2,628ft; pop. 1,200), famous for the cheese of the same name. Finely situated and still surrounded by its ancient walls, the town has largely preserved its old-world aspect. From 923 it was the capital of a county which was ruled by a succession of 19 counts; then in 1555 Fribourg and Berne divided the territory between them, and the castle (1493) became the residence of the governors until its acquisition by the Bovy family of Geneva in 1848.The town lies just off the main road from Bulle to Château-d'Oex but is closed to motor vehicles (parking lots outside the town walls). The houses in the main street are statutorily protected as ancient monuments.The commune of Gruyères also includes the villages of Epagny (712 m/2,336ft) and Pringy (746 m/2,448ft).
Since 1938 the Gruyères castle has belonged to the canton of Fribourg, and now houses a museum (exhibits of particular interest being three mourning robes belonging to knights of the Golden Fleece, dating from the Burgundian wars).
Model Dairy (Cheese Museum)
Adjoining the Gruyères railroad station is a famous model cheese-dairy making Gruyère cheese.
Address: La Maison du Gruyère, CH-1663 Pringy-Gruyères, Switzerland
Opening hours: Jun 1 to Sep 30: 9am-7pm
Oct 1 to May 31: 9am-6pm
Oct 1 to May 31: 9am-6pm
Useful tips: The manufacture of Gruyere Switzerland AOC cheese can be observed between 9 -11 a.m. and 12.30 to 2.30 p.m. daily.
Transit: Gruyeres rail station.
Le Moléson (mountain resort)
4km/2mi southwest of Pringy is Le Moléson, a rounded hill in the midst of the Gruyères district which has become a popular walking and skiing area. From the holiday complex of Moléson-Village (1,110 m/3,642ft) a cableway runs up in two stages to the summit of Le Moléson (2,002 m/6,569ft), another to La Vudulla (1,520 m/4,987ft).
Moléson-sur-Gruyères - Fête de la fleur de montagne
This annual festival takes place in early August.
Cailler Chocolate Factory, Broc, Switzerland
Between Bulle and Gruyères is the little industrial town of Broc (719 m/2,359ft; pop. 1,870) with a chocolate factory established by F. L. Cailler in 1898 (conducted tours).Broc lies at the south end of the beautiful Lac de la Gruyère (alt. 677 m/2,222ft; area 9.6 sq. m/4 sq. mi, greatest depth 75 m/246ft, capacity 180million cu. m/6,356million cu. ft), formed by a dam on the Sarine (Saane).
Electricity demonstrations are offered at the first power station in Fribourg.