Walking Tour of Gruyeres, Switzerland

Updated: January 8, 2020

Gruyeres, SwitzerlandGruyeres is a small mountain village in the Gruyere region of Switzerland. It is famous for cheese and the Gruyeres sour cream. The cheese is great indeed! However, we were not very impressed by the sour cream…it was way too thick and fatty. Most of all we were not impressed with the prices…but we got used to it in Switzerland…it’s just an expensive country.

My favorite tourist attractions in Gruyeres, Switzerland.

Gruyeres is one of my favorite day trips from Geneva. Touristy for good reason, Gruyeres has it all: history, food and a beautiful location.

  • Walk around the medieval village and admire the landscape you can see from the hill. Also make sure you taste some delicious and authentic fondue.
  • Visit the Gruyeres castle on top of the hill. This is not a spectacular castle, but it does offer some great views of the surrounding country side.
  • Visit the Gruyeres cheese factory and museum.
  • Drive or walk to the Caillers Chocolate factory in the nearby village of Broc. It’s only 10 minutes by car.


Walking tour map of Gruyere, Switzerland
Legend: Yellow – start, Red – see, Green – walk, Blue – drive

1. Gruyeres Village

Walking through the medieval Gruyeres is delightful, even though the village is very small. Old buildings line up the main cobblestone street leading up to the castle on the top of the hill.

Narrow streets in Gruyeres with the mountains in the background.
Narrow streets in Gruyeres with the mountains in the background.
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At the foot of the Pre-Alps, you will be enchanted by the charm and picturesque architecture of the medieval town of Gruyères. The town has given its name to the area and to its delicious cheese. Come and explore a little town that’s been unaffected by the passage of time. Visit the impressive medieval castle and delight in the town’s wonderful gastronomy.

2. Gruyeres Castle

Continuing to walk up the cobblestone street we come to the small yet impressive Gruyeres Castle. This is such a typical setup for medieval villages.

The castle in Gruyers sits on a hilltop overlooking the mountains
The castle in Gruyers sits on a hilltop overlooking the mountains
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3. Gruyeres Cheese Factory

Gruyeres is great for tourists…the Swiss are ready for you! This includes a very convenient tour of a famous La Gruyere Cheese factory. There is plenty of parking and you just buy tickets and go.

Postcard perfect mountain landscape in Gruyeres, Switzerland.
Visiting the local cheese factory at Gruyeres.
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Snuggling near the mountain pastures at the foot of Gruyère’s Castle, La Maison du Gruyère invites you to discover Le Gruyère AOP. The Maison du Gruyère takes you into the heart of the senses with an exhibition on fragrances and tastes. You will discover the secrets of cheese-making according to ancestral tradition.

4. Taste the food

Gruyeres is most famous for its dairy products. There is a lot of milk and cheese in every local dish.

We loved the fresh cheese fondue and fresh fruit with some very thick but fresh cream.

Raspberries and very rich creme served at a local restaurant in Gruyeres, Switzerland.
Fresh raspberries and very rich creme served at a local restaurant in Gruyeres, Switzerland.
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Our bill definitely put a damper on our enjoyment of the meal, but oh well…we were in Switzerland and we were somewhat prepared to spend more than usual.

So, be prepared to pay a lot of money for a lunch at any local restaurants. You’ve got to try some of the local specialties.

5. Caillers Chocolate Factory

Since great milk goes well with chocolate, this beautiful area also has my favorite chocolate factory.

A short 10 minute drive, in the village of Broc you will find the Caillers chocolate factory.

Raspberries and very rich creme served at a local restaurant in Gruyeres, Switzerland.
My wife and I in front of the Caillers chocolate factory in the village of Broc.
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Dive into the wonderful world of Cailler chocolate with your every sense. Your eyes discover mysterious ancient Aztec cocoa rituals. Your ears hear fascinating accounts of the first ever chocolate recipe in Switzerland. Your hands feel roasted cocoa beans and your nose wants to follow the aroma of freshly made chocolate. After the tour you will be left alone in the tasting room to try as much chocolate as you like.

6. Take in the surrounding area

Postcard perfect mountain landscape in Gruyeres, Switzerland.
Postcard perfect mountain landscape in Gruyeres, Switzerland.
See my photos from Gruyeres, Switzerland

Lavaux is internationally famous as a terraced wine- growing region on the shores of Lake Geneva. Part of the Lavaux (bas-Lavaux) has been recognised since 2007 as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Stop here for some truly mesmerizing panoramic views.

Plan Your Trip to Gruyeres

Search my list of hotels in the Gruyere area, or in Geneva, Switzerland.
Driving directions to Gruyeres. Gruyeres is about one hour north of Geneva, Switzerland by car. There are trains that you can take as well, but using a car is the easiest way to get there. Also, by car you can drive through the mountain passes and get back to Geneva the “back” way. You will love the landscape.

Local map of Gruyeres, Switzerland and surrounding area.

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Is it worth visiting Gruyeres, Switzerland

We loved visiting Gruyeres ! The only negative point would be the food prices in the area…but oh well, you’re in Switzerland. Anywhere you’re going it will be expensive, so this is definitely a great day trip from Geneva and well worth your time.

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