Authenticity, cheese and chocolate

At the foot of the Pre-Alps, you will experience the charm and picturesque architecture of the medieval village of Gruyères. In 2014, this small town was voted as the most beautiful village in Western Switzerland. Gruyères has given its name to the region and to its delicious cheese that you will be able to discover during a food tasting. Despite the passage of time, it has managed to preserve its authenticity, conveying a Swiss medieval atmosphere. This unique destination is not to miss! Come and explore Gruyères with The Swiss Escape’s exclusive accesses to local experiences such as cheese and chocolate tastings in small and traditional factories.

Summer: During summertime, we organize private guided tours of this medieval village and its castle. A visit to the castle is a journey across eight centuries of history, culture and architecture. Do you fancy a breathtaking 360° panorama? Climb with one of our guides to the top of the Moleson. The summit is also accessible by cable car or funicular. At the top, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the regions around Lake Geneva, Gruyères and the Alps. We can also arrange kayak or paddle excursions around the beautiful lake of Gruyères. For visitors more interested in discovering the local food traditions, you can take part in a cheese trail in the alpine pastures of the Pays d’Enhaut, a regional park of 500 km2, providing you with an unforgettable gourmet experience.

Fall: This region has a lot to offer during fall. You can witness the Désalpe of l’Etivaz when cattle are adorned with flowers and bells, parading down the mountain heading back to their stable after having spent the summer in the mountain pastures. Moreover, you will be among the first to taste the newest wheels of L’Etivaz AOP cheese produced during the summer, fresh out the cheese cellars.

Winter: Try famous Swiss cheese fondue in one of our selected restaurants from the medieval town. Visit a cheese factory and taste Gruyère, fresh out of the cellars. Visit the famous chocolate factory and give your senses the experience of the secret origins of Swiss chocolate. After these unforgettable experiences, relax in the natural thermal bathes located just a few minutes from Gruyères. Every year in winter, thousands of colorful hot air balloons fly in the blue sky of Chateau D’Oex. The Parmigiani Hot Air Balloon Festival is something you don’t want to miss.

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