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Gruyeres, Switzerland

Gruyères is a town in the district of Gruyère in the canton of Fribourg in Switzerland. The medieval town is an important tourist location in the upper valley of the Saane river, and gives its name to the well-known cheese. In this town, a trackless train is the only vehicle allowed on its pedestrianized streets. There are cultural activities in the castle (concerts, theater). There is a cheese factory in Pringy which is open to visitors. Nearby is Mont Moléson.

Gruyères Castle

The Castle of Gruyères, located in the medieval town of Gruyères, Fribourg, is one of the most famous in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance. The castle is the home of three capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece. They were part of the war booty captured by the Swiss Confederates (which included troops from Gruyères) at the Battle of Morat against Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy in 1476. As Charles the Bold was celebrating the anniversary of his father’s death, one of the capes is a black velvet sacerdotal vestment with Philip the Good’s emblem sewn into it. The romantic landscapes inside the castle were painted in mid 19th century by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and other well known artists. An international collection of Fantastic Art is also exhibited.

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