Thursday, July 18, 2013

Day Trip to Gruyeres, Switzerland

Chateau de Gruyeres 

Beside the Cheese Factory 

Mi Familia @ Cailler Chocolate Factory 
Free Taste 

Listening at our "tour guides" 

Le Gruyere 


My Auntie surprised my clan for a visit to the town of Gruyères.  At first,  all I thought was that Gruyères is just a type of cheese but I was surprised but it was definitely more than that.  There are so many things to do here in Gruyères. Our first stop was going to the famous cheese factory (La Maison du Gruyere). This is a must since you will get to learn how they make the famous cheese. The process of making this cheese is quite long, the cows must eat a ton of grass  and drink so many gallons of water, so that the cheese would taste world class. It’s good to go here since this is where you can buy the cheapest Gruyere all over the world. After our very educational tour to the cheese factory we then went to the chocolate Factory (Maison Cailler) of Cailler.  You will learn about the history of Cailler Chocolate and mergers with Nestle. You will also get to eat so many free tastes of the Cailler Chocolate. After that we went to the medieval castle (Chateau de Gruyeres). The old town was so nice and I was so glad that it was preserved. A trip to gruyere is definitely a must when going to Switzerland. You will learn so much about food, and its history. You will also enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Switzerland.

My relatives waiting  inside the cheese factory

Inside the Giger Museum 
Medieval Town 
Callier Chocolate Factory

Tram Line

My cousins
Alien Museum 

Transportation to Gruyere:
Via Public Transport: Take a bus from Bulle then take a train to Gruyeres.

Tourist Attactions in Gruyere:
Chateau de Gruyeres(medieval castle); La Maison du Gruyere(Cheese Factory); Tibet Museum; Maison Cailler (Chocolate Factory); H R Giger Museum (Alien Museum)

Travel Tips:
-        My best advice for you is to rent a car that will drive you straight to  Gruyeres. It is a more convenient and practical way to go there since you can do a lot more things.
-        Gruyere trips are quite short just reserve a day for it
-        Buy Gruyere Cheese at the Factory
-        If you don’t have an international driver’s license you can take the Gruyere Day Tours offered by different travel companies.
-        Bring at least 125 CHF

For More Information

Chateau de Gruyeres (Medieval Castle)
Address: Gruyeres CH 1663                                                                                                                     
Operating Hours:  April to October 09:00-18:00; November to December 10:00-16:30                            

La Maison du Gruyere (Cheese Factory);                                                          
Operating Hours: From June to September 09:00 to 19:00; From October to May 09:00 to 18:00            
Address: Place                                                                                                                                        
Entrance Fee: 7 CHF per person                                                                                                                                                                                                

Maison Cailler (Chocolate Factory);                                                                
Address: Rue Jules Bellet 7, Broc                                                                                                             
Operating Hours: From April to October 10:00 to 18:00; From November to March 10:00 to 17:00     
Entrance Fee: 8 CHF per person                                                                                          

H R Giger Museum (Alien Museum) 
Address: Chateau St. German de Gruyeres 
Operating Hours: 10:00 to 18:00                                                                                                                 
Entrance Fee: 12.50 CHF per person                                                                                                          

Photos were taken by Jerrick Ramos and Andrew Rejano 

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