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Gruyères is a town in the district of Gruyère in the canton of Fribourg in Switzerland. Its German name is Greyerz. 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. (...) (from Wikipedia).
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From Trip: Switserland and Italy
Castle of Gruyeres
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.
A fascination place and great surroundings. Tells you a lot about the old Swiss History .. visit the castle inside and see also the great gardens.
Walking up through this Typical Medieval village, you will find a lot of souvenirs shops and great local restaurants.
Try the Swiss Cheese Fondue (with Gruyere Cheese of course) and the Local big Meringue with double cream ... (its almost a full meal...)
On the way out YOU MUST visit the Swiss Cheese (Gruyere) factory near the Train station - this is also a MUST ..
Also the CAILLER Swiss Chocolate factory should be visited ... they have a great visitors center . . . . Its also on the way (nearby)
Both places can be combined in the same tour/same day.
Chocolaterie de Gruyeres
The chocolates they sold tasted great and they had a great variety. The people there were very friendly. I only wish I'd done one of their chocolate-making workshops, as I didn't know they offered them before I arrived.
In one's eagerness to enter the walled village of Gruyères, it is amazingly easy not to see the Chocolaterie, which is just on the right-hand side of the entrance gate. Built
on two levels, connected by a stout wooden staircase, the ground level contains
a small classroom with a seating capacity of about 20. On the upper level is the shop, whicvh also contains a machine which rhythmically beats molten chocolate into a creamy substance
It is worth the 15 franc investment to learn the origins of chocolate, to taste the difference between the drink discovered by the Spanish conquistadores in central America in the 16 and 17th centuries and then to learn about the development of chocolate, first as a drink and then to the varieties which we know today.
I was there with a group of colleagues from the forest industries and could hardly believe the intense interest which was shown throughout the presentation, stretching the illustrated lecture from its scheduled 40 minutes to well over an hour. Richard Uldry, the proprietor and lecturer display a tireless enthusiasm for chocolate, which he crafts from the finest beans using traditional methods. In nearby Broc, it is possible to visit a large-scale and world-famous industrial chocolate factory producing thousands
of tons sold across the world. In comparison, Richard Uldry produces about 2
tons of chocolate per annum but it must be tasted to appreciate the difference
between factory-made and hand-made. Richard does have expansion plans and
dreams of increasing production to 10 tons a year and also of opening a shop
and tea-room in nearby Bulle..
Whatever his future may hold, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you take the time to attend the lecture so that you can begin to understand the complexity of the product, after which a short climb up the outside staircase will allow you to purchase a bar or two of the very finest chocolate to grace your palate.
I know. I know. A chocolate shop in a tourist town like Gruyeres is going to be expensive. The chocolate was quite good. And you could buy just a few pieces to keep the cost down. If you are traveling there with your romantic partner and need some
chocolate - - - fine. But do NOT take your 4 kids in there and tell them to pick out what they want - - - just a suggestion.
From Trip: Swiss cheese and wine
Travel first class on the Chocolate Train, where the first stop is the charming medieval market town of Gruyères. There, you will discover the secrets of how the famous Gruyère cheese is made. For dessert, you will learn how chocolate is made, before visiting the famous Maison Cailler in Broc for a tour and delicious tasting.
From Trip: Switzerland
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