I Left My Heart in Gruyéres

My favorite places and moments of travel are always the unexpected ones. I love being completely surprised by a city or sight. This is exactly what happened on August 1, 2013 in Gruyéres, Switzerland.

Gruyéres was part of an unexpected pit stop when my friend desperately needed to use the bathroom. We had just finished touring a Swiss chocolate factory and were trying to get back “home” to Bad Säckingen. We spotted restaurants and shops and knew that there would also be bathrooms. However, we didn’t know that we were about to stumble across what is quite possibly the cutest Swiss town in existence.

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While I’m sure that Gruyéres is always charming, I think that visiting on August 1 definitely amplified the cuteness. August 1 is the Swiss National Holiday. Everywhere in the town had Swiss flags hanging, which is pretty obvious in the picture above.

One of the most unique features of the town is a bar inspired by the movie “Alien.” The ceiling, walls, and chairs are all designed based on the movie. Even if you haven’t seen the movie (like me) it is still worth a peek inside. Especially because there are only three of these bars in existence.

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After we left the “Alien” bar, we made our way to the castle located in Gruyéres. The castle is over 800 years old and offers amazing views of the Swiss countryside.

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There is a museum located inside the castle, but it was closed when we visited due to the national holiday. However, it is definitely worth walking around and taking in the amazing landscapes below.

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Even though the town only has a population of a little over 2,000 it is absolutely worth a visit if you are ever nearby. It’s the perfect way to spend a couple hours wandering and soaking in the charm of the Swiss countryside.

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Everywhere in Switzerland was beautiful, but Gruyéres was absolutely my favorite place. You never know when an unexpected pit stop will turn into something amazing.

Safe travels! 🙂

-Emily

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