Having had our fill of the chocolates, we were ready to continue our journey. I wouldn’t suggest this itinerary unless you’re a stickler for details, I had it planned right down to the dot. We left Broc Fabrique at noon and made our way to Gruyères. Here, you have a choice of either the cheese factory (La Maison du Gruyères) which is located just behind the train station or be a bit adventurous and explore the Château de Gruyères further away.
The old town of Gruyères where all the excitement is, requires a quick hike uphill. It is about 1km away from the train station. You can take a quicker entrance by the side although the ascent is steeper than the normal route. We were there on a Sunday, the roads along the way up were parked with cars. Everyone came out here for some fun in the sun.
The road leading towards the Château de Gruyères is lined with shops featuring the above architecture. If you haven’t tasted the chocolates like us, this is the place to stop for some fondue! Or any cheese related dishes. We were full so we went straight to the Château.
“Take a look over here,” I motioned to the shop nearby.
“What’s so special?”
“See all these recycled products?”
There is a shop in Gruyères old town that sells recycled products. It doesn’t just sell them, the shopowner will turn these recycled goods into works of art. Too bad we were here for holidays or else, these items would be a good addition to the house décor.
“This looks so familiar,” the wife quipped as she walked passed a row of strange looking statues.
“These are from Aliens!”
Another well-known fact about this small town is the presence of the H.R. Giger Museum. The same person that brought us the killer species — Aliens. Notice anything similar to the ones in the movies?
Château de Gruyères
Located at the very end of the old town lies the château. Entrance is free if you have the Swiss Pass, which we did. Time was not on our side. We have an hour to see the castle and get back to Gruyères for the train to Interlaken. We had to skip most of it and focus on the important part — the garden.
Add that with this view:
To better enjoy the place, you need to make a choice, it’s either the chocolate factory or Gruyères. We tried to do both and ended with one and a half. We didn’t get to visit the H.R. Giger Museum, and we didn’t end up eating some cheese related food, nor did we get to visit the cheese factory. But we did have a taste of the Swiss country side and managed to mix it with a nice train travel.
We were back on the train towards Interlaken. No more stops in between but just another 2-3 hours in the train. Some of you might decide to take a quick nap but I would suggest against it if you can. There are just too many things to see on this short train trip into the Bernese Oberland.
There are a few stops along the way from Montbovon to Interlaken. Small quaint towns and a really peaceful countryside. The Swiss are really the most lucky people in the world. Maybe some of my Swiss readers could care to comment. I was only there for two weeks so maybe might views might be a bit limited.
For any would be Swiss travellers, a trip on the train is a MUST. Take your pick, there are plenty of them. We only managed to do the Goldenpass for our Swiss trip and it was breathtaking. The train wasn’t even full and we travelled on a Sunday, most of the shops are closed for the day so what better way than to spend it on the train!
A quick guide on where to sit:
Montbovon to Gstaad : RIGHT side (valley, hills)
Gstaad to Zweisimmen : LEFT side (top looking down)
Zwiesimmen to Spiez : LEFT side (mountains)
Zweisimmen to Spiez : RIGHT side (river)
Spiez to Interlaken : LEFT side