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Gruyere Switzerland Tourism Guide

Gruyere Switzerland Tourism Guide

Gruyère Switzerland is a district which has the famous tourist spot, Gruyères. The town has a medieval location. The upper valley in the Saane River harbors the town. The cheese of this town is very popular and is also known by the same name.

The town of Gruyères at Gruyère Switzerland is located at an altitude of 810 meters above sea level. It is at a distance of 4.5 km to the south- south east direction of Bulle, which is the district capital. Most of the town consists of a part of the Fribourg Alps and the Saane valley. If you want to visit Nature at her prime, you have to visit Gruyères.

There is a saddle formed between two of the highest ridges of the region, the Dent du Chamois (namely 1830 m above sea level) in the south and the Dent de Broc (namely 1829 m above sea level) in the north. This has been a subject of photographs of many nature and tourist magazines.

The population of this town is medium, around 1556. Around 90% of the residents speak French while a few speak Portuguese and German. The economy of this small town is basically rural. Agrarian products have always been its focus. Previously raw materials were processed and sold in the markets of this town. The focus of the trade was on cheese and buying and selling of animals.

There were a lot of saw mills and mills around. The eighteenth century also saw the establishment of a gun powder factory. Till nineteenth century, saw twisting was an important activity. But things have changed now.

About 750 jobs are provided in this town; less than 10% of which is in the agricultural sector. The industrial sector provides about 27% of the jobs and the tertiary sector provides about 64% of the jobs. Cattle breeding and milk production are the specialized jobs when it comes to agriculture. Thus raw materials for meat treating and cheese production are provided by this town.

The history of this town has a deep rooted mysterious significance. The founder of this town was Gruerius who caught a crane once. The French word for 'crane' is 'grue'. Thus the name of the town became "Gruyères". Hence the castle of this town is a very important tourist location.

However its origins remain shrouded in mystery. The arts and regional museum along with the many theaters and concerts held in the castle hold immense attraction for the tourists. Gruyère Switzerland is a must visit if you are going to the country.

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This page last updated in Feb 2016