Gruyères (Post-Conference)

Excursion to Gruyères

Discover the secrets of Swiss Chocolate and Swiss Cheese on a 1-day tour to the incredibly beautiful medieval town of Gruyères! This is an extraordinary opportunity to discover Swiss culture and tradition in a unique setting in the Swiss Fribourg area.

The departure location from EPFL is in vicinity to the Conference Location ‘Forum Rolex’, as  indicated with a star on the following map:

Departure Point of Tour to Gruyères


Time Activity Impressions


  • Departure from EPFL

Travel in a comfortable bus via the scenic route through Lavaux and over the Col-de-Mosses to Broc.


  • Arrival at the Chocloaterie Cailler
  • Chocolate Factory Visit

The Maison Cailler opens the doors of the world of chocolate. Use all your senses to unlock the secrets surrounding the origin and manufacturing of chocolate.



  • Continue by bus to the town of Gruyères


  • Traditional Swiss 3-Course Meal at the restaurant “Le Chalet” in the heart of the city.

Afterwards, you have free time to enjoy the medieval town and its assets.



You will have the pleasure of discovering the castle, its guard tower and its medieval city. You are also welcome to visit the Giger Museum and its thematic bar (entrance ticket not included). The exhibition, dedicated to the works of the Swiss artist Hans Ruedi Giger (born in 1940), plunges visitors into a science fiction universe that is both surprising and disturbing.



  • Visit of the Maison du Gruyère

You will be revealed all the secrets of the manufacture of the original Gruyère cheese!



  • Return to EPFL by bus.
  • Arrival at EPFL expected around 18h30.

The times are indicative. The excursion is suitable for children, but not for taking strollers. Children of age 11 and younger benefit of a 50% discount.

Gruyères Excursion Fees

Adult: 100.- CHF

Children, 11y and younger: 50.- CHF

The following services are included:

  • Travel in comfortable bus from EPFL to Gruyères and back
  • Guided Visit of the Chocolate Factory Cailler
  • 3-Course Meal at Lunch
  • Guided Visit of the Cheese Factory ‘Maison de Gruyères

The following are not included in the excursion fee, but can be bought individually at the location if desired:

  • visit of the inside of the medieval castle.
  • visit of the HR Giger (Alien) museum.

Registration is performed using the conference registration form, also for additional accompanying persons.