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Everything in Gruyères is on the village’s single street. The tourist office is at the car park end (mid-May to mid-Oct daily 9am–noon & 1.30–5.45pm; mid-Oct to mid-May Mon–Fri 10am–noon & 1.30–5pm; 026/921 10 30, www.gruyeres.ch and www.lyoba.ch). There are only a few hotels, all of which take one or two days a week off in the winter, so turning up without a booking is a risky business. Whichever side of the street you’re on, getting a room at the back gives you a view over the valley. The Hôtel de Ville (026/921 24 24, fax 921 36 28, email@example.com; b) is perfectly serviceable, while the pinewood Fleur de Lys (026/921 21 08, fax 921 36 05; c) is a step up in comfort and cuisine. Best of the bunch is the idyllic Hostellerie des Chevaliers (026/921 19 33, fax 921 25 52; c–d), just outside the village above the parking area.
Finding a place to eat is a case of strolling until you spot something or somewhere that takes your fancy. Everywhere offers terraces on both the village-side and the valley-side on which to partake of a substantial range of cheesy delights, as well as bowls of berries slathered in the village’s silky crème-double. The Auberge de la Halle is one of the least pretentious places to get a proper meal, with Fr.17 menus incorporating the house speciality – thick cheesy-vegetable soup. Otherwise, all the hotels offer quality traditional Gruyères and French cuisine, with the Hostellerie St-Georges (026/921 83 00) top choice within the village.
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