Château de Gruyère. Photo: Wikipedia.

The County of Gruyère

The castle of the Counts of Gruyère became entangled in the disputes between Savoy, Burgundy, Bern and Freiburg in the fifteenth century. Gruyère was formally a vassal of Savoy, but Gruyère chose the side of Bern and Freiburg in 1475, because of the war with Burgundy (supported by Savoy). It was an ordinary bankruptcy of the last count Michel in 1554 that made Freiburg owner.  Freiburg was one of the largest creditors and took over the castle as the administrative centre and seat of the bailiff. Freiburg still ownes the castle.