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Château St Germain, 1663 Gruyères, Switzerland

Created by Swiss artist H. R. Giger, HR Giger Bar is a work of art, an original and completely unique experience. The ceiling, walls, floors, fittings, tables and chairs are all modeled by the artist in the style of his acclaimed ‘Alien’ biomechanical environment and character designs. Giger Bar is the ultimate in immersive art. The experience is incredible, inviting and inspiring.

Museum HR Giger Bar, located in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland, opened in 2003.


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From Zurich HB (main train station) it’s an easy two and a half-hour trip to Gruyères, first to Fribourg, then a second change of trains at Bulle where you catch the regio express towards Montbovon for the last 20 minutes to Gruyeres.

From Geneva, about the same distance as from Zurich, it’s a lovely run along Lake Geneva to Montreux, where you catch a classic swiss hill-climbing train to Montbovon. There, a short ride on the regio express train to Gruyeres (direction Broc Fabrique), total two and a half hours of breathtaking scenery, particularly the hill climb out of Montreux.

Opening Celebration of the Museum Bar photos (2003)

The interior of the otherworldly environment that is the H.R. Giger Museum  Bar is a cavernous, skeletal structure covered by double arches of vertebrae  that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle. The sensation of being in this extraordinary setting recalls the tale of Jonah and the whale, lending the feel of being literally in the belly of a fossilized, prehistoric beast, or that  you have been transported into the remains of a mutated future civilization.

Text excerpt from Secret Magazine No. 23, by Javier De Pison

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