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Cheese and Chocolate in Switzerland

By Viator, October 2013

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Think of Swiss food and you’ll probably picture dunking bread into a gooey pot of fondue or sliding a triangle of Toblerone from its ubiquitous Matterhorn–logoed box. Whether your tastes lean towards the sweet or the savory, Switzerland has both boxes ticked, and the country’s many cheese and chocolate varieties are among the tastiest and most famous in the world. 

Switzerland’s most renowned exports share one thing in common – they are both the product of the alpine dairy industry, using fresh, un-pasteurized milk taken from cattle grazed in the lush highlands. Cheese and chocolate making traditions date back to the early 19th century and historic factories are dotted throughout the villages of the Swiss Alps, with many of them opening their doors to tourists for tours and tastings. 

There are over 400 cheese varieties produced around Switzerland, with some of the most famous including Emmental and Gruyère, named after the villages in which they are made and typically the principal cheeses used in fondue; Appenzeller, produced in the northern Appenzell region; and Raclette, produced in the canton of Valais and the main ingredient in the traditional dish of the same name. Those with a sweet tooth will also be spoiled for choice, with world-renowned chocolate brands like Lindt, Nestlé and the aforementioned Toblerone, as well as dozens of artisan chocolate makers.

There’s more to sampling Swiss produce than loading up your cart at the supermarket. Take a day trip to Gruyères, where you can discover the secrets of cheese-making with a tour of La Maison du Gruyère, the region’s most famous cheese factory, and stop off along the way at the Maison Cailler chocolate factory. Alternatively, a Swiss mountains or Swiss countryside and traditions tour from Zurich includes visits to the legendary Lindt chocolate factory and the Stein cheese factory in the idyllic Appenzell region, or you could opt for a walking tour of chocolate shops in Zurich’s Old Town, where you can indulge in handmade truffles, creamy hot chocolate and chocolate cupcakes along the way.

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Day Trip to Gruyères with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Combine your love of chocolate and cheese with your passion for travel on this day trip to Gruyères from Geneva. Travel by comfortable coach to the ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $132.78

Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

4.5 star rating: Recommended 70 Reviews

Set off and discover traditional produce while taking in Switzerland's landscapes on a full day combined coach and train trip from Geneva. Soak up the ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $245.30

Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich

4.5 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

Venture to the Heidi-like region of eastern Switzerland on this full day guided coach tour from Zurich. Sample local cheese and chocolate, walk the streets of ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $155.28

Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich

4 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Delight in some real Swiss traditions on this full-day small-group tour from Zurich. Even those pressed for time will find this tour an ideal way to ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $121.53

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