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Cheese and Chocolate in Switzerland

By Viator, September 2016

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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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Small-Group Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour of Zurich's Old Town, Zurich, null
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Small-Group Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour of Zurich's Old Town

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 254 Reviews

Bring your sweet tooth and get ready for a tantalizing array of delicious treats on this decadent walking tour of Zurich. Your expert guide will help you ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $89.62
6-Hour Guided e-bike tour to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Swiss Picnic, Interlaken, Food ... 
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6-Hour Guided e-bike tour to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Swiss Picnic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

A wonderful guided bike tour to Lauterbrunnen and into the amazing Valley of 72 Waterfalls, which is part of one of the largest nature reserves in Switzerland. ...  Read more

Location: Interlaken, Switzerland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.65
Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train, Geneva, Bike & Mountain Bike ... 
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Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

4.5 star rating: Recommended 508 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 $229.86
Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich, Zurich, Day Trips
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Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich

4.5 star rating: Recommended 659 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 $149.73
Day Trip to Gruyères with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings, Geneva, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Gruyères with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

4.5 star rating: Recommended 153 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 $166.60
Culinary Tour from Zurich with Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue Dinner, Zurich, Day Trips
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Culinary Tour from Zurich with Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 Reviews

Enjoy traditional Swiss sweet treats and tasty local delicacies on this 5-hour gourmet food tour from Zurich. Travel along the beautiful Lake Zurich to ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.07
Interlaken Swiss Food and Culture Walking Tour, Interlaken, Food Tours
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Interlaken Swiss Food and Culture Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Discover traditional Swiss culture on this 3-hour food and culture walking tour of Interlaken. Follow your guide through Interlaken on the public transport ...  Read more

Location: Interlaken, Switzerland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.12
3-Hour Private Chocolate and Cheese Tasting Tour in Lucerne, Lucerne, Walking Tours
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3-Hour Private Chocolate and Cheese Tasting Tour in Lucerne

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Taste the famous Swiss chocolate and cheese on this private Lucerne city tour with a local guide. Visit the famous lions monument and the chapel bridge. Try ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.37
Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich, Zurich, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich

4 star rating: Recommended 371 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 $113.88
Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience at Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, Lucerne, Day Trips
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Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience at Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne

4 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Take a spin on the new Swiss Chocolate Adventure ride in Lucerne. The Swiss Museum of Transport’s latest family-friendly attraction tells the story of ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $15.82

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