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Cheese and Chocolate in Switzerland

By Viator, February 2018

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Think of Swiss food and you’ll probably picture dunking bread into a pot of gooey fondue or sliding a triangle of Toblerone from its ubiquitous Matterhorn–logoed box. Whether your tastes lean toward sweet or savory, Switzerland has both boxes ticked. Here’s how to sample the country’s most delicious cheeses and chocolates. 

Must-Try Flavors
There are over 400 cheese varieties produced around Switzerland, with some of the most famous including Emmental (Emmentaler) and Gruyère, 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, as Switzerland is home to world-renowned chocolate brands like Lindt, Nestlé, and the aforementioned Toblerone, as well as dozens of artisan chocolate makers.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Take a day trip to Gruyères and discover the secrets of cheesemaking on a tour of La Maison du Gruyère cheese factory.
  • Sample handmade chocolates during a visit to the Maison Cailler chocolate factory.
  • Tuck into a delicious cheese fondue dinner overlooking Lake Zurich.
  • Indulge in handmade truffles, hot chocolate, and chocolate cupcakes on a chocolate-themed walking tour of Zurich’s Old Town, including the Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate shop.
  • Enjoy a Swiss Chocolate Adventure, a guided cheese tasting, or a ride on the Golden Panoramic Train in Lucerne.

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Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train, Geneva, null
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Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 141 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 $226.96
Small-Group Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour of Zurich's Old Town, Zurich, Day Trips
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Small-Group Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour of Zurich's Old Town

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 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 $88.50
Exclusive Authentic Swiss Experience from Lucerne: Boat Ride, Rigi Mountain and Chocolate ... 
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Exclusive Authentic Swiss Experience from Lucerne: Boat Ride, Rigi Mountain and Chocolate Adventure

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Lakes, Mountains, Chocolate - Swiss made. On the non-guided "Authentic Swiss Tour – Lucerne" you will discover traditional Swiss crafts and ...  Read more

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

From USD $138.47
Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich, Zurich, Day Trips
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Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich

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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: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.09
Day Trip to Gruyères Medieval Village and Chocolate Factory, Geneva, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Gruyères Medieval Village and Chocolate Factory

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

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

From USD $164.50
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

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

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

From USD $135.35
3-hour Gourmet Food Experience in Geneva, Geneva, Food Tours
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3-hour Gourmet Food Experience in Geneva

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This tourr is a unique Gourmet Food Tour experience in Old Geneva with historical fact about the town. A thrilling human adventure leaded by our inspiring ...  Read more

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

From USD $229.05
Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich, Zurich, Food Tours
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Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich

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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: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.69
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet, Zurich, Day Trips
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Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet

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Discover Switzerland’s cultural hub on a 5-hour tour of Zurich, including a 1-hour cruise. Begin with a guided tour by coach, passing the National Museum, the ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.38
Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience at Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, Lucerne, Half-day ... 
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Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience at Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne

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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 $16.66

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