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Published March 1st 2023
If you love cheese and or chocolate, you want to try this
One simply cannot visit Switzerland without sampling Switzerland's most famous specialities – Swiss chocolate and cheese. Montreux-Berner Oberland railway has dedicated a whole train to the world's most delicate temptation...
The Swiss Chocolate Train is a 1st class tourist train in Switzerland that offers visitors a unique experience combining scenic views of the Swiss countryside through panoramic windows and a visit to some of the country's most famous chocolate and cheese factories.
The train starts its journey from Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva, passing through the picturesque Swiss countryside and stopping at the small town of Gruyères, famous for its cheese (my new favourite hard cheese after visiting), and Broc, known for its chocolate. In Broc, passengers can visit the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory, where they can learn about the history of Swiss chocolate-making and sample a rather large variety of chocolate treats.
The Swiss Chocolate Train is a luxurious and comfortable experience, with vintage train cars that have been restored to their original 1915-1925 style. The train also features large windows that offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including views of the Alps and Lake Geneva. During the journey, passengers can indulge in a delicious brunch, served on board the train, featuring Swiss specialties such as cheese, bread, and croissants, accompanied by hot coffee or tea.
In addition to the chocolate factory visit, the Swiss Chocolate Train also includes a visit to the medieval town of Gruyères, where visitors can explore the town's winding streets, visit the Gruyères Castle, and sample some of the town's famous cheese.
Overall, the Swiss Chocolate Train is a unique and unforgettable experience that combines Switzerland's natural beauty, cultural heritage, and culinary excellence into a single journey. Whether you're a chocolate lover, a history buff, or simply looking for a luxurious and relaxing way to explore Switzerland, the Swiss Chocolate Train is definitely worth considering.
It is a full-day tour and operates from May until October. In July and August, it operates each day except Monday and Wednesday. In May, June, September and October it operates on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Further information and bookings can be made here.