A cheese factory tour in Switzerland

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Things like a cheese factory tour in Switzerland, a chocolate factory tour or a cookie factory tour seem to be quiet the trend. So, on our recent trip of Switzerland we did some of these. On one of the days while in Lucerne, we started with a tour of the Kambly factory store for cookies. The store is full of delicious cookies that you can taste and then decide which one to buy! Having tasted a lot of cookies and bought quiet many varieties, we embarked further on our journey. Next we did a tour of Bern, the beautiful capital city of Switzerland. And on the final foot of our journey, we stopped for a cheese factory tour in Switzerland countryside on our way back to Lucerne.

Cheese factory tour in Switzerland

Things to do on a cheese factory tour in Switzerland

Get acquainted with the process of cheese manufacturing

When you are on a cheese factory tour in Switzerland, learn about how to manufacture cheese. All the cheese factory tours in Switzerland will take you through a guided journey through the various steps of processing through which cheese are formed. Some of them have glass windows or balconies through which you can take a peek into the cheese processing and manufacturing units. While here, learn a bit about how the temperature is controlled, right amount of churning is done and the correct time is given for cheese manufacturing. Basically, learn the secrets of the trade. And remember, these are the secrets that make the cheese of Switzerland world famous.

Cheese factory tour in Switzerland
A peek inside cheese manufacturing unit

Step back into history of cheese manufacturing

Some of the cheese factories, like the one we visited, are located at very old lands. These are the lands where cheese manufacturing was done hundreds of years back through manual process. While the factory was more like a home – based industry. So, the family involved in the cheese manufacturing lived on the premises. And a room or two was dedicated to manufacturing cheese. Many of these homes have been preserved for visitors to take a tour through. By paying a visit here, we get to admire the way hard work was put into manufacturing delicious cheese in the past.

The Cheese factory tour in Switzerland that we took also had such a house on it’s premises. The living room, bedroom and other important parts of this house have been preserved. Some old wooden furnitures like the dining table in the dining room are still kept intact. In the same setup as they were years back. While in the front most room, some churning and other activities are still done by hand. Both to show the visitors the manual cheese manufacturing process. And also to come up with some delicious hand made cheese. Keeping the room dark is an essential part of the cheese manufacturing process.

Cheese factory tour in Switzerland
The old house and hand churning of cheese

Taste a lot of cheese

Of course there are perks of embarking on a cheese factory tour in Switzerland. And the foremost one being that you get to taste a lot of cheese. The factories often have stores alongside. Like on the cheese factory tour in Switzerland that we took. Here, the main store has a cheese manufacturing unit in the basement. And a store on the first floor where different kind of cheese are available to taste and buy. These range from fresh cheese to the ones which are more than an year and two years old. It’s really interesting to see how the taste of the cheese varies along with their age. And who knows, you might discover here a new flavor which you had never tasted before.

There are all different kind of cheese available here. You can take your time and make your selection to buy some if you want. On the cheese factory tour that we took, the center of the first floor opened to the basement below. From here, one could also take a look at how the cheese is being manufactured, while having the cheese. We had our own fare share of cheese tasting and buying while here. Apart from cheese, these stores also have cow milks, organic milks, curd and other dairy products.

Visit the store

Along with cheese, there are many other dairy products on offer. And since, these cheese factories are a hub for visitors. Thus, they also have some other stores on their premises. Here you can as well find some local handicrafts, non-dairy delicacies and other items big and small which you might be interested to buy as a visitor. The one that we visited, did have a small and cute shop besides the main store and factory unit. We went inside, and I must say, the collection was cute.

Rest your feet and treat yourself

Cheese factory tour in Switzerland
The restaurant at the cheese factory in Switzerland

Since visitors from far and wide visit the cheese factory. Often, they are also equipped with cafes or small restaurants on the premises. The one we stopped at had both outdoor and indoor sitting available. It was almost evening, around 4pm, when we visited here. The sun was slowly receding. And it was not yet chilling cold. The winds were also subtle. So, overall, it was a perfect time to sit outside in the lovely garden alongside the store and drink some warm coffee. The restaurant cum bar had many other drinks and delicacies like cakes, cookies, cheese sandwich (of course!) and several other snacks items on offer.

Besides the sitting area, there was a small children’t play area as well. An added advantage for us. As we sat on the benches and chairs around a table to enjoy some delicacies, our kiddo ran over to the play area. After days of roaming around in Europe and being constantly on move, this was the first time she encountered her favorite place once more. So, she thoroughly enjoyed here until it was time for us to move. She played on the swing and the slide while we watched her, and the rest of the world around.

Cheese factory tour in Switzerland
Little one heading straight to the play area

Sync in some swiss beauty

Last , but not the least, most of the cheese factories and other factories are located in the swiss countryside. This means, they have vast expanse of beautiful swiss countryside all around them. This is an added bonus to visiting one. Even if you are not planning to buy any cheese or interested in going through the cheese manufacturing process, you can still soak into the beauty of the surroundings here. While your friends and acquaintances go ahead and enjoy the tour of the cheese factory.

I did the same after a point. Not that I was not interested. But the little one obviously wasn’t. And beyond a point she was not letting me  be inside the factory. Particularly after she spotted the play area. So, while rest of my family and friends continued with the tour, tasting more cheese. I pulled out along with my daughter. While she started playing in the children section, I looked around at the vast and mesmerizing Swiss countryside. There were vast stretch of green pasturelands. And as the evening set in, I could see herds of cattle returning back to their home slowly through these lands.

In conclusion, overall, it was a beautiful trip. We got something new to learn (how the cheese is manufactured), tasted some great delicacies including some old cheese and also got to look into the beautiful surrounding countryside. I would recommend it to fellow travelers.

Tips on taking a cheese factory tour in Switzerland

  1. You can take a train from Lucerne to one of the neighboring villages where you plan to visit the factory.
  2. Bus connectivity is also there. And guided tours are also available. You can enquire at a tour office on the railway station in Lucerne.
  3. Keep some appetite for tasting some delicious cheese.
  4. Visit towards the evening. You can rest for a while and enjoy some delicacies on the premises.
  5. Refreshment options are mostly available.
  6. Apart from cheese, other dairy products like milk, chocolate, curd etc. are also available to buy, in case you want to take some back home.
  7. Keep adequate woolen with you since the countryside will be colder than the town or city in which you are based, no matter in whichever month of the year you are planning to visit.
  8. When with kid, plan to visit a cheese factory in Switzerland that also has some kid’s entertainment option at the premises. Because they might tend to get bored after some time. And won’t allow you to remain involved in the tour either 🙂

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82 Responses

  1. What I love in visiting manufacturers /factory is that I discover how things are done… I’d been to a tea factory… And this cheese factory in Switzerland is a must to visit… Thanks for the tips.

  2. Alexander Popkov

    Production facility is pretty cool, modern and classic at the same time. I would like to try all of their samples 🙂

  3. This sounds like an absolute must-do, like a Brewery tour in Germany, a wine-tasting in South Africa or a whiskey tasting tour in Scotland. I would love to do that Cheese tour as well, must have been an amazing cultural experience, too. Did they serve wine with the cheese or water to neutralize the taste for the next bite?

    • Yes, they do offer wine/water along with the cheese platter in their cafe/restaurant. But not at the counter. But to learn and see the whole process of how the delicious cheese is made, is an experience of a lifetime

  4. A cheese factory is a total yes in my books when visiting Switzerland! I absolutely love cheese and this would be like total heaven for me. What a totally amazing experience to have!

  5. I LOVE cheese, especially Swiss cheese – so going on a cheese factory tour would be right at the top of my list! It’s a bonus that the cheese factories have so many other attractions like local handicrafts and scenic settings too so the cheese tour also becomes a Swiss culture tour!!

  6. Oh that’s super interesting! I love cheese! When I go to Switzerland, I’ll definitely have to do this as well!

  7. Where else to eat cheese but in the country where you can find the best cheese! This is so interesting and if I were there I would also visit this cheese factory. I am quite curious about how they make different kinds of cheese. I was not expecting that the factory would look like a home, it’s so different from what I imagined.

    • Exactly Marge, the impression of the factory is so unique just like the cheese that you get here 🙂

  8. Cheese itself can melt me! I sooo love cheese that I’m like a rat when I eat it! I would definitely visit the cheese factory in Switzerland once I got there!

  9. Nibbling world class cheeses in the gorgeous Swiss Alps is fantasy day. I’ve taken a cheese tour in Switzerland years ago, but I’d love to go back again.

  10. I really hope we have something like this in the Philippines. I’m such a cheese fan. Having lived in Wisconsin before, I super appreciate this post as it just makes me want to travel to Switzerland just for this factory.

  11. The sitting might not feel first class but the simplicity and quality of the Fondue most certainly is. Great value for money and friendly service.

  12. What an amazing day! I would love to do this as I am a cheese fanatic. Sadly, when I lived in Switzerland tour like this did not exist. Thanks so much for sharing this post.

    • Oh..I thought these must have been in existence for long. Since the cheese factory itself is way too old

  13. I am a huge cheese fan, except being a vegetarian I don’t consume cheese with rennet in it. I am excited to hear that you can reach this factory via a train. The landscape of Switzerland is so gorgeous that even the train journey must be a destination in itself. It would be intriguing to see the cheese making process.

    • Train journeys in Europe are definitely a destination in themselves. And those around Switzerland, particularly the alps region are notably beautiful.

  14. I have to be honest, I’m not the biggest cheese fan in the world, I don’t think I’d be able to stomach the smell of a cheese factory – However in saying that if not for the smell I would actually love to see the whole process 😀 – I was very close close to moving to Switzerland a few years back from work (Decided to quit my job and move to Bali instead haha) But Lucerne was very high on my list of places to visit.

    • Interesting. Bali and Switzerland have totally contrast climate and a lot of other differences. I hope you are enjoying it a lot in Bali. If I had a chance to shift to Switzerland then I won’t think twice before making the decision 😀

  15. Nicole Anderson

    I found this so interesting. Love the fact that you also got to see the traditional home style older cheese making ways in a home as well as the more modern cheese producing factory (which from the outside doesn’t look like a factory at all and is really pleasing on the eye). Tastings must surely be a highlight especially if you love cheese. Switzerland would definitely be the right country to do this! Lovely photos.

    • Thanks Nicole. It was really great to not only see the cheese making process but also go down the history and see how it was done in the past.

  16. I love this post! I would definitely do this if I was in Switzerland. It’s about cheese, cheese and more cheese- YUM!

  17. I take my hat off to the Swiss for marketing the cheese making exercise so well. It is a lesson for us Indians that despite we being the world’s largest milk producing nation, we do not have cheese making kind of travel destinations. I have one question- does the staff wear protective clothing during the cheese making process?

  18. Now that’s completely an obtuse yet bold step the family took…I can’t even imagine a factory such beautiful and jovial environment and kids play area is something rare of rarest in a factory…

    • Thats true Mohit. It caught my attention too.. a factory that not at all looks like one

  19. Elizabeth O

    The cheesy factory looks so great. That place looks so peaceful and calm, I really want to visit there someday.

  20. Valentina | ForeignRooftops

    Great post! Never been to a cheese factory before! Loved the quick tips at the end!

  21. i simply love cheese and got a virtual tour with your post

  22. Reading this post made me so hungry because I absolutely love cheese. Switzerland has some of the best cheese in the world and you had me at cheese tasting. It must have been so charming to go to old houses and see how they did it before there were machines.

    • It was very interesting to learn some of the insights of how exactly the delicious cheese is made. And the whole setup and old house was very charming

  23. Sự Đinh

    I have never had a trip to a factory, especially a cheese factory. This will be a amzing experience. Thank you for your post.

    • Actually that is the best part. When you picture a factory, mostly big concrete buildings equipped with machinery all over come to mind. But this one was nothing like that

  24. Hi
    I wonder if that place have a name actually and how can find it really? Do you remember where it was and how it was called?
    I am looking for a place like this in the region of Lucerne and this place sounds great on your blog, but no details at all about the location and name.

    • Hi Gali. This one was ‘Emmentaler Schaukaeserei’ which is on way to Bern from Switzerland. Although cheese factories are very common in Switzerland, you can find others also nearby. Just google search for the name and you will get plenty of details

  25. Abigail Sinsona

    I only heard good things about the Swiss cheese. This is such a cool tour to be a part of! I would definitely keep this in mind when I get to visit Switzerland someday!

  26. Switzerland is almost synonymous with cheese. The making of cheese and its history is indeed fascinating. Were you able to taste Fondue while in Switzerland. It is a cheese based delicacy made with melted cheese.

    • Yes Sandy N Vyjay, we did taste a fondue although not in the cheese factory. There was a nice beautiful cafe round the corner where we stayed, and it was one of their specialities it seems.

  27. I have never had a trip to a factory,especially a cheese factory. It sounds interesting. I will go there if i have a chance.

  28. This is 100% on my list now – I loooove cheese :-D!

  29. whoa!! I just love cheese so much.. i wanna visit that too! Thanks for the share..

  30. You must have had a nice experience here. Getting to know more about cheese making process and tasting varieties of cheese available. I’d be sure to do a lot when I visit Switzerland. I just recently read your chocolate and cookies tasting at the Kambly factory store. My Switzerland bucket list is gradually building up. It won’t be a dull moment for me.

    • Any moment can’t be a dull moment in Switzerland Lydia. I just wish I had more time there so that I could take some classes too, will do next time

  31. nice i like it, i will visit this if will there

  32. Nice articles thanks for sharing us.

  33. Switzerland. Beautiful like always and cheese added more taste into it.

  34. I will say its a must try if you are in or around Lucerne in Switzerland

  35. engrreginald

    I have never been to Switzerland before, but then Looking at this 8 Tips on taking a cheese factory tour in Switzerland that you have given, it is a good boost for us who are new visiting this places to start with.

  36. Woow…the factory looks great. we never visit this type of factory. Through your blog at least we get to know about it.

    • Thanks! It actually looks more like a restaurant with outdoor sitting than a factory 🙂

  37. allmydealsindia

    Seems like a fun outing

  38. such a clean and calm place to visit.

  39. i bet fresh cheese tasted great.

  40. I used to live in Belle – I loved the museum and the cheese of course. I miss Switzerland

  41. I think this is something I’d totally love. If I actually liked cheese. Do they have something like this at a factory farm too? 😀

  42. I like your photos very much. hope to visit such place once

  43. There is a same place in our locality but not so great as in your photos.

  44. Looks fab. I love cheese!! Great blog

  45. Gimme dat cheese. Who knew cheese could lead to such an informative post! Thank you!

  46. I always thought Switzerland would be a chocolate land but cheese?Correct me if I am wrong I will surely look into it.

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