Everyone loves chocolate

Sweet dreams.

“Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth is lying.” (Graffiti scrawled on a wall ). Every Swiss child would agree: their favourite afternoon snack has always been bread and chocolate. During the more than 400 years since Columbus became the first European to see cocoa beans, Switzerland has come to the forefront of chocolate manufacturing worldwide. Swiss chocolatiers have created such delights as truffles, pralines, cakes, and mousses (enough to make a Swiss child forget about the bread ) … Swiss chocolate is great on its own, or with an espresso, a sweet wine, whisky or a Cognac, and on any conceivable occasion. For more on the subject, see: www.chocosuisse.ch

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Chocolat Frey visitor center

With a host of attractions, Chocolate Trail and sweet tasting. Come on a magical journey with Chocolat Frey. Interactive stations at our new visitor centre bring the world of cocoa beans and chocolate to life.
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The Swiss Chocolate Train

Travel first-class in a genuine 19th century Belle Époque Pullman car from Montreux through an idyllic landscape, and visit a cheese dairy, a castle, and the Cailler-Nestlé factory in Broc, all on the Swiss Chocolate Train, operated by Golden- Pass Services. Runs June to October. More Information...

Chocolate heaven

There’s no need for false modesty: Swiss chocolatiers are the best in the world. Every town and city in Switzerland has its favourite practitioner of the art, Teuscher on Bahnhofstrasse in Zürich, for example, for champagne truffles, or Blondel in Lausanne’s Old Town, with 120 different creations.

Bathe in chocolate

Enjoy a feast for the skin in the form of a body pack of chocolate mousse at the Grand Hotel Bad Ragaz or a chocolate bath at the Day Spa in Geneva.

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Behind the scenes

Chocosuisse is an association of 18 different chocolate makers, large and small, some of which are open to visits by the public. Visitors can learn how chocolate is produced from an audiovisual presentation, follow a tour, have a tasting, and buy chocolate to take away from the factory shop. Chocolate makers include Cailler-Nestlé in Broc/FR (open April-October); Alprose in Caslano-Lugano/TI (daily); Maestrani in Flawil/SG (Monday- Saturday); Aeschbach Chocolatier in Root/LU (online registration required) and Chocolat Frey in Buchs/AG (groups, by appointment only).

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