A day at the dairy
Just imagine being able to make your own soft cheese in a huge copper kettle over an open fire! This is what you can do at Hemishofen, an organic farm where you can learn how to lend your cheese its own special flavour and how to refine it with herbs. You can also churn your own butter and sample it on freshly made bread. And those wanting something to wash it down with can help themselves to a glass of fresh milk by milking one of the farm’s many forbearing cows!
Gourmet path in the Montreux-Vevey region
Why not savour a taste of the culinary specialities of the Montreux-Vevey region as well as the sights? On commencing the excursion in Vevey, climb aboard the train direction Pléiades and enjoy a cheese slice as a first if you like. The hike to follow leads along the Pleiades ridge to the Lac-des Joncs lake, where you can now appease physical effort with small cold meats and cheese platter. Last leg of this tasteful hike is the downhill descent to Les Paccots, where a delicious meringue with whipped cream further sweetens a day well spent.
Marbach-Schangnau alpine dairy
In the Entlebuch region, just on the border with the Emmental, is the Marbach-Schangnau alpine dairy. Every day, the milk from buffalo, cows and sheep in both regions is made into wonderful fresh speciality products.
You can find all kinds of specialities in the newly built alpine dairy, while from the visitors' gallery you can get a glimpse of how they are produced.
This delicate, high-quality chocolate is a world-famous Geneva speciality. The company, founded in 1826, was initially located on the Pont de l’Ile (in order to use the waters of the Rhone to drive the machinery), but in 1875 it moved to Versoix. Specialities include "Avelines", "Nougalines de Genève" and chocolate fondue.