Switzerland is famous for its high-quality chocolate, so a visit to the oldest chocolate manufacturer in the country should be on your itinerary. The Maison Cailler—a renowned chocolaterie—offers informative and interactive guided tours that are fun for the whole family, even members without much of a sweet tooth. The Basics
A visit to Maison Cailler is a treat for the senses (especially the taste buds), in that visitors can taste, touch, smell, and see all stages of chocolate making. It’s also a chance to learn about the history of chocolate production. Travelers can visit the chocolaterie independently, or join a guided tour that includes stops at other attractions in the region, including wine- and cheese-related destinations. Things to Know Before You Go
- Kids under 16 get free admission when accompanied by an adult.
- Allow 60 to 90 minutes to tour the chocolaterie.
- This attraction is wheelchair accessible.
- Interactive guides are available in a wide variety of languages, including English.
How to Get There
The chocolaterie is located in Broc. Drivers can take the Bulle Highway exit and follow the H189 in the direction of Charmey-Jaun. Free parking is available, and train service also runs between Montreaux and Broc. When to Get There
Wait times to enter the chocolaterie can be two hours or more on public holidays and weekends, when the weather is bad, and during midsummer. It’s best to come during the week to avoid the crowds and minimize the wait. Visiting La Maison du Gruyère
In addition to chocolate, Switzerland is also famous for its excellent cheese. Gruyère is one variety, and in the town of the same name, visitors can stop at La Maison du Gruyère cheese factory to learn all about the cheese-making process. Combine visits to Maison Cailler and La Maison du Gruyère to enjoy a full day of delicious Swiss delicacies.