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Swiss Chocolate Train

Montreux, Switzerland
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Julie B wrote a review Feb 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
What a great day! We had a group of eight, 4 adults and 4 kids between the ages of 11 and 15. The trip was easy to book via the Golden Pass website, following the pages instructions. I had been concerned that the platform would be difficult to find (we had had a hard time making a transfer in Lausanne the day before), but it was well marked and we found it easily. We had plenty of time at each stop and everyone was very accommodating. Before booking, I had read some complaints about the bus ride portion but we found both the train and the bus comfortable. If there is one suggestion, it’s that they provide seat assignments for the bus as well. It wasn’t an issue for our group but we noticed others continuing to jockey around seats, trying to keep groups and families together.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Frank W wrote a review Nov 2019
St. Augustine, Florida69 contributions35 helpful votes
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First let me say I love Gruyere Cheese and Chocolate. If you agree we me this is the trip for you. You start out on this journey in a opulent antique train car with rich appointments like wood paneling, bay windows and plush seats and carpet. The very friendly guides start you out with either coffee or hot chocolate and a huge chocolate crousant. The train takes you into the mountains amid beautiful views and sheer drop offs. At the top of the mountain they bus you over to the Gruyere Factory where the best Gruyere Cheese is produced. This is the same place the Gruyere cheese you bought at your local store or Costco also comes from. As you start your tour, they hand you a package of Gruyere Cheese to sample with cheeses aged for different periods. It was an interesting tour and of course you can buy cheese at the end of the tour. Fresh Gruyere, who can resist. Next, we were bused to Gruyere Village a quaint little town near the factory. As we walked to the town the cows were calmly munching on alpine grass and starting the process that will lead to that wonderful Gruyere Cheese. The Village was full of interesting little shops after which we had a lunch and the best Rosti I have ever had. After leaving with full stomachs we were bused over the the Cailler Chocolate Factory to tour their operation. After a instructional tour of the history of Chocolate of which I was not aware, we got to the tasting station and feasted on every type chocolate they make.. Chocolate overload. The gift shop gave you a chance to purchase a huge variety of chocolate and we did. The bus took us back to the Montreux Gare and our hosts bid us farewell. It was the last day of the Chocolate Train for the season and the staff were off to another adventure. This is a tour that combines beautiful vistas, great cheese, great Chocolate and a lot of Swiss history. It is well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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sdare001 wrote a review Oct 2019
Fort Lauderdale, Florida71 contributions29 helpful votes
I read the reviews before our trip and some were mixed because of the automated tours in the Gruyere cheese factory and the chocolate factory in Broc, but we so enjoyed both. First, you start with an amazing ride on the Chocolate Train from Montreux station to Gruyere. The views on the way up the hill are breathtaking of the lake and the mountains. Just that was worth the trip. Then, you switch to the Chocolate Train bus that takes you to the Gruyere cheese factory and then to the so, so, so charming town of Gruyere (also makes the trip so worth it). The cheese factory tour was self guided with an audio system. I especially enjoyed the area with the photos of the herbs and flowers that the cows eat and the associated testers so you can smell each. They explained how important these are to the taste of the cheese. Then you walk above the factory and view the process through the windows. It was very interesting. They then drive you a short way to the city of Gruyere where you have ample time for lunch and to walk around the shops and castle. The town is so quaint and picturesque with Swiss style buildings with flower boxes. We enjoyed lunch at Chalet de Gruyeres and enjoyed their traditional cheese fondue served with bread, potatoes (which I found to be a delicious option) and pickles. The fondue is made of pure Gruyere cheese and is not mixed like we are accustomed to in the US so it's very strong (so, be prepared for that). Next was the drive to Broc and the tour of the Maison Cailler, the first chocolate factory in Switzerland. The tour was like something you would experience at Disney (automation, sound, visuals) where you walked from room to room and they provided the complete history of how chocolate was discovered and developed over the centuries including the founding fathers in Switzerland. it was very interesting. It ended at a production line where you could see the automated process today (behind glass). You then entered a room where you could TASTE almost every type of chocolate that they make including specialty chocolates. It was DELICIOUS! The last stop was their candy store and cafe where you could buy the chocolate. The Chocolate Train bus brings you back to Montreux via an expressway. It was a full day and a highlight of our trip. Also, if you have the Swiss Travel Pass, you receive a discounted price.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Donna B wrote a review Sep 2019
13 contributions20 helpful votes
The Chocolate Train was very nice. Unfortunately, the train ride lasted 45 minutes out of a 7 hour day. I realize a bus was necessary to transport the group to Gruyere Castle and the Caillers-Nestlé factory. But, a return trip by train would have completed the day. We are returning to Switzerland next year but will visit both sites using our rental cars. The Chocolate Train was a disappointment.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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WalterReed wrote a review Sep 2019
Landstuhl, Germany411 contributions142 helpful votes
As part of a day tour - the chocolate train was an interesting 45 minute ride through the very scenic area. Enjoyed a cup of coffee and croissant. Jumped on a bus after arriving to Gruyere and then on to the Cailler chocolate factory. Overall, enjoyable for our family of four (two adults and two children -12 and 7) - I'd recommend
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Date of experience: August 2019
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