We drove through Basel, Switzerland, to Bern, and launched our gastronomic tour the following morning. First up was “La Maison du Gruyere”, which means the house of Gruyere (a type of swiss cheese). We took a self-paced audio tour and learned about cheesemaking in Switzerland. The 7 Euro tour fee included a sample of Gruyere cheese, with slices of differently-aged samples…the longer the aging, the more flavorful the cheese. We had lunch at the factory restaurant, enjoying a phenomenal mac’n’cheese and a slice of quiche. I’ll probably never want to make either of those again without Gruyere cheese!
Just up the hill from the cheese factory is a historic castle, providing gorgeous views and a self-paced tour. The surrounding buildings were restaurants, hotels, and shops, but we were eager to proceed to our next stop, so we didn’t spend as much time at Chateau du Gruyere as we could have. Thankfully the castle and church were cooler than the outrageously high outdoor temps.
|right= filling of chocolate, middle= hose pours liquid chocolate over the filling, left= next stop: drying tube|