I’ve been anxious to visit a chocolate factory ever since moving here and I’d heard good things about the Cailler Chocolate factory, near Gruyeres. But I felt it was too far for a day trip and kept waiting until I was in the area for another reason. But this summer, I couldn’t wait any longer and I’m happy to report a good time was had by all.
|Address:||Rue Jules Bellet 7, 1636 Broc, Fribourg CH|
|Car:||~2hr mins from Zurich|
|Train:||~2hr30 mins from Zurich|
|Open:||year round, 10:00 to 16:00, until 17:00 in summer|
|Price (2016):||adult CHF 12, children under 16 free when with adult|
|Services:||cafe, playground, stroller accessible|
The Cailler Chocolate Factory is in Broc, very near the small town of Gruyeres, about a 2 hour drive from Zurich. It’s a bit far to travel just for the chocolate factory, so I’d recommend combining it with a visit to Gruyeres and the nearby cheese factory, as we did. The drive wasn’t so bad (mostly on the freeway) and our whole group really enjoyed the factory. I would definitely recommend it.
By car: Drive to Broc and follow signs to Maison Cailler. There is a large parking lot adjacent to the chocolate complex.
By transit: Take a train to Broc-Fabrique, then a short walk to Maison Cailler.
What happens at the Chocolate factory? You will buy your ticket for a tour time, which can be within 20 minutes or an hour on a very busy summer day, as it was for us. While you wait, you can browse the chocolate shop, watch old tyme chocolate factory footage in the theater, drink hot cocoa and eat chocolate croissants in the cafe, and run around the playground outside the cafe. There’s plenty to do and distract, don’t worry.
The tour group is small, about 20 people, and is given in a variety of languages. At your assigned time, your group will be led into the first of several diorama rooms that provide a history of chocolate and chocolate making in Switzerland. It’s a little hokey but fun, lasting about 20 minutes or so.
Cailler also offers chocolate making classes, but you have to reserve these ahead of time as they fill up quickly. I really wish I had known about that beforehand as my kids would have loved that. They have a children’s class for kids 6 and older. Other classes are 12 and older.