After six years in Switzerland, I finally visited a cheese factory and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. It’s not super exciting, but it was nice to learn more about an industry that is so important to Switzerland. The interactive museum all about cheese is totally kid-friendly, with buttons to push, videos to watch and a peek onto the factory floor. It’s good add-on the Cailler Chocolate Factory and the Gruyères town.
|Address:||Place de la Gare 3, CH-1663 Pringy-Gruyères|
|Car:||~2hr from Zurich|
|Train:||~2hr30 from Zurich|
|Price (2016):||Adult CHF 7, children under 12 free|
Details. Get yourself to the town Gruyères and follow signs to La Maison du Gruyère, a small, cute and informative “museum” with cheese demonstrations throughout the day. Everyone gets an audio guide (no extra charge), so you can listen to a cow tell you all about cheese making. My boys spent most of their time typing in random numbers so they could listen to the cow in different languages like Japanese.
Then you enter the gallery where you can see the cheese machines behind glass. There are a couple videos running on loops, showing the whole cheese making process in case you don’t want to wait around. Then you wait (or don’t) to see if anyone is going to actually do some cheese making.
We kept getting excited as the cheeseman would come in and out of the room, checking the milk temperature, spraying water around, fussing with equipment, etc. After about 30 minutes, he finally poured the curds and whey into cheese molds, which was fun in a cheesy sort of way (like my pun?). Eventually the cheese ends up in the cheese caves where it ages.
It’s best to visit the factory when they are actually making cheese, but somehow I missed the link on their website detailing the cheese making schedule. I think the most interesting part is “removing the
cheese and filling it into the moulds” but you can choose for yourself.
I usually don’t like to eat at the themed restaurant attached to an attraction, but for various good reasons, we opted to eat at the cheese factory and the food we ordered was actually pretty good. I had a rösti (above) and it was tasty.