Kambly is a Swiss cookie company that has a visitor center in the Emmental region of Switzerland, where you can taste a wide variety of cookies and snacks that Kambly offers and learn about the origins of the Kambly company. They offer cookie-making workshops for children on Wednesdays and Saturdays, advance reservations required. They even have a special Kambly Train that will take you from Luzern or Bern to their visitor center in Trubschachen. The visitor center is small but fun and the cookies are delicious. Unless you’re doing the cookie workshop, it’s only worth a short visit, so you may want to combine this a visit to the nearby Emmental Show Dairy.
|Address:||Mühlestrasse 8, Trubschachen, CH-BE|
|Car:||~1hr30 from Zurich|
|Train:||~1hr45 from Zurich|
|Open:||year round, 7 days a week. Mon-Fri 08:30-18:30, Sat-Sun 8:30-17:00|
|Cost (2016):||free entrance and unlimited free samples,
fee for cookie workshop (reservations required)
The Kambly visitor center is in the Emmental valley, basically in the middle of nowhere. It’s 35 mins from Bern, and 90 mins from Basel or Zurich. By car, simply use the map below to drive on the pretty country roads to Trubsachen and follow the signs to Kambly. It’s on the main road with a big parking lot; you can’t miss it.
The train station is very close and Kambly even offers a special “Kambly Train” 3x a day, to bring you here from either Bern or Luzern. We didn’t take the train, so I can’t tell you much about it. Apparently, they have some video presentation on the train telling you the history of Kambly and offer cookies to eat on Wednesday afternoons. My guess is that it’s not worth an extra effort to take this train instead of drive. But if you’re taking the train anyway, you might as well take the Kambly train.
The Emmental Show Dairy is nearby and would be an obvious choice to fill the rest of your day.
The visitor center is open year round. Entrance is free. Below is a map of the visitor center.
The main attraction is the aisles of cookies and snacks, with free samples. You can eat as many as you like, but pace yourself. I think I tried every single one, probably 30 different kinds, and felt a bit ill afterwards.
Of course, there are many Kambly products to purchase, in bulk bags as opposed to the small boxes you get at the grocery store.
At first glance, it just looks like a big cookie store. But behind the many aisles of cookies, you’ll find the educational portion of your visit. In a room off to the side, there is multimedia presentation with video and an animatronic kitchen (about 10-15 minutes long), telling the history of the Kambly company and how they make their cookies. It’s available in English, but you have to push the button before the next cycle starts to start the presentation in your desired language.
This is one of the old time Kambly cookie presses for the signature waffel cookie.
The globe below shows where you can find Kambly around the world. Push a button to see pictures of that location. The Foto App on the right lets you take pictures of yourself, add it to a digital Kambly postcard and email it to yourself.
Some of the cookies are sold in cute decorative tins, good for gifts. At the back of visitor center, there are some headphones so you can listen to stories from the Emmental valley.
There is a small cafe but mostly offering drinks and sweet snacks, not lunch items.
We stopped at Kambly on the way home from something else. So unfortunately, we didn’t get to participate in the cookie workshop, which requires advanced reservations. If any of you do this, please report back so we can get some details. They offer it on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 14:20 – 16:20, for children 6 and over. It costs 5 CHF. Click here for the registration form.
Kambly also offers a e-Bike tour of the surrounding countryside, visiting spots related to the Kambly cookie making process, like various farms. They have a free mobile app with videos for the points of interest along the way. I’d like to do it but it’s 30km, 700m difference in altitude, probably not suitable for young children, unless you’re using a child carrier. Their website has links to bike rentals.