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Le Train du Chocolat – Discovering Gruyère and Broc with the Chocolate Train


…and it huffed and puffed along the Alps effusing a sweet smell that brought about the fauna of the region to take in deep breaths of the sugary goodness. I looked out the candy coloured windows to notice that the train ran on a track as dark as a 90% cocoa chocolate bar.

Small toffees hung from bright green trees, and Lac Léman in the distance had a milky white reflection in which I could see little dots of choco-chips jump in and float around in merriment. Up ahead, the track curled around a mountain and I slowly felt the train turn just so I could see the carriages at the back which resembled all my favourite chocolates.

And then we twirled, and twirled, and twirled some more…

As I sat in the train twisting around a lovely smelling cup of hot chocolate, I woke up from my little daydream by the sound of my wife asking my son – for the umpteenth time – to sit down. I’m prone to daydreams mind you – just like my son is likely to ignoring my wife. We had woken up early this particular day to catch a special train from Montreux. A day that would turn out to be an excellent introduction for us to the Swiss way of life.

The Chocolate Train in Switzerland is a full day excursion by GoldenPass Railways that includes a visit to Maison Cailler in the tiny village of Broc and to La Maison du Gruyère where one of the finest and well-known cheeses of the world is produced.


Seated inside a vintage “Belle Époque” – from the period between 1870 and 1914 – carriage, the ride began with a breakfast that justifies the very essence of this train and our eventual destination. Warm chocolate filled croissants along with hot chocolate – and then they wondered why the kids were so active – was perfect to warm us up as the train – this time in reality – chugged up the mountains on this rainy Swiss morning. As I took to the brilliance of the hot chocolate, my daughter made the most of the fogged up windows by practising art on them.

Time seems to fly when there’s so much beauty to admire, and it wasn’t long before we had arrived at Gruyère train station. It was then only a short walk across a street to the dairy where “twice a day, the farmers come to deliver milk… and the master cheese-maker each day produces up to 48 wheels of Gruyère AOP”.


It doesn’t take long at the La Maison du Gruyère – promoted as a “demonstration cheese dairy” – once the audio tour is over. A few minutes are spent watching – from a high glassed window – the cheese-makers work almost mechanically going about producing wheels of goodness. What’s left afterwards is a stroll through the souvenir shop, or if you’ve got time to have a bite in their restaurant.

Still early in the day and our vacation to start buying souvenirs, I do recommend another local speciality; the meringue with its white creamy looking exterior and crunchy, biscuit-like texture, is the classic local dessert when had with Gruyere cream, both of which can be easily bought in the shop.


Leaving the Chocolate Train behind, a bus then took us to the quaint village of Gruyère which is the quintessential Swiss village. Cobbled stoned street with a central fountain, beautiful houses with green creepers covering the face, flowers in blooms all around, cafes and stunning views of the rolling hills, Gruyère’s petiteness is enchanting.

That and it manages to pack in a few surprises as well, like the HR Giger museum which celebrates the fantastical art and sculptures of the Oscar-winning – for Alien – special effects artist. Since we were with kids and the art is somewhat “out there” we didn’t explore it in its entirety, but if you ever find yourself in the region, it’s worth visiting Gruyère for this museum alone.


The surprises don’t just end there, because Gruyère also comes with its very own castle which is pretty, at a vantage point that gives all visitors amazing views of the surrounding areas, filled with fantastic art, and is deeply rooted in the 400-year-old history of the region demonstrated via a little audio-visual presentation.

Sadly it had been a day that wasn’t meant to be spent outside due to intermittent drizzles and rain showers, but Gruyère still left an alluring impression to make me someday return on a bright sunny day and admire it properly.

The bus though it seems waits for no one and it was time now to head further up to the village of Broc which is equally essential historically for an altogether different reason for it is here that Maison du Cailler stands, responsible for some of the best chocolates in the world.


The Swiss love their chocolates and their passion and love for Cailler is evident by it’s presence – with large displays – in every food store that you go to.  Although now owned by Nestle, the brand had a strong identity of its own and did I mention they are responsible for some of the best chocolates in the world?

Maison du Cailler is a step by step journey – and audio tour – into the history of the Swiss chocolate manufacturer using props, installations, lights and visuals which ultimately culminates with a – you guessed it – chocolate tasting; Enough chocolates to give your trainer nightmares for months.


If you do plan to visit Maison du Cailler on your own and not as part of the Chocolate Train experience, you can pre-book a chocolate making class which seemed a lot more exciting and fun and something the kids would have enjoyed a whole lot more.

Comparing the experience at Cailler with another chocolate “factory” I’ve visited, Cadbury World in Birmingham, the Swiss counterpart is a little underwhelming, more academic-ish and less exciting. However, with a play area outside and enough chocolate to give everyone sweet dreams for years, and due to its beautiful location, a visit is recommended.

The Chocolate Train, which had temporarily left us in Gruyère, arrived back almost magically in Broc for the return journey. With bags full of chocolates, cheese, and souvenirs, and finally the sun shining, we boarded our vintage carriage for the last time.


Wait! There still remained an ounce of magic to be experienced.

The journey back to Montreux on the Chocolate Train had views of beautiful lakes in the mountains, picturesque wooden chalets, tunnels and winding tracks, with the scenery reaching its climatic best as we finally approached Lac Léman and the villages with their terraced vineyards that have for long brought character to this region.

La Train Du Chocolat was for us the perfect introduction to Switzerland as it happened to be the very first excursion during our summer vacation. It promoted and showcased two of the most important exports of Switzerland – chocolate and cheese – while glorifying the beauty that makes it one of the most visited countries in the world.

For the children, whether it was the chocolate croissants in the morning, the joy of a train ride, learning how cheese is made, or getting a sugar-high thanks to all the chocolate on offer, it is a day they still remember with a smile. As for the adults, let’s just say, we became children for a day.


  • runawayfromhomeblog
    Posted 10 October, 16 at 8:46 PM

    this is the kind of experience that we all want for our kids …

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  • Gokul Raj
    Posted 12 November, 16 at 12:33 PM

    That would have been a sweet chocolaty experience. They really look mouth watering from the pics.

  • Luxe Adventure Trvlr (@jdomb)
    Posted 12 November, 16 at 3:46 PM

    Chocolate and cheese – two of my favorite things! Actually, I’ve wanted to do this Chocolate Train trip for quite a while now but haven’t made it yet. You just made me want to go even more.

    • Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 12 November, 16 at 4:27 PM

      It’s really fun but do t expect much from both the factories. They make for great information though and the insight is awesome. In Cailler try and do take the chocolate making class if you can.

  • Indrani
    Posted 12 November, 16 at 6:36 PM

    That will definitely be an unforgettable day for the kids!
    The seats look so luxurious!I wanted to sink into one of them.

    Posted 12 November, 16 at 6:47 PM

    What a wonderful train journey! And with chocolate at the end – I can’t think of anything more perfect

  • Tom
    Posted 13 November, 16 at 3:03 AM

    This is amazing that there’s a chocolate train! Definitely something that I would like to do!

  • authenticfoodquest
    Posted 13 November, 16 at 9:07 PM

    I’m jealous…I’ve never heard of this train and I would jump at the opportunity to take a ride in it. Great chocolate, amazing cheese and beautiful views….what more can you ask for?? Thanks for sharing your delicious experience!

  • Carmen's Luxury Trvl (@carmensluxtrvl)
    Posted 14 November, 16 at 4:17 AM

    Can I got back in time to experience a Belle Époque?! SO cool! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Vyjay Rao
    Posted 14 November, 16 at 7:15 AM

    You had me with your introductory paragraph and i was wondering, how I missed this magical and chocolaty world when I was in Switzerland! I have been to the paradise called Switzerland a couple of times, but I did miss out on the Chocolate train, hope to make amends some day.

    • Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 14 November, 16 at 8:51 AM

      Cheers. This whole region by Lac Léman is comparatively less touristy and people miss out on a whole lot of fun. Like you said, next time…

  • Punita Malhotra
    Posted 14 November, 16 at 11:34 AM

    Another lovely experience to list down for when we visit Switzerland next. Thanks for this!

  • mappingmegan
    Posted 14 November, 16 at 3:40 PM

    La Train Du Chocolat sounds like the perfect introduction to Switzerland, I love that it combines food culture, sightseeing and the ability to access more regional parts of the country than you would otherwise see. Switzerland was one of my favorite countries, though I haven’t been back in over 10 years now. I would love to plan a return trip and take the La Train Du Chocolat 🙂

    • Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 14 November, 16 at 3:43 PM

      Thanks Megan. It really does cover a wonderful part of the country that often gets overlooked. Hope you get to visit again real soon.

  • sudhagee
    Posted 23 November, 16 at 4:02 PM

    You know, Raghav, as I’m reading your Switzerland posts today, I’m marking places on a map I have ready and routes and a tentative itinerary is shaping up. Hopefully I will make that trip to Switzerland sooner, rather than later.

    • Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 23 November, 16 at 4:05 PM

      Please inform the Swiss tourism board about this, so they know I was able to “influence” you to travel to their wonderful country. LOL!!

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  • TravelingMel
    Posted 5 February, 17 at 1:28 PM

    A chocolate train!! Are you kidding me? That is a dream come true for me. I am sure my kids would love it, too, but seriously, that has my name written all over it. One of the things we have loved about Europe these past four months is how thick the hot chocolate is. You can eat it with a spoon! Sounds like an amazing experience and the scenery isn’t too bad, either!

    • Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 5 February, 17 at 1:45 PM

      It was a lovely day trip and in addition to the chocolate there was cheese too. However, if you can manage and find the time then opt for the chocolate making class in Cailler as that would make it a lot more interesting.

  • onlybyland
    Posted 5 February, 17 at 2:31 PM

    I’d love the chocolate making class at Maison du Cailler, never mind the kids! That chocolate croissant looked like a great start to the trip. You enjoyed the chocolate but also some spectacular trips, I’m going to go eat some chocolate now.

    • Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 5 February, 17 at 7:59 PM

      Thanks and the chocolate in the train was one of the best I’ve ever had.

  • Hendrik
    Posted 5 February, 17 at 3:33 PM

    Amazing train and beautiful trip! We live in Switzerland since last year and enjoy so many nice things here. Chocolate is of course a big thing here but about this train I haven’t heard of yet, so I definitely will also try out this trip. Great inspiration!

    • Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 5 February, 17 at 8:00 PM

      There are so many train journeys in Switzerland I think some of them get left out. Have a look at my Switzerland Travel section for some other tips if you like. Thanks.

  • ramie1970
    Posted 5 February, 17 at 7:48 PM

    I love train travel and that chocolate train looks like a fun day out. The vintage carriages are lovely and the swiss scenery is outstanding, as are your pictures. I travel with my kids also and they would love a trip like this. I’ve bookmarked your post to show my kids later. Great post. thanks for sharing.

    • Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 5 February, 17 at 8:01 PM

      Thanks a lot and traveling with children is so much fun. There is another train journey in Switzerland that I recommend which lets you sit right in front of the train. Have written about it on the blog so have a look. Cheers

      • ramie1970
        Posted 5 February, 17 at 8:58 PM

        Will do. Thanks again…

  • saraessop
    Posted 5 February, 17 at 10:30 PM

    My kids would love this experience. It sounds – and looks – like something out of a fairytale or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Now I feel like eating chocolate and cheese.

  • LC of Birdgehls
    Posted 6 February, 17 at 3:25 AM

    Can’t beat Swiss chocolate or cheese, can you? It’s a shame you couldn’t see more of those Alien statues – they look really neat. I’m glad you and your kids enjoyed the experience, although if I went, I’d definitely have to try that chocolate making class. Yum!

  • LC
    Posted 6 February, 17 at 3:26 AM

    Can’t beat Swiss chocolate or cheese, can you? It’s a shame you couldn’t see more of those Alien statues – they look really neat. I’m glad you and your kids enjoyed the experience, although if I went, I’d definitely have to try that chocolate making class. Yum!

    • Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 6 February, 17 at 6:56 PM

      Yes! the chocolate making class would make a lot of difference. And for me cheese is of lot more importance than chocolate, but I enjoy both.

  • Sydney Fashion Hunter
    Posted 6 February, 17 at 3:42 AM

    Right that’s it! I am definitely for f to Switzerland now just for this! It’s like this post was made for me and you have found two of my favourite things; chocolate and cheese. I love the old world glamour of the train as well.

  • campsbaygirl (@campsbay_girl)
    Posted 6 February, 17 at 3:29 PM

    Oh my word, you definitely have me craving chocolate now haha

  • Kathy - Walkabout Wanderer
    Posted 7 February, 17 at 5:42 AM

    Swiss chocolate is absolutely amazing. What more could I need, hot chocolate and a great scenic train journey. Oh yes. . . .cheese. A massive lover of cheese I would find the cheese factory really interesting. Thanks for sharing your experience

    • Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 7 February, 17 at 10:27 AM

      Thanks Kathy and I’m sure you’ll love it. Gruyere is such a cool cheese.

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  • Louise
    Posted 8 February, 18 at 10:09 AM

    Ummm…..say whaaaat? A chocolate train?! This sounds like my dream and just the type of trip this chocolate-addict would love to take! 🙂 Pinning this!

  • Hiral Pandya
    Posted 8 April, 18 at 5:04 PM

    I need some chocolates right now 😀 I am a huge chocolate fan and I had fun reading this article throughout. Also, you’ve captured stunning shots <3

  • Mike
    Posted 8 April, 18 at 5:39 PM

    Wow! Thanks for taking me on this ride through the cheese region 🙂 The train carriage looks incredible – the gold old times 🙂

  • Constance @ The Adventures of Panda Bear
    Posted 9 April, 18 at 2:35 AM

    I never knew this train existed! It looks like an amazing way to try some delicious foods and get around the country all at the same time. Would definitely consider taking this in the future as I would love to try the delicious chocolate truffles and cheese!

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  • Saanvi
    Posted 10 July, 19 at 12:52 PM

    The scenery looks picturesque and the train seems comfortable. I have a sweet tooth and will definitely try the chocolate making session. Thanks for the tip!

  • Helen
    Posted 19 August, 19 at 11:37 AM

    Thank you for your review!
    Could you please tell how much did it cost? Or if you have a Swiss pass it’s free?

    • Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 19 August, 19 at 12:03 PM

      Hi Helen, thank you. It cost us CHF 60 using the Swiss Travel Pass per adult. A regular ticket for Adults is CHF 99,- so the pass got us a CHF 40 discount. We bought the ticket from the counter at Montreux a day in advance, but you can also buy it online from the Swiss Train website.

  • Helen
    Posted 24 August, 19 at 12:39 AM

    How much was the extra cost for it? I mean you buy Swiss pass and pay extra money for chocolate train?

    • Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 24 August, 19 at 6:58 AM

      The Swiss Pass is different. The ticket for Chocolate Train is CHF 99. If you have Swiss Pass you get discount, so the Chocolate Train will be around CHF 60. You don’t have to pay anything more. All the entry tickets are included in this. You only have to pay for any food you eat or shopping you do. There is a castle in Gruyères. If you have Swiss Pass, you also get a free Museum Pass and the entry to the Castle is free with that.

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