The first time I ever went to Switzerland was in 2010, and I spent the entire time on our river cruise ship due to exhaustion. So although I counted it on my list of countries I’d been to, I never really experienced Switzerland. When my Swiss friend Deborah offered to let me stay at her house before embarking on solo Europe trip in 2015 to show me around, I knew I had to take her up on the offer. Although I’m definitely no expert on the country, here are some of my highlights of Switzerland! You can read about my time in Switzerland by clicking here.
I believe that cheese is its own food group and do not understand those who are not in love with it like I am. So when Deborah and her father took me out for a traditional Swiss fondue dinner, I was very excited! There are quite a few rules associated with it: You need to firmly stick a piece of bread on the fondue fork. If you lose your bread in the fondue, you’re supposed to pay the bill! Then, whoever is the first to dip their bread in swirls it around in the pot in one direction, clockwise or counter-clockwise, and that is the direction everyone must swirl their bread in for the rest of the time. You are also supposed to drink either white wine or tea with the fondue, because if you drink cold water, the cheese can solidify inside of your stomach and make it difficult to digest. While delicious, it is very heavy, so be prepared.
Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory (Gruyere)
My other great food love is chocolate. I feel like it would have made sense for me to have been born Swiss. Deborah drove us up to the Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory and I was in heaven. After learning about the history of the factory and how milk chocolate became popularized, we were brought into a room with dozens of samples for us to try. I had to limit myself so as not to actually turn into chocolate. It was an amazingly delicious experience.
Old Town of Gruyere
While I loved visiting the Gruyere cheese factory, I mostly enjoyed the Old Town of Gruyere, located right up the mountain from the factory. The town was so quaint and offered such amazing panoramic views. Plus, it looked like Hogsmeade, a magical town in the Harry Potter books. We didn’t do too much in the town itself, as the restaurants were very crowded and the castle was closed that day, but I would recommend stopping by if you’re in the area to see this authentic, old-timey Swiss town!
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-Girl Traveling the World 🙂