Swiss Chocolate Train: The Perfect Eurail Pass Add-on
When we first planned our trip around Europe using our Eurail Global Passes, we knew we were in for a great time and would be able to explore so many amazing places. What we didn’t know, until doing more research, was how many other perks came along with the pass. One of those was the Swiss Chocolate Train which would take us on a round trip adventure from Montreux to Gruyeres to Broc and back. Not only does this first class trip take you through some of the most beautiful countryside around, it also makes some strategic stops so you can experience the world famous, melt in your mouth Swiss Chocolate and learn how Gruyere cheese is made.
When you first step onboard you are taken back to the time to the plush velvety seats and ornate bar cars. Once we were all seated and the train started winding its way on the rickety tracks, delicious hot chocolate and chocolate pastries started to arrive. Not a moment was wasted on getting us all in the chocolate mood!
Our first stop was the village of Gruyères where we would discover how Gruyere cheese is made at the La Maison du Gruyère – Cheese Dairy. Here we took a multi-media tour of the factory with headsets provided in multiple languages.
What about the chocolate?? This was The Chocolate Train after all right? Arriving in Broc we head to the Maison Cailler for a delicious tour of the factory that produces some of the most famous chocolates in the world.
After touring the factory we were shown into a large room with over 30 chocolate samplings!! At first we were digging right in and enjoying the deliciousness, but after the first few we decided we would need to start sharing a sample between the two of us or we would never make it!
The Swiss Chocolate Train is not to be missed and is a great experience for adults and children alike!
How to arrange your trip on the Swiss Chocolate Train
The Chocolate Train was included in the Eurail Global Passes so we just had to pay for a seat reservation. If you do not have a pass, you can buy a round trip ticket for the train on The Golden Pass website.
The train leaves pretty early in the morning so you would most likely be staying overnight in Montreux. We found it a bit pricey there so stayed in a nearby town called Lausanne and took a train into Montreux the morning of our trip. Lausanne was a great place to stay and beautiful area to explore so it was an added bonus!
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Oh my what a delicious and delightful trip! I hadn’t heard of this before – but now I want to go!
I’m swooning! The Swiss Chocolate Train sounds like my ideal trip. And there’s cheese too? How did I ever miss this?
OMG (as you said!) get me on that train! I not only LOVE chocolate but that train reminds me of what I think the Orient Express would be like. What a neat experience…especially when there are unlimited tastings!
The interior of the train was so amazing. It did feel very much like a train trip to the past!
I’m a big fan of trains, so adding chocolate and cheese to the experience is just perfect. I’d love to take this ride and tour. The scenery must be pretty awesome, too.
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The scenery through Switzerland was unreal, and you’re right, adding cheese and chocolate to the views topped it off!
Swiss Chocolate Train? Unlimited tastings? Gruyere cheese? This sounds like a dream come true. Definitely have to this one on to the must-do list. Thanks!
I have to admit, it was a perfect combination!
What a fabulous add-on! We love traveling with Eurail passes and this one-of-a-kind experience would be great! Not that we’re chocoholics or anything…::::looking around::::
We loved the trains through Europe – such a great way to see the country and the country side.
What a fun trip! Eurail is a great way to see Europe and how cool that this is included. The train looks wonderful. We will definitely be looking to do this next time we use a pass.
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Looks like the best train ride ever!
The train car looked gorgeous. I would love to eat my way across the Swiss countryside….ingesting cheese and chocolate all the way…I love Eurail. It’s so easy and retro.
a chocolate train? Why didn’t I know about this? great!:)
A chocolate train sounds like a fantastic idea! I’m going to have to check this out! Thanks for sharing!