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SamIam
SamIam
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Feb 20, 2022 - 12:53 PM

Hello there! Is there any place in the Interlaken, Iseltwald, or Lauterbrunnen area that offer cheesemaking demonstrations? We have a 12 y/o that might be interested. Thank you!

Annika
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Feb 20, 2022 - 1:02 PM in reply to SamIam

Hi Samlam,

The first option that comes to my mind is Ballenberg near Brienz, at a 45-minute train/bus ride from Interlaken: www.ballenberg.ch/en/themes/handcraft/making-cheese. Ballenberg is a beautiful open-air museum with lots of information and demonstrations on traditional Swiss crafts. You'll also see traditional Swiss farmhouses. A lovely day out with a 12-year old!

SamIam
SamIam
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Feb 20, 2022 - 1:21 PM

Thanks Anna! I also see that it is free with the Swiss Travel Pass ( am I right? ☺️) We will be staying in Iseltwald. Can we catch the boat to Lake Brienz fr Iseltwald ( I heard that there is a dock in Iseltwald? ), get off Lake Brienz , take the bus to the Ballenberg Museum? We can go back on Lake Brienz and continue with our Boat trip towards Interlake and then to Lake Thun . If this scenic route is not possible, what route can we take? Thanks again!

Annika
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Feb 20, 2022 - 3:41 PM in reply to SamIam

Hi Samlam!

Yes, this is free with a Swiss Travel Pass (https://www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpass/details).

The trip you propose is perfectly possible. You can plan it in detail with the advanced timetable at https://www.myswissalps.com/timetable. In addition, you can study the boat timetables for Lake Brienz and Lake Thun using the links at www.myswissalps.com/boatlakebrienz/gettingthere and www.myswissalps.com/boatlakethun/gettingthere.

Annika (not Anna, I know our names look a lot alike :-))

SamIam
SamIam
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Feb 20, 2022 - 4:37 PM

Thanks Annika! I love this group! 🤗🤗🤗

1960man
1960man
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Feb 21, 2022 - 2:54 AM in reply to SamIam

Iseltwald - Brienz boat runs about 5 times per day.

www.fahrplanfelder.ch/fileadmin/fap_pdf_fields/2022/3470.pdf

example: Iseltwald (depart 09.52) - Brienz arrive 10.20

Brienz to Ballenberg Museum is bus line 151:

Brienz depart 10.36 - Ballenberg museum arrive 10.51

www.fahrplanfelder.ch/fileadmin/fap_pdf_fields/2022/31.151.pdf

SamIam
SamIam
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Feb 21, 2022 - 3:28 AM in reply to 1960man

The pdf is so helpful 1960man ☺️☺️☺️. Thank you bec I have been looking for the timetable and all I could see were train and bus schedules. I saved it on my trip files. I am so tthankful for you guys!

Anna
Anna
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Feb 21, 2022 - 5:54 AM in reply to SamIam

Hi Samlam,

The SBB timetable displays the fastest connection. To view only boat connections, as Annika mentioned earlier, you need to switch to advance mode and deselect all other modes of transport except boats.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Anna

SamIam
SamIam
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Feb 21, 2022 - 1:18 PM

Thanks Anna! I will try this! You guys are so awesome. I have a friend who will travel to Zurich in September and she will look into myswissalps.com soon ! 🤗🤗🤗

JeremySimons
JeremySimons
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Feb 21, 2022 - 4:12 PM

I am somewhat disappointed by these answers, as I had hoped to be able to find something like this in Lauterbrunnen, Wengen or Murren this summer. Or at least a cheese shop. I don't plan on taking a 45 minute train to find it, since our three days are crowded already. I do realize that a chocolate factory in the mountains would be too much to hope for, but I imagine Swiss chocolate will be available. I love the videos that feature fresh milk and cheese being sold in vending machines in those villages!

Annika
Annika
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Feb 21, 2022 - 4:52 PM in reply to JeremySimons

No worries JeremySimons! Swiss chocolate is readily available in nearly all shops, even the smaller ones. You can read all about it at www.myswissalps.com/activities/culinary/chocolate.

As for cheese, the below tips may be interesting for you:

So no, you don't have to travel that long. I recommended Ballenberg to Samlam as he's based in Interlaken/Iseltwald, from which Ballenberg can easily be reached, and because it's a very nice experience for a 12-year old (and adults ;-)).

Last modified on Feb 21, 2022 - 4:53 PM by Annika
JeremySimons
JeremySimons
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Feb 21, 2022 - 5:11 PM

That is very helpful Annika! I don't know if we would take the whole cheese tour in Murren, but it happens on the Wednesday morning we will be there and it is good to know about. Thank you very much!

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