Dec 4, 2019 - 2:09 AM
Cheese and Chocolate
So, day 10 of our trip and today we were off to Gruyères and Broc Fabrique, sort of replication the Train du Chocolat which according the the photo I took looks remarkably like a bus. (actually if you do the official thing you get a train from Montreux to Montbovon then bus from there)
At Montreux we hopped on the Golden Pass Panoramic (no reservation) to Montbovon.
As the train left Montbovon I noticed the last carriage had the famous VIP seats - except they were looking out the back of the train! How can this be?
Super cute RER train takes you to Gruyères. Lovely scenery. We just got there in time to see the last of the morning action at the cheese factory; pure luck - now we know why the Chocolate Train leaves early. If you go be sure to check the acitivity timetable. Can highly recommend a bottle of Marc (French equivalent of grappa?) they sell in the Cheese Factory shop.
After the cheesery we walked up to the medieval village for a look see. Very interesting. Plenty of things to do there. Castle, Tibetan Museum, Giger Museum not to mention the quaint village.
Back to the station then off to Broc Fabrique via Bulle to visit the Cailler factory. Lots of school tour groups visiting. Interesting sound and light show explaining the history of chocolate and the factory. Kids can build their own chocolate slab and from the ones we saw there is a fair bit of creativity in the younger generation. Some nice free tastings at the end but there is only so much chocolate you can eat in one go.
Back to Bulle then swapped to train to Chatel-St-Denis where we caught a bus back to Vevey and on to Montreux. Chatel-St-Denis is a few stops outside the coverage area for The Montreux Riviera Card but the driver said we were fine to use it. Not sure if the drive was just accommodating or whether it's a general rule. Nice scenic bus ride down to Vevey then on to the ever popular 201 to our hotel door at Montreux.
So the Cheese and Chocolate factory visits are OK but the train and bus rides around some lovely rural scenery together with Gruyères village were the best parts of the day
Photos at photos.app.goo.gl/Zazi 9gwrTTBTTDYw6.