Jun 27, 2018 - 8:04 AM
Hi guys! Thanks a lot for your advice and suggestions. I finally went for the Flawil chocolate factory. It was great fun. Actually I had already looked at the Maestrani website before starting this thread but it didn't give any details about the factory tour like price and duration. After more research I found that those details are mentioned here instead: www.chocolarium.ch/en/
It's officially a 1-hour tour but if you want to do it properly and leisurely while experiencing all the interactive elements then it can even take up to 2 hours. We really got lost in the experience and almost missed our train from Zurich as a result! Tip: You get a discount on your purchase at the factory chocolate shop if you buy tickets online from the link I gave above.
Unfortunately, we could not combine the excursion with a trip to any other village/town/scenic train in that area as we woke up late because the previous 2-3 days had been quite hectic. But the town of Flawil itself was quite pretty. The houses were quite distinctive and constantly reminded me of colourful icecream cones with their crisscross wall texture and colourful exteriors. The chocolarium is a half-hour walk from the station through the pretty country lanes of Flawil and the walk is definitely worth it. I checked out the write-up about your St. Gallen + Voralpen Express trip, Lucas. And it seemed amazing. Maybe next time, I'd do that.
P.S. The train from Zurich to Flawil (direction St. Gallen) is also a Tilting train. Maybe it's a common thing in Switzerland and other First World nations but I had never heard of a tilting train in my life. And it is definitely worth doing. It literally tilts like a speeding bike around bends in bike racing events. Around the bends on the rolling green hills of that area, the train tilts this way and that and the whole scenery becomes topsy turvy. Worth experiencing if you've never done it before.
Last modified on Jun 27, 2018 - 8:14 AM by Vidhi J