Apr 3, 2019 - 10:31 PM
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I last visited the show dairy in Gruyeres - La Maison du Gruyère - about 20 years ago. So, details for the dairy itself have certainly faded from my memory. We combined it with a visit to the village perched on top the hill nearby. We certainly saw the details of cheesemaking, and the village - though overloaded with tourists - is a nice place to visit. And, the nearby chocolate factory in Broc adds to the benefits.
This link gives a lot of details, including the exact timing for the cheese making process.
Nice as the dairy in Gruyeres is, personally, I prefer the one in the Emmental. It actually takes less time from Luzern ( 1 hr, 23 minutes) than the time for most trains to get to Gruyeres from Montreux. Even though the train does not take the most "Emmentally" route via Langnau, the scenery is still representative of the area. Worth a look now and then, as you go through some of the villages.
Regular readers of my posts will recall that I like the Emmental a whole lot. So, that influences my attitude.
I like the one in Affoltern i.E. because the dairy site has a separate building where cheese is made the old way, in a copper kettle over an open fire. And, I think that the overall layout offers more, including a nice cheese shop, and a good sized restaurant. (To be honest. I do not remember details of the restaurant in the dairy at Gruyeres. We ate up in the village).
Plus, Emmental scenery.
There are no entrance fees for the show dairy in Affoltern. However, the restaurant is not as cheap as I would expect.