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ChuntyBunty
ChuntyBunty
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Jan 27, 2020 - 10:26 PM

Hi all! Firstly, THANK YOU for all the great advice on these forums. This site has been super helpful in planning our trip! Here's our situation. We are planning to travel from Lausanne to Grindelwald on 13 Jun 2020 (Saturday) and then return on 17 Jun 2020 (Wednesday). Either on the way there or the way back, we'd love to stop to visit the Maison du Gruyere and visit Maison Cailler. This seems like an ambitious day, but I think it is possible with the schedule below, using the SBB timetable:

Option 1: Lausanne > Gruyeres/Broc > Grindelwald on 13 Jun (Saturday)

  • Train from Lausanne to Gruyeres (8:44-9:59)
  • Tour gruyeres, see the cheese factory and castle, wander about (allow 4 hours)
  • Train from Gruyeres to Broc-Fabrique (14:00-14:28)
  • See the Maison Cailler (allow 3 hours)
  • Train from Broc-Fabrique to Grindelwald (17:32-20:38)
  • Check into vacation rental

Option 2: Grindelwald > Broc/Gruyeres > Lausanne on 17 Jun (Wednesday)

  • Train from Grindelwald to Broc-Fabrique (8:18-11:28)
  • See the chocolate factory (allow 2 hours)
  • Train from Broc-Fabrique to Gruyeres (13:32-13:59)
  • Tour gruyeres, see the cheese factory and castle, wander about (4 hours)
  • Train from Gruyeres to Lausanne (18:00-19:16)
  • Check into hotel in Lausanne

My questions:

  • Do you think 4 hours in Gruyeres and 2-3 hours in Broc is sufficient time to visit the factories and walk around town? Should we try for more or less time at either stop?
  • Are there any options to store luggage at the Gruyeres or Broc-Fabrique train stations?
  • Is either of these a considerably better option, considering time of day we'd be in both Gruyeres and Broc?
  • We've decided it's probably too ambitious to try to do this AND the Golden Pass in one day -- this isn't a question, I'm just letting you know :-) We may try to do the Golden Pass on whichever day we don't do this plan.

Thanks for the advice!

Steph
Steph
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Jan 28, 2020 - 6:55 AM in reply to ChuntyBunty

Hello ChuntyBunty,

Nice to see you know how to handle the timetable (https://www.myswissalps.com/timetable), nice work!

I believe it doesn't make a large difference on which day you fit in this long, cultural Swiss day, whereas, the cheese making process is usually more interesting in the mornings, there's more to see.

Find helpful input to your questions in below threads of the forum:
- www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/luggage-storage-atnear-gruyere
- www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/trip-from-lucern-to-geneva-via-gruyere
(slightly different destinations, but full of helpful information)
- www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/connection-from-brocfabrique-to-maison-caillerchoc

Best,
Steph

Last modified on Jan 28, 2020 - 11:49 AM by Annika
ChuntyBunty
ChuntyBunty
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Jan 28, 2020 - 1:58 PM

Thanks for the helpful info and links, Steph! I'll do some additional research on these. We are so excited for this trip -- our first time to Switzerland!

1960man
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Jan 29, 2020 - 1:36 AM in reply to ChuntyBunty

The Golden Pass (MOB railway in truth) is one way you can use to get to Gruyeres, so it may not be "too ambitious" to do that.

If you depart Lausanne at 08.21 via Montreux you would be on the Golden Pass train from Montreux to Montbovon which is where the MOB railway meets the TPF (Fribourg Regional railway) which is the company that serves Gruyeres and Broc. Then you would go by TPF Montbovon - Gruyeres (arrive 10.00)

You would have to leave Broc 1 hour earlier (16.32) to get to Grindelwald at 21.08. This would give you the 'other half' of the GOLDENPASS line from Montbovon to Zweisimmen

ChuntyBunty
ChuntyBunty
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Jan 29, 2020 - 2:01 AM

Thanks 1960man! We really wanted to do the Golden Pass but I thought it might be tough to do that in addition. I’ll see if we can fit it all in! If not, we might do the Golden Pass when we take the return trip on 17 June. Do you think it’s worth reserving a 1st class seat on the Golden Pass?

1960man
1960man
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Jan 29, 2020 - 2:10 AM in reply to ChuntyBunty

Personally I've never reserved a seat on any Swiss train in 59 years, but the MOB railway have significantly changed their rolling stock in the last couple of years, so at peak tourist times it might be wise.

Ildiko
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Jan 29, 2020 - 8:04 PM in reply to ChuntyBunty

Hi ChuntyBunty,

Although seat reservations are not compulsory on the Golden Pass we recommend it on the Zweisimmen to Montreux leg: www.myswissalps.com/goldenpass/tickets.

Ildiko

ChuntyBunty
ChuntyBunty
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Jan 31, 2020 - 11:06 PM in reply to Ildiko

Thanks for the advice! I’ve seen lots of different recommendations about best side to sit on the golden pass and not all specify which direction you are traveling :) I think we may take it from Interlaken to Montreux on our way back. In that direction, do you have a preference on which side?

rockoyster
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Jan 31, 2020 - 11:41 PM in reply to ChuntyBunty

The right hand side is marginally favoured but it really doesn't make much difference. See www.myswissalps.com/goldenpass/gettingthere.

In September my wife and I were two of only 8 passengers in a 1st Class Belle Epoque carriage. We were able to move from side to side at will.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Feb 1, 2020 - 2:40 AM in reply to ChuntyBunty

You’ll find some observations on the “Cheese and Choccie” expedition in this trip report.

1960man
1960man
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Feb 1, 2020 - 3:12 AM in reply to ChuntyBunty

LIke most Swiss railways the scenery is nice on both sides and the side changes often.

The MOB is very nice ride, but it is not the most spectacular 'white knuckle' ride - so just sit back and enjoy the view. At one time it was recommended to sit on the right side for a good view of the lake as you descend to Montreux but the lineside has been built up by residential development now, so in fact the better view of the lake is from the main SBB line Palézieux - Lausanne

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