Switzerland, a country involved in the preparation of chocolate-what better come in all colors and forms-is also land of chocoholics : more than half of domestic production is consumed in situ , within its borders, so it seems most appropriate place (also) to savor. And it is not difficult: Associated chocolate throughout the country experiences are organized, from the typical visits to factories where it is made up treatment centers where dive into a tub of chocolate as if we were a crouton or a sweet croissant with rehabilitative effects guaranteed .
When Hernán Cortés Extremadura brought to Europe the first shipment of cocoa from Central America could not even imagine the demand would come to be so strange that product. The Spaniards, and soon other Europeans began to suffer an insatiable thirst for the sweet drink made with him. The solid version to come later. Since then, all countries have their own chocolate tradition, but few are so identified with the product as Switzerland, where he is one of the star ingredients of its cuisine and one of its major tourist attractions. Here the most popular brands in the world are concentrated.
The reputation of Swiss chocolate goes back to the nineteenth century thanks to pioneers like Francois-Louis Cailler (1796-1852), Philippe Suchard (1797-1884), Henri Nestlé (1814-1890), Jean Tobler (1830-1905), Daniel Peter (1836-1919) and Rodolphe Lindt (1885-1909). Cailler founded the first chocolate factory in 1819, near Vevey. Daniel Peter added milk in 1875 and Lindt invented the machine shell , which aerated mass as he turned, allowing the chocolate melts in the mouth.
01 A train of chocolate (and cheese)
A test of the value of chocolate in Switzerland as a tourist attraction is that there is even a chocolate train , a journey that should prevent anyone who is on a diet. Experience leads from Montreux , on the Swiss Riviera call up the Cailler-Nestlé factory in Broc; return on a sleeper car of belle epoque . The route runs through the region of Gruyères (yes, the famous cheese) to the cradle of fine Swiss milk chocolate.
The trip, first class, a typical Swiss breakfast includes nothing from Montreux, coffee and croissants; a stop in Gruyeres, with tour and visit of the cheese, and, of course, a visit to the factory of one of the most famous chocolates from Switzerland: the Cailler-Nestle , where at the end, as you might expect, you can taste and buy their specialties.
02 Lugano, history and wine
Lugano offers a journey through the history of chocolate, with tasting at the Museo del Cioccolato Alprose . Located on the lush Lake Testino, bordered by mountains, the canton of Ticino largest city is also the third financial center. In addition, Lugano is a lively, full of shops and terraces and of course, chocolate city.
The museum is a must for chocoholics travelers, especially if traveling with children. Here the history of chocolate is explained, its production is displayed and you can taste for free. Shop cunningly closes half an hour after the museum. It comes in the train of Ferrovia Ponte Tresa. The museum receives some 180,000 visitors a year.
To travel to the environment of other times, you can visit the Grand Café Al Porto , active since 1803. It’s quite a regression to the luxury of another era, with polished wood paneling and pineapple-shaped lamps. Upstairs is the Florentine Cenacolo, decorated with frescoes, at other times a monastery refectory.
03 ‘Spa’ chocolate in Geneva
After the Rain is a spa city of Geneva. A haven of peace in the heart of the city where cocoa lovers can be enveloped in creamy milk chocolate or, better yet, take a dip in a bath of chocolate. The experience costs 180 Swiss francs (165 euros) for 30 minutes of extreme chocolate experience.
Two complementary references to this sweet dip are also in Geneva, Rhone (Rue de la Confédération, 3), a tearoom that since 1875 can enjoy magnificent sweets to accompany the chocolate (candy store also has) and Martel (Rue du Marché 8), another classic chocolate traces its origins to the early nineteenth century. Always very busy, it is a perfect place to take a break because, besides savoring excellent hot chocolate with pastries, you can order a sandwich or a drink.
04 Broc, chocolate tradition
Broc one of the most famous and most traditional elaborations Switzerland is done. In this town of the area is the Gruyeres Cailler factory , one of the oldest chocolatiers in the country, founded in 1825. The factory builds and displays history and anecdotes, and exposes their products to visitors, who are invited to demonstrations, such as the development of his famous Branchs . They also sell items with manufacturing defects 80 meters above. The factory ESTNA busy on weekends and holidays but the rest of the day you can enjoy quietly. It is located 2 kilometers north of Gruyeres and to get just follow the signs Nestle.
Also worth close to Bulle, the main transportation hub of the area located 5 km northwest of Gruyeres, and have a look at his château of the eighteenth century (now home to administrative offices) and the Musée Gruérien .
Sweet 05 chips in Freiburg
Freiburg is famous for two products: beer and chocolate. The brewery Cardinal , the most typical of the city, closed a few years ago His museum is open to the public-but chocolate still occurs with all its creaminess. A red brick building and caramel is home to the Villars chocolate factory , in operation since 1901. It is known for its tablets made with creamy Gruyère Alpine milk, the têtes au choco ( heads covered chocolate mousse). The factory is closed to the public, but you can enter your coffee-shop, which locals flock en masse for chocolate factory price and enjoy a hot cup, wearing cream and chips.
And since we are in Freiburg, we can visit other less sweet, but equally interesting museums. For example, Fri Art , contemporary art; the Gutenberg Museum , which recounts the history of printing, or the Swiss Puppet Museum , as typically Swiss as chocolate itself.
06 A chocolate at the Sprüngli
The Café Sprüngli is the epicenter of the sweetest Switzerland. It is in Zurich, centrally located, near the central station, and since 1836 the customers feel at their tables to make pastries, chocolate and coffee. They also serve light lunches and no one should leave without visiting the chocolate shop around the corner there, on Paradeplatz. There are other branches of Sprungli in major Swiss cities, but none are like the original. Especially compelling are its Luxemburgerli macarons .
On the outskirts of Zurich is another historic and typically Swiss factories, of Lindt . You can visit and finally offers unlimited tasting. And for another great chocolate experience we can book Kronenhalle (Rämistrasse 4), legendary restaurant, famous for its cuisine, its art collection and key on this route for their chocolate mousse: experts describe it as the best of Switzerland .
Zurich in modern, efficient financial center, everything is precision work. After taking the Sprungli Chocolate we can approach the lively and edgy Züri-West. We’ll take a surprise with its nightlife and the environment almost Berlin this alternative area that occupies two former workers’ quarters. The center of everything is the Kultermelle , the Culture Mile.
07 Chocolate with style
In the city of Interlaken, Viennese-style coffee Schuh proposes learn how to make chocolate in workshops organized several times a week. Famous for its pastries, pralines and its terrace overlooking the park, in the letter are all basic Schuh from rösti to yellow curry. Preparation classes that teach on Wednesdays and Saturdays 17.00- -At are fun.
08 Truffles St. Gallen
The Chocolaterie in St. Gallen, is famous for its hot chocolate, its irresistible pralines and truffles. It occupies a half-timbered house opposite the cathedral and offers an exquisite chocolate in both tablet and drink (hot or cold). In addition to taste the best chocolate, the Chocolaterie (Gallusstrasse, 20) is perfect for the process of manufacturing the Swiss sweet par excellence. If the upper floor houses a cafe on the ground floor there is a workshop where you can see, live, the work of master chocolatier and even create their own works.
09 Sweet trilogy in Neuchatel
In crafting the best Swiss chocolate are three addresses that can not be ignored. The three are in Neuchatel, in the Rue du Seyon few meters from each other. It is confectionery Walder , Wodey Suchard and Schmid , the three renowned. Coupled with bakeries, restaurants, sweet shop and handicraft factories, make the chocolate is one of the best reasons to visit this town near Bern, northwest of the country.
Neuchatel is the city where, though perhaps best known for its watch production by their company Suchard chocolate tradition, one of the most emblematic of Switzerland was born. In any case, visitors leave disappointed not to visit this city of elegant old town, relaxed cafés, a pleasant university town and even an energetic free commune .
10 Sweet Minipistas to finish
We spread throughout Switzerland we can find hundreds of references with chocolate aroma, besides those already mentioned, should be added to round off a perfect sweet route through the Swiss country.
In Lausanne , on the shores of Lake Geneva , Blondel Chocolats fins it is a small chocolate jewel founded in 1850 that respects the most of the Swiss tradition in the development of its chocolates. They have more than 120 authentic artisan chocolate creations.
Lucerne found Confiseur Bachmann , one of the most renowned Swiss confectioners, every day prepares its products manually from quality ingredients. Perfect to visit a city with a reputation for being one of the most beautiful in Europe complement. It has a well-preserved medieval center and a unique environment between dream mountains reflected on a cobalt blue lake. They celebrated their festival and musical throughout the year performances.
In Winterthur, the Confectionery Vollenweider claims to have developed the unique chocolates with milk that have traveled into space as part of the baggage of the Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier. Although the name of the city remind us of an insurance company (there was founded), it is most famous for its magnificent museums.
In Flawil one can visit Schoggi Land Maestrani (something like the Land of Chocolate Maestrani), considered a marvel to those in cocoa has a gallery-museum, audiovisual show the craftsmanship and, of course, the possibility of taste the best chocolate.
In Buschs we find Frey Chocolates factory that claims to have the original recipe for the manufacture of real Swiss chocolate and therefore becomes obligatory stop on this route (to check).
In Zug, the Confectionery Speck sells fourteen different types of chocolate, and other sweet specialties of this town in central Switzerland, as its famous cherry cake (Kirschtorte). Zug is a typical medieval town of cobbled streets on the banks of a lake and surrounded by mountains, but it is also the richest one of the most expensive countries in the world city.