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CHEESE & CHOCOLATE

 

Two of the archetypes of Switzerland known the world over – cheese and chocolate – have as many varieties and flavors as Swiss wines. And the passion behind the small producers runs just as deep, demonstrated through their finished products. In the Swiss Alps, you are never far from a fromagerie or käserei, where the specialties depend on the breed and animals they get their milk from, the grass, hay or wild flowers consumed by the animals, as well as regional preferences. And with the exception of the Emmental (home of the large round wheels with the holes in it), you won’t find any that resemble the “Swiss cheese” you thought you knew.

 

Just as diverse in variety and ubiquitous throughout Switzerland are the chocolatiers. Between the Lindt and Cailler families, who first succeeded in combining cream with cacao to create the milk chocolate that is beloved throughout the world, a veritable empire has grown out of the chocolate industry. And while visits to these “factories” are among the most popular tourist attractions in Switzerland, just as unique are the small artisanal chocolatiers, many of whom offer private ateliers to try your hand at infusing chocolate and making your own truffles or pavés. We have hand-picked the best chocolate experiences in Switzerland, which was a tough job, but someone had to do it.

 

Whether for a day visit to an alpage for a cheese making demonstration of open-fire production, to a formal tasting of dozens of local cheeses, to a full-blown raclette festival, celebrating the end of the autumn, there are always opportunities to visit with fromageurs to understand the diverse cheese culture in this alpine country. And no trip to Switzerland would be complete without some chocolate-making research and tasting. 

Highlights

  • Cailler Chocolate Factory, Broc: Tour and chocolate making atelier
  • Bagnes Capitale de la Raclette: Experience more than 30 different kinds of Raclette accompanied by local Swiss wine and music. Every year at the end of Sept.
  • Moleson Fromagerie-Alpage: Experience traditional cheesemaking at an alpine dairy
  • Bäckerei Fuchs, Zermatt: One of our favorite Swiss souvenirs is the Fuchs Matterhörnli chocolates
  • Alpschaukäserei Morteratsch, Engadin: on your way over the Bernina Pass stop to see cheese being made in a copper couldron over a wood fire
  • Sprüngli Confisserie, Zurich: This 180 year old chocolate shop and tea room is not to be missed
  • Max Chocolate: Artisan chocolate shop in the center of Luzern
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WHAT WE DO

Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.


Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA
  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK
  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH
  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA

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