If you haven’t tasted Swiss cheese, have you really been to Switzerland? With classic dishes like raclette and fondue found in restaurants countrywide, a visit to the Alps just isn’t complete without a sampling of their most iconic food. Luckily for LAS Summer in Switzerland students, La Maison du Gruyère is a short hour-long drive away from Leysin. This day trip lets campers see the Gruyère cheese-making process first hand, and sends them home with their pockets (and mouths) full of samples.
Gruyères is a medieval town that is a popular Swiss tourist destination. With a beautiful mountain view, the town makes for a lovely drive and the perfect picnic spot during this day excursion.
DID YOU KNOW: In addition to their cheese factory, Gruyères is well known for Chateau de Gruyères, a 13th century castle that resides on a hilltop.
Upon their arrival at the cheese factory, students are given personal electronic tour guide devices and wind around displays to learn more about the history, cows, and people that have led to the creation of world-renowned Gruyère. The tour then leads to a viewing room where campers can watch as factory workers prepare the daily quota of cheese down below. The factory is home to four large vats which help to create up to 48 wheels of cheese per day! The wheels of cheese are then sent up to a cellar - which can hold up to 7,000 wheels at a time - and left to mature before being consumed.
DID YOU KNOW: The average Swiss person eats just under 22kg of cheese a year?
Once the tour is over students pick up their samples and then, if they’re still feeling hungry, they can stop by the gift shop on their way out! Yum! This delectable excursion is one you definitely don’t want to miss out on!