Get a glimpse into how Switzerland has built up a reputation for producing world-class cheese at this dairy, set in the pretty medieval town of Gruyères. Since 1969 La Maison du Gruyère has been showing visitors how the Famous Le Gruyère AOP cheese is made, and the factory has become an essential spot to visit on any trip to the region. Gruyère AOP has been produced in Switzerland since 1115 and visitors can trace the cheese’s history back through the ages, as well as delving deep into the production process in ‘Voyage au cœur des sens’ (‘Journey to the heart of the senses’). This immersive exhibition reveals the secrets of Gruyère AOP using the five senses, including tasting the cheese at three different stages of maturity.
Now that you’ve given your palate an appetiser, head over to La Maison du Gruyère Restaurant and tuck-in to something heartier. You’ll find all manner of traditional Swiss cuisine and ample opportunities to sample Gruyère AOP and other cheeses in all kinds of dishes, including Swiss fondue, plus great wine to accompany. Afterwards, walk off the feast on Le Sentier des fromageries (the cheese dairy trail), which links La Maison du Gruyère with another local dairy, Moléson-sur-Gruyères, via a beautiful two hour walk. If that sounds a little too much for younger visitors, there’s a playground at La Maison du Gruyère to keep them entertained, and both the dairy and the restaurant welcome children. Finally, make sure you visit the nearby Marché Gruérien, where you can purchase everything from cheese platters to chocolate, cream and butter, plus fondue sets and other souvenirs. Gift baskets are also available, making the perfect gift or a great treat for you and the family.
La Maison du Gruyère is currently open, but its opening hours are subject to change. Please check the website for the latest opening information before visiting.