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A look in the vat: Switzerland’s show dairies

Making cheese is an art form – and Swiss cheesemakers are the masters. The best way to find out more about this fascinating craft is to visit one of the many show dairies in our country. Take a glimpse over the shoulders of the cheesemakers to uncover some of the mysteries and discover at first hand how much work and passion is to be found in our cheese.

From milk to cheese to mouth: this journey is at its shortest in a show dairy. If you want to get a real idea of the celebrated art of cheesemaking, you have come to the right place.

And there is plenty more to experience besides cheesemaking: you can often enjoy an entertaining programme of events in wonderful surroundings. Some show dairies even let visitors make their own cheese and take their creations home with them. Typical events like card games and concerts also take place regularly in some show dairies. Culinary highlights in the on-site restaurants, activities for children and shops selling plenty of regional products can also be found. The show dairies offer special tours and activities for groups, making a visit well worth it for associations or work trips too. Meeting rooms can also be hired in some of the show dairies – get your training weekend off to the best possible start!

Experience 7 cheeses: the best show dairies in Switzerland

Cheese fans are sure to get their money's worth: here we present the best show dairies in Switzerland.

Gartenterrasse der Schaukäserei Emmental
Emmentaler Show Dairy
Emmentaler Show Dairy in Affoltern in Emmental (BE):
the production process for Emmental through different eras is brought to life here with a tour from four generations of the creamery owners – you also get the chance to make your own cheese.
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Appenzeller® Schaukäsereien Aussenansicht
Appenzeller® Show Dairy
Appenzeller® Show Dairy in Stein (AR): a multimedia cheese experience all about Appenzeller®. Highlight: creating your own herb mixture that you can take home with you.
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La Maison du Gruyère Käseproduktion
La Maison du Gruyère
La Maison du Gruyère in Pringy-Gruyères (FR): an interactive tour through the world of Le Gruyère AOP – here the focus is on emotive impressions for all five senses.
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Fromagerie Les Martel
Fromagerie Les Martel
Fromagerie Les Martel in Les-Ponts-de-Martel (NE): a small show dairy in the heart of Jura in Neuenburg. Like Le Gruyère AOP, this dairy produces delicious creations, such as the Bleuchâtel (blue cheese).
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Schaukäserei Klsoter Engelberg
Show Dairy Monastery Engelberg
Schaukäserei Monastery Engelberg in Engelberg (OW): a picturesque show dairy set in part of the Engelberg Benedictine monastery, which is still active to this day. This is home to the famous “Engelberger Klosterglocke”, amongst other cheeses.
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Maison de la Tête de Moine Bellelay Aussenansicht
Maison de la Tête de Moine
Maison de la Tête de Moine, Bellelay (BE): take an in-depth look at the history of Tête de Moine AOP. Visitors can look forward to a museum with an iPad tour, a historical dairy, a cheese cellar and a tasting session featuring different regional specialities.
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Historische Käseküche, nationales milchwirtschaftliches Museum
National Dairy Museum
National Dairy Museum in Kiesen (BE): this small museum features plenty of exhibits detailing the history of cheesemaking. A historical cheese kitchen shows the production conditions from 200 years ago, whilst exhibitions on topics like butter and melted cheese pique the interest.
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