The Chocolate Train in Switzerland from Montreux!
Montreux – Gruyères – Broc – Montreux
A scenic train route on a Belle Époque train, combined with cheese and chocolate tastings. Who wouldn’t love that? The Chocolate Train runs on the Goldenpass line and takes you in a dreamy train carriage in 1930’s style from Montreux to Gruyères and Broc. The train gently rolls through different Swiss landscape sceneries. From the majestic view on Lac Léman (Geneva lake) right when you leave Montreux, and through the green hills in Canton Fribourg.
Train and chocolate lovers, this bucket list trip in Switzerland is for you!
The Chocolate Train
Not just any train, but possibly one of the most beautiful trains in Switzerland. This train, which will remind you of the Orient Express, instantly turns every passenger into a traveler! It is all about the journey itself. The Chocolate Train gently pulls its 1st class and 2nd class carriages through the Swiss postcard landscapes. The seats, the wooden ceiling, and the details will transport you right back in history, to the 1930’s.
In first class, a coffee and ‘pain au chocolat’ is served when you leave Montreux. A view on the lake is visible from both sides, so there is not really a ‘best side of the train to sit on’. Just make yourself comfortable in the Belle Epoque train seats and enjoy the view.
First Stop: Gruyères
The MOB Goldenpass bus will take you onwards from the trainstation Montbovon to ‘La Maison du Gruyère’, where you can learn all about cheesemaking and buy some of the world famous Gruyère cheese right from the factory amidst the fields where the cows graze.
Then, in a few minutes time, the bus will take you to the medieval village Gruyères. You will have plenty of time to have lunch, or to visit the Castle of Gruyères or the Museum of H.R. Giger, the creator of the movie ‘Alien’. If you would like to sit down for lunch, we would recommend that you reserve your spot at one of the restaurants in advance. Of course, most restaurants serve cheese fondue and raclette, and the Swiss dessert Meringues with double cream from Gruyères, but also other local specialties! More information for your visit in our article on Gruyères.
More information on La Maison du Gruyère : https://www.lamaisondugruyere.ch/homepage-en/
Second Stop: All about chocolate at Maison Cailler in Broc!
From Gruyères, the bus will take you in 10 minutes to Maison Cailler in Broc. Maison Cailler of Nestlé is a nice multi-sensorial chocolate learning experience. You will see an interactive explanation on the history of the oldest Swiss chocolate brand and on how the Swiss became famous for chocolate making. You will see how chocolate is made, including some of the signature chocolates like the ‘Branches’. A visit is not complete without tasting the delicious result! At the end of the Chocolate experience, you will be able to taste samples of Cailler’s different chocolates, yum!
More information on Maison Cailler’s chocolate factory visit : https://cailler.ch/en/maison-cailler
Back to Montreux
From Broc, the MOB Goldenpass bus will take you back to Montreux train station, where you started your day. You can still take a stroll by the lake, to digest from your cheese and chocolate experience.
About the journey:
- The Chocolate Train runs between May and October and leaves at 9:50 from Montreux. There is a parking lot right by the train station.
- In July and August the train runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- The train trip itself takes about an hour. The rest of the transfers are by luxury bus.
- You will have plenty of free time in Gruyères
- The bus from Gruyères to Broc takes about 10 minutes
- Visit of the Chocolate Factory and possibility to buy chocolate at Maison Cailler
- Back to Montreux by bus in about 45 minutes
More information and where to reserve your tickets:
Montreux Rivièra website: https://www.montreuxriviera.com/en/P634/chocolate-train
MOB Goldenpass Chocolate Train: https://mob.ch/activity/le-train-du-chocolat/?lang=en
Alternative trips on the Belle Epoque train:
The train part of the Chocolate Train trip stops in Montbovon. If you would like to stay on the beautiful train for longer, it runs all the way Gstaad and Zweisimmen. Gstaad is another place we love to visit in summer. Check out our article on things to do in Gstaad if you would prefer to go there.
More information about this train line: https://mob.ch/activity/belle-epoque/?lang=en
Our trip on the Chocolate Train was hosted, our views and opinions are our own.
Did you like this suggestion of a day trip in the Montreux Rivièra region? Then you may also be interested in our article on the vineyards of Lavaux, or the train to the Pleiades to see the Narcissus fields in bloom in spring!