A Cheese Route in Bern's Backyard
After an early morning breakfast at my hotel in Bern, I walked about five minutes to the train station for a day trip to Emmental. Once there, our first stop was the Emmentaler Schaukäserei show dairy, where I learned the process of how certain cheeses are made. For example, the Küherstock cheese dairy from 1741 can still be produced over an open fire. Then it was time to hop on our bikes and begin our E-Bike tour through the region. We opted for electric bikes, which really come in handy when you're headed up a hill or if you need a little extra push, literally! If you're never ridden an electric bike, it might take some getting used to but after a few minutes testing out the gears, it begins to feel like second nature. There's also a mobile app that goes with the tour and it's really easy to download. Plus, it runs regardless of whether you have a Wi-Fi connection. Instead, it uses a GPS system to track one's location, thus providing points of interest along the way. The highlights of the route are the visit of the Show Cheese Dairy in Affoltern, the Jeremias Gotthelf museum in Lützelflüh and the castle of Burgdorf. All in all, it's the perfect day trip from Bern, especially for foodies.
By Megan Eileen McDonough, AFAR Local Expert
A trip to Switzerland would not be complete without trying Emmental, a typical, medium-hard cheese from the town of Emmental near Bern. Get some at Emmentaler Schaukäserei (Emmentaler Show Dairy), where you can also learn about the cheese-making process, visit the petting zoo and farmer’s garden, have a meal, and then stock up on cheese to bring home.
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