Photo by Beat Brechbühl
Earn your curds with the scenic alpine hike to Käserei Sittlisalp, a local cheese cooperative in a remote corner of Canton Uri. The easy 1.5-mile hike traverses a 60-minute loop that’s mostly flat with a steep descent. The gravel trail leads visitors to a hydroelectric-powered cheese dairy and shepherds' cooperative maintained by nine local family farms. The staff speak English and will tell you about Switzerland’s AOC-protected Alpkäse, made with milk from cows grazing above 1,400 meters (4,593 feet) and rich in omega-3 fatty acids; the cheeses have an added bonus of subtle flavors of local wildflowers. The small shop sells hunks of mutschli nature cheese, tubs of local Alpine butter, and molke, a tangy whey drink especially popular with locals.
By Adam H. Graham, AFAR Contributor
Sittlisalp, 6465 Unterschächen, Switzerland