NOT TO Be MISSED EXPERIENCES IN SWITZERLAND !
Planning a trip to Switzerland? There's just so much to see and do!
Make sure you include these not to be missed experiences in your Switzerland itinerary!
I'm sure that we don't have to tell you how stunning Switzerland is.
Switzerland may be small but the diversity of spectacular scenery, from the breathtaking snow-capped mountain peaks to the sensational mirror clear, turquoise lakes, and the range of cultures - the French, Italian, and German cultures- that have influenced the different areas of Switzerland to make it such a fascinating place to travel. There are the medieval old towns, the rural and very quaint mountain villages, and the slick and sophisticated cities to explore.
We have listed some of the top experiences that you can take part in in Switzerland. There are so many to chose from and the list is daunting but here are some of our favorites!
1. The Glacier Express-the slowest fast train in the world!
The Glacier Express, known for being the slowest fast train in the world, connects the fancy alpine resort towns of Zermatt and St Moritz in the high mountains of the Swiss Alps. The journey itself takes roughly 7-hours between the 2-points, with a stop at Chur as a midpoint, following some of the most scenic mountain landscapes that you will ever come across. Given the high altitude and rugged, and at times seemingly impassable terrain, the high-speed train rarely reaches high speeds giving it the dubbing as ‘The Slowest Fast Train in the World’.
Zermatt would be the recommended start with an overnight stay, if possible, beneath the majestic background of the Matterhorn (of Toblerone fame). The better half of the journey would likely be the second half after Chur, with the crossing of the Landwasser Viaduct, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the start of the River Rhine at the Rhine Gorge.
It is a long express journey, so it’s best to bring drinks and snacks, and there is also the option for meals served to the seats/tables from the restaurant and car bogey. Compared to standard train journeys in Switzerland, the train is high-end with panoramic carriages with big windows to enjoy the surrounding scenery. It is expensive for a single ticket, although the Glacier Express is included on the Interrail Pass and Eurail Pass as well as many local passes making it great value for money for wider travels.
By Allan Wilson from "It’s Sometimes Sunny in Bangor"
2. TOUR DU MOUNT BLANC- Long distance hiking trail!
One of the world’s iconic long-distance hiking trails, the phenomenal Tour du Mont Blanc passes through no fewer than three different countries as it makes a full circuit around spectacular Mont Blanc. Featuring stunning scenery, strenuous passes, fantastic mountain huts and even a few great towns along the way, the TMB is a bucket list trek for all avid hikers.
Most people start in charming Chamonix, France and hike counter-clockwise, crossing into Italy to pass through the ski resort town of Courmayeur before heading into Switzerland to the greenest valleys and most rural areas of the trek around Champex-Lac. The entire hike is roughly 170 kilometres, usually takes around 10 days and involves nearly 10,000 metres of elevation gain and loss. So it is no easy stroll in the park. However, there are many access points making it possible to choose smaller sections if you are short on time (or fitness)
While you wouldn’t describe the mountain huts as cheap, they are still good value for what you get. Most charge around €50-60 per person for half-board with a dorm bed, excellent evening meal, breakfast and an incredible location. Because of the altitude (between 1,500 and 2,500 metres above sea level) the season to hike the TMB is quite short, usually from the beginning of July to mid-September. With such a small window the huts can book up quickly so it is a good idea to reserve well in advance (as much as 6 months if your dates aren’t flexible).
Whether you have time to do the whole thing or just a portion, experiencing the Tour du Mont Blanc should be at the top of any Swiss bucket list. Boasting exceptional scenery, amazing sunsets and fun camaraderie, it is sure to be an adventure you won’t soon forget.
From Dean and Laynni at Routinely Nomadic
3. LUCERNE CARNIVAL
First Day Fashnacht Lucerne By Chris Devers (Flickr)
Lucerne is a charming city nestled in the Switzerland Alps with a gorgeous lake in the center. It's the largest city in central Switzerland. Most visitors get to Lucerne by flying into Zurich or Bern and then taking a train or driving to the city. Lucerne is only 55km from Zurich and 110 km from Bern.
One of the best things to do in Lucerne is the Carnival. It's unlike any of the other carnival customs in central Switzerland. The Lucerne Carnival takes place the days leading up to Ash Wednesday - Dirty Thursday, Fat Monday and Fat Tuesday. While groups of musicians blow their instruments and thousands of costumed celebrators chase winter away, strange figures in masks and costumes parade through the alleys.
On Schmutzig Thursday at 5:00 am, the Urknall (Big Bang) occurs - signaling the start of the event. The Fritschi - the first parade - starts at 2:00 pm on Thursday at the Luzernerhof, while the final parade takes place on Monday at 2:00.
However, the giant Monstercorso parade takes place at 7:30 pm on Tuesday at Bahnofstrasse. Not only are there are incredibly unique parades, but the timber bridges, including the Chapel Bridge, are covered (with plywood panels) featuring carnival art.
If you're unable to visit Lucerne during Carnival, there are still plenty of things to do! Walk along Chapel Bridge with views of the mountains, or go to the top of the mountains for incredible views of Lake Lucerne! Enjoy traditional fondue then go shopping for the perfect souvenir - whether it's Swiss chocolate, a Swiss Army knife, or a Cuckoo Clock - you'll find it all locally made in Lucerne.
Experiencing the charming personality of Lucerne, especially during the Carnival, is one of the best experiences in Switzerland.
By Pamela from The Directionally Challenged Traveler
4. SLEEP ON A STRAW BED!
Who would have thought that people would pay to sleep on a straw bed in a barn? But that’s what they do in Switzerland.
These so-called barn hotels were initially meant for hikers looking for a cheap place to sleep and shower after a hike.
And Switzerland being a hiker’s paradise, there’s plenty of this type of accommodation scattered all over the country, mostly near the mountains. While some can only be reached by car, some are conveniently located near train stations.
Now, they no longer only appeal to hikers. People from across the globe flock there to get a taste of the Swiss farm life.
But don’t let the idea of sleeping in a barn put you off.
Yes, you will be sleeping on a bed of straw, but it’s not as bad as you may think. Once you pile on some blankets over the straw (or bring your own sleeping bag), it’s quite comfortable. The “barn” is actually a very clean, well-maintained room with an en-suite bathroom and other conveniences you might expect in a dormitory room, including tables and chairs, and electrical outlets.
The rates range from CHF 10 to CHF 40 per person.
If you love animal interaction, you’ll be in heaven because these farms usually have lots of them. You may even get a chance to milk the cows. In the morning, you’ll wake up to the crisp mountain air with magnificent views of verdant hills and faint sounds of cowbells. Depending on the barn hotel, you may also be treated to a breakfast spread with ingredients sourced from the farm.
If you grew up in a city and have never been on a farm before, this is a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience you must not miss in Switzerland.
By Ummi Nadrah from Ummi Goes Where?
5. THE THRILL WALK!
Looking for an adrenalin fix? Want some stunning views to go with that?
Then make your way to Murren in the middle of the Bernese Alps- about 4 hours by train and cable cars from Zurich, and about 5 hours from Geneva. Head to Interlaken and take the train to Lauterbrunnen. Then there are two options involving several scenic cable car rides to get you to the Schilthorn peak.
The Thrill Walk is an exhilarating 200-meter steel and plexiglass cliff walkway, that starts nearly 3000 meters high and has been built to curl and wind around a near-vertical rock face of the Schilthorn mountain. It starts with a series of steep steel steps (about 70-100) that lead to a walkway made up of several sections of challenging "Thrill Walk."
One section has 20 meters of glass-bottom floor showing a heart-stopping long long way down to the snow and rocks below.
For even more thrills, take a stroll along the 9-meter steel tight-rope section, which fortunately is surrounded by netting, but nevertheless is absolutely terrifying to us wimpy types. If that's not enough, another section is a wire cylinder suspended in mid-air to crawl through.
Built with Swiss precision engineering it is very safe, with a coward's narrow path alongside the challenging sections for those scaredy-cats like me!
BUT the views are so worth it!
For more information about Murren & the Thrill Walk click here
6. LIMMAT SWIM IN ZURICH
Limmatschwimmen or Limmat swim is an annual popular sports event in Zurich (Switzerland). Swimming in the Limmat river is forbidden because of traffic on the river but once a year in August, they lift this restriction for this event to be held on the last weekend of the school summer vacation.
You enter the water at the point where the river leaves Lake Zurich at the Frauenbad Stadthausquai and you float for 2 km down the stream to the river bath "Oberer Letten". It takes up to 40 minutes if you just float and leave all the work to the current. While you are floating on the yellow rubber animal (each year it is something different such as a turtle, starfish, duck, etc) you can enjoy the view of the old town in Zurich like the Münsterbrücke, Rathausbrücke, Grossmünster church, Frauen church, the Town Hall, Central, Zürich main train station, the National museum, etc.
The event has been organized since 1945. In the beginning, it was for the local swimming club as a competition. Today the competition starts at noon with the EWZ challenge and later a diving demonstration and swimming for the general public. It lasts until 4:30 PM.
In the last few years, they have had to limit participants to 4.500 people. It is open to people aged 12 and over. Tickets are also now hard to find. In 2019 they were sold in 8 minutes. The official price is 20 CHF and it includes public transport for Zurich. But later tickets were sold on the auction site for up to 150 CHF.
In 2021 this event was canceled because of COVID. It was canceled in previous years because of low temperatures or strong currents of the river. For 2022, the date is already known- August 20 or 27.. So if you are lucky enough to get tickets you will be in for a treat, enjoying Zurich from a different perspective. It is suggested to have a waterproof swimming bag so you will have all you need when you get out of the river. Alternatively, you can pay for your belongings to be looked after for you until you get to the end. Also, you will get a warm cup of coffee or soup there and a medal to remember this swim.
By Džangir Kolar from Dr Jam Travels
7. Try Meringues, fresh raspberries, and the famous Gruyeres Double Cream
Gruyeres is best known for its delicious and world-famous cheese. When you're in Gruyeres, visit the excellent cheese factory which is located by the railway station. It's well worth a visit, but there's so much more to Gruyere than the cheese!
20 minutes walk up the hill from the cheese factory is the Gruyeres castle alongside the very charming medieval village of Gruyere. The cafes here specialize in traditional local food from the Fribourg area, such as fondues, rostis, and dishes from the Bénichon menu. There is a Fondue Academy run by master cheesemakers that give visitors the chance to learn about the art of fondue. If you're a chocoholic you can reserve a place in a workshop at the Chocolaterie de Gruyères.
But our favourite food is the "creme double de la Gruyere"- the local double cream - served with fresh raspberries, and meringues. The double cream is unique. It is made from high-quality milk from selected farms in the Gruyeres region and has a very high butterfat content. It is always served in a traditional wooden bowl. Gruyeres even holds a Double Cream festival annually.
The meringues are small oval-shaped and perfectly piped. Unlike most meringues with their crunchy outer layer and soft inside the Gruyeres meringues have the same texture throughout and simply crumble in your mouth. Totally Addictive!
For more information about Gorgeous Gruyeres click here.
8. TRAIN JOURNEY TO JUNGFRAUJOCH- top of Europe!
PHOTO CREDIT- Chris Devers (Flickr)
When you are visiting Switzerland, you should not miss Jungfraujoch. Why it is so special? At an altitude of over 11,000 feet, this place is not only the ‘top of Europe’, but also one of the most romantic places in Switzerland. The scenic train ride to the top of Jungfraujoch can be a memorable experience for you.
The world-famous Jungfraubahn is open all year round and offers the most spectacular views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains. There are three separate journeys on the whole way from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch. Start your journey from Interlaken Ost station and reach Grindelwald within 35 minutes. Grindelwald itself is a small cute Swiss village. You can spend some time in this picture-perfect village before heading to Kleine Scheidegg by the next train.
The cute cogwheel train will be waiting for you on the opposite platform of Kleine Scheidegg station. This train will take you through a 7 km long tunnel and offers the best views of the Alps and surrounding areas. These trains are designed in such a way so that you can get the maximum views of the surrounding mountains.
Admire the beauty and the excellent engineering of this railway track once you reach the Jungfraujoch train station. There are restaurants, shops and a museum at the top of Jungfraujoch. Explore the area and take as many pictures as you can.
A train journey to Jungfraujoch is not cheap. If you have a Swiss Rail Pass, you will get a discount on the actual fare. The return fare from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch is around CHF 235. You can check their official site(www.sbb.ch) to get the latest price update.
Tip: Before your journey, check the Jungfraujoch webcam for the current weather update.
ByTrijit Mallick from 'BudgetTravelBuff'
9. Have your photo taken with Freddie Mercury on the Montreux Waterfront Boardwalk!
Freddie Mercury loved Montreux! One of the most popular attractions in Switzerland is the imposing famous Freddie Mercury statue on the lakefront Place de Marche. Queen and Freddie Mercury fans still place flowers around the base of the statue. Strike your very best Freddie pose and get your photo taken!
Queen bought the Montreux Mountain Studios located inside Montreux Casino and wrote and recorded many of their songs here and Freddie lived out his final days in Montreux. There is free access and tours to the studios.
This is only one of the interesting things to do and places to see in
and around Magnificent Montreux!
Montreux is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Geneva and surrounded by the towering Swiss Alps and acres of vineyards. It is also known as the "Swiss Riviera."
The 13 km lakeside promenade that stretches from neighboring Vevey, through Montreux to the Chillon Castle is a magic place to wander any time of the day or night. It's so picturesque and there's so much to see including some stunning heritage buildings, an abundance of interesting art and garden sculptures, and even tropical palm trees!
Montreux is famous for its annual jazz festival and music is much in evidence all around the city. In the garden of the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Hotel, you will see sculptures of famous musicians who have appeared at Montreux jazz festivals over the years.
Chillon Castle is a medieval castle dating back to the 12th century and is located on its own small island on the banks of the lakefront. You will see gothic vaulted chapels, medieval dungeons, sentries’ walk, bastions, the keep, and large banqueting halls within the 25 buildings and three courtyards.
A boat ride across the lake is a must-do with the stunning vista of the Alps rising above the crystal clear waters of the lake and the surrounding quaint Swiss-French villages. And take the Rochers-de-Naye mountain railway that winds slowly up steep gradients through fields, charming villages, and forests. There's so much to see and do in Montreux.
For more information about Magnificent Montreux click here.
10. EMMENTALER SCHAUKASEREI- The Emmentaler Cheese Village
The Emmentaler Schaukäserei is a not to be missed experience on any trip in Switzerland, and a perfect end for 4 Days in Switzerland. Emmentaler cheese is famous worldwide and seeing how this cheese has been made for generations is unique. The museum showcases the current process of cheese making and the production of cheese over the ages. There are several different farmhouses on site in which they used to make cheese. You can follow a guided tour or watch demonstrations in the various farmhouses.
After touring the whole museum sit down in the restaurant and sample the Emmentaler cheese. A must for a visit to the Emmentaler Schaukäserei. After learning how the holes appear in the cheese, eating it is extra special.
Next to this there’s a fun playground and a petting zoo on site. The Emmentaler Schaukäserei is settled in the beautiful green hills of the Emmentaler Valley where the cheese gets its name from.
The museum is on the Schaukäsereistrasse 6 in Affoltern im Emmental in North Western Switzerland, near Bern.The closest large city is Bern. From there it’s 38 kilometers/ 24 miles, about 40 minutes by car. It’s also reachable by public transport from Bern, taking some 55 minutes and several trains and a bus, the 471. From Luzern it’s 60 kilometers/ 37 miles, an hour by car. From Basel it will take 84 kilometers/ 52 miles and an hour and 15 minutes driving.
Entrance is CHF 15.00 for adults and CHF 8.00 for 12-17 years old. Tours are CHF 8.00 for adults and CHF 5.00 for 12 till 17. Below 12 get in for free.
By Cosette from 'KarsTravels'.
11. HIKING OESCHINENSEE- an amazing lake!
Hiking Oeschinensee is probably one of the best things to do! This amazing lake - nestled within the Swiss Alps -knows how to impress. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in the country - and in a country full of stunning lakes, this means something!
You will find Oeschinensee (or Lake Oeschinen) in Kandersteg valley which is in the canton of Bernese Oberland.
The lake is close to Interlaken and yet it takes some time to get to Oeschinensee. From Interlaken Ost, take the train (about 70 minutes) or get to Kandersteg by car (about 80 minutes). Then either take the gondola up or start your hike already. The return ticket for the gondola is about 30 CHF (one way 22 CHF).
For the best views of the lake, you have to do some hiking (even if you take the gondola). Once at the gondola mountain station, there are several hiking trails. You can do a very easy one (20 minutes hike one-way), an intermediate one, or an Alpine hike which is for very experienced hikers only.
The intermediate hike offers amazing views and most semi-fit people can do it. It takes several hours and includes some uphill (and strenuous downhill) hiking - so bring your hiking poles with you.
From the mountain station, follow hike route no. 8 (Oeschinensee to Heuberg). The vantage point Heuberg offers breathtaking views. The whole hike takes about 3-4 hours (without any breaks).
Then hike down to the lake and spend time on, at, and in the lake Oeschinensee - you surely deserve some time to relax after that hike. If you haven’t hiked much before, it will be challenging but it is doable! A couple of mountain huts along the way offer snacks and drinks - you can also bring your own snacks and a water bottle to refill with fresh water during the hike.
For fantastic views, visit on a sunny day - this makes hiking easier and also the color looks the most stunning.
By Arzo Nayel from "Arzo Travels.'
12. Best Mini Train Trip In Switzerland - Train to Arosa -the Arosabahn
There are so many very very picturesque and stunningly scenic train trips in Switzerland, but on a recent eleven-day winter tour of Switzerland with our Swiss Rail Passes we traveled a lot of train miles but one particular trip stood out. Why?
It is only a one-hour trip but it combined all of the aspects we expected from a Swiss train ride.
It was incredibly scenic.
It took a feat of engineering to build.
It was charming in that true Swiss style!
Some of the most scenic train routes are on the small regional lines going up into or around the mountains. If you only have a short time in Switzerland this is definitely the one Swiss train ride you must do!
The train route is from Chur to Arosa and was built in 1914 to connect Chur, (pronounced Koor) the oldest town in Switzerland, with the spa town of Arosa. It is 26 km long and climbs 1000 meters. It goes through 19 tunnels and over 52 bridges.
You board the train on the street and for the first five minutes or so the train ambles through the town roads stopping traffic as it goes like a local tram and then it follows the local stream bordering the edge of town and winds through a few tunnels.
Then it starts to climb and wind, and wind and climb, over many bridges and through the mountainous landscape with the tall snow-laden pine trees and small rural villages with the stream now far below. We glimpsed some deer by the rail tracks near the only stop, Langweis Station.
About halfway up you will start to glimpse the impressive Langweiser Viaduct and soon you will cross over it. At night it is lit up and looks quite eerie as the only lights in the area. This viaduct is 284 meters long and 62 meters high with a main arch span of 100 meters and is 284 meters long. We felt as if we were at the top of the world.
There is quite a long tunnel just before the Arosa Station. At the station is a great cafe and bar called Guterschuppen. It’s a very welcoming and cosy modern bar and cafe with comfortable sofas and chairs and a fireplace. They serve brunch, lunch, dinner, bar snacks and sometimes have live music.
For more information about the Best Mini Train trip in Switzerland click here.
13. BADEN BATHS- healthy hot springs
Everyone knows about the Roman baths in Bath, England and the remains that linger around Italy, but most people don’t realize that Switzerland is home to some of the best baths in the world.
Located 45 minutes from Zurich, Baden (not to be confused with Baden-Baden in Germany) is a charming town. In it, you’ll find a lot of local history, including a famous pastry shop and some medieval architecture.
The town rose to fame in the Roman era, when the mineral hot springs were used to cure the aches of Roman soldiers. The town was actually founded after the first thermal baths were established by the Romans, making it truly a “wellness-first” town.
The mineral hot springs beneath the river Limmat offer an incredibly restorative experience. The natural waters are high in sulfur, but lack the smell that puts most people off visiting local hot springs around the world. Instead, you can enjoy an aroma-free natural bath at a balmy 47 C.
The traditional experience involves a private tub filled with the hot water, so you can luxuriate in privacy. You can still bathe this way at Atrium-Hotel Blume in Baden’s spa quarter.
In other areas, you can have a more Roman experience, swimming in a marble, underground bath, with cavernous arches and some modern whirlpool features.
If you don’t want to shell out for the illustrious spas around Baden, you can still enjoy this natural wonder for free! Visit the Thermal Bench on Limmatpromenade. This 8-meter bench is fitted with a bench and a long trough-shaped foot bath so you can soak your feet. It’s the perfect end to a day hiking around Baden and exploring the museums. Grab a croissant or Spanisch Brotli (a pastry filled with apricot jam and crushed hazelnuts), and enjoy the best views of the river Limmat while you indulge in a free thermal foot bath.
Most people visit Switzerland and never hear of this unique town. Experience the natural wonders of Switzerland’s wellness city when you visit.
By Nina of 'Nina Out and About'
14. Mt Pilatus Golden Tour
Mt Pilatus is a gorgeous mountain in the Swiss Alps near Lucerne, Switzerland, and it’s both easier and cheaper to reach than the popular Jungfraujoch region!
The best way to explore Mt Pilatus is with a Golden Tour ticket. This all-encompassing ticket includes a boat trip across Lake Lucerne, a trip on the world’s steepest cogwheel train to the summit, and a picturesque ride on a cable car gondola system.
Amazing views around every corner will keep shutterbugs busy, snapping away! Enjoy a relaxing ferry ride across Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad, where you’ll catch the next train up the mountain. The cogwheel train on Mt Pilatus is the world’s steepest and features beautiful alpine scenery. With the windows down, you can hear all the cow bells gently chiming across the mountain!
Views from the top are stunning, and there’s plenty to do at the Mt Pilatus summit. Splurge and stay at one of the two hotels located here, or just stop in for a delicious bite to eat before or after a hike.
There’s a hike for most abilities here: shorter hikes with stairs, moderate hikes to the chapel, or longer but completely manageable hike to the Tomlishorn, the highest point of Mt Pilatus!
When you’re ready to leave, queue for the cable car gondolas. The first gondola is standing room only in a floor to ceiling windowed cable car. Have your camera ready! A third of the way down, you’ll switch into smaller 4 person seated gondolas that carry you the rest of the way down the mountain to Kriens. A short walk to the bus stop and you will be back in Lucerne before you know it!
Tickets can be purchased online or at the kiosks right outside the central train station in Lucerne. You will literally walk off your train, past the buses, and right to the kiosk at the wharf to get your ticket. Tickets cost CHF 104 per adult (as of July 2021).
By Rachel at 'Means to Explore'
15. "JAMES BOND BUNGEE JUMP" IN VALLEY VERZASCA, TICINO
While many people often head to Zermatt, Lucerne or Zurich, Switzerland has many less-discovered places. One of them is the Swiss-Italian canton of Ticino, home to the beautiful Valley Verzasca.
Home to the famous Pointe de Salti bridge this picturesque valley boasts rich history with its traditional villages built in the style that is characteristic for the southern part of Switzerland.
One of the most popular stops in Verzasca Valley, home to Verzasca Dam, the tallest dam in Europe. It was featured in the James Bond movie titled Golden Eye (1995). At the dam you can take in stunning views, and if you are brave enough, follow in the footsteps of James Bond by leaping the "007 Bungee Jump." This adventure is definitely not for the faint of heart but it will give you a pretty good dose of adrenaline.
Continue your drive through the valley until you reach the hamlet of Sonogno, a gorgeous village at the end of the valley. Here you can explore gorgeous hikes, waterfalls and wander around to see the beautiful architecture.
And if you are looking to chill and relax, you can even book one of the places in Sonogno, as this little town offers plenty of outdoor activities that could take you a couple of days.
Make sure to stop in Locarno, the gateway to Valley Verzasca from where you can access public transportation.
By Daria Bachmann from 'The Discovery Nut'
16. Sampling Swiss chocolates at Maison Cailler
All you need to know about chocolate! The Cailler Chocolate Factory (Maison Cailler) in Broc near Gruyeres is one of Switzerland’s oldest and most important chocolate factories.
It's a short walk from Broc La Fabrique train station to the Cailler Chocolate Factory. The Nestle Outlet shop is en route and worth a stop to check out what is on offer.
At Maison Cailler you will begin the chocolate experience with a fun and interactive hour-long tour. You will learn about the history of the Cailler family, other great names in Swiss chocolate, and the history of chocolate, from Aztec cocoa ceremonies to the innovations of today.
The next part of the tour takes you through the manufacturing process. You can touch and see the raw materials. You find out more about the suppliers and producers of the ingredients used. You can see the chocolates being made.
The final part of the tour is a visit to the tasting area where you can sample all of the different amazing types of chocolate. Yum!