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Swiss Chocolate Train

Switzerland is well known for mountain views, chocolate and cheese. Enjoy a delicious day when you sample all three!

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Switzerland is well known for mountain views, chocolate and cheese. Enjoy a delicious day when you sample all three!

In Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva, you will board a train and enjoy first class comfort and amazing views in a first class Belle Epoque Pullman car as it climbs through the Swiss Alps. After arrival in Gruyères, you will tour La Maison du Gruyère cheese factory and taste the local cheese at 3, 6 and 9 months of aging. During your free time in Gruyères after your visit to the cheese factory, you can visit the historic Château de Gruyères, built in the 1200’s and designated a Swiss Heritage Site of National Significance, the terrifying HR Giger museum, or simply enjoy the scenery, shopping and fine food. In the afternoon you will visit the Nestle/Cailler factory in nearby Broc where you will experience a sensory smorgasbord culminating in the tasting room! After returning by bus to Montreux, you will round out the day with free time for dinner or more sight seeing along Montreux’s lakeside Grand Rue.

This first class upgrade to our Swiss Chocolate and Cheese Tasting trip is only available in July and August. Reserve your space by calling Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation today.


  • Adults: $189 per person
  • Children under 12: $169 p.c.

Ticketing Deadline: Reserve your space at least 15 calendar days prior to departure

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip transportation to Montreux, Switzerland
  • Round trip 1st class train ride from Montreux to Gruyères
  • Coffee and croissant on the train
  • Admission to La Maison du Gruyère cheese factory with cheese sample packet
  • Admission to Nestle/Cailler chocolate factory and Chocolate Tasting
  • Admission to any other museums, castles or attractions not included

Departure: 2:30 a.m. 

Return: Around 2 a.m. on Sunday

What to bring:

  • Comfortable, weather appropriate shoes and clothing
  • Credit/Debit card or Swiss Francs
  • Military ID, Passport and EU Digital COVID Certificate
Registration Information

All reservations must be made through Army Outdoor Recreation or WebtracSign up today by contacting:

Army Outdoor Recreation, Kaiserslautern Community
Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations requested 48 hours prior to trip departure will receive a 90% refund.
  • Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to departure will receive a 50% refund.
  • There is no refund for no-shows or cancellations made less than 12 hours prior to departure.
  • No refunds will be offered to passengers who are denied boarding or are removed from a trip for failure to follow COVID procedures.
  • In the event that a customer cancellation results in a fee charged to Outdoor Recreation, regardless of the date of or reason for that cancellation, the total sum of those fees will be passed along to the customer.

COVID Precautions (Current as of 15 April, 2022.  May be superseded by Local/State/Federal level laws): 

  • Continuing until further notice, all Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation trips fall under the German 3G rule:
    • Service is restricted to vaccinated, recovered, or recently tested personnel (Antigen test valid for 24hrs, PCR test valid for 48hrs). 
    • Persons who cannot be vaccinated against the coronavirus for medical reasons (with a qualified medical certificate and children up to and including the age of 11 are exempt.
  • Masks covering your nose and mouth must be worn on ODR vehicles whenever required by local law.
  • In the event that an individual passenger is not able to participate in a confirmed trip due to COVID restrictions placed on the passenger, full cancellation penalties may be applied based on the date of the customer's cancellation.
  • All participants are required to be in compliance with the rules for their destination and all countries of transit as listed in the Travel Planner on at the time of departure.
  • All Travel/COVID Documentation is the responsibility of the passenger.
  • PCR and RAT (Rapid Antigen Tests) are the only approved testing methods. Self tests are not authorized for international travel.
  • No refunds will be offered to passengers who are denied boarding or are removed from a trip for failure to follow COVID procedures.  
  • Trip timelines and schedule and COVID precautions are subject to change at any time.
  • Hands must be sanitized before boarding ODR vehicles.
  • Enter and exit through the rear door only.
  • Seats may be assigned by ODR in advance to promote physical distancing and contact tracing. Requests for specific seats are not being accepted.