Emmentaler Schaukaeserei
Emmentaler Schaukaeserei
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Nadejda I
Richmond, Canada76 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Unfortunately, our visit to the cheese factory turned out to be a complete disappointment. We’ve read on-line that the place is open till 5 pm. We have arrived at 2 pm and found out that there was nothing to see there at that time: the production of cheese had been finished for the day, and so was the production of baked goods. Basically, we drove all the way there for no reason at all. It was a complete waste of time. We believe that the web-site should be more clear and specific as to what time the visitors should arrive if they want to see something. There is a nice restaurant on site there where we had lunch, and a store where you can buy cheese. However, the store was nothing special, absolutely no different from any cheese section in any supermarket.
Written May 19, 2024
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blessedstarsg
Singapore, Singapore57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
After going to the La Gruyere cheese factory, we weren't sure whether we wanted to get to another cheese factory. But boy am I glad we did go to Emmental Show Dairy!

It's an interesting blend of modern and traditional - you can see how cheese is made in modern production, and in a quaint 1750 herdsman hut (an actual one!), a lady stirs a big pot of cheese over the fire.

The highlight of our trip was the 2pm cream cheese making. Because it is low season, we were the only ones present for the demonstration, and even though it was supposed to be conducted in German, the very nice cheesemaster conducted it in English just for us. We could try our hand at stirring the milk, and see how the milk becomes cheese. At the end we also got to try the cheese as well as drink the whey (which was super yums!).

There is a bakery as well as a restaurant, and a great playground for the kids.

The Emmental area also has breathtaking views with rolling landscape, so it's definitely worth your while getting here. Entrance is free.

We didn't drive, but it is easy enough to get here. We took a train to Hasle - Rüegsau (or you can also stop at Burgdorf) and then take the bus that heads to Affoltern. The bus-stop to alight at is Affoltern i. E., Dorf.

Definitely go! Don't miss this!
Written December 17, 2015
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MnNanook
Duluth, MN43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
On our final day of our trip we headed back to Zurich from Murren. The plan was to stop at a few places on our train ride to fill the day. Early afternoon we decided to visit Emmental. Note: When in Switzerland use the SBB.ch Mobile app to find schedules for train/bus/boat transportation. This app made it easy to find a train/bus route to Affoltern where the Emmentaler Schaukaeserei is located (or any place, for that matter.)
We were provided with audio headsets to listen at the various stops along a self-guided tour. During their renovation the headsets are at no cost but normally are 10 CHF. The tour brings you from 1741 cheese making to today’s methods (Swiss style.) It all is very interesting even if you are not into cheese. Everything is well organized. It sounds like there can be a crowd with tour buses but it was not during our later afternoon visit.
The cheese shop is amazing with the variety they offer. Samples are available. If you want to bring some home on the plane it needs to be shrink-wrapped. We spent a lot of time standing above the cheese production area watching the cheesemakers as they made curds and then put them into forms--even watching them clean up was interesting.
Our final stop was in the restaurant. The view from our table was great. Cows grazing nearby and farmers chopping corn for silage. The area looks much like south central Wisconsin and explains why so many Swiss immigrated to Wisconsin. Anyway, we were craving the rosti which was very good--a hearty Swiss meal. We like rostis and the rosti served here was one of the best ever.
We needed more time to explore this part of Switzerland.
Written October 8, 2018
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eric t
Don Torcuato, Argentina100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
It is an amazing small town, great countryside traditional landscape, very fresh air. The cheese visit is quite good to understand how they make cheese in Emmental. The restaurant is very good, very typical Swiss food.
Written June 8, 2016
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Ky D
Alexandria, VA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
The Emmental Show Dairy is in the adorable town of Affoltern. As of spring 2016, you could easily catch a bus from Hasle or Sumiswald. My wife and I made this as an easy day trip from Luzern, but it wouldn't be difficult to travel from Bern or Interlaken. We spent about an hour inside watching the cheesemaking process and choosing a light lunch. Many locals were around on a Sunday, and we had a pleasant lunch outdoors with local cheese, sausage, and red wine. If around between April and October, check the "Emmental Bahn" heritage train schedule. We were able to catch a ride on an early twentieth-century steam locomotive, too :-)
Written December 17, 2017
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Dear Ky D, Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are glad to hear that you had a good time here at the Emmentaler showdairy. We hope to see you again soon in the beautiful Emmental. Kind regards, your show dairy team
Written December 28, 2017
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Adionahina
Schaffhausen, Switzerland265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
We went for a birthday treat with some English friends and booked the whole package which includes making your own curd cheese, an excellent audio tour of the cheese factory through the ages, lunch in the lovely restaurant overlooking the beautiful Emmenthal, a private tasting and also a demonstration of how cheese is made today. Being a fan of Emmenthal cheese this was a wonderful treat. Staff are very informative and the audio tour is well put together, available in many languages and suitable for adults and children alike. We took our cheese and some other produce from the shop home to enjoy.
Written July 14, 2017
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Thank you very much Adionahina for your positive feedback. We are glad to hear that you had a good time here at the Emmentaler showdairy. We hope to see you again soon in the beautiful Emmental. Kind regards, your showdairy team
Written July 17, 2017
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laura_runs262
Irving, TX257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
I contacted the dairy in February (traveled in Sept) and the kind attendant, Judith, let me know how to secure English language iPods for our trip. As promised, they were waiting with our name on them (seriously!) when we arrived. A great place to see how cheese is (and was) made, packed and shipped. The self guided tour allows photos, runs about 45 minutes, and is a nice overview...not overkill. Just perfect. Nice store with goodies made onsite. Nice views and a children's play area as well. When driving there -- just keep following signs to Affoltern (no signs for the Show Dairy / Schaukaseri) till you are very close.
Written September 20, 2015
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wucie
Bern, Switzerland477 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Family
The Swiss speciality Emmental cheese is produced all over the Emmental region but is best seen, understood and tasted at the Show Dairy which is located in Affoltern in the canton of Bern.

The Dairy consists of a (small) modern factory (with restaurant, shop, terrace), a gift shop (where iPods for self-guided tours can be rented and various Swiss non-edible gifts can be purchased); a bakery; the old house (where the cheese was originally produced and where, if you’re lucky the cheese will be being made by a traditionally attired employee); a small vegetable/herb garden which visitors can potter around and a large parking. The village isn’t the most picturesque but there are a few old, traditional farms and the view over the rolling Emmental is spectacular on a clear day.

Emmental cheese is produced from the milk from local cows that are fed only natural grass and hay (no silage) and different maturation processes produce different types of Emmental, many of which are on sale at the factory shop and restaurant, along with many other local and Swiss specialities. Free degustations are sometimes offered at weekends and there’s a cheese-themed playground to keep the kids happy.

Other than the views and nibbles, there isn’t much to do so, if you have made the effort to get to Affoltern which, let’s face it, is off the beaten tourist track then at least make sure you get the most out of your visit by either joining a guided tour (various languages are proposed but best to phone up ahead) or by renting an iPod for CHF 10. The latter offers visitors an insight into how exactly Emmental is made and it is a fascinating tour that leads you all over the site following the cow and headset icon at your own pace. It is well worth it and by the end you will know a multitude of trivial facts including exactly how much milk is needed to produce a kilo of cheese and how the holes are made (and what size they should be). You will also realise that all Emmental isn't created equal and doesn't always look and taste like a lump of plastic.

The Show Dairy is probably not worth a special detour, but in combination with a hike (up the Napf for example) it’s a nice way to spend a day or half day.
Written September 9, 2015
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skodamatthew
Ipswich, UK84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
Even on a wet rainy day in April we had fun watching the cheese being made. Also the historical cheese houses were interesting. As a bonus we had a fantastic traditional Swiss meal in the restaurant.
Written April 7, 2015
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Louise B
Jonesborough, TN329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
We took the train to Sumiswald, then over to Affoltern to see the Show Dairy, Schaukaeserei. The trip was almost as good as the destination. The Emmental is a beautiful valley filled with green meadows, rolling hills, and lots of cows.

The Show Dairy is comprehensive. We visited while they had a sculpture display outside that was excellent. In addition, we saw the cheese production (both modern and ancient), and visited their restaurant.

We noticed many people arrived by bicycle. That would be a fun way to see the area.
Written October 27, 2011
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