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Swiss Chocolate Train

From spring through fall, an excursion train will take you from Montreux, Switzerland to the Cailler-Nestl� chocolate factory at Broc, with a stop at the medieval cheesemaking town of Gruy�re.

Chocolate train photo

ABOVE: The Chocolate Train offers a choice of vintage Pullman cars (above) or modern panorama cars.

Switzerland is famous for its chocolate and its railroads. Put them together, and you get The Chocolate Train--an excursion train that operates from Montreux from spring through fall.

The train departs Montreux each Wednesday, with an additional train on Mondays in July and August. It runs on tracks of the Montreux-Oberland-Bernois Railway (MOB). Coffee and croissants are served on the train, which offers scenic views of vineyards and bucolic countryside on its way to the medieval cheesemaking town of Gruy�res.

In Gruy�res, the train pauses for an excursion by bus to a cheese factory and the local castle. You'll reboard the train for the trip to Broc, home of the Cailler-Nestl� chocolate factory, where you can watch a multilingual video, observe chocolate production, sample the finished product, and buy Cailler or Nestl� candy bars at factory prices.

The train then returns to Montreux, a pleasant resort town on Lac L�man where you can also visit the Castle of Chillon.

Gruy�res photo

ABOVE: The Swiss Chocolate Train stops in Gruy�res for cheese on its way to the Cailler-Nestl� chocolate factory at Broc.

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