Switzerland and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Everyone knows it, but few know how to experience the magic of chocolate firsthand in Switzerland. One of the top questions we get is about chocolate factory tours in Switzerland.
A common request goes something like this: “My in-laws from abroad are coming to town and I would like to take them to a typical Swiss chocolate factory. Any recommendations?”
Recommendations, we have. From the behind-the-scenes look at chocolate production to a fantasy world that reminds of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, there are a number of fun chocolate factories in Switzerland. Most of them offer a museum with a self-guided tour on the history of chocolate. Some chocolate factories allow for a more in-depth look at chocolate production with knowledgeable staff who will show you the ropes. And most all chocolate factories in Switzerland have a factory store attached where chocolate is sold at a discount.
These are the best chocolate factories in Switzerland with tours for the public:
The Läderach Chocolate Experience in Bilten
Have you ever caught yourself gazing into a Läderach shop? They have this captivating way of breaking and stacking their thin artisanal chocolate… If your answer is yes, the Läderach Chocolate Experience will be perfect for you. The chocolate discovery path leads from the rain forest all the way to a tasting section, educating visitors about the origin of cocoa beans and the production of fine Läderach chocolate along the way.
This is where all the magic is happening, and visitors are allowed to peek inside the production facility. From quality control of incoming cocoa beans to the packaging of the final product, many steps along the mysterious process of chocolate making can be witnessed firsthand.
Consult the Läderach website ahead of your visit in order to schedule a guided tour in English.
Läderach Chocolate Experience
Phone: +41 55 645 77 80
The Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory in Broc
Nestled between Fribourg and Montreux is Maison Cailler, a chocolate factory and museum-like out of a picture book. At the museum, the tour starts with an interactive multimedia show on the history of Swiss chocolate. The exhibit also talks about the ingredients for chocolate production, such as sugar, cocoa beans, cocoa powder, nuts, coffee, and others.
A real-world production line shows the process from molten chocolate to the packaged bars we can buy at supermarkets – or the attached factory shop. But anyone who has ever visited Maison Cailler will tell you that their favorite part was the section where you can smell and taste as much chocolate as your heart desires…
Maison Cailler is open daily.
Rue Jules Bellet 7
Phone: +41 26 921 59 60
Romain Leemann Artisan Chocolatier in Bulle
The only constant about the chocolate creations of Romain Leemann is change. Always on the lookout for new flavors, this artisanal chocolatier makes some very exclusive limited edition chocolates.
This is the chance to learn chocolate making from a true professional. Different activities include a praline workshop or a bachelor event to produce a chocolate gift for the bride-to-be. During a 45-minute children’s workshop, the little ones get to make their very own chocolate to take home.
Romain Leemann Artisan Chocolatier
Rue St-Denis 46
Phone: +41 26 565 23 24
The Camille Bloch Chocolate Factory in Courtelary
Hazelnut lovers are surely familiar with Ragusa and Torino, two of the flagship chocolate bars produced by Camille Bloch. At the new CHEZ Camille Bloch exhibit, they will learn a little-known fact about these favorites, namely that they are the result of a cocoa shortage during the Second World War.
At the site in Courtelary, there is a production facility as well as a chocolate discovery tour where you can learn about the secrets behind Ragusa and Torino. As a bonus, you may engrave a special message onto a Ragusa bar! And needless to say, there will be plenty of opportunities along the way to tease your taste buds.
CHEZ Camille Bloch is open daily (except Mondays) from 10 AM to 5 PM.
CHEZ Camille Bloch
Phone: +41 32 945 12 00
Maestrani’s Chocolarium in Flawil
The Chocolarium near St. Gallen is a showcase for Maestrani, best known for their Minor chocolate sticks. It is no understatement to say that this chocolate factory comes with all the bells and whistles. For one, there is a chocolate discovery tour through a maze of colorful rooms where visitors chase the answer to the exhibit’s central question: How does luck get into chocolate?
Towards the end of the self-guided tour, there is a chocolate workshop in a funky factory environment, allowing visitors to decorate and subsequently cool their very own chocolate bar. And those who visit the Chocolarium on a weekday will be able to watch the factory floor from a bird’s-eye view while snacking on delicious little Minor bars. In order to picture all of this, read about our experience visiting the Chocolarium.
Phone: +41 71 228 38 88
Funky Chocolate Club in Interlaken
Have you ever wondered how to tell the type, quality, and percentage of cocoa in a chocolate bar? And have you ever wanted to create your very own Swiss chocolate? With the aim of educating and entertaining, the Funky Chocolate Club in Interlaken might just be the most hands-on chocolate factory in Switzerland. It is also one of the most unique chocolate boutiques in Switzerland with shapes such as chocolate watches or cameras.
Since 2014, the Funky Chocolate Club has evolved into a meeting point for chocolate lovers. The new owners continue the legacy of chocolate workshops that cover everything from chocolate tasting to chocolate making and decorating. If you still have space after attending a workshop, which comes with an all-you-can-eat permission, why not stop by the Hüsi brew bar next door? It is run by Brad, one of the current owners.
Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland
Phone: +41 79 108 92 47
Lindt Home of Chocolate a.k.a. Lindt Chocolate Factory in Kilchberg
Have you ever seen those commercials where chocolate makers in white aprons and chef hats pour liquid chocolate into praline molds? At the Lindt Home of Chocolate by Lindt & Sprüngli near Zürich, the chocolate maker could be you!
We have previously stepped behind the heavy doors of this real-life chocolate factory. And as part of the chocolate workshop, an instructor taught us how to create our very own pralines to take home. Insider tip: book a chocolate workshop before Easter or Christmas to make your very own Lindt chocolate Easter bunny or chocolate teddy bear.
The chocolate museum tour at Lindt Home of Chocolate is educational yet not as entertaining as some other museums. The audio guide, including a special audio guide for children, gives interesting insights into the history of chocolate making. And chocoholics will love the various chocolate tasting stations along the way, the giant chocolate fountain, as well as the Lindt factory shop.
Lindt Home of Chocolate
Phone: +41 44 716 20 00
Choco emotionS in Neuchâtel
Suchard may not be top of mind when it comes to Swiss chocolate brands. But for one lifelong resident of Neuchâtel, the sweet childhood memories of the Suchard chocolate factory were reason enough to open a museum and workshop. While the original chocolate factory in Neuchâtel-Serrières is no longer churning out Suchard products, Mrs. Vallana has found a way to keep the spirit alive.
So at Choco emotionS in Neuchâtel, Mrs. Vallana hosts various workshops and tasting sessions. These include wine pairings or hands-on workshops to create lollipops or chocolate molds.
Rue des Amandiers 2
Phone: +41 79 818 15 64
Jacot Chocolatier in Noiraigue
Jacot Chocolatier may be best known for its chocolate creations. These exquisite works of art feature grand cru varieties, rare cacaos, and local flavors from the Val-de-Travers valley. Think absinthe-flavored chocolate…
Located a bit off the beaten track, Jacot Chocolatier is a hidden gem worth seeing. Its history dates back to 1949, and the current generation has just upped the ante: they offer chocolate and wine pairings!
This world-renowned chocolate factory also offers public tours that include a documentary film, a chocolate-making show, as well as a chance to taste the famous truffle pralines.
Rue du Temple 23
Phone: +41 58 201 90 00
La Fée Chocolat in Riddes
If there is ever a chocolate fairy, her name is Marilyn. Having grown up in a family of bakers and pastry chefs, Marilyn has developed her own chocolate blends using essential oils.
This creative chocolate lover hosts workshops for anyone above the age of four. Children and adults love her hands-on chocolate workshops where they get to create everything from Santa Clauses to pralines.
La Fée Chocolat
Chem. du Stand 7
Phone: +41 79 685 26 09
ChocoWelt by Aeschbach Chocolatier in Root
There is a world of chocolate conveniently located between Lucerne and Zug: ChocoWelt. An interactive museum brings you up to speed with chocolate production, but the real magic happens in the area where one can peek onto the factory floor. Depending on the season of your visit, you may spot employees painting Easter bunnies or Santa Clauses.
Now in the third generation, Aeschbach Chocolatier follows original family recipes to create their artisanal chocolate. Since 1972, these master chocolate makers from central Switzerland have made a name for their expertise.
Fun fact: Aeschbach Chocolatier is the exclusive producer of chocolate coins in Switzerland. At ChocoWelt, there is even a possibility for you to customize your own ChocoMoneta coin, or you may decorate your own chocolate bar. Simply upgrade your admission to ChocoWelt Plus in order to create your own 200-gram chocolate bar.
ChocoWelt is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.
ChocoWelt by Aeschbach Chocolatier
Phone: +41 41 747 33 66
Chocolate Factory Zurich
Chocoholics in Zürich are in for some special treats. Several chocolate factories and museums offer engaging activities such as chocolate workshops or chocolate tastings. Rain or shine, visiting one of the chocolate factories closest to Zürich should be top of your list.
With increasing distance from Zurich, here are some chocolate factories you can easily visit:
Lindt Home of Chocolate
Aeschbach Chocolatier ChocoWelt