WIT Agent in Switzerland: St. Gallen – Appenzeller Cheese Dairy – Grindelwald


WIT Agent Lindsay has embarked on a FAM trip to Switzerland, to discover the world of skis and chalets!

For 6 days, she’ll be journeying on 1st class trains on some of the finest train routes in all of Europe.

Hosted by Swiss Tourism Board, Swiss Travel System and Rail Europe, the trip will take her to St. Gallen – Luzern – Grindelwald and Jungfrau – Basel.

Day 1: Appenzeller Cheese Dairy & St. Gallen

First stop after arrival in Zurich is St. Gallen, to check in at the Hotel Säntispark, an upscale business hotel with three restaurants.

She’ll hop on a bus to the Appenzeller cheese dairy, where Ralph Boese explains the process behind the strong Appenzeller cheese. At the farm, you can shop, have a tasting with aperitifs, and even make your own cheese in copper vats over a wood fire. The Mutschli matures in the cellar over eight weeks and will be sent to you afterwards.  The cheese is made in a 400-year-old Alpine hut of the Appenzeller folklore museum.

Then it’s back to St. Gallen for cocktail making at Einstein Hotel and dinner at Restaurant Schlössli. 

Day 2: St. Gallen & Rail Journey & Grindelwald

The morning begins with a guided city tour of St. Gallen, where the Abbey District is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After a quick lunch, iti’s time to hop on a train to Luzern on the Voralpen-Express, marked with rolling hills, cute villages and lovely orchards. The train climbs the 00-meter-high Sitter viaduct and the landscapes of Toggenburg.

Then it’s a switch to the Luzern-Interlaken Express with its world-famous route and glimpse of the Jungfrau region. This 2-hour ride takes travelers to the heart of Switzerland, past crystal-clear lakes, romantic waterfalls and iconic Brünig mountain pass.


Photo Courtesy of Zentralbahn.ch

The day wraps up with the arrival at Grindelwald (no relation to Harry Potter!), the vibrant Eiger alpine village. Grindelwald lies in the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland, a world-class winter destination dominated by towering mountains. This evening, Lindsay will check in, unwind and dinner at the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof. 

Thinking about Switzerland this winter? Sign up your family for a ski holiday in 2020! Call us at 503-224-0180 or email inquiry@wittravel.com. 

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