Whether you’re going on an alpine adventure or checking out the towns and cities, Switzerland is an excellent country to visit this winter. Don’t you think that the seasons feel more authentic when you get the right weather? You won’t be at a loss for snow in Switzerland as it is guaranteed in the mountains throughout the colder months. Of course, it’s lovely to have something to warm you up after venturing out into the blizzard-like conditions, which is why you should make a point of trying local produce and cuisine.
So whether your base is one of the Geneva guesthouses or Andermatt hotels in Switzerland, here are the things you should look out for and try:
If you’re a fan of cheese, Switzerland is the perfect country for you to visit. It is used as a snack and within main meals, so you’ll be spoiled for choice!
Local alpine cheese dairies – especially in the BernerOberland – make this delicious mountain cheese. It is matured for two to three years before being finely sliced and served. If you’re interested, you can sometimes see the cheese being made early in the morning; ask your hotel to arrange this for you or give you tips on where to go.
It is said that raclette is a favourite of the French speaking community, but you might love it too. It’s simply a half block of cheese that has been melted over a fire until it has a crispy edge; the melted cheese is then scraped onto a warm plate. It is served with an accompaniment of gschwellti which is basically potatoes which are boiled in their skins.
Whilst you can get fondue throughout the world, it is unique in Switzerland due to the amazing combination of cheese that is used. It’s essentially just beautiful alpine cheeses mixed with wine and melted down. Other items are then dipped in the mixture, resulting in a high calorie meal that’ll fill you up pretty quickly! This is a good meal to share…
Other delicious ideas
There is still plenty to try if you aren’t a massive fan of cheese. Potatoes are commonly used, as well as seasonal meats. Of course, it you are looking for something to bring home with you as a souvenir, you don’t need to look much further than a bar of Swiss chocolate!
Whereas the French population have their raclette, it is said that the German-speakers love to eat rösti. It can be thought of as an American hash brown; it’s grated potato that has been shaped and fried in a pan. It used to be a common breakfast food but it is now served with bratwurst and onion gravy.
If you’re staying in the Zurich area, look out for this meal. It’s made up of a cream sauce with slices of meat inside. It is traditional for the recipe to include calves’ kidneys (about a third of the ingredients) so take the plunge and try something new, or ask for your portion to be made without them.