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Must knows about Maison Cailler

  • Maison Cailler is a chocolate factory and a modern museum, owned by one of Switzerland’s main chocolate brands.
  • The museum is located in Broc, within walking distance of the railway station Broc-Fabrique. This is close to the charming village Gruyères.
  • You can reach Broc by regular trains, by Chocolate Train from Montreux and by GoldenPass trains.
  • Your museum entry ticket includes chocolate tasting!
Maison Cailler chocolate factory

Maison Cailler is the chocolate factory and museum in Broc, Switzerland.

Maison Cailler

Immerse yourself in the world of Swiss chocolate with a tour in the multi-media museum Maison Cailler. It can well be reached by train.

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What is Maison Cailler?

Maison Cailler means 'Cailler house' or 'Cailler home'. Cailler is one of Switzerland’s main chocolate brands. The combined factory and museum is located in an area that has a strong connection with Swiss chocolate.

What to expect when visiting Maison Cailler

You’ll enter the museum in small groups and enjoy a multi-media tour (available in different languages) in which you’ll learn about chocolate. The history of chocolate, the growing of cocoa beans and Cailler’s approach are explained.

You’ll also get to see parts of the actual factory, and get a live glimpse of how the chocolate is made. Your tour ends with some free sample tasting.

There's more besides the museum tour:

  • You can enjoy drinks, snacks and desserts in the café, and spoil yourself with Cailler products from the shop. Exquisite chocolate products can be bought at the confectionery.
  • You can book several chocolate workshops.
  • There's an escape game. Reservation is required.
  • Families can enjoy a 1-hour outdoor discovery game, guided by smartphone. There's a chocolate reward for all participants.

The museum is wheelchair friendly. You can store your luggage in lockers, and there’s a children’s playground.

Combine your museum visit with other activities

Maison Cailler is located next to the railway station Broc-Fabrique. It’s close to the beautiful medieval village Gruyères. The cheese-making factory La Maison du Gruyère and a beautiful castle can be found here.

Your trip to Gruyères and/or Broc can be combined with a nice train ride, such as the GoldenPass or the Chocolate Train from Montreux.

A brief history of Maison Cailler

In the the early 19th century there were several chocolate factories in Vevey along Lake Geneva. Francois-Louis Cailler opened a grocery store there, selling chocolates too. He gradually expanded his business, buying new factories in the region.

Cailler's heirs continued his work, introducing milk chocolates and pralines. In 1898, a Cailler factory in Broc was opened. The range of chocolate products was further expanded. The invention of a new way to create milk chocolate, using condensed milk from the Gruyère region instead of milk powder, resulted in a creamier substance.

The current museum in Broc was opened in 2006. Cailler, which is part of the umbrella food company Nestlé, is still inventing and creating new flavors and products.

Insider tips about Maison Cailler

  • In high season, waiting times at the museum can be long. Beat the crowds: buy your tickets in advance, travel in the off-season, or arrive in the early morning or late afternoon.
  • Close to Maison Cailler and the Broc-Fabrique railway station you’ll find a small Nestlé factory outlet shop.
  • Can’t get enough of chocolate? Include a visit to the town of Gruyères in that case. It has several tea rooms and confectioneries, plus a small local chocolate museum. Check our Swiss chocolate page too.
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