Culinary Specialities You Should Try in Switzerland

6 Culinary Specialities You Should Try in Switzerland

Last Updated on November 8, 2023

Switzerland is such an amazing country! A perfect combination of beautiful nature, cool climate and delicious gastronomy. If you are planning to visit this part of Europe, we will suggest six culinary specialities you should try in Switzerland. But first here is a bit of useful information about this mountainous Central European country.


Switzerland consists of three main geographical regions. The first one is the Alps, which cross the country forming wide bends and occupying a large part of the region. The second one is the small Jura mountain chain, that stretches from Geneva to Basel and Zurich. And finally, sandwiched between these first two complexes, Mittelland’s gentle slope stretches from Lake Constance to Lake Geneva. These three spaces each protect natural masterpieces that are sometimes unknown and delicious culinary specialities you should try in Switzerland.

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The Jurassic landscape, Engadine, Goms, Appenzell, Ticino, Lake Geneva create the image of a sparkling country with many sides. Among the most famous peaks in the Alps, three peaks of the peaks of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau in the Bern Alps, in the Graubünden Alps, Piz Bernina with the Biancograt and Piz Palü nearby, and finally, in the Valais, Matterhorn and Dufour Point, which last, at an altitude of 4’634 m, is the highest peak in Switzerland.

The Great Aletsch Glacier, located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Jungfrau-Aletsch, Swiss Alps. This is an unrivalled natural landscape. And there you will find the largest waterfall in Europe, called the Rhine Falls, which are near Schaffhausen.

Natural attractions

Swiss natural attractions include Aare Gorge and Creux du Van, which are large stone circles with tortuous cliffs. And Martinsloch, that faults as high as 16 meters twice a year. It soaks up the Tschingelhörner stone barrier to light up Elm tower. A stunning natural scenery!

But Switzerland isn’t just about Rolex Submariner, Tag Heuer Aquaracer and the Alps. It’s also about traditional foods. Swiss culinary culture is considered one of the best in Europe.

And here is a selection of three savoury dishes and three sweet specialities. A total of six delicious Swiss foods you should try when visiting Switzerland:

1. Fondue or raclette

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These two dishes are made from Gruyère, Vacherin, Appenzeller or Grind cheese can be enjoyed hot, with slices of bread or with potatoes accompanied by pickles and good white wine. Check out our complete guide to eating Fondue in Switzerland.

2. Rösti

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Rösti is a small potato cake. The first potatoes are cooked, then grated, crushed in the form of a pancake and baked in a pan. Some regions also mix meat and onions in their bread. It’s up to you to choose your preferences.

3. Bernese Platter

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This dish feels a little in winter, when it’s cold outside and we only have one wish, it’s curled up in front of the fireplace in boxes. Bernese dishes are choices of meat such as beef or bacon and grilled sausages. This dish is accompanied by sauerkraut or green beans.

4. Swiss chocolate

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Everyone knows the famous Toblerones and Lindt chocolate. But Switzerland also offers you the opportunity to taste other chocolate brands that are a little less well known, but also delicious like Blondel chocolate, curds or Teuscher. And for large owners, you can even take a bath full of chocolate like for example in several spas. Ask quickly!

5. Gingerbread roll

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Gingerbread though simple is also a sweet speciality from Switzerland. There are hundreds of varieties and types. We strongly recommend tasting different types of bread seasonings but don’t leave Switcherland without trying a delicious gingerbread roll.

6. Birchermüesli

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This food is considered a sweet breakfast or snack. It is made with wheat or flakes of wheat, fruit and crushed milk. Fruits can vary according to seasonality and taste. You can have it with red fruits, dried fruit or even exotic fruits. In addition, you can add honey, white, black or brown chocolate chips, and milk or natural yoghurt.

Hopefully, you get a chance to visit Switzerland sometime soon and try these delicious Swiss specialities!

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