"Gruyères. Unlike Champagne,..." Switzerland Off The Beaten Path Tip by bratsch
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Gruyères. Unlike Champagne, the village and region of Gruyères have not been able to defend their appellation, therefore cheese from France, Mars, or Antarctica can be sold as Gruyères. The charm (or kitsch) of the town has been preserved and the chateau and fortifications are a delight for medeivalists. Easily reached from the Lausanne side or the Bern side. If you go by train you change at Bulle to a little red train, very cute. Have a fondue at one of the restaurants with a view from the old walls. You can have the 'moitié/moitié' (half/half - a blend of Gruyères and Vacherin cheeses, or the Fribourgeoise, pure vacherin served lukewarm and with potatoes rather than bread. Try it!
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