Ballenberg : Alpine Swiss Region

Here is a little from the Swiss Alpine Region. This is the more Germanic region and is Swiss-German speaking. The Berner Oberland is part of the Alpine Area and you can see the buildings change in style and the farming styles change.

We were lucky enough to be able to see a cheese making demonstration in one of the traditional Alpine huts. We saw the traditional techniques used in the Alpine Region and saw the separating of the curds and whey. The small batches made in the family hut reminded me of the small-scale cottage industry of the UK in years gone by or of smallholders today.

Additionally, we stopped to have a quick cup of tea in the Alpine Hut! there were a traditional selection of alpine flowers in the vase, Swiss Wafers (made using a metal press similar to a toastie maker!) and traditional Swiss tea cups made and glazed on site. We even were able to add some home made schnapps to our drinks for extra warmth!

Katy

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