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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Kade

Emmental's Hilly Landscape

The only way to see Emmental is to go searching for it. This area is known to be difficult to find. They don’t promote their region to foreign tourists as much as other areas in Switzerland do. They are extremely traditional and seem to be happy to keep to themselves – to a point.

Decided to go to the Emmental area and do a little walking. I read there is a scavenger hunt "through nature" called Foxtrail "Emma" in which you have to crack tricky puzzles and codes. It was a little complicated so we just walked around the area.

Maybe if we have time this trip or next year, I would like to hike the area and see the wooden bridges around the region. More than two-dozen timber bridges span the region’s main river, the Emme, and its tributaries. I have been told some of them are outstanding feats of engineering.

Of course, Kambly, the biscuit (cookie) factory and retail shop are in this area. We stopped and did a little tasting before we come back to buy some to take home in a week or so.

You have to change to a few different regional trains to get to the Emmental Region. We started by taking the train at the Interlaken West station to Thun; from Thun to Konolfingen.; from Konolfingen to Langnau, and from Langnau to Trubschachen.

There are many new trains and buses. Comfortable and on time!!!

Nestlé Nutrition facility in Konolfingen will produce new-generation probiotic infant formula under the NAN brand and enable Nestlé Nutrition to meet the growing needs of consumers in over 90 countries.

The inauguration marks the first stage in a series of investments totaling around CHF 180 million, strengthening Konolfingen's position as a global manufacturing site for highly-specialized infant formula and healthcare nutrition. The new Nestlé Nutrition industrial site will benefit from synergies with Nestlé's Product Technology Center, also based in Konolfingen.

The establishment of the Nestlé Nutrition plant is a further sign that Nestlé sees the nutrition business as one of its key strategic areas with above-average growth and profit potential over the coming years. Nestlé Nutrition is today the world leader in specialized nutrition.

Emmi plant in Langnau

"Emmi Langnau, as a subsidiary of Emmi AG, is the responsible location for fondue, processed cheese, cream cheese and vegan cheese alternatives.

Emmi Langnau is a highly competent B2B partner for the entire food industry and specializes in the production of highly viscous and pasty semi-finished products and finished products. At the plant they process: cheese, vegetable and rice masses, sweet and salty masses, vegan cheese alternatives and cream cheese."

"The idyllic, hilly landscape of the Emmental is a picture of lushness. This goodness finds expression both in the valley’s produce – such as the world-famous cheese – and its architecture, notably the big farmhouses with low-slung roofs, flower-adorned façades and colorful gardens."

About eight years ago, we cast our own bell in the small shop we just passed.

Fruit trees under shade

I'm sure this chopped wood will last the winter.

Rapeseed, also known as rape, or oilseed rape, is a bright-yellow flowering member of the family Brassicaceae (mustard or cabbage family), cultivated mainly for its oil-rich seed, which naturally contains appreciable amounts of erucic acid The term "canola" denotes a group of rapeseed cultivars that were bred to have very low levels of erucic acid and which are especially prized for use as human and animal food. Rapeseed is the third-largest source of vegetable oil and the second-largest source of protein meal in the world.

Rapeseed is grown for the production of edible vegetable oils, animal feed, and biodiesel. Rapeseed was the third-leading source of vegetable oil in the world in 2000, after soybean and palm oil. It is the world's second-leading source of protein meal after soybean.

This must be a perfect area for cross country skiing.

We took the Kambly train part of the way.

Kambly biscuits

Children have a beautiful play area

All sorts of fun things to do and learn.

Kambly uses fresh local products as much as possible

Let the unlimited tasting begin.......

Children can take a class and learn how to make a hedgehog and all the other fruits and vegetables.

You can even purchase all the ingredients to make some marzipan mice and other critters at home.

There is a little cafe where you can purchase drinks, sandwiches, pastries, macaroons, and chocolates.

Pretty sunset back at the Garden House to end a fun day in the Emmental area.

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