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Buying Cheese in Lucerne

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Buying Cheese in Lucerne

I want to bring some cheese to bring back to the US when we are in Lucerne in October. Can anyone suggest a good place to buy cheese? The flight back is on a Friday, which I mention in the event there might be a good market on a Thursday to buy cheese at. Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Buying Cheese in Lucerne

You can buy excellent cheese at several small shops in the old-town, there is also a good shop in the train station, and at any Coop or Migros

- However be aware that US customs has some restrictions on importing cheese - so double check them before you fly.

https://help.cbp.gov

hope this helps

Edited: 11 August 2014, 16:48
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Thank you very much, Canswiss, great information. I am generally aware of the US restrictions (although they are at best vague) and haven't had any problems in the past, so I'm hoping my luck holds. Do you have any particular cheeses that you like that you would suggest trying?

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3. Re: Buying Cheese in Lucerne

Hi Rutgers83

The main cheeses produced in the larger Lucerne area are Gruyeres, Sbrinz, Emmental and some smaller local cheeses like the Walchwil mountain chese, and the Rossberg cheese.

If you would pass Goldau during your stay look in an afternoon in at the Vogel shop. They make many cheeses themselves and off, of course, many other cheeses (over all about 200 different cheeses).

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4. Re: Buying Cheese in Lucerne

Thank you, Pore. My mouth is watering already.

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5. Re: Buying Cheese in Lucerne

Sorry I made a mistake. The shop at Goldau is open in the morning and closed during the afternoon. This is only during the school vacation. On other days it will be open the whole day with a break at lunch time.

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6. Re: Buying Cheese in Lucerne

Hi Rutgers83

My tastes run a bit more to Appenzeller or even some of the goats cheese... We were in Sent, GR in the extreme east of the country a few weeks ago and came across a local cheese shop and the variety and quality was amazing ...but by far the best was the ripened goats cheese - crumbly and melt in your mouth. mmmm!

Be adventurous and find a good cheese store and do a lot of tasting - keep in mind that the shopkeeper "attitude" here is not always to be so generous. My recommendation is to be up-front - say that you want to try a few different cheeses, that your plan is to buy a few large pieces for transport home, and follow through so that they don't think you are just "hungry"... ;-)

Good luck and enjoy!

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7. Re: Buying Cheese in Lucerne

If you go to any decent specialist cheese shop in Switzerland, you should feel free to taste (say at least 2x as many types as you buy if they are not super busy and they are not 'individual cheeses'). So buy what you like the taste of!

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8. Re: Buying Cheese in Lucerne

Great advice from Canswiss. Be clear you are a buyer, and quick in your decisions. Place orders when you find something you like - don't try 10 before ordering any. As Canswiss says, they aren't necessarily super generous (it's just a small piece) but it's certainly customary to allow tasting to serious buyer.

No point in asking what people like here. Everyone in my house wants a different cheese!

Edited: 12 August 2014, 21:02
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9. Re: Buying Cheese in Lucerne

Many thanks to all for the advice, greatly appreciated.

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10. Re: Buying Cheese in Lucerne

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/82/~/travelers-bringing-food-into-the-u.s.-for-personal-use

From the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website