Cheese-making has a long and proud tradition in the Alps. Throughout Tirol there are many dairy farms open to the public where visitors can find out how the huge cheese wheels weighing up to 30 kilos are made. An exciting and educative day out for all the family.
How is milk turned into cheese? Why do some cheeses have holes in them while others do not? The dairy farms and mountain dairies in Tirol invite visitors to come and find out for themselves. Guests have the opportunity to watch cheesemakers at work and ask them about their craft. Some of the larger dairies have interactive elements and multimedia stations for a fun and accessible learning experience. A visit to one of the region's dairies in the mountains is well worthwhile and can be combined with a hike or bike ride. As well as learning about the cheesemaking process, children can explore the meadows and pick some of the natural herbs which give Tirolean cheese its unique taste. The dairies down in the valley are a good place to visit on a rainy day and often feature play areas, snack stations and a shop selling homemade produce.