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Agritourism in Switzerland: Reviving Family Farms Through Rural Tourism

In Switzerland’s burgeoning agritourism industry, farmers-turned-entrepreneurs are increasing the profitability of local food production and ensuring that family farms remain a celebrated, vital part of Swiss society.



Milk cows on Christian Egli's farm enjoy a view of Hohgant mountain in Switzerland's Emmantal region.
Photo By Laurel Kallenbach
In Appenzell, a boy leads goats to the high mountain pastures during the Alpfahrt celebration. Click on the link above the image to learn more about agritourism in Switzerland.
Photo Courtesy Appenzell Tourism
Rows of organic sage grow on the Rhone Valley's steep slopes. Farmer Maurice Masserey supplies herbs to the Ricola company. Click on the link above the image to learn more about agritourism in Switzerland.
Photo By Laurel Kallenbach
Antique houses and barns at Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum, in the Bernese Oberland, preserve centuries of agricultural life. Click on the link above the image to learn more about agritourism in Switzerland.
Photo By Laurel Kallenbach
Large wheels of raclette cheese age at Champasse farm in Switzerland's Valais region. The edges are labeled "Euseigne," the name of the nearest village. Click on the link above the image to learn more about agritourism in Switzerland.
Photo By Laurel Kallenbach
An Emmental farmhouse and church overlooks picturesque views in the village of Schangnau. Click on the link above the image to learn more about agritourism in Switzerland.
Photo By Laurel Kallenbach
Fresh-foraged mushrooms are for sale at the Bern farmer's market, where farmers and hunters gather to share the local harvest. Click on the link above the image to learn more about agritourism in Switzerland.
Photo By Laurel Kallenbach
Herders in traditional Appenzell-region costumes parade their cows to the Miss Stein contest. Click on the link above the image to learn more about agritourism in Switzerland.
Photo By Laurel Kallenbach
The winemaking village of Salgesch is surrounded by mountains and terraced rows of grapes. The town's wine museum marks the beginning of a 4-mile vineyard hike. Click on the link above the image to learn more about agritourism in Switzerland.
Photo By Laurel Kallenbach
The Franz-Josef Mathier winery in Salgesch is one of hundreds of Rhone Velley vintners. Click on the link above the image to learn more about agritourism in Switzerland.
Photo By Laurel Kallenbach





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