Despite my three other trips to Switzerland, I’d missed something big on the Swiss bucket list: eating fondue. I know exactly why I missed this experience the other times – Switzerland is expensive. For reference, a McDonald’s #1 Big Mac Meal will cost you about $15! So, we usually opted for cooking noodles at the hostel or picking up a Döner. I am a budget traveler, but sometimes you have to fork over the bucks to experience certain things and this time, I didn’t want to miss out, and frankly, it was FANTASTIC!

With two choices of fondue restaurants in Lucerne, we ended up at the Fondue House after a long walk in search of the other, cheaper alternative, which ended up being closed. It was a wild goose chase, but ultimately, I think we were meant to end up at Fondue House. It was a small restaurant with a cabin feel – the perfect atmosphere for some warm fondue. The menu offered a variety of fondues, with a variety of cheese, meat, and chocolate fondues. We each went for one of the three available three course options in order to get try as much as possible. I wasn’t craving sweets, so I went for the Käse (Cheese) – Bourguignonne  (Burgundy) – Chinoise (Chinese), whilst Maggie substituted the Chinese with the Chocolate. All of the non-chocolate fondues were brought at once, and we indulged.

For dipping, Fondue House served bread cubes, steamed vegetables, potato wedges, boiled potatoes, chicken, and beef. The chicken and beef were cooked in the super hot burgundy oil fondue pot. A mix of Asian vegetables, glass noodles, and meats were dumped into the Chinese fondue and cooked slowly all together. A tray of six sauces were served up and I really loved what we referred to as the “spicy sauce” and the “curry mustard”, although we have no idea what actually made up the sauces.

Ordering two different three course meals turned out perfect because we just shared it all. By the time the chocolate came, we were more than stuffed and we had not even finished our other fondues. We were both surprised how much food was included, since we were sure it’d be more of a sampling, but each course was a full-on pot of fondue. The waiter’s were super friendly and helpful, and at the end of the meal, they joked “Was it better than The Melting Pot?” I’m sure they’ve used this line on every American ever to pass through the place, but we are cheesy and found it hilarious. And the answer? Of course it was better. The experience was touristy, but why wouldn’t it be? After all, pretty sure tourists are the only people interested in going out for a wildly expensive fondue night in Lucerne.

Fondue House

Eisengasse 14

6004 Luzern


How have you experienced Fondue?

  • Ashley Abroad

    This looks like fun! I actually had fondue in Bariloche, a ski-town in Argentina that was founded by Germans. Here in France we often have raclette for dinner, which is basically the same thing- except you melt the cheese under a little broiler and then pour it on your meat, potatoes, etc. It’s equally cheese-centric for sure!

    • ifs ands & butts

      Oh wow that place in Argentina sounds awesome! We do raclette here some in Germany too, it’s MEGA popular on New Year’s Eve. I love it! Have you been to this place in Paris? They serve wine out of baby bottles – so much fun!

      • Sara Louise

        You are singing my song! LOVE.
        *and now I’m hungry*

  • Helene

    fondue in switzerland?! i will shell out some dough for that. I’ve only had fondue twice. once in Dallas and once in Paris. it’s such a fun experience.

    • ifs ands & butts

      In Paris was it by any chance at Rouge de le Fondue (probably spelled that wrong) on Montmartre where you drink wine out of baby bottles?

  • Svenja Schoening

    I am just like mmmmhh,,,, yummie!!
    All looks fabulous! I’d immediatly go for the cheese fondue as well, followed by the chocolate =)Have not tried traditional Swiss cheese fondue, I only know the ‘classic’ one with stock in the pot to cock the meat…

    Any plans on where you are heading next?
    If it should be Hamburg one day, PLEASE let me know– maybe we can arrange a meet up :)

    Svenja xx

    • ifs ands & butts

      I think Cologne is the next adventure – Karneval! Will definitely let you know if Hamburg is ever in the cards though :)

      • Svenja Schoening

        hehe, great =) I understand, Karneval is a MUST!! Good excuse 😉

      • Katrin

        When I was a kid we always had Fondue as Christmas dinner and one time the table started to burn because of that freaking burning paste we used.

  • Kaity

    on my first trip to Europe back in high school, we did a fondue night in Geneva, and it was AMAZING. fondue is so tasty! we didn’t get to do the chocolate course, though, and that was really disappointing. your Chinese course sounds quite interesting, although perhaps a bit more difficult to eat?

    • ifs ands & butts

      The Chinese was definitely difficult to eat because all I had was my little fondue fork! haha

  • Kelly

    This looks and sounds amazing, YUM!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Julika

    Ahh, melted cheese! You had me at that image already :) I just loved cheese fondue in Switzerland! I didn’t know there was an Asian fondue version though – would love to try that sometime!

    • ifs ands & butts

      The Asian choice on the menu definitely surprised me. They also had this tomato flavored cheese fondue I would’ve liked to try!

  • Anja

    Looks yummy! I love non-cheese fondues more than cheese fondue, but a couple of bites can be delish. Have never tried Chinese fondue. That cheque, though… woah!

    • ifs ands & butts

      Oh ya the price was soooo brutal, Switzerland will getcha.

  • grammygoodwill

    Oh, yay. You’ve given me another chance to comment. We had the most delicious fondue at a very small hole in the wall cafe in Paris. We found it by chance. We had the most amazing experience. There was a tv on the wall facing us. We enjoyed watching it although there was a huge language barrier. When our waiter brought us the bill when we had finished our meal, he asked us if it were correct. When I looked at it, there was a charge on there that I couldn’t understand. He said it was for our enjoyment of the tv show. Then he and the cook/owner/other waitress just laughed and laughed at us. Then they brought out the correct bill. We loved it!

    • ifs ands & butts

      I had an awesome fondue experience in Paris as well – they served wine out of baby bottles, it was pretty hilarious. I love that story about the TV and the bill, too funny! The Parisians certainly aren’t known for that sort of charm so sounds like y’all picked a great place!

  • Emily Marie

    Fondue may be my favorite food – cheese and bread – the perfect mix!
    Isn’t That Charming.

    • ifs ands & butts

      It really should be more popular – there’s nothing bad about fondue, that’s for sure.

  • Leanna

    This looks amazing! I always love going to get fondue but I never feel like The Melting Pot offers a very authentic experience. Your meal looks much more fun and delicious!

    • ifs ands & butts

      After the Melting Pot comment, we discussed how regardless of its in-authenticity, it would have to be pretty fun to go there because anyone there is definitely celebrating something 😀 It was definitely better than the Melting Pot though, no question!

  • bevchen

    Tha looks amazing! The place I had fondue was just an ordinary restaurant that happened to do fondue as well as other things (I guess a lot of Swiss restaurants do fondue).

    Did you know there’s a fondue restaurant in Ettlingen? It’s called “z’Fondue”. I saw it in INKA and I’m yet to try it out but I really want to!

    • ifs ands & butts

      This place also offered raclette, but cheese was definitely involved in every main course :) I had no idea there was one in Ettlingen! Might be worth exploring…

  • MySwissChocolateLife

    Everything looks soo tasty! I know where we are gonna eat with my BF next time we visit Lucerne 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  • Staci

    Oh.My.Gah. I am insanely jealous of this. You are such a world traveler!

    • ifs ands & butts

      I’m at least a wannabe 😉