Honold Schoggi Tram

Information about the Honold Schoggi Tram in Zurich by Confiserie Honold.

honold schoggi tram with plate of cakes and chocolates

Once a year, the Honold Schoggi-Tram (or Chocolate Tram) delights the residents of Zurich with its nostalgic presence.

front view of honold schoggi tram

On board this vintage tram, guests are treated to a cup of warm hot chocolate, followed by a small cake (this year it was a flourless almond cake, or Pain de Gênes), and a selection of handmade chocolates, all prepared by the Zurich-based chocolatier and bakery, Confiserie Honold.

Since the Confiserie Honold recently opened a store near our home, we have been buying our bread and pastries from there on an almost daily basis. This was, incidentally, also how I became aware that tickets were available for the Honold Schoggi Tram this year; in previous years, we would only find out about the trams once we saw them passing by on the streets, and then there would be a desperate rush to buy available tickets for the whole family.

honold schoggi tram with plate of cakes and chocolate truffles

The Honold Schoggi Tram runs for about 2 weeks a year in Autumn, and tickets can be purchased online from their website. The tickets tend to sell out quickly, so it’s best to get in early! The cost is also very reasonable – CHF 10 per adult and CHF 7 per child (up to age 16).

honold schoggi tram at bellevue tram stop

The tram departs from Bellevue and travels a scenic route along the Limmat, down Bahnhofstrasse, along Lake Zurich towards Enge, before heading towards Paradeplatz and back to Bellevue. It is a short 30 minute trip, but long enough to sample the delights from Confiserie Honold, and also long enough to keep any young children entertained 😉

honold schoggi tram with cake on a plate

The vintage tram is a delight to travel aboard, and seats are grouped around tables for 2 and 4, with two single seats. The back seat along the window can accommodate 3 people. As the tram is quite small and narrow, no prams and pets are allowed.

honold schoggi tram with menu in window

As predicted, our children absolutely loved the Honold Schoggi Tram. They travel almost everyday on the tram, but there was something special about being able to eat and drink on this lovely old tram. We chose to go in the late afternoon when our children would normally have afternoon tea, so they were lucky to indulge in cake and chocolates on this occasion! Except my daughter was extra hungry and ate all of my chocolates while I was busy taking photos of them! Then she wanted more and the lovely waitress was only too happy to hand out more chocolates to everyone on board.

The Honold Schoggi Tram is a really charming experience, and I would recommend it to everyone, whether locals or visitors to Zurich. Although the tram runs for only 2 weeks a year, this short window makes it a special experience, and we are already looking forward to next year’s tram ride.

honold schoggi tram at tram stop

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  1. Elaine @ Dishes Delish 5 November 2017

    That sounds like so much fun. I can see why your children would love that tram!! And how fun for you to be able to eat on it! I enjoyed reading your post.

    • Eat, Little Bird 5 November 2017

      Thanks, Elaine! Our children keep asking about the chocolate tram but, sadly, they will have to wait another year. But I think that makes the tram so much more special 🙂

  2. Matt @ Plating Pixels 5 November 2017

    There’s a tram in San Francisco that I’ve always wanted to try. This looks super fun.

    • Eat, Little Bird 5 November 2017

      We enjoyed taking the trams in San Francisco. Do they have themed trams there? Throughout the year, there are themed trams on offer in Zurich, like the fondue tram or sushi tram. I love them all!

  3. Lisa 5 November 2017

    You had me at “chocolate tram.” 🙂 But really – sounds deliciously enchanting!

  4. Laura 5 November 2017

    This Tram sounds like a great fun, with or without children. I will definitely look for it when in Zurich next time

    • Eat, Little Bird 5 November 2017

      There are several themed trams throughout the year. The fondue tram is also really fun in winter 🙂

  5. This sounds like so much fun for the whole family! The food looks absolutely delicious!

    • Eat, Little Bird 5 November 2017

      Yes, it’s a lovely activity for the family to do together 🙂