Swiss cuisine draws from the culinary traditions of its neighbouring countries Italy, France, Germany and Austria. These influences in combination with its own traditions make for a wide range of dishes around the country. Many once regional specialities can now be found throughout Switzerland.
Culinary influences from Germany, France and northern Italy along with the varied farming traditions and climatic conditions have made Swiss cuisine what it is today. The different language regions also tend to form a background for the country's diversity in food culture and products.
The tradition of making bread, cheese, sausages and cold cuts, wine, cakes and chocolate in Switzerland goes back centuries. Many dishes which started out as regional specialities are now enjoyed all over the country, such as rösti, fondue and raclette, and some are also known internationally. Muesli – although seldom now associated with Switzerland – is one Swiss dish which has conquered the world.