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Where to buy best Swiss souvenirs? When traveling to another country we always want to bring back home something specific to that country, souvenirs that will remind us about the journey. In Switzerland you can find many souvenir shops located in the main places of tourist routes: central plazas, train stations or airports.
In addition, there are souvenir departments in grocery stores like Manor, COOP or Migros shops, where best Swiss souvenirs are sold even for a better price. There you can find a variety of souvenirs such as lighters, penknives, bells and chocolate gift sets. They all have Swiss symbols and are a few francs less than in specialized souvenir shops.
Wherever you decide to look for them, here comes the question, what should I bring back home from Switzerland?
The most massive souvenir “made in Switzerland” and actually considered one of the symbols of Switzerland is chocolate. You can buy inexpensive kits of small chocolate bars with views of the country’s attractions, available in different assorted chocolate sets or look for expensive elite varieties. The selection is huge for everyone’s taste.
A very original gift is chocolate in the form of a gold ingot or chocolate cubes with menthol taste and if you have the chance to visit one of the best factory for production and sales of chocolate – “Teuscher” – you must try the truffle with champagne. This will be love at the first bite!
Among the most famous companies producing chocolate are also “Nestle”, “Spruengli,” “Fry” or “Lindt”. You can find these brands in local grocery shops or in the companies’ factory, yet you should definitely try also the best chocolate truffles, which are handmade and can be found in special stores, not in the supermarket.
After chocolate cheese is the second product, which is so famous in Switzerland. In large supermarkets there are huge cheese departments and you can find a large variety of Swiss cheese. Also you can find special packages with many different types of cheese which is made in different parts of Switzerland, so you could taste all of them. Normally they are beautifully decorated and packed in wooden boxes. Such a package can be a wonderful gift.
As a gift, you can bring also the fondue mixt, which can be purchased at any grocery store.
The Swiss are very proud of their vineyards and wine production and they have a good reason to be. The Lavaux vineyards are known as a UNESCO world heritage site and the wine from Vaud and Valais are very well appreciated locally and on the international market. Try some local white or red wine and don’t hesitate to bring some for your friends back home.
For decades Swiss watches are known to be the highest quality. Durable and accurate, so no one would want leave the country without such a valuable acquisition. For some people, this will be just a nice souvenir from Switzerland, while for others can be the hallmark of confirming their successful career. The cost of the watches can vary from about one hundred francs and up to tens of thousands francs, depending on the company’s manufacturer and model. You can find the specialised stores everywhere in Switzerland, but also you could organise a visit and buy directly from the watches manufactory.
Rarely who could manage to keep away from buying various small souvenirs with beautiful views of the country or which are associated with beliefs and traditions. Some of these best Swiss souvenirs are bells that by their shapes remind those that are tied to the cow’s neck. Decorated with traditional ribbon ornament, the Swiss people believe that such a bell will keep away the evil spirits. The real bells (not souvenirs) are sold mostly in special stores from mountain towns.
The souvenir shops offers a wide selection of lighters, refrigerator magnets, key chains, pens, pencils with symbols of the country.
Other nice things that you can buy as souvenirs are the tableware. Nice cups and saucers, painted with a cow or with a small ladybug. Plates decorated with drawings of Swiss cities are also easy to be found. In most of big shops like Globus or Manor, but also in small souvenirs stores.
The cost of such dishes depends on its size and begins approximately from 10 francs.
Clothing and bags decorated with the Swiss flag or with small flowers of edelweiss! According to Swiss farmers traditions are also popular Swiss souvenirs. A good reminder of your trip can be the warm gloves, socks, red T-shirt decorated with a white cross, and even shoes.
In post offices, souvenir shops, in the station building or in large department stores postcards are sold. For a small price you can find exceptionally beautiful views of Switzerland and the most frequently visited by tourists places.
Army folding knife
One of the symbols of Switzerland – a red coloured handle knife with a white cross. Its main advantage – multifunctionality and quality. The knife handle can have about twenty different tools and blades. It comes in a big variety of types and combinations – from hunting or kitchen knives to small manicure ones. In some stores you can even engrave your name on the knife.
The most popular is a knife with 33 function performs, called “Swiss Champion”, which is produced by the company Victorinox. For women the small manicure sets which take the form of credit cards are very popular. They look very elegant in a purse or wallet.
Whichever would be your choice of your favourite souvenirs. First of all make sure that your holiday would be the most amazing and unforgettable souvenir. Enjoy the blue of the lakes, the green of the cities or the white of the mountains! Go hiking, learn to ski in Zermatt or take a heli trip! These are the real memories that can’t ever be lost or forgotten on a shelf.
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