Must Have Souvenirs From Switzerland | Switzerland Tourism

Vacation memories are priceless. Just remember seeing your old photos that take you back through time and make you remember the fun things you have experienced. Souvenirs can do the same, but finding the right souvenir to put on a shelf can be a struggle. There are so many shops near almost every tourist attraction and is relatively easy to fall into a tourist trap. Even though Switzerland tourism is booming because of their famous cheese, there are more things that this country is known for. Read on to see some of the best souvenirs you can get in Switzerland, and do not even think of leaving with at least one of them.

 

1. Swiss Army Knife

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This is one of the most practical souvenirs you can get. Yes, you can buy them all over the world, but the genuine ones have much higher quality than the knock-offs. These knives were created to serve the soldiers in the Swiss Army, and it was a great multi-purpose tool every soldier had to have. There were two manufacturers- Victorinox AG and Wenger SA, but nowadays only Victorinox remains as sole genuine Swiss Army knife manufacturer. You can choose from a variety of Swiss Army knives designed for campers, fisherman, hunters, electricians, farmers etc. The prices go from CHF 20 for the simplest ones to a couple hundreds of CHF for the more sophisticated ones

 

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2. Swiss Watch

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Have you ever seen a genuine Swiss Watch? If you have, then you know why they are so popular. Perfectly designed outside and inside, these watches have taken over the world quickly and set a high bar for the watchmakers.
As Switzerland tourism keeps growing, the quality of these watches is not compromised. There is even a law that defines the standards every watch must have in order for it to be marked as “Swiss Made”. Swiss watchmakers have been in the watchmaking industry from its beginning and have contributed to the invention of self- winding watches. There are various brands and shops where you can buy luxury Swiss watches, but if you do not want to spend a fortune on a watch you can also get novelty ones at the souvenir shops. If there is a label “Swiss Made” on any watch you buy, you can be sure it will have a great quality and serve you for a long, long time.

 

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TIP: Do not leave it in your personal luggage if you are traveling by plane!

 

3. Chocolate

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Photo credit: itm-htwsaar via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

 

You cannot come from Switzerland and not bring some chocolate with you for your family and friends (or hide it and eat all by yourself) This is why Switzerland tourism keeps booming year after year! Milk chocolate originated in Switzerland, and the first thing you will notice when eating a Swiss chocolate is that it is not as sweet as the other chocolates. You will taste just enough cocoa, milk and sugar, and you will soon be craving for more. One of the “secret” ingredients in Swiss chocolates is the Alpine milk. It is denser than the regular milk because the Alpine cows are only fed organic grass, and even the altitude they are on is important for the quality of the milk. You can find lots of exclusive shops specialized in making high-quality Swiss chocolate, but you will not be disappointed, just make sure there is a tiny Swiss flag on the package, so you will know it is genuine.

 

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4. Handmade Souvenirs

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If you happen to stumble upon a shop that sells traditional Swiss crafts, do not leave empty-handed. In these shops, you can find various items like cowbells, musical instruments, toy sows etc. And they are all made by hand, usually from metal or carved in wood, decorated in the traditional spirit. You can also find various novelty items decorated with flags of all the cantons, and during the Christmas season, you can find handmade glass ornaments.

 

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5. Music Box

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Although first music box was not made in Switzerland, one can say that it was perfected in here. Swiss watchmaker Antoine Favre Solomon made the first comb music box, and that mechanism is still used today. Soon after, Switzerland started exporting these music boxes. They were so popular that they actually became a tough competition for the Swiss watch industry. Even now the tradition lives on in Reuge, where genuine Swiss music boxes are handmade and their prices go from CHF 350 to CHD 25,000 for the more complex ones.

 

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Have you been to Switzerland yet? Let us know in the comments below, which souvenirs you just did not want to go home without.