13 Best Swiss Souvenirs (To Buy On Your Trip)

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Looking for some Souvenirs to take home from Switzerland?

This detailed guide features all the best souvenirs you can buy in the Alpine country! As well as some you might not have thought of.

Sure, magnets and bottle openers make for cute little souvenirs, but they’re not very representative of Switzerland. It’s better to choose your Swiss souvenirs wisely and get the items that represent classic Swiss character, or items that the Swiss are known for.

See my top picks for what to buy in Switzerland in terms of souvenirs and gifts you will never forget!

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Swiss Cheese

Swiss Cheese

When in doubt, pick up a chunk of Swiss cheese. Few other countries are as famous for their cheeses as Switzerland is, and that’s because they produce some of the best and tastiest kinds of cheese in Europe.

Gruyere cheese, Tilsiter, Emmentaler, Raclette – the list goes on and on. You can find locally made cheese everywhere in Switzerland, so it doesn’t matter if you’re traveling through the country or staying in a big city for a few days. You can even visit some of the local cheese factories and see how cheese is really made!

For the best Swiss cheeses, you’ll want to go straight to the source. Many villages in the Swiss Alps are famous for cheese production, and it’s usually possible to try a few different varieties of cheese if you’re not sure what to buy.

And even if you are hiking in the mountains, there is often Alpkäse on sale from local farmers . For me, this is often the best cheese you can get in Switzerland. Fresh, local, organic, and definitely very Swiss! Just be on the lookout for signs when you are passing farms on a hike anywhere in the Alps or in small Swiss towns. They are everywhere!

Of course, if you just want to indulge in some fondue, or learn more about the making of it there are some great tours in the major cities that are a once-in-a-lifetime Swiss cultural experience!

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Swiss Army Knives - Victorinox Shop

Swiss army knives are famous for their versatility and quality, and you will find the best selection of them in Switzerland. You can find Victorinox stores in most big cities, and they carry by far the widest product range.

They are always available for purchase in souvenir shops and many other stores throughout the country, plus the prices are generally the same regardless of where in Switzerland you are.

You can bring a Swiss army knife in your checked luggage and you might even be able to take it on a plane if you can find one at the duty-free shop when you’re flying out of the country. Just keep in mind that whether you’re allowed to keep it depends on where you’re traveling to – if you’re heading to the US, you most likely won’t be able to pass through security with the knife.

Swiss Watch

Swiss Watch

Switzerland is world-famous for its watches and clocks. Swiss watch manufacturers are the most renowned, so there’s no better place to purchase a lasting timepiece.

Swiss watches are known for outstanding quality and their high prices. So, a high-quality Swiss watch is not for the budget-conscious. However, if you’re looking to splurge on a watch that will last forever, you are in the right country.

You can buy a genuine Swiss watch anywhere in the country, but you’ll find the best selection of luxury stores in bigger cities.

For many of the hard-to-get models, like a Rolex Daytona, it won’t be any easier to find in Switzerland. Whenever I look in the watch stores in Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich they usually only have the run-of-the-mill models.

And if you want to dive into watchmaking you can take part in a Swiss watchmaking tour in Zurich and see how they are made in person. This is a rare opportunity and something I have never seen a watch made in 20 years of living here!

Another option is a tour of all the watch boutiques in Geneva via Tuktuk . Also a fun day out!

Where to Buy Cheap Watches in Switzerland

Cuckoo clock.

Swiss Cuckoo Clocks

If you want to commemorate your travels through Switzerland with an iconic timepiece but can’t quite afford a Rolex or a Breitling, consider getting a Swiss cuckoo clock. They are just as famous and representative of Swiss culture, but much more budget-friendly.

Cuckoo clocks originated in Germany, but they exist in their current form because of Robert Loetscher. This Swiss business originally produced music boxes, but it wasn’t until 1920 that it manufactured the chalet-style box. When the dial and mechanical movement were added to the box, the cuckoo clock was officially born!

Swiss cuckoo clocks can be found in various souvenir and watch stores throughout the country.

You can find some of the best selection of Cuckoo clock shops here .

Buying Cuckoo Clocks in Switzerland (All The Options)

Swiss chocolate.

Swiss Chocolate

Perhaps the most delicious of the Swiss souvenirs is decadent Swiss chocolate. Switzerland is renowned for its many chocolatiers and their world-famous chocolates.

Chocolate bars, pralines, truffles, and various unique creations can be found everywhere in Switzerland. So, shop around a bit before buying.

Another option is to attend a chocolate-making class at one of the high-end stores or factories. Not only do you get to make chocolate alongside some of the best people in the business, you also get to take home your creation.

Chocolate tours and workshops usually include a discount for visitors, so you can save some money on the delicious Swiss chocolates as well.

For example, the Lindt Museum has a huge store right at the entrance, as well as a cheaper outlet store in the back corner of the car park. Other factories and museums like Callier likely have the same.

You can also take part in a chocolate tour if you want to dive deeper into chocolate:

  • Zurich Chocolate Tours
  • Geneva Chocolate Tours
  • Lucerne Chocolate Tours

Chocolate Factories In Switzerland (Tours, Tasting & More)

Swiss Wine

Swiss wine is centered around the south and western parts of the country. The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces in particular are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is not only full of wine but is breathtaking to visit.

The quality of Swiss wine is as good as the cheese or chocolate. So, it makes for a unique gift for the people back home. Just keep in mind that wine is difficult to transport by air.

You’ll find the best selection of Swiss wine at the source. So, be sure to visit the vineyards and wineries and see what you like most. Alternatively, you can always pick up a bottle or two at the duty-free store or even the supermarket. There is always a huge Swiss section in most Coop supermarkets.

I used to think that Swiss wine was nothing compared to the likes of French, Italian, or even my home Australia. But I have since learned they have not only world-class wines you will never see outside the country, but they are also reasonably priced and easy to find in local supermarkets! Even Aldi, where I have picked up some CHF 6 gems recently.

8 Wineries in Switzerland Every Enthusiast Should Visit

Appenzeller dog collar.

Appenzeller dog collar

If you own a dog an Appenzeller dog collar makes for an excellent gift. Appenzell is a village in the Swiss Alps from where the Appenzeller Sennenhund breed originated. And they’ve been wearing the signature dog collars for more than 250 years.

Most dogs in Switzerland sport this trendy collar, and just like everything else in the country, they’re premium quality. The dog collar will last your pet for ages, especially if you pick a good one made from premium leather.

These dog collars can be made in traditional or modern designs. The traditional dog collars are usually adorned with Alpine details, while the modern versions feature a more simplistic design, often with white Swiss crosses.

You can buy dog collars in most pet shops throughout the country, as well as in souvenir shops. They start at around 50 CHF for the smallest collars and can cost up to several hundred francs.

Cow Bells

Cows are very important for Switzerland – without them, there wouldn’t be any delicious Swiss cheeses or chocolates! They’re widespread in the Alpine regions and they’re usually outfitted with bells so that the farmers can locate them more easily on the vast Alpine pastures.

Cowbells make for great souvenirs if you just want a token to remember the trip. They’re also great presents – you can choose from a variety of different sizes, colors, and designs, plus you can get them engraved. And in case you’re shopping for someone who actually owns a cow, there’s really no better present to bring them from Switzerland!

If you like the idea of a cowbell but you’re not sure what to do with such a thing, go for a smaller-scale version of the item. A cowbell keyring is a great little souvenir from Switzerland that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and it doesn’t take up as much space as the real thing.

Cheese Fondue Set

Cheese Fondue Set

Swiss cheese fondue is ubiquitous in the country, whether you’re stopping at a mountaintop cabin or going on a boat cruise on Lake Zurich. It’s a staple Swiss dish and it’s so delicious that we don’t blame them for including it absolutely everywhere. After all, who can say no to a bucket of melted cheese?

Cheese fondue sets vary in price depending on the size and what exactly you are getting. You can buy just a fondue pot if you want, or you can get the whole package that includes a burner and utensils. Pots are generally more affordable than sets with burners, and you can normally find them in souvenir shops and cheese shops throughout the country.

I would also pop into a supermarket or department store like Manor if you can, as you are likely to find more affordable options there.

Pair the fondue set with your favorite Swiss cheese, and you will be able to relieve a part of your travels back home. If you end up at a cheese shop, don’t forget to ask for tips on how to make the best Swiss fondue!

Heidi Souvenirs

Heidi book

For many of us who didn’t have the privilege of being born in Switzerland, Johanna Spyri’s Heidi was our first encounter with Swiss nature. It’s been decades since I first read the novel and I still vividly remember the descriptions of the wonderful nature of the mountaintop cabin where Heidi was sent to live .

This is one of the most famous works of Swiss literature, so of course there are countless Heidi-themed souvenirs in Switzerland. I’ve seen everything from a Heidi magnet to an actual Alphorn, so you’re definitely not short on options.

Heidi Village, Switzerland: Is It Worth Visiting?

Traditional swiss costume.

Traditional Swiss Costume

The Swiss don’t miss an opportunity to don their traditional outfits. Whether it’s for a festival or a national holiday, it’s common to see the locals roaming around the city streets in traditional Swiss clothes .

A traditional Swiss outfit makes for a great souvenir to take home if you want something that will remind you of your travels. It also solves the problem of what to wear for Halloween for the rest of your life, or as long as you fit in the costume.

You can find Swiss folk wear at specialized shops in the bigger cities. It’s not quite as ubiquitous as fondue sets and Swiss Army Knives. But it’s worth the effort because you can’t buy anything like anywhere else.

Freitag Bag

Freitag Bags

One of the most iconic bags you can buy in Switzerland is a bag from Freitag in Zurich. Not only are the bags made from recycled truck tarps, empty PET bottles, seat belt material or airbags, but their towering Flagship store is a sight to behold as well.

It is made from a tower of shipping containers and is chock full of Freitag bags and accessories with a fun viewing platform at the top.

These days, they not only make bags but all sorts of accessories and variations of their original messenger bag. So, even if you are not after a purse or backpack, you will likely find something you love in their store.

Wherever you go in the world you will see Freitag bags and know that you can be 95% sure that a Swiss person is the owner! Yes, I have one too :>

Freitag Flagship Store & Tower, Zurich

Kambly biscuits.

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The Swiss are world famous for their delicious chocolates and other desserts, Kambly biscuits included. The brand is synonymous with fine Swiss biscuits, and they have a tradition that dates back more than a century.

If you need souvenir ideas for a foodie, Kambly biscuits are right up there with fine Swiss cheese and Laderach chocolates. They’re delicious and soft and pair perfectly with tea or even coffee.

Kambly biscuits are available in many different versions, so you’re bound to find at least a couple of things you like in their product range. An assortment of flavors and textures is the best option if you want to try as many biscuits as possible, but it’s also possible to purchase just one type of biscuit.

Also, it’s worth noting that you can find both sweet and savory biscuits in their product range, as well as some truly delicious chocolate bars.

Wooden Toys

Wooden cows in Switzerland

Although not something you would typically associate with the Swiss, wooden toys are something of a tradition in the country. Perhaps this is owing to the large number of farmers in the country or simply wanting to create meticulous things by hand!

Either way, you will find a range of wooden toys in most souvenir shops, including very Swiss things like wooden cows and other farm animals. They make great small gifts for younger members of your family.

Swiss music boxes in Zurich

Using the craftsmanship that Swiss watches are famous for, a number of watchmakers started making music boxes back in the mid-1800s. One company famous for such boxes is Reuge in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland. They have been making these meticulous machines since 1865.

The music boxes play a range of songs including Swiss classics such as Edelweiss. And the more expensive ones often have a wider range of songs.

Although some music boxes can run in the thousands of francs, you should find something a little cheaper in the Schweizer Heimatwerk .

Model SBB Train

If you actually spent time traveling through Switzerland, you’re likely already familiar with the Swiss railway and why it’s so famous. The trains are spacious, comfortable, fast, and pretty punctual – they’re easily the best part of traveling through the country!

If you had the honor of riding on one of the more panoramic trains in Switzerland like the Bernina Express or Glacier Express, you might want to take something home to remind you of that amazing journey. A model train makes for an excellent souvenir – it doesn’t have to be a collector’s item, but just a tiny toy that will sit on your shelf and remind you of the time you spent riding the SBB trains.

If you’re buying gifts for someone who is a true train aficionado, you can hardly get them a better present than a tiny Swiss train.

Cheap Things to Buy in Switzerland

If you want the cheapest souvenir of your trip to Switzerland then I recommend you buy some supermarket chocolate. You can easily get a bar of top-quality chocolate for just a few Swiss francs in any Swiss supermarket . Similarly, you can get great cheese from the supermarket, as well as reasonably priced wine and sweets.

There are also quite cheap souvenirs available in most souvenir stores in cities and tourist towns. Small items like

  • mini cowbells
  • Swiss t-shirts
  • panoramic photos of the Alps

For the cheapest Swiss army knife, I recommend you head to Migros where they have the most basic models on sale for the cheapest prices you will see in Switzerland. I had mine from my first visit here for over 20 years!

Where can visitors buy their souvenirs in Switzerland?

It depends on what specific souvenir you are after. There are always souvenir shops in the downtown areas of all major cities like Zurich, Geneva, Bern, and Basel. You will also find them in all major tourist towns like Grindelwald, Interlaken, Zermatt and so on.

For some items, it pays to go to specific shops to buy the best souvenirs. For example:

  • A top-quality Swiss watch is best bought from a professional watch store. Many brands have their own like Rolex, IWC, Omega, Hublot etc.
  • Swatches are best bought at a Swatch store which you will find all over Switzerland.
  • Swiss cheese can be bought in the supermarket but you get better selections at specialty cheese stores
  • Fondue sets can be bought in department stores
  • Wine, cookies/biscuits can be bought at Coop supermarkets (cookies almost anywhere)
  • C hocolate can be bought at most Swiss supermarkets except Läderach which has to be purchased in their stores. Lindt also has specialty stores in some locations. If you do a chocolate factory tour like Lindt’s , then wait until you go there for your chocolate as the selection is insane.
  • Swiss army knives can be bought at Migros, souvenir stores, specialty knife stores, or even Victorinox stores in some cities and towns.

Frequently Asked Questions

What 3 products are swiss specialties.

Three Swiss specialties are Swiss chocolate, Swiss cheese and Swiss watches. If you are looking for a souvenir or gift, chocolate is a great idea, as is a Swatch watch. A Swiss army knife is also a great option for outdoor enthusiasts or just as a handy tool to have at home.

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23 Souvenirs From Switzerland to Bring Home With You

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Switzerland is one of the world’s dreamiest travel destinations. There are no two ways about it. But apart from alpine scenery and mesmerizing cities, there are also plenty of wonderful souvenirs in Switzerland to bring home!

Wondering what to buy in Switzerland ?

Wonder no more because here’s a list of the best souvenirs in Switzerland to bring home with you! 

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1. Chocolate

swiss chocolate

When you think about what to buy in Switzerland, chances are you’ll instantly think of Swiss chocolate ! After all, it is easily one of the most sought-after souvenirs in Switzerland, known for its creamy goodness.

If you’re wondering about where to buy chocolate in Switzerland, you can’t go wrong with famous brands like Toblerone and Lindt . They’re readily available in almost every supermarket and offer some of the best chocolate to buy in Switzerland. However, we actually recommend making your own Swiss chocolate from scratch! 

At Funky Chocolate Club in Interlaken, you can sign up for an hour-long course on chocolate-making. You’ll be able to sample the different varieties of cacao seeds used to manufacture chocolate and try your hand at making your own chocolate bars!

That way, not only will you be able to bring home some custom-made chocolate, but you’ll also be able to learn about the intricate processes behind one of the world’s most beloved treats. It is definitely an experience you don’t want to miss! 

Join chocolate tours in Switzerland!

  • Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit
  • Zurich: Zurich Tour including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
  • Zurich: Swiss Chocolate Walking Tour of Zurich

2. Swiss army knives

swiss army knife

I remember my first Swiss army knife. It was one of the many gifts from Switzerland that my uncle brought back from his maiden visit. I still have it today in fact! It’s stored right next to the one I bought when I went to Switzerland myself in 2017. 

Yes, just like Swiss chocolate, Swiss army knives are also popular Swiss souvenirs that make for excellent gifts.

With so many different utility tools stored in its compact body, every Swiss army knife offers many different functions. Apart from each model having its own set of tools in addition to the blade, every Swiss army knife is also unique in appearance by model. 

If I had to recommend the best Swiss army knife brand, it would be Victorinox. A tried-and-tested brand, Victorinox produces top-quality Swiss army knives and is often the first brand that you see.  

3. Swiss army blankets

While the original Swiss army blankets were designed in the late 19th century for soldiers to carry with them on long trips and missions, today’s Swiss army blankets perform a variety of functions.

Today, the iconic grey and red blankets with the Swiss cross can be used as picnic blankets, car seat covers, or as blackout curtains. They can also be upcycled into bags, purses, boots, gloves, slippers, book covers, and more! Why all the rave though?

Swiss army blankets are made of 75% Swiss sheep’s wool and 25% other fibers, a composition that makes them soft, durable, and versatile. Plus, they’re lightweight so they can be easily brought anywhere.

You can easily find Swiss army blankets at many clothing or craft stores all around Switzerland.

4. Swiss watches 

swiss watch

While chocolate and army knives are fantastic souvenirs in their own right, nothing makes a statement quite like the luxurious gleam of a Swiss watch!

Showcasing expert craftsmanship, Swiss watches are the epitome of elegance and prestige. In short, they are one of the best souvenirs from Switzerland! 

And while famous brands like Rolex or Tag Heuer can be a little pricey, there are also more affordable options like Swatch and Wenger. Regardless, whether you’re looking to pamper your loved ones with a luxurious Swiss souvenir or simply want a shiny new accessory for yourself, you really can’t go wrong with Swiss watches. 

If you’re wondering where to buy Swiss watches, we recommend paying a visit to the town of Interlaken. Not only are there numerous watch boutiques there, you can also enjoy stunning alpine views as you do your shopping! 

Also Read: The 17 Top Swiss Luxury Brands You Should Know About

5. Swiss fondue set

swiss fondue

Swiss fondue is arguably the national dish of Switzerland and is one of the best ways to celebrate the diverse flavors of cheeses in Switzerland!

For those who’ve never had it, Swiss fondue is basically a mixture of different cheeses that are melted in a communal pot. You then dip bread and potatoes into the cheese for a satisfying and savory meal. 

Needless to say, Swiss fondue is relatively challenging to find outside of Switzerland. So, before you head back, why not pick up one of the most unique souvenirs from Switzerland: a fondue set! It often includes a fondue pot and some skewers for the bread and potatoes (these are, of course, not included). 

Of course, you’ll also need to get the right cheese if you want to authentically recreate the experience. That’s why, before you depart Switzerland, you’ll also want to pick up the next item on this list. 

Enjoy Zurich and fondue!

🫕 What can be better than combining exploring Zurich and tasting a traditional Swiss meal of fondue and wine? Nothing, it seems! Consider taking the Fondue and Wine Tuk Tuk Tour in Zurich for a unique and intimate Swiss dining experience!

6. Swiss cheeses

swiss cheese

I’ll let you in on a secret: the ingredient that makes Swiss chocolate so good is alpine milk, which is milk produced at high-altitude farms in the Alps. The same alpine milk is also often used to produce another famous Swiss souvenir: Swiss cheese!

And no, by Swiss cheese, I don’t just mean those famous cheese slices with holes in them. 

In truth, Switzerland has a wide variety of different cheeses, each with its own flavor profiles and uses. Emmentaler, Gruyère, Appenzeller — these are just SOME of the most famous cheeses in Switzerland.

Conveniently enough, cheeses in Switzerland are often sold in tight, condensed, blocks. This makes it super easy to carry them around and bring them home! 

However, stuffing a block of cheese into your bag for an extended period of time may be challenging. That’s why we recommend buying these souvenirs just before you head home. And since Zurich is the most common international departure point, Swiss cheese is actually one of the top things to buy in Zurich. 

7. Raclette maker

raclette

Another unique Swiss souvenir that can bring out the deliciousness of Swiss cheese is a raclette maker. Like Swiss fondue, raclette is a popular cheese dish in Switzerland.

Basically, molten cheese is scraped onto a serving of potatoes, making a quick and yummy snack. It’s also readily available almost anywhere in Switzerland. But unlike Swiss fondue, raclette uses only one type of cheese (usually): raclette.

Yes, the dish shares the same name as the cheese that’s used. 

A raclette pan is a unique cooking utensil that can help recreate the culinary experience. Of course, you’ll also need to pick up a block of raclette to make it truly legit. While it may sound like a hassle just to recreate such a simple dish, trust me, it’s definitely worth it. 

8. Swiss wine

swiss wine

Being a landlocked nation that borders Italy and France, it comes as no surprise that Switzerland houses plenty of vineyards in the south.

But unlike Italian and French wine which frequently gets exported to the rest of the world Swiss wine is more often sold domestically. 

Naturally, this makes Swiss wine another one of the most sought-after gifts from Switzerland. The crisp, fruity Swiss wines definitely pair well with the savory texture of Swiss cheeses and can make for quite the indulgence.

The only thing to take note of when buying Swiss wine is ensuring that you pack it safely to endure the long flight home! 

9. Swiss cowbells 

cow bells

Moving away from souvenirs in Switzerland that satisfy your palette, let’s look at some of the more traditional Swiss souvenirs you should pick up on your vacation.

First, picture the Swiss alps. What do you see? What do you hear? For me, I picture snow-capped mountains, verdant meadows, and a herd of cows grazing. As they move, the sound of cowbells echoes through the alpine air.

That, my friends, is actually not far at all from what it’s really like on Swiss alpine farms! 

Cowbells are known by the locals as the music of the Alps and believe it or not, you can actually buy these cowbells as souvenirs from Switzerland! While most countries use cast iron cowbells, Swiss cowbells are made using pressed sheet metal that’s called a Trychel.

Trychel cowbells have a more distinct clank and are supposedly more comfortable for the animals wearing them. Hmm, maybe that’s why Swiss alpine milk makes the best chocolates and cheeses! 

You don’t have to go out of your way to buy these Swiss souvenirs though because Swiss cowbells are readily available almost everywhere. 

10. Swiss cuckoo clocks

cuckoo clock

Another popular traditional Swiss souvenir is a Swiss cuckoo clock. While it’s true that cuckoo clocks likely originated in the neighboring country of Germany, Swiss cuckoo clocks have their own unique charms not found anywhere else.

For one, they often come in the shape of Swiss chalets and feature depictions of life in Switzerland. 

Swiss cuckoo clocks combine expert craftsmanship, delightful music, and the ever-iconic, hourly singing of the cuckoo bird into one impressive Swiss souvenir.

If you’re wondering where to buy cuckoo clocks in Switzerland, look no further than the famous Teddy’s Souvenir Shop in Zurich! 

11. Mondaine railway clocks

mondaine clock

If there’s one positive stereotype that the Swiss are proud of, it’s Swiss punctuality.

Indeed, ask anyone who has visited Switzerland and they will surely rave about how committed the Swiss are to being on time. This is most clearly reflected in the efficiency of Switzerland’s extensive network of trains and railways. 

While a Swiss train is, of course, a great souvenir in itself, a more memorable gift from Switzerland would be Mondaine railway clocks!

Mondaine railway clocks are placed in every federal station of the Swiss railway and can be easily seen when embarking and disembarking on the platforms.

What makes a Mondaine railway clock so special is the fact that it only ticks for 58 seconds. That is a direct reference to the Swiss sentiment: being two seconds early always makes you on time.

If you ask me, this is one of the best souvenirs from Switzerland for the habitually late!

12. Music boxes

swiss music box

Even though Swiss watches are all the rage these days around the world, the most famous Swiss souvenirs used to be music boxes.

These intricate, ornamental souvenirs were extremely popular in the 19th century and even eclipsed the popularity of Swiss watches at one point! 

Elegant and classy, traditional Swiss music boxes are carved out of the finest wood and often feature hand-painted scenes of life in the Swiss Alps. The most common music boxes play classics like “Edelweiss” and the “Happy Wanderer”. However, more high-end music boxes can also be modified to play a large variety of tunes. 

Even though music boxes aren’t as popular these days as they used to be in the past, they are still wonderful Swiss souvenirs to bring back to your loved ones. 

13. Traditional wooden toys and carvings

swiss wooden toys

Speaking of intricate Swiss souvenirs made from wood, another unique item that should be on your souvenir shopping list is a traditional Swiss wooden toy. These beautifully crafted figurines are extremely popular, not just among children in Switzerland, but also among classic toy collectors. 

The toys come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, ranging from classic wooden tops, planes, trains, St. Bernards, alpine cows, and more! All of these are masterfully crafted from beech, maple, lime, and birch trees in Switzerland.

These handicrafts often exude a Christmassy ambiance as well, making them excellent gifts from Switzerland for the holidays. 

14. Heidi books & souvenirs 

heidi books

If there’s one fictional Swiss character that’s famous throughout the world, it’s got to be Heidi! This classic Swiss character has been around since the 17th century, appearing in books, movies, and even as toys! 

For the uninitiated, Heidi is a children’s book character often portrayed in a traditional Swiss milkmaid dress. The stories usually center around the adventures of Heidi and her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. 

When in Zurich, you’ll see entire stores dedicated to Heidi, selling a plethora of different merchandise centered around the character and her stories. While they are all wonderful in their own right, the best souvenirs to get are the books themselves!

In fact, Heidi books are actually considered one of the top souvenirs in Zurich! And hey, Heidi’s stories are often considered tales for children and for those who love children, so even if you’re just buying them for yourself, we think it’s still pretty cool too! 

15. Traditional Swiss costumes (for girls) 

swiss dress

Speaking of Heidi, if you’re happy with just the books or toys, you can go a step further and purchase a traditional Swiss costume (usually for young children) too. These Heidi-style dresses are super adorable and colorful and are sure to catch the eye. 

In addition, another traditional Swiss souvenir that doubles up as a fashion statement is a Tigerfinkli. It’s basically a pair of tiny baby slippers traditionally worn by girls in Switzerland throughout numerous generations. They are often bright red in color and feature feline prints.

Actually, I should probably make a note to buy a pair of these for my baby niece the next time I’m in Switzerland! 

16. Appenzeller dog collars

appenzeller dog collar

Of course, while we’re shopping for Swiss souvenirs to bring home to our friends and family, we also can’t forget our adorable fur kids! Truth be told, most of the time when I buy a souvenir for my pet, I opt for something general like a ball or a toy. They’re easy to please after all. 

But in Switzerland, you actually can find a perfect gift for your faithful companion! In this case, it’s an Appenzeller dog collar. Appenzeller is an alpine region in the northeast of Switzerland where the famous mountain dog breed, Appenzeller Sennenhund, originated from. While you probably can’t bring one home with you, you can definitely purchase one of their iconic dog collars!

Made from pristine Swiss leather, Appenzeller dog collars are red in color and adorned with gold metal decorations on the side. They come in various sizes so you’ll definitely find one that’s a perfect fit for your furry friend at home! 

17. Alta Terra food products 

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Ask anyone who’s been to Switzerland and they’ll tell you that they simply can’t get enough of the Swiss Alps! Be it fresh air, the stunning sights, or simply the quality ingredients that they hold, the Swiss Alps are truly one of Mother Nature’s most treasured gems. 

In the canton of Bern, you will find a family-based business called Alta Terra which produces and sells flavored oils, honey, and other food products infused with alpine herbs and spices. What’s more, every ingredient that is used is 100% organic! 

While Alta Terra food products are one of those Swiss souvenirs that are harder to come by, they are certainly worth picking up if you’re ever in the area. After all, these are gifts from Switzerland that will truly impress guests at your next dinner party! 

18. SIGG Bottles

sigg water bottles

Did you know that water in Switzerland is so clean, that even in cities like Zurich, you can simply drink your fill from a public fountain without needing to buy mineral water from the store? That’s why most Swiss go around their daily business clutching their own water bottles. 

If you’re still torn about what to buy in Switzerland, then we recommend taking a leaf out of the locals’ book and getting a SIGG bottle! This durable and lightweight bottle is made using a single piece of aluminum, making it the perfect eco-friendly water bottle for travelers and backpackers. 

Basically, if you’re looking for a practical and stylish “Made in Switzerland” souvenir, a SIGG bottle is arguably your best choice! 

19. Caran D’ache stationery 

caran dache pen

As you’re visiting the Swiss Alps and taking in the views, inspiration may suddenly strike you and you might feel the sudden urge to pen a soulful poem! Lucky for you, just like the pristine views of the Alps, Switzerland also has a luxurious brand of writing instruments! 

Caran D’ache is a collection of writing instruments that double up as impressive Swiss souvenirs for those who love to write. Packaged in beautiful boxes, these Swiss-made stationery sets ooze elegance and prestige!

If you have a loved one who loves writing the old-fashioned way, a Caran D’ache stationery set may well be one of the best souvenirs in Switzerland for them! 

20. Kambly Biscuits

kambly biscuits

With such a wide variety of delicious snacks in Switzerland, it’s understandable that most people would pass by a packet of Kambly biscuits in the supermarket without paying it much attention. And yet, there’s just something about these assorted biscuits that make them simply irresistible! 

These Swiss-made biscuits are available in practically every supermarket and grocery store in the country. But for a more unique experience, visit the Kambly factory in Emmental.

There, you can sample a wide variety of Kambly biscuits and take your time picking out your favorites to bring home as souvenirs from Switzerland for your loved ones. 

21. Swiss skincare and cosmetic products

serum skincare glass bottle on stone, mountain lake background

Switzerland is known for luxurious products and that’s true not just for watches and chocolates but also for beauty products.

Swiss beauty is recognized for expertly blending research and technology with natural ingredients. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and abundant natural resources, most Swiss skincare and cosmetic products focus on innovating natural ingredients and highlighting purity, quality, and science.

It doesn’t hurt that European cosmetic regulations are among the strictest in the world so you can be sure of the quality and sustainability of Swiss-made beauty products.

Some of the most popular Swiss skincare and cosmetic brands that you can everywhere in Switzerland and online are La Prairie, Alchimie Forever of Switzerland, Bellefontaine, Lubex, and Waleda.

22. Rex vegetable peeler

a stamp printed in Switzerland shows Rex potato peeler

A vegetable peeler for a souvenir? Well, not just any vegetable souvenir but an iconic one!

The Rex peeler, invented in 1947 by Alfred Neweczerzal of Davos, Switzerland, is so iconic that it was even featured in a 2004 Swiss postage stamp!

What makes the Rex peeler special is its ergonomic and lightweight design. It has a one-piece aluminum handle and a movable carbon steel blade with dual edges that lets you peel in two directions. It also has an ‘eye gouger’ beside the blade.

At the time of its invention, it was considered exceptional in its functionality and ease of use. But to this day, this ubiquitous Swiss household item is touted for its reliability.

The Rex Vegetable Peeler can be found in most stores throughout Switzerland, particularly in kitchenware specialty shops or markets. Definitely one of the most useful Swiss souvenirs you can bring home.

23. Zurich postcards

zurich city

Finally, while gifting postcards and fridge magnets are a bit of an outdated cliche, we simply must make an exception for Zurich postcards. In fact, they’re actually some of the most popular things to buy in Zurich !

Featuring stunning photos of iconic landmarks and vistas from the city, Zurich postcards are incredibly beautiful and certainly elicit a sense of wanderlust in all who lay eyes on them!

So, if you ever find yourself pressed for time and can’t figure out which Swiss souvenir to buy, just pop into one of the souvenir shops in Zurich and pick out the best-looking postcard! 

And voila, your souvenir shopping adventure in Switzerland is complete! Swiss souvenirs are truly some of the best travel gifts you can buy for your loved ones at home. And with this list in hand, you’ll more than just impress your friends and family when you give them their souvenirs from Switzerland!

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Glad to see that you mentioned the Caran D’Ache writing instruments. Surprised that you did not mention the artist’s dream of the colored pencils. The best !

Hi Betsy, Could you provide the name of the brand for the colored pencils, please. It would be a perfect gift for my daughter. Thanks

Caran d’Ache. Same brand.

I think you have written a very informative and comprehensive guide for travelers who want to buy some unique and memorable gifts from Switzerland. You have covered a wide range of products. I liked how you included some photos to show the quality and variety of the souvenirs. Your article has inspired me to visit Switzerland someday and bring home some of these wonderful souvenirs.

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Swiss Souvenirs: 17 Best Gifts from Switzerland

Last Updated on April 9, 2024 by Goya

Wondering What to Bring Back from Your Swiss Adventure? You’ve Come to the Right Place!

Cow bells, the most famous Swiss gifts / souvenirs!

Do you have your eyes set on Switzerland for your next adventure and hope to snag some truly one-of-a-kind souvenirs to remember your trip by?

Or perhaps you’re on the hunt for that perfect Swiss gift to surprise your loved ones when you return home? Well, you’re in luck!

Having explored the charming streets of Bern and beyond , and stood in awe of the breathtaking vistas from the Top of Europe (or Jungfraujoch to friends) , I’m here to guide you through the world of Swiss souvenirs — with a little help from local bloggers and seasoned travellers who know Switzerland like the back of their hand.

This guide is your go-to resource for uncovering the most coveted Swiss souvenirs and gifts , putting your ‘what to buy in Switzerland’ question to rest once and for all.

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From the iconic Swiss chocolates to the elegant Swiss watches and charming traditional crafts, here are some of the finest Swiss keepsakes you can take home with you!

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Food and Drinks from Switzerland

#1: swiss chocolate.

Toblerone Chocolate against Matterhorn backdrop

If there’s one souvenir that captures the essence of Switzerland, it’s the irresistible Swiss chocolates!

Known for their heavenly blend of richness and creaminess, they’re a must-try for any visitor. With iconic brands like Lindt and Toblerone , each bite is a moment of pure bliss.

So, when you visit Switzerland, remember to indulge in this rich, chocolaty experience and share the joy with Swiss chocolates as the best souvenirs.

Before You Come Back Home

Switzerland is dotted with chocolate experiences and tours that can add an extra layer of fun to your chocolate souvenirs.

From visiting the famous Maison Cailler in Broc, where you can immerse yourself in the sensory delights of chocolate-making, to participating in hands-on workshops at the Lindt Home of Chocolate in Kilchberg, there’s a chocolate adventure waiting around every corner.

#2: Appenzeller Beer

Recommended by Shar of SightseeingShar

Appenzeller Beer

“Appenzeller beer is a memento from the Appenzell region of Switzerland, known for its gorgeous mountain landscapes and  famous hiking trails .

The Appenzeller Brewery, Brauerei Locher AG, has been owned by the Locher family since 1886 and for five generations. It produces over 40 varieties of beer using the highest quality Swiss ingredients and traditional methods. 

The most famous variety is the Quöllfrisch , brewed using Alpstein still water, Pilsner Malt, and three types of hops. It has a slightly sweet and mild flavour, and the bottle is stunning. The bottle features a picture of a famous view from the Seealpsee Lake in Appenzell , connecting the stunning landscapes with its rich brewing history and making it the perfect Swiss souvenir. 

Though not a Swiss local, the Appenzell region holds a special place in my heart for its unbeatable hiking trails and breathtaking scenery. Some of my fondest memories were getting to the top of a difficult hike and enjoying an Appenzeller beer or connecting with locals at a bar while sharing one.

A bottle of Appenzeller beer is a great gift for beer lovers or the perfect keepsake for yourself! “

#3: Kambly Biscuits

Recommended by Zoe from  Together In Switzerland

Kambly Biscuits from Switzerland

“For a delicious Swiss snack to either take home as a souvenir or gift, consider Swiss biscuits! There is a lot to choose from, but a top suggestion is to buy biscuits from the Kambly brand . 

Dating back to 1910, the Kambly company was founded by a family living in the Bern canton of Switzerland. They have a few famous biscuit kinds including  Bretzeli  and  Caramels à la Crème d’Emmental. 

These together with many other kinds are distributed around Switzerland and many surrounding countries. The company also supplies biscuits to the Swiss Armed Forces. 

You’ll find it hard to pick just one box of biscuits from Kambly . They have so many different styles, designs, and with additional toppings and combinations with nuts. As you can see in the photo, they also create bio and vegan options. 

As a local, these biscuits are great to buy all year round, but even more delicious for celebrations like Easter or Christmas. Our neighbour also always has some biscuits hidden away for when her grandchildren also visit!”

#4: Basler Läckerli Biscuits

Basler Leckerli biscuits are a delightful souvenir or gift that embodies the essence of Switzerland. These traditional Swiss treats, known for their rich blend of almonds, honey, spices, and candied orange and lemon peels, offer a unique taste experience. Originating from Basel, the biscuits have a storied history, with recipes dating back centuries.

Jakob’s Basler Leckerly Manufakturladen stands out as a historic destination where these delicious confections are crafted following age-old methods. Visiting Jakob’s offers an authentic glimpse into Swiss culinary tradition, making their Basler Leckerli an ideal gift that carries the flavours and heritage of Switzerland to your loved ones.

#5: Fondue Cheese

Recommended by Giorgy from  Sabiduri

Fondue

“Switzerland, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage, offers a delightful range of souvenirs to commemorate your visit. Among these, fondue cheese stands out as a quintessential Swiss gift that captures the essence of Swiss culinary traditions.

Perfect for anyone looking to bring a slice of Switzerland’s warm, communal dining experiences back home, fondue cheese is not just a meal; it’s an experience that symbolises the country’s love for good food and togetherness.

Available at most supermarkets and speciality stores throughout the country, you can easily find high-quality fondue cheese, ensuring that you’re taking a piece of authentic Swiss tradition with you.

Whether you’re sharing it with friends or enjoying it in the comfort of your own home, fondue cheese is a reminder of the the unforgettable experiences of exploring Switzerland.”

#6: Swiss Wine

Yes, you read that right — the Swiss do make their own wine!

While Switzerland might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of wine production, this hidden gem nestled in the heart of Europe produces some truly unique wines born from its alpine climates and terraced vineyards , giving rise to wines with distinct flavours and aromas that are hard to find elsewhere.

Due to the small-scale production, much of Swiss wine is consumed domestically, making it a rare find outside the country’s borders .

Bringing back a bottle (or two) of Swiss wine is not just about gifting a unique beverage; it’s about sharing a piece of Switzerland’s lesser-known culture and tradition.

Discover Swiss Vineyards

While you’re in Switzerland, consider exploring its wineries and vineyards:

Unique Swiss Gifts and Souvenirs

#7: cow bell.

Recommended by Stefanie by E uro Travels by Design

Swiss Cow Parade

“A Swiss cowbell stands out as a unique and interesting memento, great for any traveller seeking the perfect souvenir.

Every year, the herdsmen of Appenzell, Switzerland lead the herds up into the hills for grazing in the Spring and then back down in the Fall. Wearing traditional costumes, they walk along the roads for spectators to watch. This is known as the Alpine Cow Parade .

Many of the cows carry bells around their necks making a tinkling noise as they walk. The three most prized dairy cows carry the largest bells.

Taking one of the cowbells home is a wonderful way to celebrate the area’s cultural history and traditions.

The bells are not hard to find as they are in many of the shops in the area. They come in a variety of different sizes and are reasonably priced . Many come with colourful cloth, tassels or embroidery.

Combining artistry with tradition, a cowbell is a fun and creative way to remember time spent in the beautiful and charming area of Appenzell — one of the best places to visit in Switzerland in summer .”

#8: Swiss Watch

Recommended by Josh from A Backpacker’s World

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“Switzerland is known for many things, and one of them is watches.

While it’s possible to buy famous Swiss watch brands such as Rolex or  Cartier watches all around the world, where better to buy them than in the country in which they originate?

Switzerland is expensive , and their watches definitely live up to this reputation. In fact,  Swiss watches are amongst the most expensive in the world.

The good thing about buying them as a souvenir though is that they are a constant reminder of your trip, right on your wrist.

You’ll also probably make money in the long run as most watches’ value goes up over time (provided it’s kept in good condition) , so not only are you getting a top-class souvenir, you’re making an investment.

And in a country which is centred around money and banking, it’s very in line with Switzerland, making a watch the perfect souvenir.

#9: Swiss Army Knife

Recommended by Paul from Paulmarina

Swiss Army Knife

“One of the most useful souvenirs that you can get from your trip to Switzerland, is a real Swiss army knife.

This versatile pocket knife was first invented as a multi-tool for the Swiss army by Victorinox. Today, various types and models can be purchased all over Switzerland.

The most basic Swiss army knives include a knife blade, scissors, a corkscrewer, a can opener, a tweezer and a toothpick. Look out for special editions that are suited for special hobbies and work environments. We encountered rare models with a wooden, alox and micarta finish at the  Mount Schilthorn  peak. 

Look out for official Victorinox resellers on your trip to Switzerland, and ask the reseller to show you different models so that you can open them up and choose a suitable Swiss knife as a souvenir or gift.”

#10: Swiss Army Blankets

Crafted entirely from Swiss wool, these blankets offer both softness and strength, making them a beloved memento for visitors.

Initially serving the Swiss military, these blankets are now available in an array of sizes and styles, featuring distinct colours and motifs. Ideal for adding a touch of warmth to any space or as a thoughtful present, these adaptable blankets serve as a snug and heartwarming token of your travels across Switzerland.

#11: Boccalino Jug from Ticino

Recommended by Augusta from Mini Me Explorer

Boccalino Jug from Ticino

“Boccalino is a unique Swiss souvenir which can be found only in Ticino , the Italian-speaking area of  Switzerland .

It’s a small pot-bellied terracotta vase with a round base, a handle, and a spout. It holds about two deciliters of liquid, or as we say in our local dialect, “un quintin” (one-fifth of a litre). It is used in local traditional taverns to serve red wine, and one can drink it straight from it.

You’ll often see it decorated with red and blue ribbons, grapes and wine leaves or images of picturesque landscapes.

While every local family has at least one at home , it is not sold in local stores — nor has it ever been. Either it is given away at local fairs or you will need to buy one in souvenir shops.”

#12: Woodcarving

Recommended by Suzanne from  Meandering Wild

Wood Carved Mask from Switzerland

“Switzerland boasts a longstanding tradition in woodcarving, with skills passed down through generations. Carvings often feature Swiss folklore, wildlife, and landscapes.

While cuckoo clocks are widespread souvenirs, more personal options like trolls and green man carvings, reflecting folk tales, are easier to transport. Each carving is unique, unlike mass-produced souvenirs.

The Swiss Woodcarving Museum in Brienz delves into the history of this craft, showcasing its deep connection to the country. 

Each village and town you visit will have a wood carver and many will have small trinkets including Christmas decorations and tableaus, as well as green men and cuckoo clocks to choose from.

Speaking of Woodcarving…

#13: Cuckoo Clock

Recommended by Sara from Big Adventures with Little Feet

Vintage Cuckoo Clock

“Most people recognise that Switzerland produces the best watches in the world.  Whilst a Rolex or Patek Philippe might make a wonderful Swiss gift, they’re probably a little over budget for most of us as souvenirs from a trip to Switzerland. 

However, if you’re into the timekeeping theme then a fun and unusual gift to bring back from your trip to Switzerland is the cuckoo clock. 

There are two types to choose from, the carved ones with wooden cases that are decorated with leaves and animals. And a second style that has a case in the shape of a chalet. Inside they have an automaton of a bird that appears through a small trap door when the clock strikes the time. 

You can buy them in most towns in Switzerland.”

#14: (Miniature) Swiss Alpenhorn

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If you’re in search of a distinctive and meaningful souvenir from Switzerland, the Alpenhorn is an exceptional choice.

This iconic instrument, deeply rooted in Swiss culture, represents the soulful call of the Alps.

While a full-sized Alpenhorn might be challenging to transport, miniature versions are available that capture the essence of this traditional instrument. These compact replicas are meticulously handcrafted by local artisans, ensuring each piece is a work of art. Not only do they serve as a beautiful decorative item, but they also embody the spirit of the Swiss Alps.

Gifting a mini Alpenhorn is a wonderful way to share a piece of Switzerland’s history and traditions, making it a memorable and distinctive choice for friends and family.

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can try fitting a full-sized (3.5 metres) Alpenhorn in your luggage, of course. It’ll definitely give airport security something to talk about! 🙂

Other Small Items

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#15: Swiss Pins and Magnets

Swiss pins and magnets make for charming and lightweight souvenirs , perfect for travellers looking to bring a piece of Switzerland back home. These delightful items are adorned with iconic Swiss symbols such as the Matterhorn, Swiss flags, cows, and even miniature alphorns. They serve as vibrant reminders of your Swiss adventures and can decorate everything from your fridge to your backpack.

Collecting different designs from various cantons offers a fun way to commemorate your travels across Switzerland, making them a fantastic gift for friends and family who appreciate quaint and colourful keepsakes.

#16: Money Purse

A Swiss-themed money purse is not only a practical souvenir but also a stylish accessory to remind you of your travels. Crafted from quality materials, these purses often feature quintessentially Swiss designs, including the cross of the Swiss flag, alpine landscapes, or traditional folk art.

Compact yet spacious enough to hold your coins, notes, and even credit cards, they fit easily into any pocket or bag, making them ideal for everyday use.

They are also perfect for safekeeping your (let’s face it, otherwise unusable) Swiss coins until your next trip to Switzerland!

#17: Postcards

With stunning photography capturing Switzerland’s breathtaking landscapes, historic cities, and picturesque villages, these postcards are a joy both to send and receive. Writing a heartfelt message on the back adds a personal touch that transcends the distance, making friends and family feel part of your journey.

Postcards from Switzerland offer a classic and personal way to share your travel experiences — and the best part is you don’t even have to worry about taking them back yourself!

Tips for Buying Swiss Gifts and Souvenirs

Before you dive headfirst into Swiss souvenir shopping, let’s make sure you’re armed with all the right info. Here are some handy pointers to make your souvenir-hunting adventure a breeze:

  • Familiarize yourself with customs regulations: Avoid the disappointment of having your prized souvenirs confiscated by acquainting yourself with your country’s customs laws. Pay particular attention to restrictions regarding food and beverages in your hand luggage.
  • Embrace the no-haggle culture: Unlike some bustling bazaars where haggling is practically an art form, Switzerland isn’t big on negotiating prices, especially for those beautifully crafted handmade items. These treasures are often priced for their quality and craftsmanship, so expect them to be non-negotiable.
  • Pack with Care: Turbulence isn’t just uncomfortable for passengers; it can also spell disaster for fragile souvenirs. Protecting your finds with bubble wrap or asking stores for protective packaging can prevent any heartbreak upon unpacking. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Final Thoughts: Souvenirs and Gifts from Switzerland

Switzerland, a country renowned for its majestic landscapes and rich cultural heritage, offers a diverse array of souvenirs and gifts that embody the essence of Swiss tradition.

Whether you’re drawn to the culinary specialities, the artisanal craftsmanship, or the simple beauty of Swiss design, Switzerland’s souvenirs and gifts beautifully reflect the country’s heritage and landscapes. They stand as timeless reminders of your travels, inviting you to carry a piece of Switzerland with you, wherever you go.

As you explore these 17 top souvenirs and gifts, I hope this guide inspires your choices, helping you find the perfect souvenirs to commemorate your Swiss journey.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Swiss Souvenirs: From Budget-Friendly to Luxurious Options

Switzerland, a picturesque Alpine country, is a popular travel destination known for its stunning landscapes as well as its unparalleled craftsmanship. 

Swiss souvenirs are a great way to remember the country and share it with your loved ones back home. So, if you’re looking for gifts in Switzerland or just want to find something special for yourself to remember your trip, you may wonder which souvenirs to take home that truly capture the essence of your experience. Worry not! Our detailed guide will help you navigate the best souvenirs Switzerland has to offer, whether you’re on a tight budget or seeking high-quality, luxury items. So, join us as we unveil our top picks for Switzerland souvenirs!

Swiss Army Knife

The distinctive red Swiss Army Knife is considered a cultural icon of Switzerland and is often associated with the country’s reputation for producing high-quality, practical products. It has a long history, dating back to the late 19th century when they were first produced for the Swiss military. Their multifunctionality and quality quickly caught the attention of people worldwide, and became an extremely useful tool in various situations, from everyday tasks to outdoor adventures.

The classic red swiss army knife

The Swiss Army Knife is so famous that it has even become a synonym for versatility and multi-functionality in everyday language. When people refer to something as a “Swiss Army knife,” they usually mean that it’s a tool or item that serves multiple purposes and is highly adaptable in various situations.

Camping site with fire and utility knife tool

Being one of Switzerland’s cultural symbols, it’s a great choice for a small gift or a special keepsake from your trip. Look for Victorinox stores in big cities, as they are THE Swiss Army Knife Brand . But these knives can also be found in souvenir shops and other stores across the country, with similar prices everywhere.

Swiss Chocolate

Swiss chocolate is one of the tastiest souvenirs you can bring back from your trip. Switzerland is famous for its top-quality chocolate makers who create delicious treats like chocolate bars, pralines, truffles, and more unique creations. 

Lindt dark swiss chocolate

Two major factors contribute to its worldwide reputation:

  • Expertise and tradition: Switzerland has a long history of chocolate-making, dating back to the early 19th century. Over the years, Swiss chocolatiers have honed their skills and developed unique techniques that set their chocolate apart from others.
  • High-quality ingredients: Swiss chocolatiers use top-notch ingredients, particularly the fresh milk from pasture-grazed cows. This milk plays a crucial role in creating the creamy and rich taste that Swiss chocolate is known for.

Shop seeling Swiss Chocolate

Make sure to explore different chocolate shops in the city you’re visiting before deciding what to buy. A fun option is to join a chocolate-making class at a high-end store or factory, where you can learn from the experts and take home your own creations.

Swiss Cheese

If you’re unsure what to get, go for a piece of Swiss cheese. Switzerland is famous for its delicious cheeses, producing some of the finest varieties in Europe.

Cheese storage room in switzerland

With its unique flavors and textures, Swiss cheese represents the country’s dedication to using high-quality ingredients, such as unpasteurized milk from pasture-grazed cows.

Making it a delightful souvenir because it allows you to bring home a taste of Switzerland’s rich culinary heritage.

Hiking through a spring meadow in Switzerland

Additionally, with over 450 types of Swiss cheese to choose from, you can find the perfect variety to suit your taste. With options like Gruyere, Tilsiter, Emmentaler, and Raclette, there’s plenty to choose from. 

You can find locally made cheese throughout Switzerland, whether you’re exploring the countryside or staying in a city. You can even visit local cheese factories to see how it’s made!

the production of emmentaler cheese at the factory

For the best Swiss cheeses, head to the source. Many Alpine villages are renowned for their cheese production, and you can often sample different types before deciding what to buy. Even while hiking in the mountains, you may find Alpkäse for sale from local farmers. This cheese is typically fresh, local, organic, and quintessentially Swiss!

By choosing Swiss cheese as a souvenir, you can savor and share the authentic flavors of Switzerland, creating a lasting memory of your visit.

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Swiss Watch

Switzerland is renowned for various aspects, such as its trustworthy banking system, thriving economy, captivating traditions, and delectable cuisine. Among its many treasures, Swiss watches stand out as a prominent symbol of the country’s esteemed heritage. Switzerland has earned a reputation for producing some of the finest timepieces in the world, including renowned brands like Rolex, Swatch, Cartier, and Omega. 

classic seamasters swiss watch from omega

A symbol of luxury and timelessness, they have earned a reputation as some of the finest timepieces in the world. When you invest in a Swiss watch, you’re not just buying a functional accessory, you’re buying a piece of Swiss heritage and expertise. With a wide range of styles and price points, there is a Swiss watch to suit every taste and budget. Whether you’re treating yourself or looking for a special gift for someone special, a Swiss watch will be a memento of your trip to Switzerland and a testament to its extraordinary craftsmanship and attention to detail.

You can find authentic Swiss watches throughout the country, but the largest selection of luxury stores can be found in big cities like Basel, Bern, Zurich, or Geneva.

If you’ve traveled to the southern or western regions of Switzerland, you know how much they love their wine. The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are a popular destination, and visitors often want to bring home a bottle to remember the experience.

Golden-pass panoramique train in lavaux vineyard

Swiss wine is as iconic as cheese or chocolate and makes a great gift for loved ones. So, think about getting Swiss wine as a souvenir if you’re traveling by land or checking a bag at the airport.

The best place to find Swiss wine is at the source. Visit vineyards and wineries in the southern and western parts of the country, taste the options, and see what you like most. Alternatively, you can buy a bottle or two at the duty-free store, which is the best choice if you’re flying out of the country with just a carry-on.

A Heidi book is a delightful souvenir choice for anyone who wants to bring home a piece of Swiss culture and literature. As one of the most cherished children’s stories set against the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps, it captures the essence of Swiss tradition, lifestyle, and the timeless beauty of its landscapes. So it’s no surprise that there are numerous Heidi-themed souvenirs in Switzerland. From Heidi magnets to actual Alphorns, you’ll have plenty of options for Heidi souvenirs.

A papercut with scenes from heidi

For example, having a copy of a Heidi book as a souvenir allows you to relive your Swiss adventure and share the magic of the story with friends and family. Additionally, it makes for a thoughtful gift, especially for children, as it introduces them to the enchanting world of Swiss culture and nature.

Kambly Biscuits

With a rich tradition dating back over a century, the brand has become synonymous with exquisite Swiss biscuits. Renowned for their delicate flavors, high-quality ingredients, and exceptional craftsmanship, Kambly biscuits are a popular treat for both locals and tourists alike.

If you’re seeking souvenir ideas for a food enthusiast, Kambly biscuits are a fantastic choice alongside fine Swiss cheese and Laderach chocolates. These biscuits are not only delicious and soft but also pair wonderfully with tea or coffee.

Kambly package with cookies

Kambly offers a wide variety of biscuit options, ensuring there’s something to suit every palate in their product range. Opting for an assortment of flavors and textures allows you to sample as many biscuits as possible. However, you also have the option to choose a single type of biscuit if that’s your preference.

You can find these delectable treats in most grocery stores and souvenir shops throughout Switzerland. However, for a truly unique experience, consider visiting the Kambly Factory Store.

Located in Trubschachen, in the picturesque Emmental region, the Kambly Factory Store offers an unforgettable experience for biscuit lovers. At the store, you’ll have the opportunity to sample many of their delicious products before making your purchase.

Visiting the Kambly Factory Store not only allows you to explore the extensive range of biscuits on offer but also gives you a glimpse into the history and heritage of the brand. So, if you happen to be in the Emmental make sure to include a visit to the Kambly Factory Store on your Swiss itinerary and bring home a tasty reminder of your journey to share with loved ones.

Cows play a vital role in Switzerland as they are responsible for the delicious Swiss cheeses and chocolates that the country is famous for. These cows are commonly found in the Alpine regions and are often adorned with bells, making it easier for farmers to locate them on the expansive Alpine pastures.

A cowbell as swiss souvenier

Cowbells make for wonderful souvenirs if you’re looking for a memento to remember your trip. They are also fantastic gifts, with various sizes, colors, and designs to choose from, and the option to have them engraved. If you happen to be shopping for someone who owns a cow, there is no better present to bring from Switzerland!

If you like the idea of a cowbell but are unsure of what to do with the full-sized version, consider opting for a smaller-scale alternative. A cowbell keyring is a charming souvenir from Switzerland that is both affordable and space-saving, allowing you to bring a piece of Swiss culture back home without breaking the bank or taking up much room.

Cheese Fondue Set

Swiss cheese fondue is a beloved dish that can be found throughout the country, whether you’re visiting a mountaintop cabin or enjoying a boat cruise on Lake Zurich. It has become a quintessential Swiss delicacy, and it’s no wonder they serve it almost everywhere. Who can resist a pot of gooey melted cheese?

A fondue set a classic swiss gift

When it comes to cheese fondue sets, prices vary depending on the size and what is included. You have the option to purchase just the fondue pot or go for a complete set that includes a burner and utensils. Fondue pots are generally more affordable than sets with burners, and you can easily find them in souvenir shops and cheese stores across Switzerland.

A fondue

Combine your fondue set with your favorite Swiss cheese, and you can recreate a part of your travel experience in the comfort of your own home. If you happen to visit a cheese shop, don’t forget to ask for tips on how to make the best Swiss fondue. They’ll be more than happy to share their expertise with you!

Rex Vegetable Peeler

The Rex Vegetable Peeler (called “Spahrschäler” in German) is a unique Swiss souvenir that captures the essence of Swiss precision and practicality. While it may be surprising to consider a vegetable peeler as a souvenir, the Rex Vegetable Peeler represents the Swiss commitment to functional and reliable products and its design has remained unchanged since 1947. It stands as a testament to its exceptional quality and functionality.

The popularity of the peeler can be attributed to its efficiency and ease of use. With its movable horizontal blade, the Rex peeler effortlessly handles uneven surfaces of fruits and vegetables and can even be used for shaving hard cheese or chocolate.

A classic rex peeler as a special swiss souvenier

With over 50 million units sold globally, the Rex peeler has established itself as a remarkable design object. Its exceptional design has earned it a place of honor in prestigious international exhibitions, including the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais in Paris and the renowned Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

The Rex Vegetable Peeler can be found in various stores throughout Switzerland, particularly in kitchenware specialty shops or markets. It’s not only a superb item to bring home, but also a tool you’ll find yourself using frequently, making it a cherished and useful reminder of your Swiss experience.

Wooden Cows

Wooden cows are iconic Swiss souvenirs that capture the essence of the country’s rich agricultural heritage and scenic landscapes. These charming wooden figurines, often handcrafted with intricate details, have become synonymous with Switzerland’s traditional farming culture. 

It is considered the most famous toy invented in Switzerland, captivating both young and old alike. In Switzerland, the cow holds great significance as it represents the source of milk, cheese, and chocolate. The cow’s presence in the Swiss fields, accompanied by the melodic sound of ringing bells, is deeply rooted in the country’s history and traditions. As a pocket-sized version of this cherished symbol, the wooden toy cow has been delighting generations of locals and tourists alike. 

A toy cow is a good souvenier from switzerland

Originally crafted by skilled artisans in the Bernese Oberland using traditional woodcarving techniques, the production of these toys has evolved to include the renowned Trauffer company. The Trauffer cow, made from local linden wood, continues to be meticulously carved, buffed, and painted by hand at their factory in Hofstetten bei Brienz. 

You can find wooden cows in souvenir shops, artisanal craft markets, and even in the gift sections of Swiss farms and rural areas. They are often crafted by skilled artisans who have honed their woodworking techniques over generations.

They are available in various sizes, colors, and designs, allowing you to choose one that captures your heart.

Bringing home a wooden cow souvenir allows you to preserve a piece of Swiss culture and add a touch of rustic charm to your surroundings. Whether displayed on a shelf, mantelpiece, or as part of a collection, these wooden cows serve as a delightful reminder of your Swiss adventures and the country’s enduring agricultural traditions.

Appenzeller Belt

The Appenzeller belt is a unique and traditional Swiss souvenir that reflects the rich cultural heritage of the Appenzell region. Crafted with intricate precision and attention to detail, this belt is not only a practical accessory but also a masterpiece of craftsmanship.

A tradition appenzeller belt

The Appenzeller belt is typically made from high-quality leather, adorned with stunning embroidery and decorative metal buckles. Each belt is a work of art, showcasing vibrant colors and traditional patterns that are specific to the Appenzell region. The embroidery often features floral motifs, intricate geometric designs, and sometimes even traditional Appenzell costumes.

This belt is more than just a fashion accessory; it holds historical and cultural significance and is a proud symbol of the Appenzell heritage.

The Appenzeller belt can be found in local boutiques, specialty shops, or even at regional markets in the Appenzell region. It offers a unique way to carry a piece of Swiss culture with you wherever you go. Whether you wear it as a stylish accessory or display it as a decorative piece, the Appenzeller belt serves as a tangible reminder of the beauty, craftsmanship, and cultural traditions of Switzerland.

Where to buy your Souvenirs in Switzerland?

Where can visitors buy their souvenirs in Switzerland? The availability of souvenirs depends on the specific item you’re looking for. In major cities like Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, Bern, and Basel, you will find souvenir shops in downtown areas. Tourist towns such as Grindelwald, Interlaken, and Zermatt also have their fair share of souvenir shops.

Swiss Souveniers shop in interlaken

For certain items, it is recommended to visit specific stores to find the best souvenirs:

  • Swiss army knives can be purchased at Migros, souvenir stores, specialty knife stores, or even Victorinox stores located in some cities and towns.
  • Chocolate is sold in most Swiss supermarkets, except for Läderach, which must be purchased in their own stores. Lindt also has specialty stores in certain locations. If you plan to visit a chocolate factory like Lindt’s, it’s best to wait until the tour to buy your chocolate.
  • While Swiss cheese can be found in supermarkets, specialty cheese stores offer a wider selection.
  • Top-quality Swiss watches are best purchased from professional watch stores, including brand-specific stores like Rolex, IWC, Omega, and Hublot.
  • Swatch watches are best bought at Swatch stores.
  • Fondue sets can be found in department stores.
  • Wine and cookies/biscuits are available at Coop supermarkets (cookies can be found in various stores).

Switzerland Souvenirs FAQ

What are some popular swiss souvenirs.

Popular Swiss souvenirs include Swiss chocolate, Swiss watches, Swiss army knives, Swiss cheese, wooden cow figurines, cowbells, Heidi-themed items, traditional Appenzeller belts, and embroidered textiles like table runners or handkerchiefs.

Are Swiss souvenirs expensive?

The price range for Swiss souvenirs varies depending on the item and its quality. While some souvenirs like postcards or keychains can be affordable, others such as high-end Swiss watches or specialty Swiss chocolates might be more expensive. It’s possible to find souvenirs that suit different budgets, so it’s advisable to explore a range of options and compare prices before making a purchase.

Chocolate shop in the Grindelwald Terminal station

Swiss Souvenirs Conclusion

In conclusion, Swiss souvenirs offer a delightful way to bring a piece of Switzerland back home with you, encapsulating the country’s rich heritage, craftsmanship, and natural beauty. Whether it’s the world-renowned Swiss chocolates, exquisite Swiss watches, traditional Swiss cheese, or charming wooden cow figurines, each souvenir tells a unique story and carries a piece of Swiss culture.

Switzerland’s commitment to precision, quality, and attention to detail is evident in its souvenirs, making them not just simple mementos, but cherished items that hold sentimental value. 

As you embark on your Swiss journey, embrace the opportunity to discover the diverse range of souvenirs, each carrying its own charm and significance. From the exquisite taste of Swiss chocolates to the timeless elegance of Swiss watches, let the treasures of Switzerland become treasured memories that will last a lifetime.

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The Best Things To Buy While Traveling in Switzerland

Are you planning a trip to Switzerland soon? Whether you are traveling solo , for business, or with your family, you will surely want to bring home a few souvenirs and gifts.

Deciding what to buy in Switzerland can be difficult; you want to spend your money on something that will remind you of your trip and this incredible country, but also something you will enjoy. Switzerland certainly has its fair share of Swiss made products and you can certainly find most of them in cities like Zurich, Geneva , or even Basel and Lausanne .

But what should you focus on buying?

I have put together this list of quintessential Swiss products so that you can bring home the perfect souvenir for yourself and your loved ones.

One of the best things to buy in Switzerland, as you may have guessed, is chocolate. There is no denying that Switzerland has some of the best and most famous chocolatiers in the world. You will definitely want to search local shops for handmade or prepackaged chocolate goodies. Even worldwide brands like Lindt and Nestle have different flavors there than in the US. You can even head to the supermarket to grab some local chocolate, as the quality is that good!

Your friends and family will be happy you brought back such a delicious gift. Although, I wouldn’t blame you if you kept it all for yourself.

And if you have time while you are in Switzerland, indulge yourself with a Chocolate Experience !

Watches and Jewelry

Another iconic Swiss souvenir is their watches. Swiss watches are a world-renowned symbol of accuracy, ornate design, and craftsmanship. These watches are some of the finest in the world. In fact, you may be surprised to hear just how many famous watch brands manufacture their products in Switzerland. Swatch , Rolex , Cartier , Omega , and more are all Swiss brands.

I’m sure your spouse, or anybody you know, would be thrilled to be gifted a genuine Rolex. Exceptional jewelry designers seem to flock to Switzerland. The country is renowned for its beautiful bracelets, cufflinks, brooches, and earrings as well.

Outside of maybe France, Switzerland has the best cheese in Europe. You may have eaten Swiss cheese on a sandwich or picked some up at the deli counter, but you have not tasted anything like this before.

If you love cheese, then Switzerland is like heaven with the great quality and wide variety of cheeses . However, cheese is not always the easiest thing to travel with due to concerns about refrigeration, smell, and customs. For souvenirs, go with a dry, hard cheese as opposed to a soft, raw cheese.

You may also want to consider a packaged Swiss fondue mix . Or, if you are in Zurich, take a ride on the Zurich Fondue Tram and kill two birds with one unique experience!

Hotel Recommendations

Hotels & Hostels are listed from most to least expensive.

Zurich Booking.com

Hotel Schweizerhof, Old Town, Zurich

Atlantis by Giardino, Wiedikon, Zurich, Switzerland

25 Hours Hotel – Zurich West

Hotel Continental M Gallery Zurich

Placid Hotel Design & Lifestyle Zurich

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HI Youth Hostel Zurich

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Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

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Eastwest Hotel

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Kipling Manotel

HI Geneva Hostel

City Hostel Geneva

If you are a foodie, you will love Swiss wine. Swiss wines do not get as much credit as other European wines, but they are just as excellent. Since they are not as well known, they are made mostly for the locals.

The vineyards are mainly near Geneva where the weather is warm enough for the vineyards to flourish. Head down there and I promise you will not be disappointed. I personally love some of the wines from just near the entrance to the Zermat Valley (Visper Terminen), but most from this region are worth trying!

A Genuine Swiss Army Knife

True, you can buy a Swiss Army Knife from almost anywhere, but why not buy one in the country it was named for? These handy, little pocket tools date back to the late 1800s and contain a variety of tools. These multi-tools come in a range of sizes and hold a variety of different tool combinations, including ones that fit in your wallet.

Whether you are a bit of an outdoorsman, or camper, or have a young son who loves tinkering with things, these make a great gift.

Swiss Army Knives can be purchased from most anywhere in Switzerland, but for a real treat, you can take a tour of the factory where they are manufactured.

Traditional Swiss Crafts

If you are looking for something other than food or a sleek watch, you may want to consider going the handmade route. Traditional handicrafts are some of the best things to buy in Switzerland. Cuckoo clocks are an exceptionally popular and authentically Swiss souvenir. While they were first created in Germany, the traditional chalet style originated in Switzerland.

Cowbells are another customary Swiss craft. They range in size and are usually made of hammered or cast metal. Beer steins are yet another classic Central European souvenir. They also come in a variety of sizes and designs.

Other items that make great gifts are hand-carved wooden toys, hand-blown glassware, textiles, flags, and music boxes. Try searching stores and open-air markets for truly unique souvenirs. Bring home a piece of traditional Swiss culture.

Switzerland is an incredibly beautiful country. From the mountains to the vineyards, you will definitely want to bring home a memento from your journey. When trying to decide what to buy in Switzerland, there are more than a few quintessential items to choose from.

Traditional Swiss foods like chocolate, cheese, and wine make wonderful souvenirs for yourself or for your friends. For an elegant and stylish gift, you should buy a watch, jewelry, or an authentic Swiss Army Knife. If you want to bring home a more rustic piece of Switzerland, consider a handcrafted cuckoo clock, cowbell, or a beer stein.

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What to bring from Switzerland – 10 best gift ideas

Chocolate, cheese and watches are the first things that come to mind as gifts to bring from Switzerland .

However this is not all that tourists fill their bags with when returning from Switzerland.

This article contains detailed information about everything that can be brought from this country as souvenirs and gifts .

Table of Contents

1. swiss chocolate, 2. swiss gingerbread cookies, 3. swiss cheese, 3. swiss alcoholic drinks, 4. swiss penknives and manicure sets, 5. swiss watches, 6. swiss jewelry and bijouterie, 7. swiss cosmetics & perfumes, 8. swiss medication, 9. swiss cow bells, 10. swiss music boxes, 11. swiss wall plates, 12. trinkets, lighters, magnets.

Maestrani's Chocolate Shop

Swiss chocolate is considered one of the best in the world. It gained this reputation thanks to original, centuries-old proven manufacturing techniques and high quality milk of local cows. If you need to bring something inexpensive for your friends from Switzerland, then chocolate will be the most suitable gift.

One can buy chocolate in Switzerland in supermarkets and in branded chocolate shops of numerous manufacturers such as Frey, Callier, Suchard, Teuscher and others. Here you can find different types of chocolates with all kinds of fillings. They range from Toblerone triangles to Easter rabbits and handmade chocolates. As souvenirs, tourists are offered sets of chocolates in wrappers with views of Switzerland , which can be bought for 5 francs.

It is most profitable to buy chocolate for shares in large supermarkets, where discounts on it can reach 50%.

Swiss chocolate

Another opportunity to buy sweet gifts at an inexpensive price is excursions to chocolate factories. One can learn the secrets of making traditional chocolate, taste sweet products and buy them without trade margins.

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Another sweet gift that one can bring from Switzerland is Basler Läckerli (gingerbread from Basel). It is produced according to a special recipe passed from generation to generation. They have an unusual refined taste, not similar to the taste of other gingerbread cookies. Confectioners, and indeed all residents of Basel, are rightly proud of this sweet symbol of their city.

You can buy Basel gingerbread in Läckerli Huus brand stores, which are in all major cities in Switzerland, but it is more profitable to buy them in supermarkets, especially at discounts.

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The cost of gingerbread depends on the weight of the package and starts from 5-7 francs. It is better to stock these sweet gifts before the end of the trip, as the Swiss gingerbread cookies have a limited shelf life. After opening the packaging, they dry quickly, so it is better to take them in small packaging.

Cheese lovers usually do not care about the question: what to buy for a tourist in Switzerland, as a rule, a lot of free space is left in their suitcases for this famous product. Just keep in mind that odorous cheeses without vacuum packaging can soak the entire suitcase with their stench and in some extreme cases you might not be allowed to board a flight.

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As gifts from Switzerland, it is better to bring hard and semi-hard cheeses with long shelf life:

  • Emmental (Emmentaler)
  • Gruyère (read about visiting Gruyeres )
  • Schabziger (Schabziger)
  • Appenzeller (Appenzeller) and many others

The price for 1 kg of cheese ranges from 20 francs and above. Tasting sets of cheeses of different varieties that can be bought in supermarkets are very popular among tourists. In specialized cheese stores, such a purchase will cost more, especially if it is an assortment of delicious cheeses in wooden boxes.

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If you need to bring small cheese souvenirs, then the best choice would be sets of cheeses in which thin cheese plates are rolled into rolls. They have a weight of about 100 g and a price not exceeding 5 francs.

Gourmets and connoisseurs of everything authentic can buy exclusive home-made cheeses from farmers and peasants at the fair in Zurich , which is held weekly on Wednesdays in the premises of the railway station. There are interesting excursions to the cheese dairies, where you can participate in the process of making cheeses, have plenty of fun tasting and buy your favorite varieties without trade margins.

Wine Petite Arvine

The country generally does not export a lot of alcoholic drinks although they are worthy of being brought as a gift from Switzerland. Some popular Swiss white wines are:

  • Petit Arvine
  • Johannisberg

Fans of red wine are advised to pay attention to Pinot Noir, especially non-tailoring production. A bottle of 0.7 liter of wine costs on average 10 to 30 CHF.

Brandy Kirschwasser

People who are fans of strong drinks can consider bringing:

  • Kirschwasser – brandy made from black cherry with pits.
  • Welsh pear vodka – Williams, apricot – Apricotine, and plum – “Pflumli” are also popular.

In specialty stores you can find Williams gift bottles with a pear inside. The price of strong drinks in bottles of 0.7 liter is not more than 30 CHF.

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Penknives are perhaps the most useful souvenirs that you can bring from Switzerland. Swiss knives showcase  unsurpassed quality and durability. Their blades are made of special steel, they remain razor sharp for decades without requiring sharpening.

High quality is typical for all Swiss knives – both for hunting, army folding models with up to 30 items, and for small key chains. The most popular products are the famous brands Victorinox and Wenger. Trinket prices start at 10 CHF, and knives start at 30-80 CHF.

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Upon purchase, you can engrave the name of the owner on the handle or a gift inscription. Manicure sets, scissors, tweezers are also very popular. All steel cutting items made in Switzerland are must buys while visiting the country.

Please note that sharp objects must not be carried in cabin baggage on airplanes. And if you forgot to hand over even a small keychain knife with a bunch of keys, then before boarding the plane you will have to dispose the package altogether.

Swiss watches have long been synonymous with quality, reliability and accuracy. This is the best gift for yourself or a loved one that can be brought from Switzerland. Cuckoo clocks which are considered one of the symbols of this country are also popular with tourists.

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In Switzerland, you can buy watches everywhere – from specialized departments of jewelry stores and large department stores, to watch stores and boutiques. They can be found even in small towns. A large assortment of watches includes relatively inexpensive Swatch models. Some of the best Swiss brands include:

Swiss watches can be made of precious metals or ordinary stainless steel, but high quality and reliability are unchanged for all models. When buying a watch, a certificate confirming their authenticity must be checked.

The prices of Swiss watches are from 70-100 to several thousand francs. In any case, bringing watches from Switzerland is much more profitable than buying them in any other country.

It is also worth looking at famous Swiss jewelry for the wealthier tourists. Some of the most famous Swiss brands are Chopard, de Grisogono, Boghossian and Vainard. The Swiss skillfully combine centuries-old traditions of jewelry art with bold designer finds in their work.

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Jewelry lovers are advised to pay attention to the author’s jewelry designers ’products, which can be found in small shops and gift shops. Such a gift must be selected in accordance with the taste of the person to whom it is intended. Particularly noteworthy are bracelets, pendants, rings made of natural materials – valuable wood species, gems, amber, mother of pearl. Cost of jewelry – from 15 francs and above.

The prices for cosmetics are higher in Switzerland than in other European countries. But the natural composition of cosmetics, their rejuvenating and healing effect on the skin and high-quality makes up for this.

Cosmetics Artemis

Some of the best Swiss cosmetic products are:

  • Louis Widmer,
  • Chambo et al.

Most of these products are sold in cosmetic departments of pharmacies. The cost of cosmetics is very different, but always high, as is the quality. For example, a moisturizing face cream costs between 50-60 francs per jar of 50 ml.

When preparing for a tourist trip, you need to know what you can buy at a pharmacy in Switzerland. Indeed, in an unfamiliar country, problems may arise with the acquisition of necessary pharmacy products.

Keep in mind that all pharmacies and shops are closed on Sundays in Switzerland. The only places where you can buy something are gas stations and station stores.

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In pharmacies, only herbal teas, skincare cosmetics, vitamins, baby food, and the required minimum amount of medications are available for sale. The drugs that can be brought are painkillers, antipyretics, cough syrups and drops from a cold. There are also first aid measures for injuries. The rest of the medicines can only be bought by prescription.

Herbal Swiss Tea

The cost of simple medicines is from 5 to 15 francs. Given the high price of drugs and the inaccessibility to a lot of them without a prescription, it is recommended to bring all medicines that may be needed with you on a trip to Switzerland . They don’t take up much space, and on occasion they can help out well.

As a souvenir from Switzerland, many tourists bring herbal teas. They can be bought both in pharmacies and in stores and supermarkets. Herbs for herbal teas are harvested in the mountains and in ecologically clean alpine meadows, their collections are made according to traditional healing recipes, so herbal teas are excellent in the treatment and prevention of various ailments. Fragrant alpine teas will be a good gift to friends and relatives. The average packaging price is about 5 francs.

Not a single trip abroad can do without buying souvenirs for memory. Most often, gifts such as bells, music boxes, soft toy cows, wall plates, magnets, postcards are brought from Switzerland.

Swiss bells

The traditional bell on the neck of cows grazing in alpine meadows has become a peculiar symbol of Switzerland. This traditional souvenir has another symbolic meaning – its ringing drives away evil spirits.

You can buy a bell as a souvenir along with a soft toy – a cow, which is considered the main animal of this country. After all, without it, there would not have been famous Swiss cheeses and milk chocolate, which every Swiss is proud of.

Music Box Reuge Music

Music boxes in Switzerland often have a characteristic shape – they are made in the form of national houses. When opening the box, beautiful music sounds that can be accompanied by traditional dances performed by tiny figures of Swiss in national clothes. The main manufacturer of these gifts is Reuge Music, prices from 60 francs and above.

If you need to bring something inexpensive as a gift from Switzerland, you should pay attention to the wall plates with views of cities and alpine landscapes , interesting mugs and cups and saucers decorated with images of cows. Prices – from 10 francs.

Magnet from Switzerland

In large quantities, tourists are buying magnets with views of Switzerland, key rings and lighters with national symbols. If you do not know what to buy in Switzerland, bring postcards and magnets with unique views of the mountains and castles that this part is rich in.

What to bring from Switzerland? The choice is yours. There are many attractive things here that will please you, your friends and relatives. But the most important thing that you bring with you is vivid impressions and memories of the time spent in this beautiful country.

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As one of the top destinations in Europe, Switzerland attracts millions of tourists to visit every year with its majestic, spectacular natural scenery, quaint and tranquil cities, many interesting experiences. Whether you are on a vacation or on a business trip, your trip will not be complete without a shopping experience. Deciding what to buy in Switzerland can be quite difficult because Switzerland has a lot of meaningful, beautiful and good quality souvenirs and gifts, especially when visiting big cities like Zurich, Geneva, Bern or Lucerne. So, what to buy in Switzerland and what should I buy in Switzerland? Let’s check out our suggested top 10 things to buy in Switzerland including best Switzerland souvenirs, best souvenirs from Switzerland, best things to buy in Switzerland, must buy in Switzerland and best gifts from Switzerland as well as best places to buy them to clear the answer!

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Best gifts from Switzerland: Chocolate

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Coming to Switzerland, you will enjoy the sweet taste of delicious chocolate bars. Swiss chocolate has been produced since the 18th century. Switzerland is one of the world’s leading chocolate exporters, you will be surprised by the variety and diversity of different types of chocolate, with many rich and varied flavors. Today, with modern technologies, chocolate products have higher quality. Swiss Chocolate is not only one of the most loved and famous foods in the world, but it is also one of the best gifts from Switzerland, best things to buy in Switzerland, must buy in Switzerland for both relatives and friends. Because of the attractiveness and popularity of chocolate, a chocolate association was established in Switzerland called CHOCOSUISSE (the Association of Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers) with the aim of managing the production and export of chocolate.

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The Swiss people love chocolate just as much as they love and are proud of their country, so their chocolate production is also special compared to the rest of the world, to bring out the best flavor, the most delicious and attractive taste for customers. Switzerland has some of the best and most famous chocolates in the world, such as Lindt and Nestle. In the center of large cities such as Geneva and Zurich are home to the most prestigious and quality chocolate shops with rich and diverse designs and many attractive and wonderful flavors. You can freely choose your favorite chocolate flavors such as milk chocolate, sugar coated chocolate, chocolate nuggets, almond chocolate, candy chocolate… with famous chocolate brands around the world such as Lindt, Sprungli, Teuscher, Suchard. Coming here, visitors can also see and enjoy handmade chocolates with great and unforgettable flavors. Besides, the people here also transform these chocolate bars into different desserts, very delectable.

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Chocolate shops are present all over streets throughout Switzerland, so you can easily buy these delicious and attractive chocolate bars, related-chocolate products as gifts. Lucerne is also a place where visitors can freely choose for themselves excellent chocolate types. However, when you buy chocolate, you should also note, if you buy to enjoy directly, you should choose handmade chocolates that will be more delicious. If you want to buy as a gift, you should buy packaged products available at supermarkets, shops, the price is both cheaper and convenient. You should not buy handmade chocolate as a gift, although this type of chocolate is delicious, it is very easy to melt and does not keep for long.

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This is a great gift for your loved ones because chocolate not only brings great taste, but it also helps release Dopamine, making people happy, comfortable and happy. Chocolate deserves to be the first choice when you want to best souvenirs from Switzerland.

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Where to buy

  • Negozio Lindt Chocolate : (Address: Pilgerweg 58, 8802 Kilchberg, Switzerland/Hours: 10AM–6PM; Sunday: Closed).
  • The Sprungli store is located at Zurich’s Central Station and at locations 21 and 67 in Bahnhoffstrasse street, Zurich, Switzerland. Opening hours from 6:45am to 9pm.
  • Merkur Chocolaterie (Swiss Chocolate): (Address: Bahnhofstrasse 106, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 9AM–8PM).
  • Confiserie Teuscher store (Address: Storchengasse 9, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 10AM–6:30PM; Sunday: 12–6PM) in the Old Town and Confiserie Teuscher (Address: Bahnhofstrasse 46, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 10AM–6:30PM; Sunday: Closed). Each store will have different opening hours, but the earliest is 9am and closes at 8pm at the latest.

What to buy in Switzerland: Alta Terra Alpine Herb Food Products

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A family business from Bern, Switzerland, Alta Terra produces oils, vinegar, salt, honey and organic food products with regional flavors, seasoned with herbs, flowers and spices of the Alps. Furthermore, all products are made using hand-crafted organic ingredients from small family farms with no pesticides, fungicides and herbicides…so this is sure to be these are extremely meaningful and nutritious Swiss souvenirs for your loved ones.

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Revealing some of the gifts that you can buy are: Honey tea bags, Alta Terra salt blended with herbs, Dried marigold flowers, Alpine Herbs Vinegar and aromatic oils…

Schweizer Heimatwerk Department Store (Address: Uraniastrasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 10AM–6PM; Sunday: Closed)

Best Switzerland souvenirs: Watches & Jewelry

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Swiss watch is an item that is so famous all over the world and is one of the items that visitors can not help but buying as a gift. Switzerland is famous as a place to produce best watches with many designs of sophisticated, luxurious, ingenious, exquisite and elaborate and expensive, which are a wonderful combination of trendy aesthetics and cutting-edge technology. Swiss watches are considered the benchmark and measure of quality in watchmaking. Typically, famous Swiss watch brands such as Patek Philippe, Tag Heuer, Rolex, Tissot, Omega, Longines…

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Although the price of Swiss watches is quite expensive, you will definitely be extremely pleased, impressived and satisfied with what you get. A Swiss watch brand that many tourists choose is the affordable watch maker Swatch and this is also one of the best-selling watch brands in Switzerland. With spend just 80 USD to a few hundred USD, you can own a great Swatch watch. Because this is a well-known item, visitors can easily find and choose watches at shops along the streets, supermarkets or shopping malls in big cities.

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Another iconic Swiss souvenir is watch. You may be surprised to find that most of the world’s famous watch brands are originated from Switzerland. Besides that, exceptional jewelry designers seem to flock to Switzerland making the country full of gorgeous bracelets, cufflinks, brooches and earrings, chain… that make women must be fascinated with. So if you are wondering what to buy in Switzerland and find the best souvenirs from Switzerland for your grandmother, mother, wife or girlfriend, jewelry is not a bad choice.

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  • Maurice de Mauriac Zurich Watches (Address: Tödistrasse 48, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 9AM–6PM; Saturday: 11AM–2PM; Sunday: Closed).
  • FREITAG Flagship Store Zürich (Address: Geroldstrasse 17, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 11AM–7PM).
  • Les Ambassadeurs AG (Address: Bahnhofstrasse 64, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 11AM–6PM/Sunday: Closed), or Patek Philippe Boutique at Beyer Uhren und Juwelen (Beyer Chronometrie AG) (Address: Bahnhofstrasse 31, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 10AM–6:30PM).
  • MANOR department store is located (Address: 75 Bahnhofstrassee, Zurich, Switzerland/Hours: 9am–8pm).

Best things to buy in Switzerland & must buy in Switzerland: Cheese

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Swiss cheese is also one of the delectable foods of Swiss cuisine. Even, Swiss cheese has surpassed French cheese and is known as the “King of cheeses”, is a food not to be missed of any diner when coming to Switzerland. The production of cheese in Switzerland is an artistic labor process with many complicated processes and stages. In particular, cheese production in Switzerland is mainly used by people using manual tools and methods. Cheese production goes through many different stages, extremely careful and meticulous to be able to create the greasy, bright yellow flavor of this unique food.

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Not only France, but Switzerland is also home to some of the best cheeses in Europe. You can eat Swiss cheese with a sandwich, or as a snack. It is also the main ingredient of the famous Swiss cheese hot pot fondue. The rich, beautiful cheeses with bright yellow color, fancy holes are the result of an enthusiastic artistic labor process. Therefore, this is an attractive gift for your friends and relatives to bring back after your trip to Switzerland. However, cheese is not easy to bring home because it also involves freezing, taste and customs. If you want to buy cheese as a gift, you should buy hard cheese rather than soft cheese. You can find Swiss cheese at any market, department store, convenience store, local shop in any Swiss city.

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Best switzerland Souvenirs: Wine

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As a country famous for its wine because it grows a lot of types of grapes with suitable natural conditions in terms of soil, altitude, air and light in famous wine-growing regions such as Valais, Vaud, Geneva and Ticino, Lavaux, Zurich… One of the wine brands that visitors can choose to buy is Pinot Noir made from berry black grapes or white wine made from white grapes originating from the famous Lavaux vineyard region.

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What should I buy in Switzerland? Yes, Swiss wine is a great gift that you should buy for your relatives and friends. Swiss wines are also of the same premium quality as wines in some other European countries. If you are a wine connoisseur, you will definitely love Swiss wines. Almost premium and fine wines in Switzerland are made by locals. You won’t be disappointed when visit vineyards near Geneva, Zermatt Valley or other parts of Switzerland. However, Swiss wine is mainly produced for domestic consumption. Among them, the wine near the Zermatt valley is also worth trying.

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  • Le Caveau de Bacchus (Address: Cr de Rive 5, 1204 Genève, Switzerland/Hours: 9:30AM–7PM; Saturday: 9AM–6PM/Sunday: Closed).
  • Wine shop near the entrance to the Zermatt Valley (Visper Tiguren), Geneva, Switzerland.

Top 10 things to buy in Switzerland: Swiss Army Knife

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The pocket Swiss Army Knife multi-purpose knife was derived from the climbing and camping interests of the indigenous people. This is also an item that you can choose to buy as a gift because this is a personal knife with many favorite utilities in the world. It is compact, smooth, sharp, convenient and extremely useful: Used to open wine, open cans, use as scissors, pliers, magnifying glass, tweezers and even toothpicks, cutting bread,… bearing the characteristic of Switzerland.

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This product has been copied in many forms in many European countries such as Germany, Spain, France, etc., but their quality is still not comparable to the real Swiss Army Knife knife made in Switzerland. The price of these multi-purpose knives is also quite cheap, only about 20CHF (CHF is the currency of Switzerland) to 100CHF, depending on the size of the knife you want to buy, the price is different. You can buy it at shops in the city or at the souvenir stalls at the airport.

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Of course you can buy Swiss army knives everywhere in Europe, but it’s nice to be able to buy this in switzerland, isn’t it? This compact, pocketable knife has been around since the 1800s and it includes a variety of tools. These tools come in different sizes and functions. In particular, you can easily put this knife in your wallet.

The Swiss Army multi-purpose knife seems to have become a unique souvenir and is sure to cause interest in those who receive it. This is a great gift for those who love outdoor activities, and those who love camping. Revealing, the two most famous brands of Swiss Army Knives that you can refer to are Wenger and Victorinox.

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  • Dolmetsch Store branch 1 in Zurich Railway Station, open Monday to Friday: 8 am to 9 pm and from 9 am to 20 pm on Saturdays.
  • Dolmetsch Store branch 2 (Address: Limmatquai 126, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 9AM–9PM; 11AM–8PM).
  • Rue du Marché Shopping Mall , Geneva, Switzerland.

Best Switzerland souvenirs: Traditional crafts

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If you are looking for a souvenir other than food and watches, herbs… you should consider choosing traditional Swiss crafts. Some famous Swiss handicraft items are Cuckoo Clocks, Cowbells, etc. The cuckoo clocks are very famous in Switzerland. Although the first cuckoo clock was made in Germany, this type of clock has its origins in Switzerland.

Inside the cuckoo clocks are colorful flowers, dancing people in traditional costumes or Bernard dogs… with high quality handcrafted designs and exciting music like “Edelweiss” and “Happy Wanderer”… through metal pegs and posts, make everyone delights.

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Making cowbells are a traditional craft in Switzerland. They come in different sizes, forged or cast from metal. Beer mugs are another classic Central European souvenir. They also come in many varieties and are designed in different styles.

In addition, you can also buy other souvenirs such as wooden toys, glassware, chess board sets, music boxes… When traveling to Switzerland, you should visit shops and flea markets to buy unique souvenirs.

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  • Limited Stock Store (Address: Spiegelgasse 22, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 11AM–6:30PM; Saturday: 10AM–5PM; Monday, Sunday: Closed).
  • Harrison Spirit store (Address: Spiegelgasse 22, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 11AM–6:30PM; Saturday: 10AM–5PM; Monday, Sunday: Closed).
  • Schweizer Heimatwerk store (Address: Uraniastrasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 10AM–7PM/Sunday: Closed).
  • Teddy’s Souvenir Shop AG (Address: Limmatquai 34, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland/Hours: 10AM–8PM; Saturday: 10AM–7PM; Sunday: 11AM–5PM).

What to buy in Switzerland: The Heidis Book Series

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Introduced as a series for children and those who love children, the Heidi book series is a meaningful gift not to be missed when coming to Switzerland. The image of a little girl wearing a milkmaid dress, with two pigtails with a kind heart has become a Swiss figure that is known and loved all over the world.

Must buy in Switzerland: Traditional dress for girls

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A pair of scarlet, cat-print shoes are the traditional shoe of almost all girls in Switzerland. This is a shoe that has been passed down through the generations, it is said that almost all Swiss girls take their first steps in a pair of Tiger-Finkli shoes. Why don’t you buy a pair of these cute little shoes for your special girl? And you can even dress her up in a traditional Heidi style.

Best souvenirs from Switzerland: Dog collars

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Made of premium leather, dog collars are now designed in both traditional and modern versions of the original design. For more than 250 years, dogs in Switzerland have been wearing Appenzeller dog collars. Currently, this unique culture has been introduced to a number of countries across Europe. Buy this wonderful souvenir for dog lovers.

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  • Swiss Travel Pass

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13 Best Gifts for Someone Going to Switzerland

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Are you looking for the best gift for your friend or family member who is going to Switzerland? We’ve got you covered with this list of the most popular and best gifts for people traveling to Switzerland. Whether they’re traveling to Zurich, Geneva, Bern, Basel, Lausanne, or anywhere else in Switzerland, these gifts will be sure to please.

Traveling abroad can be an exciting and fun experience, but it also can be stressful and overwhelming. Whether they are going on an adventure , a romantic getaway , a business trip , or an education program , they’ll need to be prepared for all sorts of situations.

So what kind of gift would be perfect for someone who is traveling to Switzerland? You may want to give them something that will help them on their adventures , but you also want to stay within a budget .

The best gift for a traveler is something they will use and enjoy. These gifts should be small and lightweight , easy to pack in a suitcase or backpack. They should also be practical and useful when traveling. You don’t want to get them something that sits in their closet, collecting dust.

In this article, we’ve put together a list of the best travel gifts for anyone who is traveling to Switzerland. Each one is a useful , affordable , and thoughtful travel gift that any traveler will love and use. Whether it’s a gift for their  next trip  or for a  birthday ,  graduation , Mother’s Day , Father’s Day , Valentine’s Day , or Christmas , you’ll be sure to find something on this list that they’ll love.

Best Gifts for Someone Going to Switzerland

1. portable power bank.

A portable power bank can be an essential tool for any frequent traveler .

There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of battery in the middle of nowhere and not being able to call for help or take photos. A portable power bank can be a lifesaver in these situations.

Whether they’re going on an international trip or just taking a weekend getaway , a power bank can be used to keep their phone, tablet, and other devices charged.

If you have a friend or family member who’s traveling a lot, it might be a good idea to get them a portable power bank as a gift.

Most power banks are small and lightweight and can be carried in a backpack or even a pocket. And, they’re extremely affordable —making them a perfect gift for anyone who travels a lot.

There are many types of portable power banks available for purchase on Amazon, including power banks with multiple ports and even ones that can be recharged using solar energy .

We recommend the Anker 325 Power Bank for its high cell capacity, fast-charging capabilities, and affordability. You can also find many other types of portable power banks on Amazon that will meet the needs of the adult who is always on the go.

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For more information and reviews, check out the Anker 325 Power Bank on Amazon .

2. World Travel Adapter

A world travel adapter is a thoughtful gift for someone who is often traveling.

People often forget to bring an adapter when they pack for a trip because it’s not something that is necessary (unlike money and plane tickets).

However, it’s one of those things that can make or break a trip. For example, it can be a lifesaver when they travel to countries that have different voltage or outlet configurations.

So this time, why not surprise them with a world travel adapter? It’s small enough to fit in their carry-on bag but will be very useful when they need it.

You can find a variety of travel adapters on Amazon . These small, lightweight adapters are perfect for travelers who want to stay organized and avoid extra weight in their bags.

If you’re not sure which adapter is right for them, we recommend the EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter , which can be used in more than 150 countries.

EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter One International Wall Charger AC Plug Adaptor with 5.6A Smart Power and 3.0A USB Type-C for USA EU UK AUS (TA-105, Grey)

For more information, see what other people are saying about the EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter on Amazon .

3. Sleep Eye Mask

A sleep eye mask is a thoughtful gift for someone who travels a lot and needs to catch some z’s during their flights or while in transit.

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to get some rest on an overnight flight or in a hotel room when the lights are too bright and there is no way to block them out. A sleep eye mask can be a lifesaver for anyone who struggles to sleep in a bright environment.

Whether they are trying to get some quality shut-eye on an overnight flight or trying to catch a nap during their lunch break at work, a sleep eye mask can be a useful gift.

There are many different styles of sleep eye masks available on Amazon , so you can easily find one that is suitable for the person you are buying it for.

If you’re looking for a comfortable eye mask that’s well-suited to travel, we recommend the MZOO Sleep Eye Mask . This sleep mask has a contoured design that makes it comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

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For more information, read customer reviews about the MZOO Sleep Eye Mask on Amazon.

4. Inflatable Travel Pillow

One of the most overlooked items in any adventurer’s bag is the travel pillow. It can be the difference between sleeping comfortably or waking up with a stiff neck.

For the person who travels frequently , an inflatable travel pillow is a thoughtful and practical gift.

Because of their small , portable size and weightlessness when deflated, inflatable neck pillows are ideal for stowing in a carry-on bag.

They are the perfect companions for long flights , road trips , and camping expeditions . They are also great to use on overnight train journeys and airport layovers .

There are dozens of types of inflatable travel pillows available on Amazon . You can find pillows to meet any need, from lightweight pillows for easier carrying to ergonomic pillows that reduce neck strain.

If you are not sure which type of travel pillow is best for them, we recommend the UROPHYLLA Inflatable Neck Pillow for Travel . This pillow is an excellent choice for napping on the go and would make a great gift for them.

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For more information and reviews, check out the UROPHYLLA Inflatable Neck Pillow for Travel on Amazon .

5. Laundry Bag

A laundry bag is a practical gift for the frequent traveler . It can be used to store dirty clothes and keep them separate from clean clothes.

It’s especially helpful for business travelers who are staying in hotels , where they may not have access to laundry facilities.

Most laundry bags are made from lightweight , durable fabrics like nylon and polyester. A laundry bag can be a worthwhile investment since it will last for many years.

There are dozens of types and brands of laundry bags available on Amazon , so you can easily find one that fits your last-minute shopping.

If you are not sure which one to choose, we recommend Wash Me Travel Laundry Bag . This bag is made with a high-quality fabric that is durable, washable, and easy to carry around.

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Read more about the Wash Me Travel Laundry Bag on Amazon to find out what people are saying about this product.

6. Luggage Scale

If you are looking for a last-minute gift, luggage scale makes an excellent gift.

This is a great gift for travelers who tend to overpack and worry about exceeding the weight limit on luggage.

A luggage scale will help them avoid overpacking by ensuring that their bags meet airline weight restrictions.

There are a variety of luggage scales available on Amazon , but we recommend the FREETOO Portable Travel Scale for its affordability and reliability.

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For more information and reviews, check out the FREETOO Portable Travel Scale on Amazon .

7. Luggage Strap

For the frequent traveler , luggage straps make a smart gift.

Luggage straps can help secure suitcases and keep them closed, making it easier to transport several pieces of luggage at once. They can also help keep the contents of bags from being lost or stolen.

There is a wide selection of luggage straps available on Amazon , so it’s likely that you’ll be able to find one as a gift that is both useful and affordable.

If you are looking for the best luggage strap, we recommend the Untethered 4-Pack Luggage Straps . This strap is the perfect solution for traveling with multiple pieces of luggage or keeping bags closed while transporting them. Plus, it also makes for a good present.

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To find out what other customers are saying and to see current pricing, check out the Untethered 4-Pack Luggage Straps on Amazon .

8. Personal Safety Alarm

For the solo traveler , a personal safety alarm is a must-have.

A personal safety alarm is a small device that can be worn on a keychain or attached to one’s purse or backpack. When activated, it emits a high-pitched noise that is designed to draw attention and scare off potential attackers.

Personal safety alarms can make a great gift for travelers who love to explore on their own , especially if they plan on traveling outside of the country.

There are many different types of personal security alarms available on Amazon . Some personal security alarms especially appeal to female travelers. Other personal security alarms are designed for use by anyone—men, women, children, and elderly people alike.

If you are considering buying a personal security alarm for them, we recommend the KOSIN Safe Sound Personal Alarm . It is small but powerful , so they can wear it on a keychain or attach it to a handbag or backpack. Plus, it makes an ideal gift for female travelers, especially if they are headed to a country where they will be going out alone at night or spending time in unfamiliar places.

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Check out the Amazon reviews for the KOSIN Safe Sound Personal Alarm to see what others are saying about this product.

9. Emergency Whistle

For the outdoorsy person in your life, an emergency whistle is a must-have item.

This small tool can be used to signal for help if lost or stranded. It’s also useful for calling attention during emergencies that occur in the wilderness.

An emergency whistle is a small , lightweight item that can easily be attached to a keychain or backpack.

If you are shopping for someone who loves to hike , backcountry ski , or camp , an emergency whistle is a great choice.

There are many different styles of emergency whistles available on Amazon , but our favorite is LuxoGear Emergency Whistle . This emergency whistle is made from durable plastic and has a lanyard for easy carrying. It’s also very loud, which is an important feature of any emergency whistle.

LuxoGear Emergency Whistles with Lanyard Safety Whistle Survival Shrill Loud Blast for Kayak Life Vest Jacket Boating Fishing Boat Camping Hiking Hunting Rescue Signaling Kids Lifeguard Plastic 2 Pack

For additional information, reviews and pricing, check out the LuxoGear Emergency Whistle on Amazon .

10. Waterproof Phone Case

If he or she loves to go swimming or is always near the water , you may want to consider purchasing a waterproof phone case.

A waterproof phone case will protect the device from water damage and can provide a protective layer from scratches and scuffs as well.

It is important to note that not all waterproof phone cases are equally effective at protecting the phone from water damage. There are many different brands of waterproof phone cases , so it is important to do your research before purchasing one.

If you are looking for a great waterproof phone case that is affordable, highly rated, and easy to use, we recommend the JOTO Waterproof Phone Pouch Universal Waterproof Case . This case is designed to be compatible with most smartphones, including the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and more.

JOTO Waterproof Phone Pouch IPX8 Universal Waterproof Case Dry Bag Phone Protector for iPhone 15 14 13 12 11 Pro Max Plus XS XR X 8 Galaxy S23 S22 S21 S20 Pixel Up to 7" -2 Pack, Black

Check out the Amazon reviews for the JOTO Waterproof Phone Pouch Universal Waterproof Case to see what others are saying about this product.

11. Electronics Organizer

If he or she is always losing their sim cards, phone chargers, and power cords, you might want to consider getting them an electronics organizer.

An electronics organizer is a useful gift for the man or woman who has a lot of tech accessories and needs help keeping them organized.

For travelers and business peopl e, an electronics organizer can be a lifesaver — it keeps all their travel accessories together and ready to go.

So if you’re planning on giving a gift to someone this time, why not get them something that will help them stay organized?

You can find a large selection of electronics organizers on Amazon , so there’s sure to be one that will suit the needs of anyone on your gift list.

If you’re not sure what kind of electronic organizer might be best for him or her, we recommend the BAGSMART Electronic Organizer . This organizer is ideal for people who travel frequently, as it has plenty of room for all their tech accessories.

BAGSMART Electronics Organizer Travel Case, Small Cable Organizer Bag for Travel Essentials, Travel Tech Organizer as Travel Accessories, Cord Organizer for Phone, Power Bank, SD Card, Black

For more information and customer reviews, see the BAGSMART Electronic Organizer on Amazon .

12. RFID-Blocking Wallet

If you’re looking for something practical , an RFID wallet is the perfect travel gift.

For those who travel frequently or enjoy seeing new places , the worst-case scenario is having their credit card information stolen while out and about. RFID-blocking wallets can help prevent this from happening.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a type of technology that allows objects to transmit information via radio waves. RFID-blocking wallets are designed to protect people from identity theft by preventing (RFID) signals from being transmitted.

If you have a girlfriend who travels frequently, an RFID-blocking wallet would make a great gift for them.

There are many types of RFID-blocking wallets on Amazon , so you can easily find one that fits your budget and the needs of the person you’re buying for.

If you’re not sure what kind of RFID wallet is best for him or her, we recommend the FurArt Credit Card Wallet . This wallet features 13 card slots, 2 cash pockets, and an RFID blocking lining — a great gift for the man or woman on the go!

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Check out the Amazon reviews for the FurArt Credit Card Wallet to see what others are saying about this product.

13. TSA-Approved Luggage Lock

TSA-approved luggage locks are designed to be opened by TSA agents, so they can inspect the luggage without damaging it.

You can find several different types of TSA-approved locks on Amazon , so it’s easy to find one that fits your needs and budget.

If you don’t have time to find out what type of lock they need, we recommend the Fosmon TSA Approved Luggage Lock . It’s one of the most popular and highly rated locks available. It is made with a durable material that has been approved by the TSA for use in airports.

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Check out the Amazon reviews for the Fosmon TSA Approved Luggage Lock to see what others are saying about this product.

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10 souvenirs to buy during travel to Switzerland

Souvenirs to buy in Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the hottest travel destinations in people’s bucket lists. From geographical wonders like picturesque mountains to fantastic boutique stores, there are a lot of sights to feast your eyes on. If you are traveling to Switzerland, you must be wondering what you can buy for your loved ones and yourself when you are vacationing there. You must keep in mind that shopping in Switzerland is not cheap. But, if you want to splurge on yourself with luxurious items, then this is the best place.

Swiss Cheese

1) Swiss Cheese If you love cheese, then you will fall in love with the world-famous cheese that is produced in this country. The cattle reared here provide high-quality creamy milk that makes Swiss cheese so good. There are almost 450 grades of Swiss cheese that you can choose. It is made from unpasteurized milk, which is known for its health benefits. Depending upon the grade of the cheese, the price will be fixed. You can expect to get 7.5 ounces of gruyere cheese for about 10.5 dollars.

Swiss Watch

2) Swiss Watches It is the dream of many people to own a real Swiss watch. The art and craft of making the perfect watch have been in the country from the 16th century. Watch collectors and enthusiasts hail Swiss watches as one of the best in the world. These watches are known for their beautiful design and quality. These watches can be kept in the house as heirlooms. You can get watches for all ages, and anybody will appreciate receiving one. If you are looking for the best Swiss watchmaker, you can head over to  Maurice de Mauriac .

Swiss Chocolate - Lindt

3) Swiss Chocolate Many people enjoy the rich aroma and taste of Swiss Chocolate. Even if you are the rare soul who does not enjoy chocolate, you can take it for your loved ones back at home. The grass feed dairy cows of Switzerland are the secret behind their fame. It is not just the quality of chocolate. This Swiss chocolate has been perfected over the centuries, and there are thousands of flavors to choose from. Do not forget to pick a bar or two along with a box of chocolates that will resemble some of the most dazzling jewelry that you will ever see. You will find  Lindt chocolates  in every corner, and the prices are also affordable.

Swiss Pocket Knife

4) Swiss Knife Not only collectors, but you will also find that survivalists and trekkers will vouch that a Swiss knife is an essential survival tool. It is one of best selling item in the country and even the world. There are many models, and you will be able to find one within your budget. This is also another heirloom that can be passed down to the next generation. Pick one that will fit in your pocket without burning a hole in it with the price tag.

Traditional Swiss Dress

5) Traditional Swiss Clothes The traditional Swiss attire will be one of the most exciting and unique souvenirs that you can take home. The cloth that is used to make the dress is eco friendly and extremely comfortable. Take home a colorful traditional Swiss dress as it one of the unique souvenirs that you can purchase for your loved ones.

Swiss Cuckoo Clock

6) Swiss Cuckoo Clock Unlike the German ones, the Cuckoo clocks made in Switzerland resemble a traditional Swiss chalet. These clocks are wooden and hand-made. The price can range from 400 to 950 dollars. These clocks are adorable and can add a nice touch to your house.

Swiss Wooden Toys

7) Wooden Toys For Children You will also find wooden toys for children. These  hand-made wooden  toys can be purchased as a showpiece as well. You can get small figurines of farmers, cattle, farming tools, etc. For a little top, you would have to pay around 8.5 dollars while a train set is going to cost you around 76 dollars. The price will depend not only upon the size of the toy but also the craftsmanship.

Postcard

8) Stamps, Postcards, Fridge Magnets, And Key Chains These are some everyday items that people are going to advise you to purchase. Of course, you should get these as they are not only inexpensive but will also be good gifts that you can give to your loved ones. Get the ones that capture the natural beauty of the country. You can get small keychains for 20 dollars, which can have a little cowbell. Postcards capturing the beauty of the city of Zurich are also available. Fridge magnets with the picturesque Alps can be a nice addition to the decor of your kitchen.

Swiss Cow Bell

9) Swiss Cow Bells These bells are iconic, and you must have seen them in movies. The cows are a vital part of the culture of the country, and these bells are sold in numerous shops for tourists. The ringing sound produced by these bells is regarded as the music of the Alps and is made up of a pressed sheet metal called Trychel. It is because of this pressed sheet metal that these bells produce its characteristic ringing sound. Depending upon the size of the bell, the price can range from 16 dollars to 440 dollars.

Swiss Music Box

10) Music Box Music boxes are trendy in Switzerland. These boxes are made with a lot of care, and if you are willing to spend a bit more money, then you can get an intricately designed one. These music boxes play soothing tunes and will be the perfect gift for any occasion. Most common music boxes play the melody of Edelweiss or Happy Wanderer, and these traditional music boxes have not changed their design since it was invented.

Tips To Do And Not Do When Searching And Buying For Souvenirs

  • Make a proper budget if you do not want to spend a lot of money to prioritize the things that you want to buy.
  • Get a list of people you would have to buy gifts for.
  • Explore the streets as there are many options. Do not confine yourself to the list given above. You never know what gem you will stumble upon.
  • Do not fall prey to scammers. Make sure to do proper research about the places where you will get a quality product. For the sake of saving a few bucks, do not buy from a shady shop that will cheat you into purchasing an inferior product. Look for certified stores to get the best, and the internet will be your best friend.

How To Stay Away From Fake Stuff? While traveling, it is common for people to face certain situations in which they might find themselves quite helpless. The most common problems they face include buying stuff from fake places. When the fake sellers in Switzerland observe the tourists, they apply full effort on making them buy their fake souvenirs by melting them with sweet vows and over-respectful behavior. It is best not to fall for such sweet words and fake heart-warming greetings, as you might face problems later after buying things from them at much higher prices.

How To Avoid Illegal Sellers? People should have minimum knowledge about all the illegal materials of Switzerland. Some things might be legal in your country but not in Switzerland, but several illegal sellers are setting up their business in Switzerland day after day. They sell unlawful products which not only harm the tourists financially but also the place itself. It might drain natural resources and animals too. If you stay well-aware of all the illegalities in Switzerland, you might end up avoiding such traps.

How To Avoid Scams In Switzerland?   In all the tourist zones, including Switzerland, there happen to be several scams running throughout the year. The most common scam you should avoid is the ones of the drivers. The drivers of the place might take you to individual particular souvenirs shops only. The shop owners, as well as the drivers, run scams, are selling souvenirs at high prices.

Switzerland trditional souvenirs

Conclusion Budgeting will be challenging for you when you are going to shop on the streets of Switzerland. It is still advisable that you keep a rough estimate on your hand. Get ready to be charmed by the beauty of Switzerland. And marvel at the craftsmanship of the various Swiss items that the world so much raves about. Enjoy your shopping experience in Switzerland and explore the country to its fullest.

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How to send gifts to family and friends in Switzerland

  • Last Updated: 4 Nov 2020
  • By Tanya, Founder of Swiss Family Fun

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Hello family and friends of expats in Switzerland. We know you love us and want to treat us over the holidays. But if you’re thinking of sending a big box of gifts, please don’t. We often have to pay high customs fees for your packages, even if it’s clearly marked as a gift. So here are some gift giving alternatives when buying for expats in Switzerland.

Expats – Send this post to your friends and family and avoid those awkward conversations when they ask how to send you gifts.

1. Order from Swiss online shops

2. buy from local small businesses, 3. please use amazon.de not amazon.com, 4. gifting vouchers for mountains, 5. gifting experiences & family passes, 6. food delivery services, 7. german shopping terms, 8. understanding swiss customs.

People living in Switzerland typically don’t order from Amazon because they don’t ship everything to Switzerland (like most electronics). Instead we shop from large online shops based in Switzerland. The prices might be higher than you are used to. But shipping is quick and affordable, no customs fees and returns/exchanges are much easier. Here are a few that accept foreign credit cards.

Even people living in Switzerland love to receive chocolate as a gift. Ordering from a Swiss chocolate shop is a good way to avoid lengthy shipping times and customs. See where to buy Swiss chocolate online .

There are many small businesses in Switzerland creating all sorts of interesting products. Not every online shop is in English or accepts international credit cards, so check that first before getting your hopes up.

We love the gift guides from Kristin at Z-nuni.com , a carefully curated list of special Swiss products. Kurts.ch curates a fantastic collection of unique Swiss gifts. You might also try Etsy Switzerland that hosts many small local artists and producers in Switzerland. Just choose the Switzerland as the location of the shop when browsing the shops. You can also browse their EtsySwiss Instagram to see what Swiss artisans are creating.

If you want to order something from Amazon, please use Amazon.de (the German version of Amazon) not Amazon.com or other local country version. Amazon.de has an arrangement with Switzerland to process the Swiss customs and ship many items for free (including books and media).

Note: You can see the Amazon.de site in English. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and choose English as your language.

If you want to send an Amazon gift card, again please use Amazon.de . If you purchase a gift card from Amazon.com (or other regional Amazon), Swiss residents can’t use the gift card to order from Amazon.de. They have to use the gift card in the Amazon country store where the card was purchased. So if you send me an Amazon.com gift card, I have to order from the US Amazon store, incurring the shipping costs and customs fees of an item shipped from the US.

That said, Amazon.de will not ship many items to Switzerland. This is improving over time, but you still might discover that many items you want to order simply will not ship to Switzerland.

Visiting the mountains in summer and winter is a big part of life in Switzerland. A voucher for a mountain experience would be a wonderful gift for any family living in Switzerland. Here’s a short list, but I’ll be adding more as I find them.

We love this very flexible voucher for Central Switzerland that can be used at 100 partners in the Lucerne region, including mountain railways, boats, hotels, restaurants and other activities. (See our guide to Central Switzerland .)

The Jungfrau Region sells flexible vouchers that can be used for train tickets, ski passes, or restaurants in the Jungfrau region. They also sell gift tickets for specific locations like Jungfraujoch or Schynige Platte. (See our guide to the Jungfrau Region .)

Zermatt sells a voucher that can be used with 150 partners in the region including mountain railways, hotels and restaurants. The voucher is good for 10 years after purchase. In their online shop , you can also purchase special experiences like helicopter rides and guided tours.

Davos Klosters sells vouchers which may be used with mountain railways, hotels, restaurants and shops.

Stoos sells fixed amount vouchers and vouchers for a day pass for summer or winter. We love the fantastic views from the ridge trail and alpine playground. (See our post about Stoos hiking and Stoos skiing ).

Titlis Engelberg sells fixed amount vouchers and vouchers for a day pass and all sorts of experiences, like sledding, zipline, snowmobiling, etc. Although the website is in English, the voucher page is in German only.

Note: Instead of a generic voucher that can be spent on anything, some mountains sell vouchers for specific products, like a day pass or family pass. Before purchasing those, I suggest asking the recipient if they have any Swiss travel discount that might apply a discount. For example, if they have a SBB Half-fare car, they get a half-fare discount on all mountain transport. If they have a Junior card for their children, it means their children always travel free and don’t need their own ticket.

Many museums, sports centers, and other family activities offer online gift vouchers for day and/or annual passes (see my Rainy Day list for lots of great ideas). This is great for the whole family and you can join them on the activity when you visit. Here are a few I can recommend that accept foreign credit cards.

A few people have asked about food delivery services that deliver from local restaurants.  In Zürich city, we have Eat.ch , UberEats.com , and Smood.ch

Since many of these sites are not in English, here are a few German shopping terms that might be helpful. Try to use the “translate” option on your browser to facilitate the shopping process.

  • Gutscheine = voucher
  • Warenkorb = shopping cart
  • Auswählen = choose

When you send packages to Switzerland, the recipient must pay customs fees on value of the package, which is technically the value of the contents + any shipping costs + any predetermined customs fees. So if the gift value is CHF 60 and shipping was CHF 30 and custom fees are CHF 20, you are over the limit.

The official rules state that gifts are exempt up to CHF 100 per person. A customs declaration label must be on the outside of the package, indicating the value of the contents and clearly labeled as gift. If the package is shipped from a company, not a person, then Swiss customs may disregard the “gift” status. 

However, sometimes Swiss customs chooses to open the package even if it’s labeled a gift, which has happened multiple times to me. If the customs office opens your package for any reason (most likely because of problems with the customs declaration form), there is a minimum fee of CHF 13, plus additional processing and customs fees. I once received a gift valued at CHF 15 that cost me CHF 25 in custom fees. I’ve been told that you can fight the customs charge, but that would be such a hassle, I would never do it. If you don’t pay the fee, they send it back to the sender.

More information on Swiss customs allowances .

I hope you found this guide helpful. 

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Thank you for the tips. Would you recommend a shop for baby clothes and accessories? My best friend is pregnant with her first baby and I really want to send something beautiful to her.

You might try the premium department stores here Jelmoli https://www.jelmoli.ch/kinder/babys/bekleidung and Globus https://www.globus.ch/kinder

Hi – thanks for the tips! If I order from Amazon.de will it still be stopped at customs or is that typically included on a product Amazon are offering free delivery to Switzerland for? Is there anyway through Amazon.de to attach a customs gift form?

At the moment, Amazon.de usually includes the Swiss VAT and handles the customs as part of the ordering process. You should look at their help article on this topic for more details.

Thanks for this guide. I suppose there is nothing in the Swiss arrangements with Amazon.de to indicate what customs charges might be added to a gift ordered through them? I’m not sure if one can specify “gift” on an Amazon order, and it sounds as if that could be ignored by the authorities in any case. And, perhaps there could still be opening fees?

In my experience, marking an item as a “gift” has no effect on whether or not Swiss customs choose to open a package. As I may have said in my post, I once had a package sent directly from my family, containing my own personal item that I left at their home on my last visit, not a new purchase, that was worth less than CHF 30 and I was charged. My friend was charged for the coat she was wearing when going through airport customs. My other friend was charged for her haircut that she got that day in Germany. It’s random.

I am a sewer and have made some lovely little (embroidered) dried lavender sachets to send (by post) a couple of my friends in Switzerland (from Canada). Will I have a problem of getting them into Switzerland since it is a dried plant? And it certainly has an odour!

I don’t know. Maybe pack it in a thick plastic bag? You can see the rules here: https://www.ch.ch/en/how-clear-personal-goods-purchased-abroad/

Great information, thank you! I am wanting to send flowers or possibly a care package to my friend in Zurich who has been unwell? Do you know of any websites/companies in Switzerland who sell curated care packages at all?

I’m sorry to hear about your friend. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with companies selling care packages. Good luck!

You can use Fleurop for flowers

https://www.fleurop.ch/

Thanks for this helpful suggestion. Flowers are always an important gift for so many occasions.

Thank you for this wonderful info! I have extended family in Geneva and it seems like it’s much more difficult to send them something.

Hope you were able to figure something out for your Geneva family.

Hi there I have used Manor and H&M websites successfully on previous occasions to send vouchers to family in Switzerland but now neither will accept my Australian credit or debit cards – I keep getting a message saying cards not authorised. Thanks in advance for any advice.

I’m sorry but I don’t know what might be the problem with those sites in particular. If they allow you to enter an Australian address for your billing, then it would make sense that they would accept the card. I would contact the company directly.

I have a sister in Switzerland, I ordered her a gift which was sent direct from the store in Australia, but she was charged 24 chf in duty. Is there some way to get that back from customs as it was a gift? Or would I need to send from my self personally instead to avoid the tax?

I’m sorry that happened. As I mentioned in my post, if the value of the item is over CHF 60 including shipping, you may be charged customs. It’s happened to me many times, regardless if it was marked as a gift. If it is sent from a company, it’s definitely not considered a gift even if it was intended that way. There’s no guarantee that you can avoid customs by sending it yourself, but it’s worth a try.

anyone know how to buy a gift card for H&M in Switzerland from the USA?

You can order them here: https://www2.hm.com/de_ch/customer-service/gift-card/gift-card.html

I recently bought a gift for someone in Switzerland using the Italian version of Amazon, amazon.it Delivery was quick and it’s free for orders over 29 euros.

Thanks for the tip!

I want to send to my nephew a iPhone 11, it cost $649,00, but it’s a gift for him, how much percentage would costumer will charge him?

It would be better to order it from a local shop here. I don’t know what the exact charges would be. You might consult this website: https://www.ch.ch/en/swiss-customs/

Amazon.uk ships to Switzerland. Do you recommend using them?

Thanks, this is a really useful page. I’m making items to send to my son in Zurich a quilt being one of them. Any idea how I describe & value this gift for the customs declaration?

It’s hard to say. Just use your best judgment, perhaps based on the cost of the materials. The customs office can assign their own value if they think you undervalued it. Good luck! One time I was charged customs on my own shirt that I had forgotten at my parents house and they mailed it back to me.

Thank you for this!

You’re welcome!

I have found Amazon.uk to offer more products shipped to CH than Amazon.de with competitive prices too!

Yes, I’ve experienced that too. Thanks for mentioning it. But I’ve also found that many products I want won’t ship here (not just electronics), more than on Amazon.de.

Hi, I’m from India and I want to send sweets to my partner living in Switzerland. Is that possible?

I don’t know of any restrictions on mailing food items. But you might want to check the Switzerland import rules.

I was thinking of getting an electronic gift card for food delivery like uber eats or doordash. Are there equivalents to those in Zurich area?

Yes, there are several food delivery services. Here are a few: www.eat.ch, www.ubereats.com, www.smood.ch

Great article. I have a friend who is moving to Switzerland and I would love to organise a traditional “bread and salt” housewarming gift, do you know any companies that would do this? Or will I need to talk to his local bakery in my very basic German?!

I haven’t heard of this traditional gift but now I’m curious. Sorry I can’t help with this but I’ll report back if I find anything out about this.

Hello I would like to send a birthday card to a family member who lives in Switzerland flurlingen area. In England we can send cards online, is there a company in Switzerland who will deliver a card made online? Thanks

You might try www.ifolor.ch or www.bookfactory.ch

Hi, my daughter is in Geneva and has asked for some snacks and Vacuumed sealed packet curry sauces to be sent to her. Are there any restrictions on these items? Thanks

I don’t know, but you could check customs website, link in my post.

I want to send Swiss Francs in an Birthday Card. Will this be a problem? Or what do you recommend. I feel so bad that I am not able to figure out how to send a small birthday gift.

I don’t think it’s recommended to send cash in the mail. I have other suggestions in my post about how to order gifts online. You might try that.

Can I ship A small amount alcohol to my partner in Switzerland?

Maybe, but alcohol is one of the items that is subject to customs tax even if it is a gift. If the item you want to send is also available in Switzerland, you might consider ordering from an online Swiss shop.

Thank you for sharing this! I’m in a Long Distance Relationship and didn’t understand why my SO didn’t want me to send him anything for Christmas. I had previously checked out Amazon.de and nothing I wanted to send was available to be shipped to Switzerland. It was a difficult challenge to say the least. Alternatively I’ll by him stuff he’ll take back with him on his visit home from the USA.

Glad I could help! Enjoy your time together.

Wanting to send gift valued at 25.00 fro Canada will my daughter have to pay duty on it?

Technically it should be under the limit. But as I said in my article, it’s not a guarantee.

Can I purchase a mastercard or visa gift card in the US and send it as a gift to my nephew in Switzerland? Will the local merchants accept this? Is there Euro vs Swiss franc issue? Thanks for your input.

Most merchants accept visa and mastercard and it doesn’t matter if the card was issued in the US. The credit card company will handle the currency exchange.

Hi ! As whole family travel to stay in Switzerland for 1 month, my baby’s dipper is a problem, I had a friend in Lugano, do you think I can ship a box of dipper to his home?

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The 55 Best Gifts for Travel Lovers in 2024

Peruse these practical and thoughtful gift ideas for every traveler on your list.

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Travel + Leisure / Kristin Kempa

Shopping for your travel-loving friends and family can be tricky — after all, you’ll want to ensure you’re picking up something practical, but you also don’t want to gift them something they already have. It’s also worth considering that frequent travelers, especially digital nomads, tend to live a more minimalist life. This means practical gear will reign supreme over more frivolous items.

You’ll also want to take into account the kind of travel your favorite globetrotters or influencers are into. City explorers or luxury-leaning travelers, for example, probably won’t want the same gear as someone who spends their PTO hiking and trekking through the wilderness.

The following options were hand-picked by our team to suit every type of traveler and vacationer on your list. We’ve extensively researched (or personally tested) all of the following gifts to ensure your purchase will make a thoughtful and genuinely practical addition to your loved one’s travels. Here are the best gifts travelers will love — for all budgets and needs.

Paravel Passport Case

If your favorite travelers don’t already have a high-quality passport cover, you might want to consider the Paravel Cabana Passport Case. The elegant leather case can even be personalized with a hand-painted monogram or custom graphic to add another layer of elegance. We also like that this option has an abundance of pockets and card slots to make organization easier.

Boka Fresh on the Go

The Boka Fresh on the Go set was made for travelers who avoid checking a bag at all costs. It includes everything they’ll need to maintain good oral hygiene while on the go. The toothpaste is TSA-approved and the mouthwash — this is the best part — comes in the form of chewable tablets, so it won’t even count toward their liquid quota.

Jamaica Vibes

Jamaica Vibes is one of the latest in the Assouline coffee table book family — and possibly one of the most fun options to date. The stunning visual-first book will allow travelers to reminisce about any time spent in Jamaica (or dream about future trips) while the cover and spine of the book will add a dose of elegant and trendy style to coffee tables and bookshelves.

Contiki Tour

You can’t go wrong with the gift of travel itself. If you’re looking for a big-ticket experience gift for a younger traveler in your life, look no further than a Contiki tour. The pre-packaged trips will take them all over the world with like-minded young people and range from exploring the Garden Route in South Africa to road-tripping through the Balkans.

Epicka Universal Travel Adapter

Sure, a travel adapter might not immediately come off as the most exciting gift. But any traveler will tell you just how valuable a reliable one really is. The Epicka Universal Travel Adapter is the best travel adapter in our book; it works in more than 150 countries and it’s super compact and easy to pack thanks to the modular design. Plus, you can always pair it with a flashier item like a travel-themed phone case .

SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

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The SereneLife Stand-up Paddle Board is an excellent option for anyone who wants to bring the spirit of resort life home. We tested out a variety of inflatable paddle boards and our team agrees that this is the best board on the market thanks to the lightweight, portable design and impressive stability in the water.

LARQ Bottle PureVis

The Larq Self-cleaning Water Bottle is a true game changer for all kinds of travelers. The smart bottle uses UV technology to not just disinfect itself but also to purify the water you’re drinking. This means the jetsetter you’re shopping for will be able to comfortably drink from most water sources without worrying about getting sick.

Tommy Bahama Backpack Beach Chair

The Tommy Bahama Backpack Beach Chair is simply the best beach chair around — and it makes a great gift for road-trippers and camping enthusiasts alike. It’s super easy to transport thanks to the folding backpack design, and is surprisingly comfortable due to the adjustable head pillow and elongated seat. We also like that the frame is rust-proof, meaning it’s perfect for using at the beach or in the rain.

Intelligent Change Inc. The Five Minute Journal

Sometimes, it can be hard to live in the moment and absorb all the magic that is travel — but a gratitude journal can help ensure your globetrotter stays centered on the go. The Five Minute Journal takes, as advertised, takes just five minutes of a traveler’s time; but jotting down their thoughts for those few minutes will help them remember and appreciate the most exciting parts of their day while traveling or at home.

Andobil Car Phone Holder Mount

The best car phone holder mount in our book is the Andobil Car Phone Holder Mount, and it’ll make a great gift for road trippers and car commuters. It’s super easy to install and, once set up, is incredibly stable and easy to use while on the go. There’s also space to plug in a charger so drivers won’t have to mess around with their phone just to get some juice.

Puffer Hug 418 Scarf

Think of the Puffer Hug 418 Scarf as a stylish and equally practical alternative to the fishing vest. Hear us out: this cozy accessory serves as a regular scarf but also has tons of pockets for things like a smartphone or passport. It’s great for wearing to the airport when you need to have documents at the ready but is equally sensible for wearing to explore a new city.

Slip Silk Skinny Scrunchies

The Slip Pure Silk 4-pack Skinny Scrunchies is a fail-safe gift for travelers who want to care for their hair while they're away. The silk design is gentle on the hair and is designed to not pull or cause breakage, even with regular use. We also really like the elegant patterns and colors of the scrunchies, which can easily double as cute arm candy among a stack of bracelets.

Vinarmour Travel Wine Carrier

Wine-loving travelers will flip for the Vinarmour Travel Wine Carrier. This stunning carrier is designed to transport a bottle of wine without any risk of breakage. It features sufficient padding to keep the bottle safe while in transit, but it’s also made from leak-proof material — so even if the bottle was already damaged and cracks while in cargo, it won’t spill on the rest of your luggage.

The Harmonist Travel Coffret

The Harmonist

The Harmonist Travel Coffret is a game-changer when it comes to feeling fresh and relaxed in transit. The set of three heavily-concentrated perfumes were designed to foster a sense of calmness and relaxation thanks to the various notes, including patchouli, pomelo, Bulgarian rose, and vanilla. It also comes with a striking travel case to keep the vials safe in transit.

Twelve South AirFly Pro

The Twelve South AirFly Pro is a T+L editor favorite and such an easy way to upgrade the economy experience. This handy little device allows travelers to use their own Bluetooth headphones or earbuds with the inflight entertainment system rather than having to use the sub-par freebies provided by the airline. The AirFly is super easy to use as well — all you have to do is plug it into the headphone jack on the plane and pair it with your headphones.

Four Seasons Velvet Slippers

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There’s something inherently luxurious about slipping into a pair of hotel slippers upon check in — and the Four Seasons Velvet Slippers amplify that feeling and bring it home. These stunning slippers are made in Italy from sleek velvet and cotton with the Four Seasons logo embroidered on the top. The elastic back and rubber sole make them appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use.

Birdie Personal Safety Alarm

Here’s one for the solo women travelers on your list. The She's Birdie Personal Safety Alarm is designed to fit incognito in her handbag or pocket — but if she finds herself in any kind of trouble, it’s easy to grab and sound the alarm to draw attention and deter an attack. All she has to do is pull off the top tab to activate the 130-decibel siren and flashing strobe light.

Dagne Dover Tech Organizer

Dagne Dover

Nobody thinks they need a tech organizer while traveling, but when you take into account all the cables and adapters required to make international travel smooth, having a specific spot to keep everything untangled is major. The Dagne Dover Arlo Tech Organizer is small enough to pop into a carry-on but has plenty of interior space to store everything a traveler needs.

Lindsay Albanese Toptote Leather Hat Holder

Traveling with a cute hat seems like a great idea, but in practice it can be a bit of a pain. The Lindsay Albanese Toptote Leather Hat Holder allows travelers to bring along a wide-brim hat without having to wear it the entire commute or risking it getting crushed in a suitcase. The clip attaches to the brim of a hat and the built-in carabiner lets you pop it onto a handbag or carry-on for a hands-free solution.

Diptyque Travel Cleansing & Moisturizing Set

This cleansing and moisturizing set will be a welcome addition to any routine whether at home or on the go. The decadent set includes both rinse-free and regular hand wash as well as a moisturizing hand lotion — all of which smell just like your favorite luxury hotel bath products. We also like that this option comes with a cute carrying case that makes it easy to store the items in a handbag or carry-on.

Vasco V4 Language Translator Device

World travelers always have a few favorite travel products they swear by. For traveling abroad, the Vasco V4 Language Translator Device makes the experience so much easier — not just on the traveler but on the locals as well. This genius device provides instant voice translation in 108 languages and comes with free lifetime internet to ensure it’ll always be functional anywhere in the world. The instant translations mean your traveling pal can have real-time conversations with people across the globe, even if there’s no common spoken language.

Pokoloko Harem Towel

The Pokoloko Harem Towel is handcrafted using 100 percent Turkish cotton by artisans in Turkey — and it’s the perfect beach bag essential. It’s very lightweight and rolls down much smaller than the average towel. However, it’s also incredibly absorbent and quick-drying, so travelers can pop it back into their beach bag at the end of the day without worrying about lugging home a soggy towel.

lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag 1L

It’s called the Everywhere Belt Bag for a reason! This Lululemon staple has quickly become a cult classic for travelers (it has quite literally been everywhere this year). The adjustable belt bag is super convenient for everything from hiking to exploring cities hands-free, and the durable nylon material means you won’t have to worry about potential spillage or getting stuck in the rain (it’ll wipe clean with a bit of water).

Longchamp Le Pliage Filet Mesh Bag

Regular travelers know the importance of throwing a decent-sized tote into their luggage. After all, you never know when you’ll need the extra bit of space while on the road. The Longchamp Le Pliage Filet L Mesh Bag offers a sophisticated take on the humble mesh tote complete with a snap closure and both a top handle and shoulder strap for added versatility.

Conair Travel Garment Dual Voltage Steamer

The Conair Power Steam Handheld Travel Garment Steamer makes looking and feeling put together on the road a snap. The compact steamer is small enough to slip into a carry-on bag and pull out as needed while traveling. It boasts a 35-second heat-up time so the traveler in your life can power away wrinkles and creases in no time at all.

YETI Roadie 24 Cooler

The Yeti Roadie 24 Hard Cooler will be well received by the road trip warriors and beach bums on your list. Not only is it super aesthetically pleasing, but it can also actually fit an incredible amount in such a compact space — we’re talking up to 33 cans, 26 pounds of ice, and even full-sized bottles of wine.

Loop Quiet Ear Plugs

You don’t quite realize how high-quality the Loop Quiet earplugs are until you really need them. The surprisingly stylish earplugs were designed to be comfortable while sleeping and will serve as a major blessing the next time your gift recipient has been put in a hotel room next to a crying baby or bachelorette party.

Paravel Mini Fold-up Backpack

The Paravel Mini Fold-Up Backpack earned the top spot in our books as the best mini backpack of 2024 , and it’s easy to see why. It’s easy to fit all the essentials — think a tablet, a wallet, sunscreen, and shoes — but it also folds down into the size of a wallet when not in use, which makes it great for tucking into a carry-on bag in case of emergencies. We also love that this bag has the option to be monogrammed, making your gift all the more thoughtful.

Béis The Cosmetic Case

We love Béis for its cheeky and innovative take on travel accessories — and the Cosmetic Case in particular is one of our top picks of the year for best makeup cases . We love that this option is highly durable but still elegant in design and also has a generous-sized built-in mirror that makes it easy to do makeup or skincare while on the go. It’s also worth noting that this case is available in eight different colorways, so you can choose one that’ll best suit their specific style.

Paravel Aviator Carry-on Plus

If the traveler on your list is in need of a new carry-on, you’ll want to consider the Paravel Aviator Carry-on Plus. This innovative carry-on bag earned top marks in our books as the best piece of luxury luggage thanks to its super sturdy build and variety of organization options within the luggage. It’s also worth noting that all carriers are ethically produced — which makes this a great gift for conscious travelers as well.

Baggu Nylon Crescent Bag

We love a crossbody bag for travel — and the Baggu Nylon Crest Bag is definitely the top crossbody bag of the year in our books. We love just how versatile this bag is and how easily it can be packed into a suitcase without adding any bulk or weight. The crossbody bag is also highly durable and even machine washable, which is a huge perk for travelers who don’t want to have to baby their accessories while on the go.

Awake Caffeinated Chocolate Energy Bar

Frequent flyers know the perils of trying to get a good cup of coffee on an airplane or in an airport — which is why the Awake Caffeinated Chocolate Energy Bites are such a game changer for caffeine-loving travelers. The tasty chocolate bites have the caffeine equivalent of half a cup of coffee, and also offer a sweet sugar kick that’ll help them get through everything from red-eye flights to long layovers.

Nitecore MT21C Flashlight

You might not immediately think of a flashlight as a standout gift for a traveler — but a rechargeable flashlight is a packing essential for travelers who do any kind of adventure or outdoor traveling. The Nitecore MT21C Flashlight is one T+L editors swear by thanks to its compact size, impressive brightness, and longevity (it has a maximum output of 1000 lumens and a peak beam distance of 201 yards). It’s also adjustable by 90 degrees which can be highly practical for getting into tight spaces.

Moon Dissolving Whitening Strips

There’s something about indulging in a self-care routine while flying that can make an economy seat feel like you’re sitting in first class — and what could be more luxurious than whitening your teeth while on the go? The MOON Teeth Whitening Strips were designed to be used while traveling, the strips work the same as your classic Crest variety, but all you have to do is stick them on and wait for them to dissolve — no sink or rinsing required.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet

Sure — most airplanes have built-in in-flight entertainment, but boy does it suck when you board a flight only to realize there’s no screen on the seat back. The Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet will let them download all their favorite shows and movies to watch on the flight. It’s also great for reading e-books or checking into social media while in transit.

Aer Travel Weekender

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The Aer Travel Weekender is our favorite carry-on duffel bag right now thanks to its versatility and durable design. We like that this bag can easily be used as a top-handle tote, but that it also has a built-in strap that makes it easy to use as a duffel bag while on the go. It’s worth noting that the bag also has a 16-inch padded laptop sleeve, which means they’ll be able to keep their laptop or tablet safe and secure while traveling.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3

A portable speaker makes a great addition to any traveler’s packing list. Not only does it ensure the vibes will be good no matter where they find themselves, it’s also a great tool for playing white noise and making it easier to fall asleep in unfamiliar places. We highly recommend the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3; this one is super easy to connect to any phone and is both waterproof and dustproof — so they won’t have to be precious with it while traveling.

nCamp Café Portable Coffee Maker

If you’ve got a coffee lover on your list, the nCamp Café Portable Coffee Maker is going to be a game changer in terms of the quality of their morning joe. This compact coffee maker is especially great to bring on camping trips because it crafts espresso-style coffee without any power source. The only thing they’ll need is a hot water source and they’ll have cafe-quality brew wherever they go (which, let’s be honest, will also save them a ton of money on morning coffee).

Nintendo Switch

Travel can be endlessly thrilling and entertaining — but there’s a lot of downtime that comes with it as well. A Nintendo Switch is going to make a great gift for the gamers on your list (or those traveling with little ones). The beauty of the Switch is that they’ll be able to use it as a handheld to pass the time at airports or train stations, but it can also be set up television-style to play party games at the hotel room or Airbnb.

Infinity Pillow Travel Pillow

Infinity Pillow

Unless you’re lucky enough to get a miraculous upgrade to business class, sleeping on a plane can be a struggle. That’s where the Infinity Pillow Travel Pillow comes in. This innovative pillow was designed with neck support and can be adapted to work whether they’re in the window, aisle, or even the middle seat.  It’s also temperature regulating, so it won’t make them sweaty mid-flight, and doubles as an eye mask.

Call You When I Land: A Memoir

Travel writer and author Nikki Vargas spares no detail in her evocative memoir Call You When I Land , which follows Vargas as she relentlessly pursues her dream career, and in turn, dream lifestyle. The juicy travelogue is ideal for fans of Eat Pray Love or What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding . Oh — and there’s a love story and murder mystery baked into it as well. Can you say beach read?

Nimble Champ Portable Charger

It doesn’t matter how streamlined their travel is — every traveler struggles with having juice for all their devices while on the go. Sometimes it’s a lack of adequate adapters, and sometimes it’s long excursions with no charging outlet in sight. Either way, a decent portable charger just makes things easier. We love the Nimble Champ Portable Charger in particular. It’s compact and durable, but it’s also eco-friendly having been crafted in part from recycled water bottles.

Slip Lovely Lashes Contour Sleep Mask

Traveling without a sleep mask sucks — especially if you’re sensitive to light or plan to sleep on the plane. The Slip Lovely Lashes Contour Sleep Mask in particular is an awesome gift and great alternative to the classic eye mask model. It’s crafted from real silk, so it won’t pull or mess up their hair. It also has a contoured eye area so it won’t squish their eyes or lashes, even if they use it all night long.

Away The Insider Packing Cubes

Away The Insider Packing Cubes are a game changer for travelers who want to pack light and travelers who like to pack more than they might need. For starers, these packing cubes allow them to organize their clothing by categories, which allows them to have a better grasp on exactly what they have. The cubes also gently compress clothing which makes it easy to fit everything into a carry-on or smaller-sized suitcase as needed.

Skyborne iTravel Folio 4.0

Staying organized and on the ball on travel days makes the whole experience go much smoother — and that’s why we love the Skyborne iTravel Folio 4.0. This sleek travel wallet is designed to fit all their travel documents (including passport, smartphone, AirPods, and more) in one stylish zippered wallet. It also has built-in charging capabilities to keep their electronics juiced up, no matter where they are.

Rewined Bordeaux Candle

If they’re always waxing poetic about their trip to wine country, why not gift them an olfactory memory of their time? The Bordeaux Candle by Rewined comes as an homage to the French countryside with notes of Maritime Pine, Crushed Herbs, and Cypress that are designed to transport them right back to the vineyards of Bordeaux. Rewined’s candles are also beautifully made and will look just as good as they smell on a coffee table or kitchen counter.

Pocket Tripod Universal Kit

Pocket Tripod

Let’s be honest: no matter how cool we think we are, everyone wants to get some good photos to share on social media (or to look back on) while traveling. The Pocket Tripod Universal Kit is a super compact and discreet alternative to the larger tripods on the market. It’s about the size of a credit card and is easy to pop onto a smartphone for an instant tripod, wherever they find themselves.

Foreo Luna Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush

Traveling can wreak some serious havoc on the skin — which is why skincare-loving travelers (and really anyone who likes a clean face!) will flip for the FOREO LUNA Mini. This innovative skincare tool uses T-sonic pulsations to clean the skin, brushing away any traces of makeup, dirt, or acne-causing bacteria that might be lurking on their face after a long flight or day of exploration.

Audible Membership

If you’re shopping for a traveler who is big on podcasts or listening to audio books while on the go, a subscription to Audible is pretty much a no-brainer. This subscription will get them one free audiobook per month and allow them to listen to all kinds of different books at their own pace while traveling. It’s also a great alternative to packing various books or having to remember an e-reader; all their audiobooks will be accessible right on their smartphone or tablet!

The Essential Guide to Turkish Wine

The Essential Guide to Turkish Wine by wine writer and author Andrea Lemieux is the only English-language anthology you’ll find sharing the ins and outs of Turkish wine. Turkey is one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world, and Lemieux’s comprehensive guide will inspire them to book a trip to the wine trail of Turkey thanks to her captivating (and comprehensive) descriptions and gorgeous illustrations and visuals to match.

Riemot Luggage Cup Holder

It would be nice to have another set of hands when rolling through the airport, wouldn’t it? Well, that’s where the Riemot Luggage Travel Cup Holder comes in. This handy attachment can fit onto any rolling suitcase or carry-on. It not only accommodates a beverage, but also easily fits a wallet or passport and most smartphones. There’s nothing better than being hands-free without having to dig through a handbag or backpack to get out the essentials.

BasicConcepts Airplane Foot Hammock

Sure — it might look a little cheesy at first glance… but they will be incredibly grateful for this whimsical gift when they’re on hour five of their next red-eye flight. The Basic Concepts Airplane Foot Hammock attaches underneath the tray table, providing them with instant relief of aches and pains that might crop up after sitting upright for hours on end. It can adjust to three different positions as well, so they’ll be able to continue to change their position throughout the flight for added comfort.

Steamline Luggage The Palm Cosmetics Set

Steamline Luggage

Frequent flyers are always on the hunt for streamlined packing accessories — and this cosmetics set from Steamline Luggage is a standout option. It ranks number one in our best travel pouch of 2024 thanks to its charming tropical-inspired prints and the fact that the pouches are crafted from recycled water bottles. The pouches can easily fit inside of one another when not in use and lay flat, which makes them easy to pack and store.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die

1,000 Places to See Before You Die is one of our favorite travel-focused reference books. The anthology is a veritable bucket list that is just as good for armchair travel as it is for reference when planning a trip. We also love flipping through this book to reflect on all the places we’ve been — the intriguing descriptions and photography evoke memories while also seeing even the most popular tourist destinations and monuments in a refreshing new light.

Native Union Universal Sling

The Native Union Universal Sling is designed to pop onto smartphones like a phone case — but it comes with a built-in strap that allows travelers to wear their phone like a crossbody bag or around their neck like a lanyard. It’s available in a variety of colorways and is made from recycled material for a more sustainable approach. It’s perfect for travel as it’s more secure than throwing a phone in a pocket or bag as well.

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What to Pack for Switzerland: The Ultimate Packing List for All Seasons

Hey there, wanderlust warriors! If you're dreaming of chocolate-box villages and snow-kissed Alpine peaks, it's time to pack those bags for Switzerland, one of the most enchanting destinations on the planet! Given the country's ever-changing weather and varied landscapes, packing can feel a bit like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube blindfolded. But don't you worry, I've got your back! I've crafted the ultimate, all-season Swiss packing list, so you can focus less on packing dilemmas and more on those breathtaking Swiss panoramas that await.

Travel essentials to pack all year round

  • Travel Insurance : Don't forget to secure a reliable insurance plan before you jet off! be it lost luggage, unexpected health issues, or trip cancellations. Compare various insurance providers here .
  • Your passport is your key to the world: ensure its expiration date generously spans your whole journey. And leave some room for those valuable fresh stamps – a blank page will do!
  • Flight details, boarding passes, and airline tickets should always be accessible – consider them your intangible passport to the sky.
  • Details of your hotel reservation , particularly the address, should be within arm's reach – not only are they necessary for finding your temporary abode, but they're also vital for smoothly navigating through any customs forms.
  • Longing for an extended romance with Switzerland? A stay exceeding 90 days often calls for a visa. Double-checking your visa requirements before you jet off is a wise move.
  • Pre-arranged hotel transfers ? Excellent! Ensure the specifics are easily accessible upon landing.
  • It's time to discuss the dollars and cents! Carry a mix of cash & credit cards for those impromptu retail therapy sessions or chilled-out biergarten excursions.
  • A travel eSIM card with data plan for your smartphone to stay connected.
  • Finally, never underestimate the importance of other identification, such as your driver's license – their usefulness can surprise you!

Apart from the absolute essentials, we've curated a list of 14 must-have items designed to enhance your Swiss journey with convenience, security, and an extra dose of happiness. We've thought of it all – from the pragmatic stuff like a travel adapter and filtered water bottle , to those joyful extras such as pocket-sized Wi-Fi and a comfy neck pillow. Take a look at our Swiss Essentials Checklist to ensure nothing slips through the cracks!

Clothing Tips for Summer in Switzerland

So, you're ready to bask in the Swiss summer sunshine? Here's the lowdown on the dressing drill. The weather during Swiss summers is generally pleasant, but it's always smart to pack layers. Bring lightweight clothing for daytime explorations—think breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. For the cooler evenings, a light jacket or sweater will keep the chill at bay. And remember, Switzerland is a hiker's paradise, so packing a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots is a must, especially if you plan on conquering those awe-inspiring Alpine trails. Finally, don't forget your sunglasses, a hat, and a reliable sunscreen – the Swiss sun can be deceptively strong, especially in the mountains!

  • Layer Up : Swiss summers are generally warm, but temperatures can drop in the evenings or at higher altitudes. Pack lightweight layers that you can add or remove as needed.
  • Breathable Fabrics : Opt for clothes made of breathable materials like cotton and linen. These fabrics will keep you comfortable during those sunny Swiss afternoons.
  • Light Jacket/Sweater : A light jacket or sweater is essential for those cooler summer nights or breezy lake shores. Choose something easy to carry in your day pack.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes : Switzerland is known for its beautiful trails and city streets. Ensure you pack comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots for those adventure-filled days.
  • Swimwear : With Switzerland's beautiful lakes and public pools, you'll want to have your swimwear ready for a refreshing dip.
  • Sun Protection : Don't underestimate the Swiss sun, especially at higher altitudes! Bring sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen to protect yourself from UV rays.
  • Rain Gear : Swiss weather can be unpredictable. Carry a compact umbrella or lightweight rain jacket just in case.
  • Formal Attire : If you're planning on dining at a fancy restaurant or attending an opera in Zurich or Geneva, you'll want to pack a semi-formal outfit.
  • Scarf or Pashmina : A light scarf or pashmina is great for both fashion and function – perfect for dressing up an outfit or warding off a chill.
  • Day Pack : Finally, a comfortable, lightweight day pack is essential for carrying your extra layers, water bottle , camera, and souvenirs from your Swiss escapades.

The ultimate packing lists for Summer in Switzerland (June, July, August)

As we gear up for an unforgettable Swiss summer, it's essential to know what to pack to make the most of this Alpine paradise. Whether you're exploring charming villages, embarking on scenic hikes, or savoring fine chocolates and cheeses, the right gear will significantly enhance your experience. So, let's dive into our comprehensive packing list for a Swiss summer, ensuring you're perfectly equipped for each and every sun-kissed, mountain-framed moment. From the most practical items to a few surprise luxuries, we've got your Swiss packing essentials covered!

  • Lightweight, Breathable Clothing: Think layers! Pack t-shirts, shorts, and a light sweater or two for fluctuating temperatures.
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat: To keep you dry during the occasional summer showers.
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots: Perfect for exploring Switzerland's famous mountain trails.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: For strolling through Swiss cities and towns.
  • Swimsuit: Essential for a dip in the picturesque Swiss lakes.
  • Sunglasses and Hat: To protect you from the summer sun.
  • Travel Adapter : Switzerland uses type J plugs, different from most of Europe.
  • Reusable Water Bottle with a Filter: For staying hydrated during your mountain hikes. Swiss tap water is safe to drink and delicious!
  • A travel eSIM card with data plan for your smartphone: To stay connected, especially useful for maps and translations.
  • Neck Pillow and Eye Mask: For a comfortable journey and better sleep.
  • Sunscreen: The sun at higher altitudes can be stronger than expected.
  • Snacks: Consider packing some granola bars or nuts for your hikes.
  • Camera or Smartphone: Capture the stunning Swiss landscapes.
  • Swiss Francs and Credit Card: For purchases and spontaneous biergarten visits.
  • Travel Documents: Passport, IDs, tickets, and any necessary visas.
  • Daypack or Backpack: For carrying your essentials during day trips and hikes.
  • Travel Guidebook: A handy reference for local customs, attractions, and language phrases.

Remember, packing right can make all the difference to your Swiss adventure, enabling you to focus on the breathtaking views and unique experiences that await you in this Alpine wonderland. Happy packing!

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View from the bank of river Aare in Bern.

Clothing Tips for Fall in Switzerland

Heading to Switzerland to experience the magic of its fall hues? Here's how to dress to impress while staying comfy. Swiss fall, spanning September to November, is marked by cooler temperatures and a higher likelihood of rain, making it crucial to pack a variety of layers. Think warm sweaters, long-sleeve tops, and a sturdy, waterproof jacket to shield you from unexpected showers. Given the season's unpredictability, it's wise to include gloves and a scarf in your suitcase. Don't forget your sturdy walking shoes or boots, especially if you're planning to crunch through the fallen leaves on those scenic Swiss trails. Lastly, an umbrella is a handy addition, offering both a respite from the rain and a charming prop for your fall-inspired photoshoots.

  • Layer Up : Fall in Switzerland calls for layers. Packing items like long-sleeved shirts, light sweaters, and vests will provide flexibility for varying temperatures.
  • Warm Sweater : When the fall chill sets in, you'll be thankful for a cozy sweater. Opt for wool or a blend for maximum warmth.
  • Waterproof Jacket : Given the chance of rain in the fall months, a waterproof or water-resistant jacket is a must.
  • Walking Shoes or Boots : Whether you're exploring city streets or rustic trails, good walking shoes or waterproof boots are essential for comfort and traction.
  • Scarves and Gloves : A stylish scarf and a pair of gloves not only serve as fashionable accessories but also provide that extra layer of warmth during brisk fall days.
  • Umbrella : A compact, sturdy umbrella is a wise addition to your packing list to fend off those unexpected showers.
  • Long Pants or Jeans : Opt for long pants or jeans to keep your legs warm as the temperatures dip.
  • Thermal Undergarments : Depending on how late in the season you're traveling, thermal undergarments can be a lifesaver for chillier days and nights.
  • Hat : A warm hat can help keep you comfortable in colder weather, especially during windy days.
  • Daypack with Rain Cover : A daypack is crucial for your daily adventures, and one with a rain cover is ideal for protecting your belongings during fall showers.

The ultimate packing lists for Fall in Switzerland (September, October, November)

As we ready ourselves for a captivating Swiss fall, understanding what to pack is key to truly immerse yourself in this Alpine wonderland. Whether it's strolling through picturesque fall foliage, embarking on serene trails, or savoring the perfect fondue, having the right essentials can greatly elevate your experience. Let's delve into our comprehensive packing list for a Swiss fall, preparing you for each and every crisp, vibrant, and cozy moment. From the most practical layers to a few unexpected comforts, we've taken care of your Swiss packing needs!

  • Layered Clothing for Cooler Weather : Pack long-sleeved tops, light sweaters, and vests for layering in fluctuating fall temperatures. You might want to include a pair of thermal undergarments for colder days and nights.
  • Waterproof Jacket : Stay dry during occasional fall showers with a waterproof or water-resistant jacket.
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots : Ideal for exploring Switzerland's breathtaking fall trails. Make sure they're waterproof for those damp days.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes : Perfect for wandering through quaint Swiss towns adorned with fall colors.
  • Swimwear : While you might not take a dip in the lakes, Switzerland's thermal baths and spas are enticing in the cooler weather.
  • Hat and Gloves : Replace the summer hat with a warm hat and gloves to protect you from the chilly fall breeze.
  • Travel Adapter : Don't forget the type J plug adapter for Switzerland, different from most of Europe.
  • Reusable Water Bottle : Stay hydrated during your excursions. Swiss tap water is potable and tastes great.
  • Travel eSIM Card : To stay connected, especially useful for maps and translations, and sharing those fall Instagram shots.
  • Neck Pillow and Eye Mask : For a comfortable journey and better sleep after a day of exploring.
  • Camera or Smartphone : Capture the stunning fall landscapes of Switzerland.
  • Swiss Francs and Credit Card : Have some local currency on hand for spontaneous café visits and credit cards for bigger purchases.
  • Travel Documents : Keep your passport, IDs, tickets, and any necessary visas at the ready.
  • Daypack or Backpack : A sturdy, water-resistant bag is a must for carrying your essentials during day trips and hikes.
  • Travel Guidebook : A handy companion for local customs, attractions, and language phrases, and finding the best spots for leaf-peeping.

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Train passing through famous mountain in Filisur, Switzerland.

Clothing Tips for Winter in Switzerland

Venturing to Switzerland for a winter wonderland experience? Expect a season of snow-kissed landscapes, crisp Alpine air, and possibly the best hot chocolate you've ever tasted! Swiss winters, spanning December to February, can be quite cold, with temperatures often below freezing, especially in mountainous regions. Your packing list should include warm clothing like thermal undergarments, sweaters, and a heavy coat to combat the chill. Don't forget a good-quality hat, gloves, and scarf to protect your extremities from the cold. Finally, if skiing, snowboarding, or other winter sports are on your itinerary, proper snow gear including snow boots, ski pants, and goggles are a must. Remember, in Swiss winter, it's all about staying toasty while you explore this winter wonderland!

  • Thermal Undergarments : The Swiss winter can be quite cold, so pack thermal undergarments to stay warm.
  • Warm Sweaters : Woolen or heavy knit sweaters are perfect for layering under a jacket. They provide much-needed warmth, especially on chilly days.
  • Heavy Coat : A good-quality, insulated coat is a must for a Swiss winter. Opt for a waterproof version if you plan to engage in snow activities.
  • Snow Boots : Especially for snowy regions, snow boots with good traction are essential to keep your feet dry and prevent slipping.
  • Hats, Gloves, and Scarves : Protect your head, hands, and neck from the cold with a warm hat, gloves, and scarf.
  • Snow Gear : If you're planning on skiing or snowboarding, you'll need appropriate snow gear, including ski pants, a ski jacket, and goggles.
  • Warm Socks : Pack several pairs of warm socks, ideally wool or another thermal material, to keep your feet cozy.
  • Long Pants or Thermal Jeans : Long pants, thermal jeans, or lined pants will help keep your legs warm during the colder days.
  • Sunglasses : Despite the cold, the winter sun can be quite bright, especially when reflected off the snow. Don't forget your sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Daypack : Finally, carry a sturdy daypack to store your essentials, including a water bottle to stay hydrated in the dry winter air. Make sure it's water-resistant or has a cover to protect your belongings from snowfall.

The ultimate packing lists for Winter in Switzerland (December,

January, february).

As we bundle up for an enchanting Swiss winter, understanding what to pack is crucial to fully enjoy this snow-kissed paradise. Whether it's descending powdery slopes, embarking on magical winter walks, or warming up with a cup of world-class hot chocolate, having the right gear can tremendously enhance your winter experience. Let's delve into our comprehensive packing list for a Swiss winter, ensuring you're prepared for every magical, frosty, and cozy moment. From the most practical thermal essentials to a few unexpected winter comforts, we've got your Swiss winter packing needs sorted!

  • Waterproof and Insulated Jacket : Stay dry and warm during the occasional winter snowfall.
  • Sturdy Snow Boots : Perfect for exploring Switzerland's famous snowy trails and slopes.
  • Comfortable Insulated Shoes : Keep your feet warm while strolling through Swiss cities and towns blanketed in snow.
  • Thermal Swimwear : Essential if you plan on visiting the inviting hot springs.
  • Sunglasses and Warm Hat : Protect your eyes from the bright winter sun and keep your head warm with a good quality hat.
  • Travel Adapter : Switzerland uses type J plugs, which differ from most of Europe.
  • Insulated Water Bottle : Staying hydrated in dry winter air is key, and Swiss tap water is perfectly safe and delicious to drink.
  • Travel eSIM Card : Stay connected with a travel eSIM card , especially useful for maps, translations, and sharing your winter wonderland shots.
  • Travel Comfort Essentials : A neck pillow and eye mask for comfortable travel and better sleep after a day out in the snow.
  • Sunscreen : Despite the cold, the sun's rays can be stronger than expected at higher altitudes.
  • Snacks : Consider packing some high-energy snacks like chocolate or nuts for your winter hikes or ski sessions.
  • Camera or Smartphone : Capture the stunning Swiss winter landscapes.
  • Swiss Francs and Credit Card : Have some local currency for spontaneous café visits and a credit card for larger purchases.
  • Travel Documents : Passport, IDs, tickets, and any necessary visas should be readily accessible.
  • Daypack or Backpack : Carry your essentials during your winter excursions with a water-resistant daypack or backpack.
  • Travel Guidebook : A handy reference for local customs, attractions, and language phrases to fully immerse yourself in the Swiss culture.

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Downtown Zurich on a sunny day in Spring

Clothing Tips for Spring in Switzerland

So, you've chosen to witness Switzerland's grand awakening in spring? Great choice! As the snow melts away, it paves the way for a delightful display of blossoming flowers and sprightly greenery. The Swiss spring, running from March through May, can see a mixed bag of weather – think sunny afternoons and occasional showers, with temperatures often fluctuating. As such, your best bet is to pack layers, including T-shirts, light sweaters, and a waterproof jacket for those sudden showers. Don't forget a sturdy pair of walking shoes for those crisp springtime strolls, and if you're venturing into the mountains where snow might linger, warmer clothing and boots are a good idea. To top it all, a stylish hat and sunglasses will offer both protection and a dash of fashion flair!

  • Layer Up : The temperatures in the Swiss spring can be unpredictable, varying from warm afternoons to cooler evenings. Pack layers like T-shirts, light sweaters, and cardigans to adjust as needed.
  • Waterproof Jacket : Spring showers are a common occurrence. A lightweight, waterproof jacket will keep you dry and comfortable during these sudden downpours.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes : The thawing trails and city streets will be calling your name. Ensure you have a pair of comfortable walking shoes or waterproof boots for your excursions.
  • Light Scarf : A light scarf can be a versatile accessory – it adds a pop of style to your outfit and provides an extra layer of warmth on cooler days.
  • Long Pants or Jeans : Bring along a pair of long pants or jeans to keep comfortable during those chillier spring evenings.
  • Umbrella : Compact and convenient, an umbrella is a must-have for those spring showers.
  • Sunglasses and Hat : The Swiss sun can be intense, especially at higher altitudes. Pack a hat and sunglasses for protection.
  • Thermal Layers : If you're planning mountain visits, where snow might still be present, thermal layers can keep you warm.
  • Swimwear : Some of the lakes and public pools begin to open in late spring. If you're a water-lover, don't forget your swimwear!
  • Daypack : Lastly, a lightweight daypack is crucial for carrying your essentials during your daily adventures. Bonus points if it's water-resistant to protect your belongings from those spring showers.

The ultimate packing lists for Spring in Switzerland (March, April, May)

As we gear up for a rejuvenating Swiss spring, understanding what to pack is key to fully embrace this blossoming wonderland. Whether it's exploring vibrant flower fields, embarking on picturesque lakeside walks, or sampling fresh local produce, having the right gear can significantly uplift your experience. Let's jump into our comprehensive packing list for a Swiss spring, ensuring you're well-prepared for every fresh, colorful, and inspiring moment. From the most practical layers to a few unexpected springtime necessities, we've got your Swiss spring packing needs covered!

  • Light, Layered Clothing : Spring weather can be unpredictable, so think layers! Pack t-shirts, long-sleeve tops, and a couple of light sweaters for varying temperatures.
  • Waterproof Jacket : Stay dry during the occasional spring showers with a waterproof or water-resistant jacket.
  • Hiking Boots : Perfect for exploring Switzerland's renowned trails adorned with blooming wildflowers.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes : Ideal for strolling through Swiss cities and towns bursting with springtime vibrancy.
  • Lightweight Swimwear : Essential if you're planning a dip in the crystal-clear Swiss lakes as they begin to warm up.
  • Sunglasses and Hat : Shield your eyes from the bright spring sun and protect your head with a light hat.
  • Travel Adapter : Remember that Switzerland uses type J plugs, different from most of Europe.
  • Reusable Water Bottle : Stay hydrated during your springtime adventures. Swiss tap water is perfectly safe to drink and refreshing.
  • Travel eSIM Card : Keep connected with a travel eSIM card , particularly useful for maps, translations, and sharing your springtime snapshots.
  • Sunscreen : The sun can be stronger than expected in the Swiss mountains, even in spring.
  • Snacks : Consider packing some granola bars or nuts for your hikes and day trips.
  • Camera or Smartphone : Capture the stunning Swiss landscapes blooming in springtime colors.
  • Swiss Francs and Credit Card : Keep some local currency handy for spontaneous café visits, and a credit card for larger purchases.
  • Travel Documents : Keep your passport, IDs, tickets, and any necessary visas easily accessible.
  • Daypack or Backpack : For carrying your essentials during spring day trips and hikes.
  • Travel Guidebook : A handy reference for local customs, attractions, and language phrases, helping you fully immerse in the Swiss culture.

What NOT to pack!

  • Expensive Jewelry or Items: Avoid attracting unnecessary attention or risking loss. Switzerland is generally safe, but it's better to be cautious, especially while traveling.
  • Unnecessary Electronics: Apart from your phone, camera, and perhaps an e-reader, additional gadgets will likely just add weight and complexity to your travel experience.
  • Bulky Towels: These take up precious suitcase space. Most hotels, and even many hostels, provide them. If you plan on swimming in lakes or hot springs, consider a quick-dry travel towel instead.
  • Excessive Amounts of Cash: Switzerland is very card-friendly, and carrying a lot of cash can be a risk. It's good to have some on hand, but a credit card and debit card are usually sufficient.
  • Full-Sized Toiletries: Not only do these take up a lot of space, but they also might not meet airline regulations for carry-on liquids. Opt for travel-sized versions or purchase some upon arrival.

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Between Mother’s Day last month and Father’s Day on June 16 (not to mention graduations and weddings ), there’s a lot of gift-buying to be done around this time of year, and it can really start to add up. So to help you stay on budget and make Dad feel appreciated, I’ve pulled together a mix of 30 gift ideas under $100 for all kinds of father figures, whether he’s a new dad , a foodie dad , or your granddad . The following list features several standouts from our “ Celebrity Shopping ” column — including Jimmy Butler’s nice-looking domino set and Smokey Robinson’s ultrahydrating body lotion — plus other items in our archive that are sure to impress him, like a sophisticated cocktail shaker and a roll-out putting mat designed for at-home practice.

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In 2023, the seashores, lakeshores, battlefields, historic sites, monuments and more that make up the National Park Service had 325.5 million visits , an increase of 4 percent from the year before.

The National Park Service director, Charles Sams III, praised the surge of interest in “learning our shared American story throughout the hidden gems of the national parks system.”

Expecting an even greater turnout in 2024, the Park Service and Recreation.gov, the booking platform for federal land reservations, have implemented new measures to streamline the park experience, manage overcrowding and safeguard the environment.

More parks requiring reservations

To better avoid congested trails, packed parking lots and overflowing trash cans, additional parks are joining Rocky Mountain , Arches and Glacier National Parks this year in requiring day-use permits, timed entries and other reservations for travelers who wish to visit, particularly during peak hours, holidays and the parks’ high seasons. Yosemite National Park is reinstating a timed-entry system it instituted in 2020, but paused in 2022.

Many park enthusiasts expressed mixed feelings about the reservation policies, with some lamenting a lack of first-come, first-served campsites while others find comfort in knowing they have a confirmed booking. As nearly 75 percent of visitors each year descend on national parks from May to October (and often on weekends), park officials stand by the system.

“In some parks, the level of demand is exceeding the capacity for which infrastructure was designed or is outpacing the National Park Service’s ability to sustainably support visitation,” said Kathy Kupper, a public affairs specialist for the service. “This trend is resulting in the need to explore new strategies to protect natural and cultural resources and provide opportunities for safe and meaningful visitor experiences.”

It can be confusing.

Angels Landing in Zion National Park in Utah

New to implementing timed-entry reservations for vehicles is Mount Rainier National Park , in Washington, for its popular Paradise and Sunrise Corridors during certain times in the summer season. Reservations cost $2, are valid for one day and must be purchased along with the park ticket, but do not apply for visitors with wilderness permits or camping or lodge reservations. Similar vehicle reservations are now required for certain periods for viewing the sunrise at Haleakalā National Park in Maui, Hawaii, and driving the Cadillac Summit Road in Maine’s Acadia National Park .

Visitors wishing to hike Old Rag Mountain in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park must obtain a day-use ticket between March 1 and Nov. 30, and in Zion National Park, in Utah, hikers wishing to visit Angels Landing , the dramatic 1,488-foot-tall rock formation, also need to purchase a permit. Fees range from $1 to $6, in addition to the parks’ entrance fees.

As each destination is managed differently, check the park’s webpage for the type of reservation required. Although most bookings can be made through Recreation.gov, some sites, such as Muir Woods National Monument , use a different system.

New features on Recreation.gov

In 2023, Recreation.gov reported that more than 4 million camping reservations and 2 million timed-entry reservations were booked online, and 1.5 million permits were issued. Some 2.9 million new users signed up for the site. With its expanding user base, the booking platform has added 58 reservable national park locations — including 17 campgrounds — such as Central Avenue Walk-In Sites at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Bluff Hike In Camping in South Carolina’s Congaree National Park .

Recreation.gov has also improved an alerts feature, piloted in July 2023, that can notify users through email or mobile push notifications when a sold-out campsite becomes available. After Recreation.gov notifies you of availability, you must book the campsite yourself online — and quickly, as you’ll be shown how many other people (possibly hundreds) have received the same alert.

While its customer support center and mobile app are still only available in English, Recreation.gov recently introduced a Spanish language translation option. The Park Service partners with Latino Conservation Week , which hosts nationwide hikes and events on environmental education and in-park stewardship, and will celebrate its 10th year in September.

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A limit to the annual America the Beautiful pass

The 2024 America the Beautiful pass no longer allows two owners. The annual interagency pass, which costs $80 and covers the entrance fees for more than 2,000 federal recreation sites (of which roughly 100 do not charge for admission year-round), is now marked by a single signature line on the back of the card. The pass owner must show ID and be present with any accompanying travelers wishing to access the park with the pass. (Annual passes issued in 2023 will still be valid until their expiration date.) The pass covers all passengers in a vehicle — up to four adults, and children under 16 are admitted free — or up to four cyclists riding together. Active military or veterans and people with permanent disabilities are eligible for a free lifetime pass; fourth grade students may receive a free annual pass; and senior citizens may purchase a $20 annual pass or pay $80 for a lifetime pass.

At the parks, more accessible features, EV chargers and new lodging

To better protect against global warming, the Park Service is putting more than $65 million from the Inflation Reduction Act and Great American Outdoors Act into climate mitigation and ecosystem restoration.

Using $15.9 million budgeted for zero-emission vehicle deployment, charging capacity and infrastructure, the Park Service is prioritizing a reduction in carbon emissions, said Sams, by installing new electric-vehicle charging stations and running electric buses.

An interactive online locator tool created in 2023 shows EV charging stations throughout 27 national parks and the type of chargers available. In addition to the tool, every national park page displays alerts on road closures, parking lot capacities, construction work and other incidents.

Sams also said the Park Service is investing $1.3 billion from the Great American Outdoors Act to improve accessibility features, ranging from a new ADA-compliant visitor center at Morristown National Historic Park in New Jersey to new beach wheelchairs at Sleeping Bear Dunes , Channel Islands and Virgin Islands National Parks . Each destination’s website has an accessibility tab to help visitors plan their trip, and Recreation.gov now has a search filter on its homepage to make it easier to locate accessible accommodations.

Mount Rainier is reflected in a lake in Mount Rainier National Park, Wash.

New lodging options now available across the country include the Flamingo Lodge , which opened inside Everglades National Park last fall with 24 guest rooms built from repurposed shipping containers. In March, along the southeastern border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cataloochee Ranch reopened with 11 renovated cabins and a new restaurant. This spring, the Clubhouse Hotel & Suites will welcome its first guests in Rapid City, S.D., the closest major town to Badlands National Park , and opening in May in Idaho is the Yellowstone Peaks Hotel , a 30-minute-drive from Yellowstone National Park. This fall, California-bound travelers planning a visit to General Sherman, the largest known tree on Earth, might book at AutoCamp Sequoia , just outside Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park .

Also in California: Those who don’t score a highly coveted (and contentious) spot at the newly reopened High Sierra Camps in Yosemite could book Wildhaven Yosemite in Mariposa, which offers more affordable rates, hiking trails and views of the Sierra Nevadas. Reservations for its first season are available beginning May 1.

Celebrating milestones and a new free entrance day

On the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, visitors can pay tribute to African American heritage at over 100 parks , including the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument , and the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail .

This year also marks 100 years since Indigenous people were recognized as U.S. citizens. Although many parks have Indigenous programming , Sams, who is the first Native American to serve as NPS director, suggested visiting Hopewell Cultural Historical Park in Ohio and Whitman Mission Historic National Historic Site in Washington, where he recently brought his daughter.

“In order to celebrate the diversity that makes our country great, we must share the complete story of America, which includes both the successes and challenges encountered on the way to form a more perfect union,” Sams said.

Juneteenth National Independence Day is the National Park Service’s newest free entrance day . Visitors can also take advantage of free admission on Aug. 4, the four-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act ; Sept. 28 on National Public Lands Day ; and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day .

Matison is a freelance writer. This article appeared in The New York Times.

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Here It Comes: Another Hot Summer in Europe

Extreme heat and other weather challenges are in the forecast this summer, and travel advisers, tourists and local officials are getting prepared.

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Europe, the world’s fastest-warming continent, is headed for another scorching summer, meteorologists warn. And travelers, once again, are heading to the hot spots.

Last year, large parts of southern Europe experienced prolonged periods of extreme heat with temperatures reaching 118 degrees and lasting up to two weeks or more. The sweltering conditions upended vacations throughout the summer season as visitors collapsed from heat exhaustion at crowded tourist sites, and wildfires led to evacuations in Greece, Italy and Spain.

“Our computer models are in good agreement that it’s going to be another unusually hot summer, especially during late July through August,” said Todd Crawford, vice president of meteorology at Atmospheric G2 , a weather and climate intelligence firm based in Manchester, N.H. The company expects the magnitude of the heat to be similar to 2022, the hottest summer ever recorded in Europe, with the most anomalous heat projected in the south, in popular countries for travelers like Greece, Croatia and Italy.

Since 1991, Europe has been warming at twice the global average, and 23 of the 30 most severe heat waves in Europe since 1950 have occurred since 2000, with five in the last three years, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service said several factors contribute to the continent’s vulnerability, including the proportion of European land in the Arctic — the fastest-warming region on earth — and changes in atmospheric circulation.

Yet despite the forecast and increasing trend of excessive summer heat, demand is still high for destinations where temperatures reached 100 degrees or higher in recent summers. Overall, U.S. demand for travel to Europe has increased since last year, according to the travel site Hopper . Rome, Paris and Athens are among the most searched cities out of billions of annual searches for summer vacations on Kayak and Expedia.

“The destinations are being booked again, and what really characterizes people is how quickly they forget and push back negative experiences,” said Stefan Gössling, a professor who researches tourism and climate change at Linnaeus University in Sweden. “People who were caught in life-threatening situations like the wildfires may reconsider where they travel, but for the broader population, we are not yet seeing a big change in decision-making because of the heat.”

Green spaces and heat officers: Cities adapt

As the summer approaches, popular destinations that were hit hard last year are working on protocols to make residents and tourists safe and more comfortable. In 2021, Athens became the first European city to appoint a chief heat officer to oversee those efforts. One of the first steps was to categorize heat waves by severity, like hurricanes, as an early warning system for the potential impact on human health. It is also naming heat waves to emphasize their potential risks.

“Heat is a silent killer and projections for the coming years show that it will only get worse, so we are redesigning our city and making changes to adapt,” said Elissavet Bargianni, the chief heat officer for Athens. Beyond raising awareness, the city plans to implement additional measures, which include increasing the number of green spaces and creating cool public areas.

For visitors planning to visit Athens this summer, Ms. Bargianni advises using the Extrema Global app that calculates the coolest route for getting from point A to point B according to the current temperature and density of the trees. The city already has several air-conditioned cooling centers that are free.

During last July’s heat wave, the Acropolis was forced to close between midday and the early evening to protect visitors after some of them collapsed from the heat. The ministry of culture could make the same decision this year, Ms. Bargianni said, if the heat is severe.

Heat and tours: Travel advisers get creative

Travel advisers are also factoring heat into flexible itineraries. In cities like Rome, Barcelona, Paris and Athens, they are scheduling sightseeing in the cooler morning and evening hours, and arranging air-conditioned transportation.

“We tend to do activities and tours in the morning, then stop for lunch, and in the mid- to late afternoon you either go back to the hotel to sit by the pool or go to the beach,” said Gary Portuesi, a co-managing partner at Authentic Explorations, a New York-based travel company that specializes in Europe.

If clients insist on taking midday tours, the company will work with local partners to make the experience as comfortable as possible. “If there is a six-hour tour, for example, they will cut it down to four and take them to an air-conditioned gelateria for a break,” Mr. Portuesi said.

It is not only the heat that travel advisers have had to grapple with, but also other unpredictable weather events. Last summer, while some parts of the continent were hot and dry, others were cold and wet. “There was a period during the summer peak when it was hotter in the Dolomites than it was in Sicily,” said Jennifer Schwartz, the Italy-based partner of Authentic Explorations. “The most important aspect of our job is to set expectations about the variables and guide people instead of saying it’s too hot, don’t come.”

Heat insurance?

To help travelers book with more confidence, Sensible Weather, a Los Angeles-based start-up that provides a weather guarantee for vacations and outdoor experiences, has recently added high heat protection to its coverage. When booking through a Sensible partner, travelers will be able to add daily protection and if the temperature exceeds a threshold — usually set between 90 and 100 degrees — they can claim reimbursement. Currently, the insurance is only available in the United States, but, the company said, will gradually be rolled out in Europe and elsewhere.

“The goal of the company is to cover everything that can ruin a trip, and usually it’s rain, but temperature is number two,” said Nick Cavanaugh, the company’s founder who was developing the product while caught in a heat wave in Barcelona last year.

Customers do not need to cancel their trip in order to be reimbursed. Those on package tours are reimbursed for the average daily rate of their entire trip for each day that surpassed the heat threshold. “Our customers can still go on their vacations, but if it’s too hot for some hours of the day and unpleasant to go outside, you can hang out in the air-conditioning and we will reimburse you,” Mr. Cavanaugh said.

Heading to cooler climes

Some travelers who were caught in Europe’s heat waves last summer are seeking cooler destinations this summer in places like Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland. Flight searches for Tromsø, Norway, for example, have increased by 85 percent over 2023, according to Kayak.

Joanna Walker, a 43-year-old recruiter from Boston, was caught in a blistering heat wave with her family in Italy last July and vowed never to return during the summer. She said she had been advised to travel during the shoulder season, but couldn’t because her children were in school.

“We couldn’t even cool off in the pool because there was no shade and the water was hot,” Ms. Walker recalled. “We wanted to see the sights in Florence and have long lunches in the piazzas, but instead we were stuck in our overpriced villas under the air-conditioning.”

This year her family has booked a tour of Norway’s fjords in July, where temperatures linger in the high 60s. “It’s going to be a different vibe to Italy for sure, lots of nature and not as much history, but at least it will be cool enough to experience something.”

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