5 Essential Swiss Souvenirs To Buy In Zurich

Your comprehensive guide to authentic Swiss souvenirs.

Finding the perfect souvenir can be complicated. You want something to remind you of your travels that you’ll actually use once you get home, all while being small enough to fit within the limited space left in your suitcase. If this struggle sounds familiar, read on for five essential Swiss souvenirs to buy before you leave Zurich that check all the boxes.

1. Swiss Army Knife

Swiss Army Knife
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The Swiss Army knife has become somewhat of an international symbol of Switzerland since its invention in 1891, making it a great souvenir to remember your trip by. Even the larger knives are pretty small, so you don’t have to worry about finding space in your luggage – a huge plus for those on long trips with no room to spare. Swiss Army knives come in all different styles, colors, and sizes, but the most common types almost always include a blade, nail file, pair of scissors, screwdriver, and corkscrew. This extremely useful multipurpose tool is a purchase you won’t regret.

2. Fondue Set

Fondue Set swiss souvenir
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What better place to buy a fondue set than the birthplace of the unique cooking method? With fondue being a national dish of Switzerland, there’s no shortage of Swiss brands that sells sets and places in Zurich to find them. You can get a lot of use out of a fondue set, as it’s such a versatile cooking style that can be used to make appetizers, main courses, desserts, and more! While fondue was originally only used to refer to bread dipped in melted cheese, the word is much more versatile today with anything from meat in oil to fruit in chocolate being considered fondue. You’ll be reminded of your trip to Zurich with every mouthwatering bite.

3. Chocolate

Chocolate swiss souvenir
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Chocolate lovers are sure to appreciate the decadence of authentic Swiss chocolate. There are many chocolate shops throughout Zurich such as Lindt, Sprüngli, and Max Chocolatier, all with their own unique offerings. Pick up some truffles to bring back for the perfect pick-me-up when you’re battling those post-vacation blues, or pack some chocolate bars as a sweet treat for the loved ones awaiting your return.

4. Watch

Rolex Watch
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Switzerland is known for luxury watches due its long history in the watch-making business. Although Swiss watches have a reputation for being expensive, you can still find a nice one without breaking the bank. If you don’t want to go for the Rolex, there are plenty of more affordable Swiss brands like Swatch and Torgoen. A high-quality, durable watch is a souvenir that will last a lifetime, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to snag one in its home country.

5. Music Box

Music Box swiss souvenir
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Swiss music boxes are unique, beautiful works of art that showcase the artistic innovation of Switzerland. Many boxes are handcrafted and play a range of sounds from birds singing in the mountains to popular instrumentals. These exquisite souvenirs are timeless and made to last with the highest quality materials available. Whether you use it to store keepsakes or display it as elegant décor, your Swiss music box won’t disappoint.

Meghan St. Pierre

Content Editor Associate

Meghan is a native of South Florida who loves nature and landscape photography. Her favorite travel activities are getting lost in new cities and trying local desserts. She has been to 22 countries, and her favorites have been Sweden and Denmark so far.

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