A souvenir to carry back from your travels is a must. Reminding you of the streets you roamed, the food you ate or sights you saw, a souvenir is a reminder of all those lovely times. Ditching the usual list of chocolates, cheeses and watches from Switzerland, we bring you a list of unusual souvenirs you can bring back from your Swiss vacation.
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One of the easy-to-carry and fun gifts, Alpen Schatz™ Swiss cowbells represent a 250-year-old family craft. Generally the livestock in other countries wear cast iron bells worn by livestock. However, the Swiss make a special bell out of pressed sheet metal, called a Trychel, the sound of which has a distinct clank. Because of its exclusive design, the Trychel bell has become an important part of the Swiss culture.
Music boxes, earlier sought after for entertainment, are now a contemporary choice with an old fashioned mechanism. Their wooden look and finish is appreciated much. You can buy one easily from anywhere in the country. Also, originally from Germany, cuckoo clocks, essentially out of wood with their beautiful finish and craft are an easy choice for a souvenir.
A raclette is a traditional Swiss dish made with cheese. It is made by the farmers working on the mountain side. It’s cooked by boiling potatoes in an open fire and melting raclette cheese on hot rocks. Raclette cheese is specifically for melting blanketing the potatoes just right. A raclette maker will help you serve the traditional flavours of Switzerland just right in the comfort of your own house.
Coming from the hillside forests of Switzerland, the traditional wooden toys are painted red and feature the traditional Swiss white cross. These toys are made from local beech, maple, lime, and birch trees and suit anybody who appreciates a fine craftsmanship. These toys are made with intricate details and are easily available and a great choice for souvenir