Souvenir Shopping (Self Guided), Zurich

It would be a pity to leave Zurich without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Zurich, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Switzerland » Zurich (See other walking tours in Zurich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Author: Daniel
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Orell Füssli The Bookshop

1) Orell Füssli The Bookshop

What to buy here: Heidi Books: The little girl in a milkmaid dress, with braids and a kind spirit, has become a classic Swiss character known and loved worldwide. The fictional alpine adventures of Heidi have been read to children since the 17th century. Follow along with the special children in your life, as young Heidi adapts to life with her grandfather, secluded in the Swiss Alps, her adventures to Germany to meet a new friend, and her return to the mountains to spread joy and hope to those around her. Touted as stories “for children and those who love children”, the Heidi book series is a must-buy when visiting Zurich. Orell Fussli The Bookshop is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 8 pm, and Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm, is the largest English bookstore in all of Europe. It holds over 40,000 English books, and provides a warm quiet venue to browse for your perfect version of the Heidi series. Offered in hard and soft cover, a variety of Heidi books can be purchased from Orell Fussli from 8.90 francs to 30 francs. Schweizer Heimatwerk sells the complete set in beautifully illustrated hardcovers for 47 francs each. The shop also sells an adorable hand sewn rag book for 155 francs, and includes removable cloth characters. The handmade Heidi doll is 87 francs.
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Manor

2) Manor

What to buy here: Cheese fondue set | Mondaine Railway Clock | Raclette maker | “Swiss Made” watches |

“Swiss Made” watches: Since the 16th century the Swiss have been perfecting the art of timekeeping. With superior craftsmanship and elegant design, Swiss brand watches have become world famous, with most top brands boasting the prestigious and strictly standardized “Swiss Made” description as a selling feature. So what better place in the world to pick up a funky new Swatch, or invest in a lifelong relationship with a classy Breitling, than in Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich? The Bahnhofstrasse, leading from Zurich’s central train station, has been called one of the best shopping streets in the world. From top designer boutiques, to touristy shops, and diverse department stores, the Bahnhoffstrasse offers many options for those wishing to purchase a Swiss-made timepiece. The sophisticated Les Ambassedeurs store at Bahnhofstrasse 64, or the new Patek Phillip boutique at Bahnhofstrasse 31, will flatter you with movie star treatment if you are in the market for a new Rolex or Chopard. For those looking for a more varied shopping experience, Manor department store has the largest selection of watches on the block. Located at number 75 on Bahnhofstrassee, open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 8 pm,Saturday until 6 pm. Manor sells Swatch’s youthful new brand Flik Flak, starting at 35 francs, a special Tissot for 7500 francs, and everything in between.
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Schweizer Heimatwerk

3) Schweizer Heimatwerk

What to buy here: Alta Terra Alpine herb food products | Appenzeller Dog Collar | Army blanket products | Cheese fondue set | Cuckoo clock | Handmade Wooden Toys | Heidi Books | Mondaine Railway Clock | Swiss Music boxes | Traditional Swiss-wear for girls | Trychel Cow Bell |

Music boxes: Building on the tradition of superior watchmaking skills, Switzerland is also famous for their intricately made music boxes. The first music box factories were opened in Switzerland in the early 19th century and at one time the industry surpassed that of watchmaking. Today, Swiss music boxes still feature the same function, playing songs like “Edelweiss” and the “Happy Wanderer” via metal cylinders and pins. High-end music boxes allow cylinders to be changed in order to play many different songs. The classic style of Swiss music boxes has not changed from its day of invention, but today a much larger selection is available. Boxes are available with hand painted scenes of olden day hikers and shepherds, or come fashioned as wooden Swiss chalets with detailed carving of flowers and water troughs. More contemporary designs are also available: a transparent box that allows the incredible inner-workers be seen, or the “Royles Royce” of music boxes, a large polished inlaid wooden box with changeable rules, sold for 10,000 francs. Schweizer Heimatwerk has the best selection of wooden handmade music boxes, priced from 100 francs to the 10,000-franc art piece.

Operation hours: Monday–Friday: 9:00–20:00; Saturday: 9:00-18:00
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Dolmetsch 1291

4) Dolmetsch 1291

What to buy here: Victorinox Swiss army knife: A trip to Zurich would not be complete without the purchase of a Swiss army knife. These intricate tools are no longer just for woodsmen and campers. Victorinox, the makers of the original Swiss army knife, now make product lines entitled “Elegant Pocket Tools” and “Victorinox USB”. The popular “Cyber Tool” boasts the classic blades and tools with the addition of small pliers and a multi head screwdriver, for IT professionals, engineers, and other “computer freaks”. The “Cigar Cutter”, features a multi-circumference cigar blade and a sleek metallic casing, while the “Waiter” includes a corkscrew, and both bottle and can opener. Some knives come with digital clocks, engrave-able front plates, paintings of the Matterhorn, USB storage, even pink camouflage casings. Souvenir shops selling Swiss army knives can be found throughout Zurich’s downtown, including Dolmetsch, with one location in the Zurich train station open Monday to Friday 8 am until 9m, 9 am to 8 pm on Saturdays, and another at Limmatquia 126 open Monday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm, and until 6 pm on Saturdays. Domletsch sells a variety of Vicorinox knives and luggage. Purchase “My First Victorinox” for 25 francs, the “Cyber Tool” for 32 francs, a knife with a painting of Lake Zurich on the front for 37 francs, up to the robust “Swiss Champ” for 422 francs.
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Teddy's Souvenir-Shop

5) Teddy's Souvenir-Shop

What to buy here: Cuckoo clock: Everyone loves the adorable cuckoo clock and anticipating the tiny bird’s signal that the hour has struck. Though most people may believe that the cuckoo clock is a German invention, the Swiss have contributed their own special version of the clock’s design. Swiss cuckoo clocks differ from the German variety in that they resemble a traditional wooden Swiss chalet. Some feature St. Bernard dogs, colorful flowers, and people dancing in traditional Swiss clothing. Swiss cuckoo clocks are specifically sought after for their high quality craftsmanship, delightful music, and of course, irresistible charm. Products range in quality and price, from 392 to 925 francs for wooden, handmade, pendulum-operated clocks, or a similar version that is battery operated for 365 francs, which are available from most souvenir shops in Zurich, including Teddy’s Souvenir shop at Limmatquai 34, open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 8 pm, Saturdays 8:30 am to 7 pm, and Sundays 10 am to 5 pm. Teddy’s sells a pendulum operated clock for as low as 32.80 CHF, up to a mechanical 8-day clock with music for 2, 000 CHF.
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Confiserie Sprüngli Shop

6) Confiserie Sprüngli Shop

What to buy here: Swiss Chocolate: The people of Switzerland don’t boast the world record for highest per-capita chocolate consumption without reason. Worldwide, people are already in love Lindtt chocolate and know just how special Swiss chocolate is. Zurich is home to many other chocolatiers however, who produce incredibly fresh treats, on a weekly basis, that must be tried. Bring home a box of the “world’s freshest truffles” from Sprungli, one of Zurich’s very first chocolate companies with three locations in Zurich’s main train station, and two on the Bahnhoffstrasse, at 21 and 67.

Operation hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm; Saturday: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

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