Some countries attain the status of a symbol or a concept in itself for the whole national identity and individuality. Switzerland is definitely one of them and the very mention of this country creates pictures in our minds- Alps range, majestic castles, breath taking scenery and so on. Tourists are not alien to Switzerland and the shopping options in Switzerland are never foreign to the travellers. Shopaholic or not, all of us has a tendency to collect mementos from the land we visit; and Switzerland is a hub for souvenir hunt.
The things you plan to carry home from here are always on top of mind and are the best in the category. The first one to bag is the famous Swiss watch that is no less than an icon in the popular psyche. Studded with various jewels and other crafty art work, they are the sign of style and sophistication. Next, you can go for a chocolate hunt for some of the best of this ultimate seduction in Geneva, Maestranin Swiss Chocolates Ltd, Alprose Chocolates Museum and Broc. Or you can just hop in the chocolate train for a chocolaty ride. In this process, you cannot miss out on the renowned cheese of Gruyeres.
If you have the taste for fine wines, then Switzerland would not disappoint you. You can relish wine anywhere in the vineyards scattered all along the Lake Geneva, Valais, Vaud and Neuch?tel. The wine in Switzerland is produced from Chasselas, a grape variety and consumed locally. So when you take a plunge, you come out with the traditional Swiss flavour.
The list of souvenirs doesn't end here. You have some more pieces to collect that do goes on with the Swiss knives of Ibach, traditional Swiss art work in the local open air markets, Cuckoo clocks, aesthetically crafted music boxes. Swiss Shopping is best during Christmas. If you are visiting Switzerland near or just before the Christmas, then get ready for the best ever Christmas shopping of your life with some mind blowing Christmas markets in Geneva, Montreux and Lausanne. All these markets are rich with their own highlights- some are built as miniature country cottages, some are the representational miniature of the Swiss ski chalets and some with excellent stalls. Being the beautiful country it is, shopping timings here are fixed.
You can shop from Monday to Friday between 8:30 am to noon and 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and on Saturday between 8 am to noon and 1:30 pm to 4 pm. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags to the most charming country of the world. Spend some romantic leisure time amidst of the greens and collect some best of best pieces for your friends and family.