Oct 29, 2016 - 7:51 AM
in reply to maggiehorswell
Thanks for compiling and posting that useful list.
My Swiss friends have noted that the markets at Basel and Montreux are probably the largest, and that the one in Montreux has a different "feeling' or "style" when compared to the ones in the German speaking region.
I have not been to the one in Montreux to offer first hand comment or comparisons. The one at Luzern seems small to me. The only one that I have seen there is on the lower floor of the main station. Near the Schwanenplatz there is a small market offering foods from several different countries.
Since my trips to Switzerland a that time of year are brief, I tend to use the one in Zürich main station, which is a normal part of my itinerary to see friends. It meets my limited and fairly simple needs quite well.
One constraint on quantity for me is how much I can carry back to the USA, since I don't want to pay to ship overseas inexpensive but sometimes fragile Christmas presents, which, in turn, I might have to re-ship in the USA to my dispersed relatives in time for Christmas. I'm too impatient to file them way for next year. ;-)
Several of my relatives are handy with tools, or even work for companies that make specialized mechanical parts and tools. They have enjoyed small ( or not so small) hand tools or even threaded nuts and bolts made of chocolate. They have become available at the Zürich fair in the past few years. Cast with typical Swiss precision, the nuts can be threaded on the bolts. I usually try to take back a few hand-blown glass Christmas tree ornament, too.