Swiss souvenirs: Cow bells

Has anyone bought cow bells? I'd like to know if it would be better to buy them in the big cities (Zurich, Bern) or up in the mountains where the cows actually use them (Murren, Interlaken etc)Thanks.

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
3076 posts

The least expensive place to buy cow bells are the Saturday morning flea markets like the one in Luzern or the huge one in Zurich. Lots of fun, too.

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6726 posts

Actually, the cows have the bells throughout Switzerland. We bought a 2-pounder on top of the Jungfrau. There are shops up there. I really can't tell you where the least expensive place to buy the bell is but we were so excited about the cows being walked up our street in Lauterbrunnen that I just had to have a bell. Then, I had to lug it home.

Posted by Nadine
San Francisco, CA
181 posts

I brought a large cow bell on my last trip to Switzerland and intend to get another on my trip later this month. Our cowbell hangs on our front door and everytime we open the door it clangs. Its very loud but we have heard the bells in the Swiss Alps and every time we hear it its takes us right back. I was thinking to check for them in Lauterbrunnen or maybe Interlaken time permitting.

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6839 posts

Absolutely every souvenir shop in Switzerland sells them. I doubt there will be much of a price difference.

Posted by Audrey
Keizer, Oregon, USA
577 posts

I bought two --- one very small one for the Christmas tree and another one that is on the mantle. I didn't buy a big one because I didn't want to lug it around. Next time I'll get a little larger one or maybe have it shipped!

Posted by aRies
Seattle, Washington, United States
91 posts

Oooooooh flea markets in Switzerland! Sounds like an oxymoron :) I never even thought about them! Great idea, though!! I googled and found the Burkliplatz and Kanzlei fleamarkets in Zurich and the Burgerstrasse/Reusssteg, Hauptbahnhof Area in Lucerne. Are these the ones you are talking about, Tim? Any others?

Posted by adynata
Badalona, Barcelona, Spain
324 posts

I know that in Spain, at least, hardware stores/farmers markets on fair days are the best place to buy cow and goat bells. My guess is that the shepherds and cowherds don't spend much time browsing tourist shops.

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
3076 posts

I don't know the names of the flea markets, but both of them are on Saturday mornings. Lucerne's is along the river that flows through the center of town. The one in Zurich is very very close to the lake front and bahnhofstrasse - I'm sure any local or hotel clerk can tell you exactly where it is. Zurich's is much bigger than Lucerne's although I like the one in Lucerne better being alongside the fast moving beautiful river.

Actually it seems like Saturday mornings are popular in many European destinations for flea markets...even in smaller towns.

Posted by aRies
Seattle, Washington, United States
91 posts

Just wanted to thank everyone for their replies. Thanks Tim for the PM. I just read it although you summarized it in your last post.
Swiss flea markets: here I come!!!!

Posted by Janice
Newport, Minnesota, USA
91 posts

When we stayed in Interlaken, we purchased a cowbell at the hardware store. It wasn't painted or decorated but that's the way I wanted it to be.

Posted by Lauren
Atlanta
43 posts

You might try Schweizerheimatwerk stores for a bell or other Swiss hand crafts. We went to several in Zuerich (even at the airport) and bought several small, very nice souvenirs. If I recall, the store has a long history and was created to preserve the tradition of Swiss handicrafts - beautiful, beautiful souvenirs of all types.