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We are taking an 8 day coach tour of Switzerland in June 2013. Does anyone know of any good Christmas stores or where we can purchase Christmas ornament? The only store we found was in Basel, however, we are only there for a couple of hours on a Sunday, and the stores are closed. Thanks

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Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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1. Re: Switzerland

Hi, are you obligated to this coach tour? it is so easy to travel independently in Switzerland and you could be in Basel when the shop is open - it is a great Christmas shop!! If you want to consider doing an independet trip, we are all here to help you and make it easy as we can!

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We already booked the tour. We are doing a river cruise first from Amsterdam to Basel, then we will be taken to Zurich that same day. Thought about doing it on our own, but travelling with another couple who wanted the coach tour.

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Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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3. Re: Switzerland

Could you stay in Basel overnight and catch up the next day? Basel is well worth a day and the shop is certainly worth it! As long as you know the stopping place for Monday evening, it should be a snap to catch a train from Basel to join the tour.

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We already booked the tour. We are doing a river cruise first from Amsterdam to Basel, then we will be taken to Zurich that same day. Thought about doing it on our own, but travelling with another couple who wanted the coach tour.

No, out coach tour starts that Sunday. So I gather that there isn't more Christmas Stores that this is the only one?

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Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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5. Re: Switzerland

Mostly only shops in train stations are allowed to open on Sundays, but I don't think one of them has anything for Christmas in June. If you have some time on an other day in Zurich or an other big city, you might checkout for an option there.

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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6. Re: Switzerland

I can't say I know of any "Christmas stores" here in Switzerland. However if little decorations are what you want, and especially ones from here I suggest you take a look at the Heimatwerk shops. there is one in the Zürich train station that is open on Sundays...

Personally I cannot imagine why anyone would want to take a coach tour of Switzerland... but I suppose if you have to you have to!!

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7. Re: Switzerland

Thanks for the information and opinion. When travelling with seniors, one does what one can and this isn't my bucket list.

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8. Re: Switzerland

Not specifically Christmassy, but you can easily buy little souvenir cow bells that might look nice on a tree. You may also find little wooden items or small wooden chalets that can be integrated into a festive scene.

In general I have observed that Swiss Christmas decorations are simple and classy, and generally only available to buy in the run up to Christmas.

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9. Re: Switzerland

I'm trying to get my head round the idea of buying things for Christmas in June, and failing completely ;-)

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If your tour goes to Brienz, I have seen wood Christmas tree decorations in the wood carving shops there all the year round.

Edited: 06 July 2012, 19:10
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Bernese Oberland, Switzerland