Should you require removals to Switzerland, you will already know that the country is known for more than its spectacular and dramatic scenery and as a skiing destination. It is also a country which produces many fine things, chocolate and watches to name a few.
As specialists in removals to Switzerland, we offer high quality European removals for household and business clients. Our removals to Europe are competitively priced and, in addition to removals to Switzerland, we also offer European removals to France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands. Contact us now to find out more about this or any other of our services.
If you are settling in Switzerland and require removals to Switzerland, here is our guide to some of the best things produced in the country.
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Fine Things Made in Switzerland
Switzerland is famous for its fine watches and has been renowned for its watch making as far back as the 16th century. Some of the world’s leading brands of watches are made in Switzerland including Rolex and Patek Philippe.
If a watch carries the words ‘Swiss Made’ it is the ultimate in quality, and these two words cover the appearance, technical quality, originality of design and craftsmanship. Many people aspire to owning a quality Swiss made watch and prices vary from affordable to the masses, to millions of pounds for an exquisite design. Exports in Swiss watches have continued to rise year after year and now amount to just over $19 billion.
Switzerland is well known for its fine chocolate and many leading brands of Swiss chocolate, such as Lindt and Toblerone, are sold globally. The Swiss are also big consumers of chocolate and consume an average of 23lbs of chocolate per year, per head of population (compared to 17lbs in the UK).
Some of the reasons why Swiss chocolate is so popular is because of the type milk used in the chocolate – from specially bred Swiss cows – only the finest cocoa beans are used, and also the techniques used in making the chocolate (it generally undergoes a much longer folding and rolling process, called conching).
Just as chocolate has made a name for itself in Switzerland, so has cheese. Most of the country’s cheese is made with cow’s milk and the remainder are made up of sheep or goat’s milk. The Swiss are estimated to consumer around 47lbs of cheese per year, per head of population.
Some of the most popular names in Swiss cheese are: Emmental (a medium hard cheese which is known to have holes or ‘eyes’ in and is produced in the Bern canton of Switzerland), Gruyère (a hard cheese with Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée status) and Raclette, which is also a Swiss dish as well as a cheese. Both Emmental and Gruyère are used in fondues.
Swiss Army Knife
Swiss Army Knives are known world-wide as small, multi-purpose pocket knives in usually a red casing which house a variety of pull-out options for everyday use from nail files to screwdrivers, bottle openers and scissors.
It has its origins in the latter half of the 19th century after a company producing folding pocket knives gained the contract for the Swiss military. The biggest Swiss Army penknife is The Giant, an 87 multi-functional tool penknife which made its way into the Guinness Book of Records. The most up-to-date and advanced versions include Bluetooth and also a laser pointer.
Fine musical boxes have been produced in Sainte-Croix in Switzerland since the early 19th century and a century ago they made up as much as 10 per cent of the country’s exports.
The music box began in the last part of the 18th century when a pocket watchmaker created a musical watch. This caught people’s imagination and Sainte-Croix became the capital of the music box industry. There is even a museum dedicated to musical boxes (including wind up singing birds) in the Canton of Vaud. Swiss music boxes are known for its high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail.
In addition to musical boxes, Switzerland is also known for creating fine quality musical instruments, laces and carved wooden objects.
Hamiltons offer weekly removals to Switzerland and, in addition to our European removals, we are also experts in the removals of specialist items including antiques and high quality musical instruments.
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