The Swiss army knife is only produced by two licensed companies: Victorinox and Wenger.
The red ones with the white cross and a lot of practical features are for tourists and don't correspond at all to the real ones, we actually get in the army.
The (high) quality is always the same. The price might be cheaper with big wholesalers (Migros, Coop, Manor) than in tourist shops in Lucerne. So, don't buy on first sight. They are sold at many places, including all tax free airport shops.
I guess, that they are more expensive abroad.
Good advice from Müützli.
The Victorinox factory is located in Ibach, between Schwyz and Brunnen (about 30 min from Lucerne). You can't take any tours there but you'll probably get the best prices at their factory outlet. They have the complete sortiment there.
You could do this trip by taking the ferry to Brunnen from Lucerne. Then take the bus to Ibach. Eat at the Mythen Center (Migros) for an inexpensive lunch. Take the bus to Seewen (Schwyz) train station. Take the train back to Lucerne. See SBB.Ch for timetables.
Just a suggestion.
I forgot to mention:
Never transport any Swiss army knife in you handluggage or Jacket, not even the very small ones. They will all be confiscated everywhere in the world.
You might hurt the pilot with the corkscrew. :-)
I know its been a while since this thread was active but im desperate to get my hands on a decent victorinox jacket, does anyone have any info on where i could get one from thanks
Question on topic:
Where is the Victorinox factory outlet in Ibach?
I can't find any information off of the Victorinox.ch website except for the location of the factory itself. We will be in Schwyz for a morning and afternoon.
Here's the link to the address/opening times of the shop at the Victorinox factory in Ibach. www.victorinox.ch/index.cfm…
Although, if you can't take a tour it hardly seems worth it to trek all the way out there. You can find these knives everywhere here.
You can do a round trip by taking the ferry to Brunnen, the bus to Mythen Center/Victorinox and then take the bus to Seewen and the train back to Schwyz. (Or do this in reverse order.)
Mythen Center is great for shopping. For a cheap lunch, go to the Migros Restaurant in Mythen Center.
There are no tours at Victorinox but the shop is quite nice and has a big selection. You also get 10% (I believe) as a tourist. Hope you'll confirm that price when you come back.
Although I do love the Victorinox brand (always go to the Victorinox outlet in NY), we're in Schwyz passing through.
We're arriving in Zurich Airport in the late afternoon and looked for a small city on the way to Florence that was easy to get to (< one-hour train ride from airport) and was not touristy (Interlaken). For some reason, we settled on Schwyz.
Is Lucerne a better place to stay?
We'd like something that is on a major railway to Florence. And, something that will give us a sense of Swiss-life (non big city).
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