Some of the greatest little treasures in life are never planned and while waiting for our bus in Brunnen, we looked behind us and there it was – the Victorinox, or Swiss Army Knife Museum. With time on our hands and free admission, we entered.
As we rambled slowly through the museum, we eventually found our way in the dark to the museum’s short film profiling the history of the knives and a virtual walk through the manufacturing plant detailing how the knives were made.
As a parent, there are moments that take you by surprise and I was certain I was in for complaints about the movie (after all, it wasn’t in 3D, and nothing was jumping off the screen at us), but to my amazement, both of our children (three and five years of age) were actively engaged in the film.
In fact, we enjoyed the museum so much (the movie in particular), that the children were anxious to show Robert the film and we chose to do so while waiting for our boat to tour around Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee). Once again, our children were thoroughly amused and enjoyed visiting the show room where they were able to handle all the different models of knives.
The museum is certainly worth a visit if you are in the area, but to travel all the way to Brunnen to have a look, would be rather ambitious and potentially disappointing. It is rather, a wonderful way to pass time if you are waiting for a boat or bus, or meandering through the charming lakeside town of Brunnen.
On a side note, if you do not own a Swiss Army Knife, I can highly recommend making the purchase. We carry our knives with us whenever we hike, venture into the woods or the Alps. They are ideal for cutting cheese and apples for impromptu picnics, help saw wood for building fires, and remove splinters when accidents occur. The knives are invaluable little tools that are robust and long lasting. Oh, and the purchase won’t burn a whole in your pocket!
Details for the Museum and the Brand Store:
All year round:
Monday – Friday 9 AM – 6.30 PM
Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM
May – October:
Sundays and public holidays 10 AM – 5 PM
Admission to the Victorinox Museum is free.
There is a lift for disabled persons.
Victorinox Brand Store
Phone +41 (0)41 825 60 20