Great Pen Stores - Stores of Note - Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland

Papeterie Zumstein
Freie Strasse 43
4001 Basel, Switzerland

Located near the Apple Store, readers have written to let me know that this paperterie has on one of its floors an extensive pen shop. Website

Geneva, Switzerland

PPapeterie BrachardPapeterie Brachard
10, rue de corraterie
CH-1204 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +4122 817 05 55
Fax: +4122 817 05 69

Located in the heart of the shopping district of Geneva. The famous Papeterie Brachard dates from 1839. The place is a "floor to ceiling" pen store. Ever been to a city and forget to write down the address of a store? Well thanks to J Waltersson of Sweden for sending in the name and address of this pen store.

Lausanne, Switzerland

Karamer Krieg
Rue Centrale
10 CH 1003 Lausanne
website: (Focus is on ordering office/art supplies, site in French)

The website has a focus on ordering of office or art supplies, but the store is a nice shop to visit with a seperated room for great pens. Many limited edition pens including some older models. Your will find lines like Caran d'Ache, Montblanc, Cartier, Delta and the like at this store. Some expensive and beautiful desk asessoires. (Thanks: D. Barmeyer)

Lausanne L'ecriture
Rue L.-A. Curtat 1
Lausanne, Switzerland

This store is located near the cathedral and stocks pens and gifts. Few top end pends or limited editions but a selection of basic pens and supplies. Closed on Mondays. (Thanks: D Barmeyer)

Zug, Switzerland

Style - Writing & Luxury Goods
Zeughausgasse 4 Zug,
Switzerland 6300

Style carries a range of pen lines set up as mini-boutiques. You will find Montblanc, Cartier, Faber-Castell, Caran D'Ache, Montegrappa, Visconti, Aurora lines. The store has an accompanying selection of inks as well as asseccories that include wood pen boxes by Naldi.

Zug is northeast of Lucern.

Zurich, Switzerland

Bahnhofstrasse 65
CH-8001 Z├╝rich
Phone: +41 43 443 7700 (website in German)

Bahnhofstrasse is one of the main shopping streets in Zurich and this store appears small from the outside, but once insite, there is plenty to see.

The ground floor primarily displays writing accessories and at the end, on a small mezzanine, there is an area specifically set up for MontBlanc products. They are an authorized retailer.

The pen department is located on the lower floor stretching outside the ground floor area. As you go down the stairs you will see a wall full of all sorts of ink.

In the middle a counter has on one side a glass display with (specifically for fountain pen) accessories as ink bottles and ink dryers. The other side holds a large 3 or 4 yard display of standard pens of all sorts and brands.

On the opposite wall holds a floor to ceiling display with all their Limited and Special Edition pens, which is most impressive.

Jasper Coppens wrote about his experience. Sitting down, a sales person presents him with a series of different fountain pens to test and compare. For the Limited Edition Pens, the Owners present these complete with advice about the special 'cases'. Pens were handled with white velvet glove but testing was of course part of the experience.