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The opening hours for municipal administrations vary greatly and are often restricted, especially in smaller municipalities. In any case, it is advisable to enquire about counter opening times in advance, either online or by phone.
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On the day before a holiday, shops usually close at 5pm.
In Switzerland, you’ll discover a host of products that you soon won’t be able to live without. But there may also be products from other countries that you don’t want to go without in Switzerland. There are different ways to buy products you have grown fond of. It’s worth making an initial trip to the different supermarkets to see if they have what you’re looking for. Alternatively, you can bring back products for personal use from trips abroad or order them online. You must observe customs regulations when doing this.
Shop opening hours in Switzerland vary from canton to canton and are regulated by law. In Valais, shops are free to organise their own opening hours as long as they comply with the specified closing times. Many shops are open until 6.30pm on weekdays and until 5pm on Saturdays. Smaller shops in particular have special opening hours and it is not uncommon to close for lunch or on Mondays (often in the morning). Shops are closed on Sundays and bank holidays. Exceptions are shops in petrol stations, railway stations or in large tourist resorts (seasonal), which are normally open seven days a week and usually open earlier and close later.