Centralisation of the Swiss customs system in 1848 put a sudden end to trade with Tyrol. In 1888, and then again in 1892, an application was submitted to the federal authorities to exclude Samnaun from the Swiss customs territory. In 1892, the Federal Council approved the request and Samnaun was declared duty-free.
This status affords Samnaun a price advantage that is only available in very few destinations following the abolition of European duty-free sales.
By the way: you can also visit the Sennerei Samnaun demonstration cheese dairy in Samnaun.
Guided tours are available, and you can take a look at the production process. Prices on request / reservation required
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