Switzerland - Traveling
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Organizing your trip
Means of transport recommended in town
Fare systems are generally automated with machines issuing single or multiple tickets at the roadside. There is a day ticket for travel in one or more Swiss cities on any given day at a standard fare.
Taxis are widely available and drivers expect a 15% tip.
Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country
Rail transport is well developed across the country. The Swiss railway company Schweizerische Bundesbahnen(SBB) and many other rail operators provide excellent services. Use of the SwissPass(Visit: Swiss Travel System website is a superb way to view the scenery.
The condition of roads is generally good. Postal motor coaches provide bus services even the remotest villages. However under the integrated national transport policy, few long-distance coaches are allowed to operate.
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Traveling by yourself
Different forms of tourism
Visit the Horological Museum and watch-making factories at La-Chaux-de-Fonds In the elegant ancient city center of St Gallen, enjoy the baroque cathedral and famous Abbey Library (Stiftsbibliothek) in the old Benedictine monastery (incunabula and illuminated manuscripts), named a World Heritage Treasure by UNESCO.
Some other important historical places to visit in the country are:
- Kunsthaus (Zurich),
- The Clock Zytglogge ( Bern),
- The Kunst Museum (Basel),
- The Swiss Transport Museum (Lucerne).
Also visit Berner Oberland, a major tourist area that includes spectacular scenery including famous peaks (Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger), mountain lakes, alpine streams and wild flowers.
One should not miss to visit one of Switzerland's most photogenic villages, Gruyères, home to the nation's most famous cheese, to explore its castle and various cheese factories.
Cycling is another big outdoor activity. There are 3,300km (2,046 miles) of well-marked interlinked trails, and most of them offer easy cycling. Many railway stations offer bike hire (return it to any other station at the end of the tour) .
Health and safety
Time difference and climate
The Alps mountains cause climatic variations across the country. In the higher Alpine regions temperatures tend to be low, while the lower land of the northern area has higher temperatures and warm summers.
The temperature can go as low as -10 degree centigrade during winter and during summer it reaches up to 25 degree centigrade.
Traditional Swiss Fondues are a blend of Emmental and Gruyere cheeses, nutmeg, garlic, cornflour and Kirsch (Swiss Schnapps) all melted in a ceramic Fondue Pot into which diners dip small cubes of bread, and served with pickled gherkins and onions.
Some of the other national specialties are:
- Viande sèchée (dried beef or pork) from Valais and the Grisons (where it is called Bündnerfleisch), served with pickled onions.
- Pieds de porc (pigs' trotters).
- Rösti (shredded fried potatoes).
- Fondue Bourguignonne (cubed meat with various sauces).
- Leckerli (spiced honey cakes topped with icing sugar), decorated in Bern with a white sugar bear.
Lager beers such as Hurliman are drunk more in the German Cantons, with wine being drunk in the Italian and French Cantons.
Yes = Ja
No = Nein
Thank you = Danke
Hello = Guten Tag
Good morning = Guten Morgen
Goodbye = Auf Wiedersehen
I do not understand = Ich verstehe nicht
How much does this cost ? = Wieviel kostet das?
I would like to buy. please = Ich möchte kaufen.
Do you accept the credit card? = Akzeptieren Sie Kreditkarten? Nehmen Sie Kreditkarten?
Where is...? = Wo ist?
Airport = der Flughafen
Train station = der Bahnhof
Post office = die Post
bank = die Bank
Police station = Polizeiwache
Pharmacy = die Apotheke
One ticket to. please = Eine Fahrkarte nach,
Would you have any available rooms for tonight ? = Haben Sie noch ein Zimmer frei?.