Useful phone numbers
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Switzerland:
Road emergency: 140
Psychological support (free and anonymous): 143
Psychological support for teens and children (free and anonymous): 147
Helicopter air-rescue (Rega): 1414 or by radio on 161.300 MHz
Air rescue (Air Glaciers) (in Valais only): 1415
Bring Mosquito Repellent
If you are from North America, you will bring your tennis shoes so you can walk around the town. If you want to look Italian, best to bring makeup, jewelry, a bronzer to make you look very tan, and rent a small dog to carry everywhere with you. Bring plenty of sun screen as the sun is very bright here. Also bring an umbrella because the weather in the mountains changes so fast. I use the umbrella to keep the sun off of me and it is also handy the next minute due to rain suddenly appearing without any warning. www.directories.ch
Use this resource to find everything in Lugano, complete with street address, phone number and details of how to arrive there from your location.
A riot of colour for your pleasure.
Take time to stop and smell the flowers when on vacation, enjoy the ambience around you. take time to try to meet your neighbour at the cafe, it is all part of the experience that a traveller enjoys but a tourist misses.
Flights to Zurich and Geneva...
Flights to Zurich and Geneva in Switzerland. Milan in Italy can also be useful for gettting into Lugano. There is also a rail service from the airport to Lugano - Trains depart at 8.30am, 11.30am, 4.30pm and 7pm.
During the summer (Apil-Oct) the Lugano Regional Pass gives free travel on trains and boats on and around Lago di Lugano (including funiculars up to San Salvatore and Monte Brè), with half-price discounts on transport around Locarno, for three days within seven (Fr.70) or seven consecutive days (Fr.92). Similarly, the Locarno/Ascona Regional Pass gives free travel on trains and boats in the Swiss basin of Lago Maggiore, plus half-price on funiculars, chairlifts and transport in and around Lugano, for three days in seven (Fr.50) or seven consecutive days (Fr.76).Discounts on these passes are available to Swiss Pass holders.
Houses are now well up the mountain.
This is the hill to climb, for the energetic there is a path for the less adventurous there is the funicular and a pleasant walk along the lake side to reach the lower station.
What is there to see well come with me for a visit.