Check out the Webcams Before You Go
Favorite thing: Here is a link for all the webcams in the Bernese Oberland area.
Here is another one that one of our other members posted. 360 degree view of the area around the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.
- Hang Gliding
- Skiing and Boarding
MY SWISS ARMY KNIFE
I bought my Swiss Army knife in Lucerne in 1986. Manufactured be Victorinox, this is a real masterpiece. It has traveled with me to over 100 countries now and has never let me down. It has helped me a thousand times and still has sharp blades. I almost had it confiscated once in Lalibela, Ethiopia when I forgot to put it into my checked luggage. I explained the story of the knife to security. It did the trick! I was allowed to retrieve my bag and put it inside.
Thanks wonderful workers at Victorinox!
Favorite thing: Jungfraujoch will be opened/closed depends on the day weather ,,,currently my brother in Interlaken and he said the Jungfraujoch was closed in Sunday /Monday
Schiltorn almost fine ,,, have nice tripRelated to:
- Skiing and Boarding
Favorite thing: Geneva is the second-largest city in Switzerland after Zurich, with about 1,240,000 inhabitants in the greater metropolitan area. It is a pleasant city with a high standard of living. In fact, Geneva is considered to have the third-highest quality of life in the world.
Due to Switzerland's history of neutrality, especially during the Second World War, Geneva became the European seat of the United Nations and the headquarters of the International Red Cross and dozens of international organizations after the war. The city is also a center for international diplomacy (the Geneva Convention which deals with the treatment of prisoners of war was signed here), and it was the seat of the short-lived League of Nations in the early twentieth century.
Geneva is also an important financial center. It is the third most important financial center in Europe after London and Zurich, and the eighth most important financial center in the world.
Geneva was founded at the strategic point where the Rhône River empties out of Lake Geneva. Although it is unclear exactly when Geneva was founded, it was probably originally a fort to protect the inhabitants from the Celto-Germanic Helvetii. The Roman Empire took control of Geneva in 121 B.C. And throughout the centuries, Geneva was controlled by many different outside rulers and empires, including the Franks, the Kingdom of Burgundy, the Holy Roman Empire, the House of Saxony, the House of Candia, and the Counts of Geneva. Amid all this, the city was granted a charter in 1387 which afforded it a certain amount of municipal self-government. In 1526, Geneva joined the Swiss Confederation and finally became part of a country it could call its own.
Since Lake Geneva is a prominent feature of Geneva, a good way to spend a leisurely hour or two is to walk along the lakeshore and admire the city's architecture and natural setting.
Favorite thing: I stayed in a traditional Swiss chalet in the small mountain town of Leysin. With a population of a little more than 3,700, Leysin is an Alpine resort village situated at an elevation of 4,144 feet (1,263 meters) in the Vaud Alps, with a view of the Rhône Valley, the Dents du Midi, and Mont Blanc.
In the 1950s, there were several tuberculosis sanatoriums in the area due to the sunny and relatively mild climate. These no longer exist, but the buildings later became home to five international schools that were established in Leysin.
Nowadays, Leysin is a popular center for outdoor recreation. The region boasts 17 ski lifts, 155 miles (250 kilometers) of hiking and biking trails, an illuminated cross-crountry ski trail, a toboggan run, technical mountain climbing on chalk cliff faces, and a school for snow sports. Leysin has also hosted world cup events in snowboarding, boardercross, speed skiing, and downhill mountain biking.
Nuclear bomb shelters.
Favorite thing: Switzerland is the country in the whole world that has secured it´s citizens the most against a nulear attack.
Quite odd considering it´s a neutral country with an infrastructure noone would want to bomb, but you certainbly feel secure there, no matter where you are in the country, cause you have a shelter in even the most remote vilage in this country.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Cows with big bells.
Favorite thing: The swiss cow with a big bell around it's neck is one of the things first comes in to mind when you hear the name Switzerland and there are sure many of the up in the mountains.
In a time where most cows around the world are locked up in farms and never see daylight it's very nice To come to Switzerland and see these big healthy cows grassing on the fields.
And they make great photo shoots too.Related to:
- Farm Stay
The deathly temptation of the Matterhorn
Favorite thing: More than 60 percent of the area of Switzerland has Alpine mountainous, so many of Europe's famous peaks are here, like the Eiger, the Mönch and Jungfrau (Joch), and not least, the 4478 meters high Matterhorn.
A group of seven people was the first, who succeeded in climbing the Matterhorn peak in 1865 of 14 July, but due to the result of an accident, only three of them returned from the tour.
The group consisting from seven mountaineer – namely Edward Whymper, Lord Francis Dougles, Charles Hudson, Hadow, Croz and two swiss guides, the Taugwalder brothers – attained the Matterhorn peak started from the Swiss side.
After spending one night they opted for the descent next day. They were about halfway, when the tragedy occurred, one of the mountaineers slipped and fell together with three of his companion into a depth of more hundred metres.
The consequence of this tragic case only Whymper and the Taugwalder brothers could return triumphantly.
Fondest memory: If you are interested to read more on this sad story, I would recommend the book titled "Among the Alps with Bradford" written by the legendary explorer, mountaineer, and photographer Bradford Washburn.Related to:
- Mountain Climbing
Useful phone numbers
Favorite thing: 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
My hiking excusions in Switzerland
Favorite thing: One of the primary reasons I visited Switzerland was for the marvelous hiking. I found this most rewarding but I did run into some problems. I arrived in "shoulder season" or late May. Apparently the mountain paths are hit or miss when it comes to them being opened at this time of the year and for the most part I missed. What I mean by this is that some of the height altitude paths can still be covered with snow. Sadly many of the paths I wanted to hike still were. This was because April in Switzerland was very snowy and hence a slow melt. I still got in a fair amount of hiking in but I had opened to get in some higher altitudes. Otherwise during my visit I actually had perfect weather for hiking and and I spent many hours along the mountain trails.
I split my time in the mountains between the Bernese Alps, of which I have a separate tip on my Interlaken page, and around Zermatt. When I was there, I took about 600 photos of the Matterhorn. They trails around it are spectacular.
Fondest memory: The mountain scenery is jawdroppingly beautiful. I was also very fond of the mountain flowers which were coming into bloom during my visit.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
The snow capped Alps
Favorite thing: We loved the snow capped alps--we stayed in Lucern and went on day trips to Interlaaken on the train and also took the cogwheel funicular up to mnt Pilatus.
Make sure you layer your clothing as it it freezing up there.
Fondest memory: The fairytale scenes of picture cards--the beautiful snow capped alps and the crystal lakes.
The panoramic train ride to Interlaaken travelling through forests and tunnels,the swiss chalets with stacked wood piles and smoke coming out of the chimneys,the cows with bells around their necks--everything seemed so clean and the memory of being really cold as we stood up the top of Mnt Pilatus where we took a couple of pics and ran for cover.Related to:
- Family Travel
Switzerland Tourism Web Site
Favorite thing: I've been signed up for a while with this site and it is a fun way to learn about the courntry, enter some raffles for some free giveaways and now has some new videos which are quite good.
Fondest memory: Take a look at all my other Swiss pages and the city pages as there are too many best memories to list here.
Favorite thing: One suggestion for budget travellers would be to shop for bread,muffins,chips and cheese,salads in a chain of stores called Migros and stock them for a few days.These stores are most economical.They have a specific brand called Budget brand which is the least expensive.They have a huge range of items ranging from food,wine and even clothes in these stores.There is also another chain all over Switzerland called Co0p stores and these have a good range of ready to eat/cook foods.In some cities,Migros and Co-op stores have eating joints where you pay according to the weight of the meal you have ordered.This would greatly reduce the expenditure while travelling.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Cantons of Switzerland
Favorite thing: Switzerland is divided in 26 Cantons, which are:
ZH - Zürich - German
BE - Bern - French
LU - Lucerne - German
UR - Uri - German
SZ - Schwyz - German
OW - Obwalden (Obwald) - German
NW - Nidwalden (Nidwald) - German
GL - Glarus - German
ZG - Zug - German
FR - Fribourg - German
SO - Solothurn - German
BS - Basel-Stadt (Basel-City) - German
BL - Basel-Land (Basel-Country) - German
SH - Schaffhausen - German
AR - Appenzell Ausserrhoden (Outer Rhodes) - German
AI - Appenzell Innerrhoden (Inner Rhodes) - German
SG - St. Gallen (St. Gall) - German
GR - Graubünden (Grisons) - German, Romansh, Italian
AG - Aargau (Argovia) - German
TG - Thurgau (Thurgovia) - German
TI - Ticino - Italian
VD - Vaud - French
VS - Valais - German
NE - Neuchâtel - French
GE - Geneva - French
JU - Jura - French
Few words in French
Favorite thing: Below few words in French that you can use while visiting Switzerland.
Yes/No = Oui/Non
Yes, please/No, thank you = Oui, s'il vous plaît/Non, merci
Please = S'il vous plaît
Thank you = Merci (madame/monsieur)
You're welcome = Il n'y a pas de quoi
Here is/are = Voici...
Hello/Good morning/afternoon = Bonjour, (madame/monsieur)
Hello/Good evening = Bonsoir (madame/monsieur)
Goodbye = Au revoir
Good night = Bonne nuit
How are you? = Comment allez-vous?
Very well, thanks = Très bien, merci
Excuse me = Excusez-moi
Do you speak English? = Est-ce que vous parlez anglais?
Can you help me? = Est-ce que vous pouvez m'aider?
I don't understand. = Je ne comprends pas.
I don't know. = Je ne sais pas.
Could you please write it down = Est-ce que vous pouvez l'écrire?
Sorry = Désolé(e)
Where? = Où?
When? = Quand?
How? = Comment?
Why? = Pourquoi?
Who? = Qui?
Which? = Lequel?/Laquelle?
Where is...? = Où est...?
How much? = Combien?
How many? = Combien?
What's that? = Qu'est-ce que c'est?
I like it. = Ça me plaît.
I don't like it. = Ça ne me plaît pas.
OK/Agreed. = Ça va/d'accord.
That's fine. = C'est bien.
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