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    Useful phone numbers

    by ealgisi Updated Jan 5, 2010

    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:

    Police: 117
    Ambulance: 144
    Fire: 118
    Poison: 145
    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

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    Public Toilets...

    by mabu Updated Nov 9, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Not realy a favorite thing...

    In Berne you have to search to find public toilets... :-((

    Here are a few:

    - Railway station behind the ticket counter, it's called McClean. Expensive (CHF 1.50) but very clean.

    - Rifflyhof, Big departement store near the Station, use the entrance to the Restaurant(mostly clean and free)

    - Migros in Marktgasse (Supermarket), upstairs near Restaurant, free of charge.

    - Kornhaus, go up to the Library (free Internet for 5 min), look around a little and then ask for the key (closed Sat-Mo).

    - Next to Münster

    - Behind Heiliggeist-Kirche, the nearest free toilet near the station

    - Men only: side wall of the Zytglogge (cold in winter), it is a official Pissoir!! see pic

    Of course you can go in to the Restaurants, but they don't realy like it when you only use the toilets without buying anything...

    The coldest public toilet by the Zytglogge

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    Few words in Swiss German

    by ealgisi Written Jan 4, 2009

    Favorite thing: Below few words in Swiss German that you can use while visiting Switzerland.

    Hello - Grüezi
    Hello (to more than one person) - Grüezi mitenand
    Good evening - Gueten Abig
    Hi (more informal than "grüezi") - Hoi/Salü/Sali
    Hi (to more than one person) - Hoi zäme
    Good bye - (Uf) Widerluege/Ciao/Tschüss
    Thanks a lot - Merci vilmal
    See you later - Bis spöter
    Monday - Määntig
    Tuesday - Ziischtig
    Wednesday - Mittwuch
    Thursday - Dunschtig
    Friday - Friitig
    Saturday - Samschtig
    Sunday - Sunntig
    One - Eis
    Two - Zwei
    Three - Drüü
    Four - Vier
    Five - Feuf
    Six - Sächs
    Seven - Sibe
    Eight - Acht
    Nine - Nüün
    Ten - Zää
    Eleven - Elf
    Twelve - Zwölf
    Thirteen - Driizä
    Fourteen - Vierzä
    Fifteen - Füfzä
    Sixteen - Sächzä
    Seventeen - Sibezä
    Eighteen - Achzä
    Nineteen - Nünzä
    Twenty - Zwänzk
    Twenty-four - Vierezwänzk

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    Mountain passes and tunnels information

    by ealgisi Written Jan 4, 2009

    Favorite thing: It is always better to be informed about road conditions.
    So for this reason here's a website that wil tell you every Swiss tunnel and mountain pass status, open or closed.

    http://www.tcs.ch/main/it/home/verkehrsinfo/paesse_tunnels.html

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    Arriving in Bern: Tourist Zentrum

    by hojasdehierba Written Mar 13, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you arrive in Bern by train, go to the Tourist Zentrum in the same railway station. The girl attending the place was very kind and helpful. She gave as all kind of leaflets, a map and info about sightseeing, how to get to the attractions, museums opening time and, most important, when she heard that we were willing to visit Paul Klee Zentrum, recommended us to buy the BernCard, which proved to be a very good tip.
    Si llegas a Berna en tren, ve al Tourist Zentrum (Oficina de Turismo) que hay en la misma estacion. La chica que atendia era muy amable y servicial. Nos dio todo tipo de folletos, un mapa e informacion sobre visitas, como llegar a las atracciones, el horario de apertura de los museos y, lo mas importante, cuando supo que queriamos visitar el Paul Klee Zentrum, nos recomendo comprar la BernCard, lo cual resulto ser un consejo muy bueno

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    BernCard: a good deal

    by hojasdehierba Written Mar 13, 2006

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    Favorite thing: We bought BernCard for our daytrip to Bern. It allows you to enjoy free unlimited travel on the public transportation system in the City of Bern and the surrounding region (zones 10/11). You have also free admission to the permanent exhibits at 27 museums, libraries, archives and gardens (excluding special exhibitions). For 24 hours, it costs 17 CHF. If you consider that the admission fee to Paul Klee Zentrum is 14 CHF and that you will need to take a tram to get there... it is really worth to buy it. We even catch a glimpse of the new Bern: we simply took a (free) tram which took us to BEA expo centre. There are also cards for 48 hours (27 CHF) and 72 hours (33 CHF). You can buy Bern Card at tourist centres

    Compramos la BernCard para nuestro dia en Berna. Te permite disfrutar de transporte ilimitado en el sistema de transporte publico de Berna y la zona colindante (zonas 10/11). Tambien tienes entrada gratis a las exposiciones permanentes de 27 museos, bibliotecas, archivos y jardines (se excluyen las exposiciones temporales). Para 24 horas, cuesta 17 CHF. Si tomas en consideracion que la entrada al Paul Klee Zentrum cuesta 14 CHF y que necesitaras tomar un tranvia para cada trayecto... vale la pena comprarla. Incluso vimos un poquito de la zona nueva de Berna: simplemente cogimos un tranvia (que era gratis) que nos llevo al BEA expo centre. Puedes comprar la BernCard en las oficinas de turismo

    BernCard
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    Where to surf the Web:

    by mabu Updated Mar 8, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Of course you don't want to looe contact with your VT and other friends, so here the places where you can surf the net free:

    - Kornhausbibliothek (library in the Kornhaus). Big Building at the Kornhaus. Enterance at the back of the building, take the Lift to the 3rd floor. Officialy only 5 minutes but if there is nobody waiting they will let you surf longer.

    - Jäggi Bücher. The Bookstore in the departement store Loeb next to the station. You can surf free for 20 mins. Normaly lots of people waiting.

    - C&A. In this Store there are 2 Internet stations downstairs.

    Internet

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    The People of Bern

    by brily Written May 6, 2003

    Favorite thing: The vast majority of people in Bern are tourist-friendly and only too willing to help. Be polite, and speak slowly and clearly in your language if necessary (normally everyone understands at least some English and French) and you will be taken good care of. Many Bernese people do appreciate - and indeed rely on - the tourist industry. Have fun!

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    General information

    by tastom Updated Mar 9, 2003

    Favorite thing: Pleasant city, not too large. in a beautiful landscape. Bern is the capital of Switzerland and has a population of app. 127.000. The spoken languague in Berndütsch, a Swiss-German dialect, but most people speak German (we have to learn it at school), French and many people speak English as well

    View of Bern from Gurten

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    Flowers, flowers...

    by Sharrie Updated Feb 26, 2003

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    Fondest memory: Swiss buildings & chalets are often adorned with such brightly colored flowers making them very pleasing for the eyes & hence enhancing one's mood for the day. How I wish we could see more of these elsewhere...

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    Behind me is the Nydeggkirche

    by Sharrie Updated Feb 26, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Behind me is the Nydeggkirche (Nydegg Church) dating back to the 14th century. On the doors you can find bronze reliefs illustrating scenes from the life of Christ.

    If you have time, walk along this direction and continue up Junkerngasse to Berne's late Gothic Cathedral (Munster). The Cathedral's greatest work of art is Erhart Kung's vision of the Last Judgement (1490-1495) above the main entrance. According to some who had seen it, the relief shows members of all classes howling in eternal damnation.

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    Visit the BARENGRABEN (Bear Pit)

    by Sharrie Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Visit the BARENGRABEN (BEAR PIT): Since 15th century, bears have been kept in the city. As many as 20 bears may live in the 3 pits. On Easter Sunday, the bear cubs are let out with their mother for their spring outing.

    This picture was taken near the Barengraben. I thought the architecture is very interesting with its triangular roof. Take note also of the bridge below which is Berne's oldest (1461-1489).

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  • take a trip to Interlaken and...

    by jigglybutt Written Aug 26, 2002

    Favorite thing: take a trip to Interlaken and go paragliding. The views were spectacular, and the guys that worked there were very nice. Make sure it's a clear day though, so you get great views of the mountains and lake.

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    This is one of the churches we...

    by pam_smiles Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This is one of the churches we saw in Bern. There is a very different architectural style compared to the Munster in Bern. I didn't find out the name to this one, so if anyone knows please tell me. The only thing bad about cable cars is very evident in this picture. The lines are everywhere.

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    Get to know the surrounding...

    by Michael_D Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Get to know the surrounding area and use Bern as a base of operations. Biel. Fribourg, Neuchatel, Spies. Interlaken and Thun are all nearby. Switzerland is one half the size of Ireland so frankly almost nothing is far from Bern, even the french border is less than 15 miles away. hers a map to help you decide what appeals to you most. I have been there numerous times and still have plenty more to see.

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