The WEF: always at the end of January
The World Economic Forum / Weltwirtschaftsgipfel will be held each year at the end of January in Davos and the celebrities and statesmen of the world will meet there and for that time you will not be able to book any room directely in your hotel of choice, BUT have to do so with a special agency that will most probably NOT accept ordinary people for that time at all. I was in Davos to apply for a job and was told that not even the hotels will know except a few days in advance, who will stay in which hotel. There will be the Putins, Bushs, Clintons etc. and a lot of security-people spread all over Davos and ordinary tourists will not even be able to take a walk through the village.
Daytourists will be forced to stay away at all maybe at certain periodes maybe, so be prepared !Related to:
- Family Travel
Gotthard-Tunnel or the Gotthard-Passroad ?
The Gotthard-Tunnel Versus the Gotthard-Passroad - a hard decision !
When you listen to the radio you will hear about traficjams and waitingtimes of up to 2 or 3 hours almost every day for the Gotthard Tunnel. That was the same when I came to Airolo and I am really glad that I decided to drive over the old passroad instead of using the tunnel. I saved about 2 hours of stop-and-go trafic and saw a great landscape instead. I certainly needed some more Diesel because of the steep road but it would have been a pity to miss the interesting museum on top and the mountain-fortress of the swiss army. You can see it in my extra-pics: the is an old road, quite narrow and partly paved with cobbled stones.
There was not a single truck on the passroad and only a few cars.
b.t.w. the Gotthard-tunnel is 16,9km long
it is the 3rd longest streetunnel on earth
and it is free of charge (except the vignette for the highway) !
There is just 1 single tube for both directions
and 80km/h is the max. speed
Trucks have to keep a distance of 150m to the next car and that is the main reason for the waitingtimes.Related to:
- Road Trip
a CAR is NO car, BUT a COACH in Switzerland !!
In Switzerland they speak German, BUT they also have their own expressions, that nobody OUTside of Switzerland will understand !
For instance: A CAR is an AUTOBUS / BUS / COACH in Switzerland. Bus is the word for the local public buses as well in Switzerland, BUT when it comes to Buses that are chartered by tourists to go sightseeing, they are called CAR in Switzerland !!
Take a look at my photo : I simply can imagine that english tourists might get the idea, they could place their cars there, BUT in fact they would come into real trouble !!Related to:
- Road Trip
Manolo Blahniks - NOT in the mountains please !!!
The Alps and all other mountains are off-limits for your Manolo Blahniks,so take good and comfortable shoes, when going for a hike ! This funny trafic-sign can be found on top of the Schilthorn, but it stands for all the other mountains as well !
For a vacation in the swiss alps you need at least a minimum of extra equipment:
1) Leave your Manolo Blahniks at home and take good hiking-shoes instead, when walking in the mountains and especially at the Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn : Many of the paths are quite slippery sometimes, you will have to step through alpine pastures, solid rocks and loose gravel - all of that is not really a good place to show your latest fashion-shoes...
2)Be careful, when hiking on glaciers in wintertime : For some people it is not always easy to understand, why you would not be allowed to leave the marked paths. You may see great crevasses there nearby and plenty of foot-prints of other tourists leading there as well...
I made my pics in a large distance !
Please keep in my mind, that any rescue-activities have to be payed by the incautious tourists, and most of the insurances will not pay anything, when you had left the ordinary mountain-paths !!
3)Some chocolate and an extra bottle of water makes always sense, because when hiking you never know how long you will have to wait for help in case of an emergency or when you are forced to get shelter in an empty mountain-hut because it is that foggy or raining outside that you cannot see, where you are going.
Bottles of the light PET-material are the best - you will not feel them, when they are empty, and you may re-fill them at many natural fountains on your way - the quality of the mountain-water is always excellent in Switzerland and the cheapest mineral water you may buy in a vending-machine is 2 sfr., mostly it is even more expensive.Related to:
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
Always stay on the hiking-paths !
Always stay on the hiking-path, even when a shorter way is obviously possible. Especially when you get to the end of your hike and see the cablecar-station in a distance already you might get the idea to take a walk through the meadows in order to save some time and catch the cablecar in the last minute...
This could be really dangerous, because parts of these meadows are muddy, slippery and really dangerous and what might seem to be a shorter path might as well end at a gorge that you could not see from your hikingpath etc.
The safest and fastes paths are always those that were constructed for the hikers !Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Family Travel
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