Switzerland What to Pack

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Switzerland What to Pack

  • Zurich Card

    The first thing we bought in Switzerland when we arrived at Zurich International Airport was the Zurich Card. You really save lots of money when you purchase a Zurich Card. A 24 hour Zurich Card costs 24.00 CHF and 72 hour just 48.00 CHF. Almost all public transportation within the city limits are free-of-charge with the purchase of a Zurich Card...

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  • Do I need a Visa for Switzerland?

    Switzerland has an exceptional status. Located smack in the heart of Europe it does NOT belong the the EU. It does have several contracts with the EU, though, like Schengen so in some parts our law resembles that of the EU, in others it is completely different.If you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. An...

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  • luggage-lockers everywhere

    In Switzerland you will find luggage-lockers not only at every trainsstation but also in the stations of cablecars (like the ones in my main photo on top of Diavolezza) Mostly you have to insert between 1 and 5 sfr, according to the size of the locker. Good hikingshoes are essential, when you plan to go hiking in the mountains. There are also a...

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  • WARM CLOTHES IN WINTER

    SOMETHING LARGE ENOUGH FOR PLENTY OF WARM CLOTHES!!!! THE TIMES I GO TO SWITZERLAND I TAKE A ROLLING BACK PACK. SOMETIMES THOUGH IN WINTER I NEED MORE ROOM FOR CLOTHES..SINCE THE REST OF THE YEAR I AM IN WARM WEATHER SO I FEEL THE COLD MORE THAN MOST PEOPLE WHO ARE USE TO COLD WEATHER. BUNDLE UP WITH A GOOD WARM JACKET AND WARM SHOES..IT WILL...

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  • covered from head to toe

    make sure to bring a light or heavy jacket/coat especially if you come from a tropical country like me. it wouldn't hurt to bring a pair of gloves, a bonnet, scarf and earmuffs too especially if you plan to go up one of their mountains. when i visited it was in the middle of may and although they say the weather was actually warm at that time of...

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  • Electricity and Plugs

    The voltage in Switzerland, as in most of Europe, is 230V/50 HzSwitzerland uses type C (2-pin) and Type J (3-pin) plugs (Type C 2-pin plugs also fit J sockets). Check the list in the link to see which other countries use the same plugs, and whether you will need an adapter to run your appliances from a Swiss socket.

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  • What Money should I take?

    Switzerland is Not part of the EU and does not use the Euro as currency.The currency we have here is the Swiss Frank (abbreviated sometimes as SFr, sometimes as CHF). Only Liechtenstein uses the same currency.Euros can be used only in larger towns and tourist areas and then the exchange the shops offer is bad and you will get Swiss Francs back. It...

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  • Be prepared!

    Lightweight Weather gears is a must! Light coats and comfortable shoes too. The country's network of hiking pathways are very inviting! The weather at the mountain sides is very moody, so better have those gears inside your backpack.

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  • Pack to Lugano

    Your handbag! Deppending on the weather, hard to say when Chiara comes :-D Absolutely Please don't forget to change your money no matter if its American dollars or European Euros, in Switzerland they don't accept but their own Swiss Franks, having your visa card with you is a good solution too!Ah yes... The photo, Ok don't forget to pack...

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  • Useful gear to discover the Swiss...

    Warm clothing, a windproof jacket and solid footwear are a must, whatever the time of year. Don’t forget your sunglasses, sun cream and your cap/hat at these high altitudes.And, of course, your brand new Swiss knife ;-)

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  • Going Hiking? These are helpful...

    Rain cover for your backpack Don't skimp in buying good hiking shoes - make sure they are well broken in!A good rain jacket and rain pantsSock liners and wool socks - will keep you blister free! Moleskin and/or Blisterblock Hiking poles - these saved my life on those steep descents!

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  • Packing...

    Take a comfortable back pack because you will need to carry it around a bit... Also a day pack is good for those hiking trips and visits to nearby towns... :) Good shoes are a must...you will almost certainly do a lot of walking while in Switzerland...it is afterall the best way to see Switzerland! :) Take lots of film...you will need it!!! :) I...

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  • Save some good images

    A good camera to take photos of the beautiful mountains, lakes and architecture. And an umbrella too, though while my stay it didn't rain.

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  • Can buy everything here but it probably...

    If you're travelling a lot by train, most stations have lockers that you can leave your bags in whilst you explore. They cost between CHF 4-6 and are big enough for a rucksack or small to medium sized suitcase, but not a mammoth hard case! You can buy it all here, but it's probably more expensive. Bring a good pair of walking shoes, a waterproof...

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  • Hot and Cold

    In the summertime, you will experience just about every weather extreme! From the southerly shores of Lake Geneva to the 12,000 foot Jungfrau--be prepared. You'll need comfortable shorts and warm sweatshirts, and an umbrella or rain jacket. And don't forget your hiking boots! Don't do like we did and forget the sunblock! You will need more film...

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  • Packing List

    For a skiing trip...packing in a suitcase is quite practical if you're going to be staying in one place and not moving around too much. It's a good idea to take a smaller bag that can be used for day trips! Clothing...Wear layers of clothes instead of 1 really warm jacket etc 'cause the weather can change up on the mountains.Shoes...good water...

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  • Hiking shoes

    Be sure to bring some good walking/hiking shoes with you, because there is so much to see!!The photo shows the open air museum of Ballenberg

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  • Packing List

    A backpack. Good climbing boots. A good anti-sunburn lotion (factor 20 or mountain-ID). There is much more UV-radiation higher up. Extra batteries for your digital stuff (GPS-included). You have to carry at least 2 days of supplies with you. Tea is great and bring along bread and some canned meat.

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  • Backpacking

    If you planned to stay for 1 or 2 days, you can put the baggages in the locker intrain station.. 7 euro a day and every time you open the locker, you have to pay again.. so get out all the stuff you need in one time A little bit hot on the muntain/centre ville but cool near the lake, so wear just casual no camping field as I know

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  • Packing List

    Take your Backpack Warm boots for the mountains and trianers/sneekers for the cities. Ear plugs incase your room mates snore in the hostel. Do make sure you have your digital camers with extra space or extra rolls of film for 35m cameras as it's beautiful.Video would be good if you can be bothered to carry it. padded all weather Jacket for the...

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  • Packing List

    When you're prepare to go up to the mountain, remember to bring the sunglasses, thick clothes, proper shoes and hat.You can go at anytime during the year, but I recommend to visit it in summer because it's not very cold unless you want to ski. It's better to have the automatic camera rather than a manual camera because it's too cold for the...

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  • Packing List

    We chose to rent skiis, so we had to pack ski boots and clothing, as well as formal clothing for a five star hotel. (Jacket and tie required for dinner). We had several bags, but booked them to be delivered straight to the hotel rather than dealing with them in Zurich. There was an additional charge of $15US per bag for this leaving Boston, but it...

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  • Packing List

    Bring whatever you want, but make sure you have a small pack for when you leave your home base. I highly recommend having a home base that you will branch out from. Switzerland is small enough to utilize this type of vacationing fully. Shoes you feel comfortable hiking in. You can go hardly anywhere truly adventurous without hiking a bit in...

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  • Packing List

    Any sort of clothing will do. Just keep in mind the following things. The weather in the mountain regions changes quickly so do not disdain some rain-proof clothes even in summer. Take sturdy shoes if you plan to go hiking. If you plan dining out note that many famous restaurants have dressing code: so take a formal dress as well. Anything can...

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  • Packing List

    If you plan to have a simple trip in Switzerland for a week. A 35-litre bag and a small backbag or handbag would be enough. The bigger one is for clothes and other non-delicate objects. The smaller one is for bringing sweater, water and money along.Two persons go together would be the best. One of you carries the backbag with sweater, biscuits,...

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  • Packing List

    Pack very lightly so you can get around and enjoy yourself and not have to worry about lugging a huge bag around(most tour books say put out what you think you need and then get rid of half of it)I had a friend who went for a few months and all she carried was a day pack,when she needed something she would shop in the area she was(I brought a huge...

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  • Packing List

    The Weather in...

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  • Packing List

    make sure you have both warm and cold weather clothes in the summer. the weather in switzerland can change quickly and because of the terrain you will not see it comming. also bring an umbrella or a rain coat. do i really need to fill this part out????? i hear camping is expensive but probably well worth it! JUST GO CHECK IT OUT PEOPLE!!!!

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  • Packing List

    If you go in the mountain, outdoor clothes necessary. You find everything here. Not necessary. Pharmacies all over. You can buy it everywhere! Wild camping is forbidden....camping places are OK, a little expensive, but hej....Switzerland is expensive. MONEY AND CREDIT CARD!

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  • Packing List

    When climbing a mountain and risking your life, always pack a nice camera, take pictures of yourself, that way, if your body gets battered, they'll know what you looked like!

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  • Packing List

    One bag, you often have to change trains. You have enough time, just enough. Good boots for hiking since you'll be spending most of your time in the mountains, right? It was sunny the whole time I was there, but imagine it rains sometimes. :-)

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  • Packing List

    Depending on the season: warm clothes in winter, T-shirts in summer time. Don't forget really good shoes if you intend to hike in the mountains. Take your personal medicaments with you even if everything can be bought in our pharmacies or drugstores (possibly more expensive then in your country) Available in almost every store

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  • Packing List

    Take layers and waterproofs - you can never tell what the weather will do in the mountains. Even in August we had snow in Zermatt....this was the scene for what should be a summer hiking path to see the marmots :-( LOTS OF MONEY!!!! for all those cable-cars

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  • Think layers!

    It is best to bring a backpack if you are going to be doing a lot of travelling around on public tranport. Also bring a small rucksack for hiking days. If you are thinking of hiking at all make sure that you wear proper boots/shoes and not your everyday trainers that you would wear to walk around the city in.....A waterproof jacket, and of course...

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  • Packing List

    Remenber to take the sunglass, the wind stopper and the cream as the sun protector with you when you are going to the high mountain.

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  • Packing List

    Bring a small backpack for your hiking tours..... Comfortable shoes for hiking are useful! Also bring an umbrella for rainy city days! It´s nice to take a short swim in the cold Lake Thun after a hot day in the mountains....in Faulensee for example there is such a free bath......so bring your swimming suit! Everthing is quite expensive........

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  • Packing List

    Think big... you'll take home more than you brought. Think of all the chocolate and cheese you're going to buy! Always carry a thick pullover or fleecejacket. Remember: with every 50m height the temperature drops approximately by one degree. So when you enter a train you might feel comfortable with 20°C - but when you leave it it you might find...

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  • Packing List

    Please remain seated until the pilot has switched off the fasten seatbelts sign. Thank you for flying Alitalia, good luck at the baggage claim and good bye.

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  • Packing List

    Some words to the weather. It can change very fast. So be careful to take a jacket against the rain or the wind with you. If you plan going up to the mountains, remember, that in the altitude temperatures can be fresh, even on a sunny day.One cannot say, when the sun usually shines, as people in the tropics can say. The wheather changes and if...

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  • Packing List

    Don't bring a huge suitcase...limit your baggage in general. OUr experience, especially in Switzerland was that we had to carry our baggage up to the 5th floor! So, suitcases with wheels are nice in areas, but not necessarily for stairs, so definitely bring something that's easy to carry!! Definitely bring good walking shoes, because most of the...

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  • Packing List

    You must have different kinds of wardrobe with you since Switzerland varies a lot of by altitude, which also means different climat zones in the same season in different parts of the country. You will need a lot of films, but they can be bought in any place of the country Your favourite snowboard will be a right thing. However it should not be...

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