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    tramways and buses at Basel

    by gwened Written Oct 25, 2013

    The tramways are all over here, sometimes I thought they create a traffic jams but they come and go easy and almost noiseless.

    The station in front of the train station seems to be central as many lines pass by it and stop there.

    A nice way to see the city quickly on and off style.

    they are actually two operators there including the bus service at
    http://www.bvb.ch/en/news/current-info
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    http://www.blt.ch/en/home.html

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    train station SBB Basel

    by gwened Written Oct 25, 2013

    This is a very nice train station Inside and even better outside. The choices of transport are big, and service to Paris is nice on the Lyria, the one I took. Gare de Lyon Paris to Basel on TGV Lyria.

    Great service, and only about 3h , the station is fully stock with grocery stores like Migros, plenty of shops, restaurant ,bakeries, and a huge hall for ticketing, once you get over the escalator you go to the trains that you then descend to the platforms.

    For city to city trips it is great, what I always said. Nice ride and friendly staff at stores.
    more easy info here

    http://www.basel.com/en/arrival-train

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    Cornavin train station

    by gwened Written Oct 12, 2012

    the train and tramways are very easy, punctual, and great way to see above ground the great city and countryside. Beware there is work going on from October 15.

    Geneva’s Cornavin train station begins, with work underway on the east (Lausanne) side of the station where a new pedestrian passage to the Metroshopping area is being built.TGV and TER passengers are cautioned to allow extra time to reach their trains on platforms 7 and 8 in the French section of the station because they will need to pass through the construction area.

    of course this is while work is going on, otherwise, it is easy to use and wonderful to arrive from FRance which is what I do.
    http://www.ville-geneve.ch/plan-ville/gares-transports-publics-velo/cff-gare-cornavin/item/lieu/cff-gare-cornavin/

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    bikes in Bern

    by gwened Written Oct 12, 2012

    part of the bike system there getting better, a bit slow on German speaking areas catching up from French/Italian but getting cover.

    The city of Bern is now 100th station of the Swiss bike-sharing scheme PubliBike with the new station at 37 Belpstrasse

    The first station was put into operation in Lucerne in August 2011.
    the orig website is below contact,here is the one in English

    https://www.publibike.ch/en/home.html

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    The funicular to Muottas Muragl

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    The funicular to Muottas Muragl close to Pontresina is a lot of fun for the whole family, I had been there in August, but this funicular is also working in wintertime. There is a large carpark next to the station of this funicular and the parking there is totally free of charge. On the top you will find a hotel and restaurant, read more about it on my link below !The hotel is under reconstruction at the moment and will be open again in December 2010, the restaurant is open though also in 2010 !
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    The returnticket to Muottas Muragl is 30sfr
    and is open in summerseason:
    from June 6th till October 18th, 2009
    and in winter : Dec. 19th till Feb. 28th, 2010
    07.45am is the first funicular every day
    and at 11.00pm the last one leaving downwards
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    Engadin Wanderpass is including lots of cablecars around St.Moritz
    and is 67 sfr for 2 days, 97 for 3 days and 127 sfr for 4 days
    all of the summerseason is 304 sfr in that area
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    A Familyticket for Muottas Muragl is available every Wednesday
    in summer from 11.00 till 03.00pm for just 99 sfr
    including the transport of all of the family
    lunch for all of them incl. Mineralwater and
    someone is looking after the kids, while
    the parents go hiking !

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    4 Passroads in a day

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    Vierpässerundfahrt :
    4 passroads in a day :
    Grimsel–Nufenen–Gotthard–Sustenthat is an offer by the postbuses and they are leaving in summer from Meiringen. So park your car somewhere and leave the driving to your chauffeur, you serve a lot of nerves, a lot of extra-gasoline and can enjoy the scenery !
    From Meiringen you will first get over the Grimsel–pass, then the Nufenen, San–Gotthard–pass and finally the Susten–pass.
    This offer is valid between june 19th and Oct. 3rd, 2010
    the roundtrip-tickets are 122,- sfr p.p.
    61,- sfr for Halbtax-abo and maybe also for
    some other train-passes
    a link to more excursions by Postbus

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    San Gottardo / The Gotthard-Pass & tunnel

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    San Gotthard-Pass
    take the tunnel or
    drive the old passroadWhen you listen to the radio you will always get the information that the tunnel at Gotthard has a waiting-time of 30 minutes or even some hours and then it might make sense to take the old passroad over the Gotthard, because there is almost no cartrafic at all, the road is perfect, not trucks going there and only a very few buses and the scenery is simply wonderful. There is a small lake on top of the pass, a hotel and restaurant and even a museum about trafic over the passroad. The alpine-fortress of the swiss army is another great sight there !

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    Take the Postbus

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    The Swiss Post-Buses are
    a great way to explore Switzerlandand you will find them going almost anywhere. You might come to the San Bernardino-pass or the Gotthard-pass like I did and you or your car might be not feel fit enough to drive the old scenic route over the steep passroads, just take the tunnel, park your car and take the Postbus, thats a really great adventure and there is also almost no trafic up there, even on days when there is a waitingtime at the tunnel of several hours.

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    Interlaken OST for the Jungfrau, Brienz & Luzern

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    The trainstation Interlaken OST
    is for the Jungfrauregion,
    for Brienz & Luzern Interlaken OST is the train-station that you will take, when you intend to explore the Jungfrau-region (Wilderswil - Lauterbrunnen - Grindelwald - Wengen - Muerren - Schilthorn - Gimmelwald -) or plan to go to Brienz, Brienzer Rothorn or to Luzern via the scenic Bruenig-pass. All of these trains have a different size because they need cog-wheels for their steeper mountain-passages. All of the trains arriving via Spiez-Thun-Bern will also end in Interlaken OST !
    In a walking-distance of just 3 minutes you can go from this station to board the ships, cruising Brienzersee / Lake Brienz.
    A large COOP-supermarket and COOP-selfservice-restaurant is opposite of the station !
    At the end of train-track #4 you will find the hall of Ballenberg-bahn, an old steamtrain !
    Walkingtime from Unterseen to the station Interlaken OST is about 20-25 minutes, I would not recommend it , when you have a lot of luggage. Without luggage it is an easy walk along the lovely river Aare
    There are many automatic lockers at the station, the fee is 5 sfr for 24 hours !

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    Interlaken WEST is for international trains

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    The station Interlaken WEST
    is for international trains
    and to Zuerich (over Bern!)This station has ONLY rails for the international size, so the cog-wheel-trains can never go there.
    In a short distance of just a few meters (BUT in a walking-distance of about 400 meters through different tunnels you will get from the station Interlaken WEST to the station of the cruiseships of Thuner See !
    Around the station of Interlaken West you will find the centre of the village, most of the shops, a giant MIGROS-supermarket and restaurant. In a walking-distance of just 3 minutes you can change from the train to the ships, cruising Thunersee / Lake Thun.
    The train to Interlaken Ost takes about 3 minutes, the ordinary fare would be 2,20 sfr !
    Walkingtime to station Interlaken Ost is about 40 minutes !!!

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    Rotair to Titlis

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    Rotair to Titlis
    a revolving cablecar Titlis is a glacier high above Engelberg (south-east of Luzern) and skiing is possible there all year long. 3 different cablecars will take you up and the very last one will have a floor that is slowly turning around while you go up the mountain. This does not really make a lot of sense in my opinion, as you have to adjust your hands every few seconds, in order not to stumble. The ride is only just a few minutes anyway.
    On top of Titlis you will have an excellent panoramaview and the possibility to touch and walk on snow all year long. Titis is definitely a lot cheaper and also a lot less crowded than Jungfrau.

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    Niesen -the Swiss Pyramide

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    Niesen - the Swiss Pyramide
    & the longest stairsThe funicular to Niesen will start at Muehlenen, a small village close to Spiez. From the top of Niesen you will be able toenjoy an excellent panorama of Eiger - Moench - Jungfrau,Schilthorn and a lot more peaks of 4000 meters hight.

    Please click here for a panorama from Niesen
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    Click here for the weather-forcast of Niesen !
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    The funicular will only run between May 1st and Nov. 14th (in 2010)
    it will run every half hour
    Daily between 08.15a.m. and 06.00p.m.
    Always at Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from july4th - Nov. 12th
    there are additional tours till 07.45p.m. uphill
    and at 11.15p.m. the last funicular down
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    The ticket Muelenen–Niesen Kulm–Muelenen is 51.– sfr (=34 euros)
    the funicular is included in the Regionalpass Berner Oberland !
    Reductions:1/2 price ticket, season ticket, Swiss Card, Regional Pass,
    children 6-16 years.
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    Sunrise Special Arrangement - Stay overnight on the Niesen:
    CHF 170.– / € 113.40 - (CHF 40.– extracharge for single room)
    these prices include the funicular,hotel, dinner & breakfast

    At your birthday your ride with the funicular is FREE!!!

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    Engelberg : the cablecar to Brunni

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    The cablecar to "Brunni" in Engelberg
    is great in summer & winter !
    Dont miss the Kitzelpfad in summertime !The station of the Brunni-cablecar is in a walking-distance of maybe 10-15 minutes from the Engelberg trainstation and you will pass by the famous monastery. First there is a cablecar to Ristis and then there is a chairlift from Ristis to Brunni. Both Ristis and Brunni have a good restaurant and especially Ristis has some extra attractions for children: summer-tobaggoning and Lamas, plus a playground for children.
    Brunni is the startingpoint for great hikingtours, for paragliding and there is also the interesting and healthy "Kitzelpfad" - a path around of a small lake, where you walk with bare feet over different kinds of groundsare and stepping into mud and water etc.
    The cablecar + chairlift to Brunni is 40 sfr return
    daytickets for skiing in Brunni is between 33 and 39 sfr
    sleds are for rent (5 sfr + 25 sfr deposit) at Ristis
    a link to the WINTER-Panorama-map
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    and to the SUMMER-Panorama-map
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    Engelberg is a great fullday-trip from Luzern and when you start early in the morning, Brunni and Titlis are possible at the same day. Brunni is also totally included in the TELL-Ticket.

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    Pilatus : the best panoramaview of Switzerland

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    Pilatus : excellent panorama &
    the world's steepest cogwheeltrainPilatus is a massive single mountain in the south-west of the city of Luzern and from there you will get the best panoramaview in Switzerland including Lake Lucerne / Viewaldstaettersee, Luzern and all surrounding mountains.
    The Cogwheeltrain to Pilatus starts in Alpnachstad and most tourists get a combination-ticket to go down at the other side of Pilatus, by 2 different cablecars to Kriens and back by a short busride to Luzern.
    Goldene Rundfahrt / Golden Circle ticket:
    Luzern – by ship to Alpnachstad - by cogwheel to Pilatus -
    by 2 cablecars to Kriens & back by bus to Luzern
    for CHF 89.80 / (45.90)
    Silberne Rundfahrt / Silver Circle ticket:
    Luzern – by train to Alpnachstad - by cogwheel to Pilatus -
    by 2 cablecars to Kriens & back by bus to Luzern
    for CHF 71.60 / (CHF 36.80)
    From December till march only the cablecar is going :
    Kriens – Pilatus Kulm – Kriens : CHF 51.20 / (CHF 32.00)
    prices in (...) are for children and 1/2 tax etc.
    Tellticket is valid for all transport to Pilatus !

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    Tell ticket - a great prepaid train-pass

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    Tell Ticket for your
    vacation around lake LucerneWhen you stay in Luzern / Lucerne for more than 3 days and intend to go to Pilatus, Rigi, Buergenstock & to take the ships and trains around the lake Lucerne Tell-Pass is the perfect ticket for that area! The ticket is available for 7 or for 15 consucutive days and it includes 2 or 5 days of totally FREE rides and the rest of the days you pay just 50% of the ordinary prices.
    Totally included in this ticket are: Rigi Kulm + Buergenstock + Pilatus + the ships on Lake of Lucerne and most trains around of it, the trains to Engelberg & Truebsee, to Meiringen-Brienz-Interlaken etc.etc.etc.
    Take a look at the detailed map at their web-page below !
    For the Tell-Pass you pay just 158 sfr / 102euros ( for 7 days) or 210 sfr / 140euros(for 15 days) and everyday in the morning you may decide for yourself, if you choose that day as one of the 2 / 5 days with the free rides. Holders of a Halbtax-abo get an additional reduction of 28sfr / 38 sfr.
    Tell Ticket is available from
    April 1st till October 31st

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