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  • Funicular
    Funicular
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  • Sacro Monte Madonna del Sasso
    Sacro Monte Madonna del Sasso
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  • Sanctuary and Lake Maggiore with snow in March
    Sanctuary and Lake Maggiore with snow in...
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  • Zürich views

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    We spent New Year count-down on a S-train but it doesn't matter, we didn't miss Zurich highlight of a night - the fireworks. If you want best views it is good to be early somewhere by the Zurich lake shores because it will be the crowdest spot of the city as the midnight approach, with countless people participating - in their best mood, with...

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  • Old town

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    Bern's citizens discovered the advantage of adding arcades to their houses already in the late middle ages. The houses can be enlarged without buying more ground if the sidewalks are covered, and the shops are protected from the weather. Most streets have arcades on both sides with many little shops underneath. Pedestrians can walk and stroll...

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  • Explore the City Streets

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    You can have a City Tour with the "Classic Trolley" (styled on those of yesteryear) to discover Zurich. Because the audio taped commentary is available in 8 languages, you will have a far more interesting and comprehensive report solely in the language of your choice. The tour lasts 2 hours and includes the shopping and financial center, the old...

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  • Fountains

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    Already in the middle ages the town had a supply system of running water, first with small wooden fountains. From the 16th century, the fountains were erected in stone and decorated with sculptures. Have a closer look at them. They are all different. Some show biblical themes, others allegories or historical figures. One of them is really scary,...

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  • Bahnhofstrasse

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    Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse is one of the most expensive shopping avenues in the world, that is if you are a shopaholic. Fortunately I am not but I was fascinated by Bahnhofstrasse just the same. During my stay in Zurich I found myself wandering up and down this street window shopping. I found a watch that worth $250,000. There are less expensive...

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  • River Aare

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    The park next to the cathedral is a great place at dusk, when people gather here to see the sunset behind the Kirchenfeld Bridge high above the Aare river. The park is on its own little terrace above the river so views also include the pretty riverside quarter called Matte and across to the other side. Apart from being in the shadow of the...

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  • Outside Zürich

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    Another idea to escape the hectic city - as beautiful as Zürich might be, it *is* very busy - is a day trip to the Alps. They're actually not *that* far away, you can see the Alps on a good day from Bürkliplatz. Sonja, Holger and I decided we wanted to go to the really *high* Alps, see some glaciers, cows, get the full experience. And ride some...

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  • Markets and shopping

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    Go shopping! I've heard that Bern is a big shopping destination for many people. The good thing about the city is that even in terrible weather, snow/rain, most of the city is made of covered arcades, or shops. So you could wander around under the roofs of all the covered stores.

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  • Zürich churches

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    Shall I tell? If I do you won't get the same thrill. Oh, go on then! It was going into the Fraumünster, looking up, and realising that those weren't just ordinary stained-glass windows - they are in the unmistakeable style of Marc Chagall! I've created a separate travelogue with pictures of the Chagall windows.

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  • House of Parliament

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    This building is the house of parliament. Guided tours Daily In English, French, German and Italian Monday through Saturday at 9 :00 a.m., 10 :a.m., 11 :a.m., 2 :00 p.m., 3 :p.m. and 4 :p.m. The Federal Palace will be closed to visitors: from 15 September through 11 October 2005 (Autumn session) 28 November 2005 (Zibelemärit) from 23...

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  • Davos tips on a Zurich page

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    This is the highest town in Europe. Its air is very clean, and I guess is about the cleanest town in Europe. I guess it will be a condusive place for sports men and women to train for competition. For tourist, this is the place to be.

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  • Cathedral - Münster

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    When visiting Bern, it is absolutely necessary to go up to the top of the Münster Cathedral. The hundred + steps and the small entrance fee are worth it to see the city spread out beneath your feet. On a clear day, there is a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains. The Münster was unveiled in all its new found glory on the 9th of November 2002...

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  • Lake Zürich (Zürichsee)

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    Lake Zurich is in my opinion one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It is a great idea to take a boat tour on the lake as the views of the mountains towards the south are stunning. To take a boat tour you purchase a ticket from a ticket office at the Bahnhofstrasse. You have the option of a 90 minute tour or a 4 hour tour which cost 28F. I...

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  • Cows everywhere

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    Cow bells, images and even statues - cows seem to be everywhere! It is of course something that changes with time. Cows and milk, milk and chocolate, chocolate and Switzerland! The use of the cow as a symbol is iconic and somethings inappropriate, however it does make a good image generally. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/455145106065591613/

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  • Zürich airport

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    Worst airport on earth. I purchased duty free liquor in USA. Flight was Newark, NJ to Zurich, then connecting to Milan. Getting off the plane in Zurich we immediately had to go through security. I had the properly packaged liquor with me. I was told the packaging was not correct and the Zurich TSA ripped apart the stapled bag and confiscated the...

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  • Niederdorf

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    Niederdorf or the old city is probably the best part of Zurich.. When you visit Zurich do notspend much time at bahnhof street, just pass to the niederdorf street and oberdorf.. Niederdorf is a narrow street which is open for pedestrians, surrounded with old, nice Zurich houses, Many Cafes, Restaurants and shops.. Niederdorf is paralel to...

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  • The Orient Windows in St. Gallen's old...

    St. Gallen has a wonderful old town. One of the great features of it is the dozens of Orient Windows that decorate the facades of many of the houses. I actually made an effort to take as many photos as I could of these decorative bay windows.

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  • Roesti

    Roesti is one of my favourite dishes of the German speaking part of Switzerland.I guess you'd call it a cheesy, bacon potato dish. It can be quite rich but it's rather special. Well worth trying!

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  • Check out the Webcams Before You Go

    Here is a link for all the webcams in the Bernese Oberland area.http://www.swisswebcams.ch/english/regionen.php?rid=2&page=1Here is another one that one of our other members posted. 360 degree view of the area around the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.http://kirchbuehl.roundshot.ch/

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  • 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...

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  • Above the Swiss mountains part I

    In 2012 I flew to Mauritius. While going there, I flew over Switzerland. It was really great to see the mountains!!

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  • Jungfraujoch weather

    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 trip

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  • Geneva

    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...

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  • Leysin

    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...

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  • Nuclear bomb shelters.

    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...

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  • Cows with big bells.

    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...

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  • The deathly temptation of the Matterhorn

    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...

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  • Useful phone numbers

    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,...

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  • My hiking excusions in Switzerland

    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...

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  • The snow capped Alps

    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. The fairytale scenes of picture cards--the beautiful snow capped alps and the crystal lakes.The panoramic train ride to Interlaaken...

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  • Switzerland Tourism Web Site

    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.http://www.switzerlandrewards.com Take a look at all my other Swiss pages and the city pages as there are too many best memories to list here.

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  • Budget travel

    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...

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  • Cantons of Switzerland

    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 -...

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  • Few words in French

    Below few words in French that you can use while visiting Switzerland.Yes/No = Oui/NonYes, 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 =...

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  • Few words in Romansh

    Below few words in Romansh that you can use while visiting Switzerland.0 - null 1 - in 2 - dus 3 - treis 4 - quater 5 - tschun 6 - sis 7 - siat 8 - otg 9 - nov 10 - diesch 11 - endisch 12 - dudisch 13 - tredisch 14 - quitordisch 15 - quendisch 16 - sedisch 17 - gisiat 18 - schotg 19 - scheniv 20 - vegn1/2 - in miez 1/3 - in tierz 1/4 - in...

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  • Few words in Swiss German

    Below few words in Swiss German that you can use while visiting Switzerland.Hello - GrüeziHello (to more than one person) - Grüezi mitenandGood evening - Gueten AbigHi (more informal than "grüezi") - Hoi/Salü/SaliHi (to more than one person) - Hoi zämeGood bye - (Uf) Widerluege/Ciao/TschüssThanks a lot - Merci vilmalSee you later - Bis spöterMonday...

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  • Few words in Italian

    Below few words in Italian that you can use while visiting Switzerland.Waiter / Waitress! - Cameriere/ Cameriera, per favore!May I have the menu, please? - Potrei avere il menu, per favore?Do you have a set menu / local specialities? - Avete un menu fisso/ delle specialità locali?What do you recommend? - Cosa mi raccomanderebbe?Do you have...

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  • Hero of the Confederation

    Switzerland has a hero, Guglielmo Tell.Nobody really knows if he really existed or no, but the story tells a lot about him.The legend says that he was living in the Canton Uri, near the San Gottardo.He was really good in using the crossbow and the 18 november 1307 he went in the regional city of Altdorf. By passing the pubblic square, he ignored...

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  • Mountain passes and tunnels information

    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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  • Predicting the Weather

    Check out this website: http://www.wunderground.com/ You can put in the cities you are going to, the dates you will be there and you will get a statistical forecast including high and low temperatures, chances of percipitation, etc. all based on historical information for that city and dates.

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  • Expensive but beautiful place

    I love Switzerland, it's so beautiful! But at the same time, it's also an expensive place to visit. Imagine the price of a Macdonald's kid meal is the same as the price of an adult meal in USA Macdonald. The beautiful scenic train ride is my fondest memory.

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  • Zuerich

    Where I always have been when I have been in Switzerland, that was this lovely town. Although I have to tell you that soon I will know another town called Pfaeffikon, but we'll first stay here in Zuerich.Unfortunatley I never had a lot of time to see museums or monuments, just enjoy the city doing a shopping tour or walking around. It's precious...

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  • Swiss air.

    Switzerland has different airlines, but the biggest one is Swiss Air. On the tail of the plane you will find the Swiss flag and near the cockpit it says Swiss.

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  • Swiss money.

    The currency of Switzerland is the Franc. For the coins you have 5, 2, 1, 0.50, 0.20, 0.10 and 0.05 Franc. For the banknotes you have 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10.

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  • Good to know!

    This is not a favorite thing but i think a general information for all travellers: More and more airports are strictly enforcing carry-on baggage regulations in the interest of your in-flight own safety and comfort, so do here. So if you are travelling in the country, please take note what to pack before your departure. Carry-on baggage must not...

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