A landlocked country in Western Europe. Switzerland's biggest and most important cities are Zurich, Berne, Geneva and Basel.

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Apply for a Swiss working visa after entering with Schengen [closed]

I was accepted for a PhD research to Switzerland. As far as I know the visa/permit process looks like this: Apply for a long-time visa. Receive some sort of short visa to enter Switzerland. Go to ...
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If I have a visitor visa for Switzerland (Schengen visa), can I visit France? [duplicate]

I'm an Indian citizen and I have got a UK visitor visa. I hope to travel to France for 4 days, however we were not able to get an appointment. So now we are planning to get a visa for Switzerland ...
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Is the drive from Milan to Zurich considered difficult, generally?

I am travelling from Milan, Italy to Zurich, Switzerland and would like to drive, but I'm not sure how difficult the drive would be. Would someone be able to describe what it's like - the terrain, ...
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Can I go to Germany with a Schengen visa from another country after failing to get a German visa?

I have to travel to Germany and Switzerland for business purpose. I have already been here 2 years ago. I have applied for business visa to the German consulate twice and both times the application ...
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Is it necessary to book trains in the Jungfrau region?

Information I will be staying in Interlaken with 4 whole days to kill from the 25th of this month. I would like to do some hiking in the region. For example, getting day-return train tickets to ...
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How to take my bike from Germany and/or France to Switzerland?

This summer I want to take my bike from Germany and/or France in the area around Cologne to Switzerland in the area around Zurich. For this purpose, I have a couple of things I want to make sure ...
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Are there any roads I'm not allowed to ride my bicycle on in Switzerland?

I'm in Switzerland for the summer doing some cycling. I'm wondering: Can I ride all the roads in Switzerland except for the autobahn? For instance, between Bern and Fribourg, there's a major road ...
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What type of visa is required for a PhD interview visit to Switzerland?

I am applying to join a research group in a school in Switzerland and after the first round of interviews, I have been invited by the university in Zurich for an in-person interview so that I can meet ...
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Summer skiing in europe [duplicate]

I want to learn skiing and wanted to go this summer while I am in Europe. I have searched a few places like this but could not find a definitive answer. I would like to go in month of July (around the ...
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Using 1000 CHF notes in Switzerland?

While travelling to Switzerland, I am getting only 1000 franc notes in my country. Should I take the 1000 franc note, or change euros to francs in Switzerland itself? Is it easy to get change for a ...
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What rail cards / passes / discounts should visitors to Switzerland be aware of

Yesterday, I took a train from Zurich to Engelberg, and bought a ticket from a ticket machine at the station for the journey. I was running a bit late for the train, so there wasn't time to queue up ...
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How punctual are Swiss trains?

Yesterday, I was on a Swiss train that was 10 minutes late. I thought perhaps it was the end of the world ... The Swiss railways have a reputation for being very punctual (the joke being you can set ...
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What is the fastest way from Zurich to Eindhoven, by public transport?

I'm looking for the fastest way using the normal public transport options (plane, train, etc.) from Zurich to Eindhoven in Autumn. Flying seems not really to be a option since there seem to be no ...
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Do any of the ski resorts near Zurich offer late season (May) skiing?

While none of the hills in and around Zurich offer skiing (though they do make for nice walks in the snow), I'm told that there are several good ski resorts within 2 hours by train / train+bus of the ...
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How do I know which Visa Type I need to visit Switzerland?

I'm currently in the hiring process with a company based in Switzerland. I will be working remotely from the US but they want me to go to their headquarters to get to know the team/work together/etc.. ...
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Train from Zurich to Vienna - anything to look out for?

I will be soon be travelling by train from Zurich to Vienna, with 8- and 5-year-old children. Obviously we will be packing 'things to do', but are there any things along the way we should be ...
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Can I get from Basel to Niesen Mountain by public transport?

I am traveling to Basel (Switzerland) this summer and wish to take a day-trip to the Niesen Mountain. Can I go there by public transport, how much would it cost?
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Can I take my bicycle into all German trains?

I want to take a train with my bicycle from somewhere in Germany to Switzerland. Concerning this, I have a couple of question that all go to the same direction: Can I take my bike in every train? Or ...
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Do I have to indicate all country visits on my Schengen Visa application?

We are an Indian couple and are applying for a Swiss visa for a 10 day personal leisure visit to Switzerland. We understand that we shall be given the 'Schengen' visa which is valid for a few other ...
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Visit to Switzerland by an Indian couple

We are an Indian couple and wish to apply for Switzerland visa. I understand that I can apply for a tourist visa after showing my confirmed return tickets and confirmed proof of accommodation in ...
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Visiting CERN in Switzerland

Is it possible to visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) as a tourist to Geneva? Are there any guided tours? Which parts can be seen?
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Looking for direct ship connection between Mainz and Lake Constance (Bodensee)

I would like to visit Kreuzlingen, Konstanz and the Napoleonmuseum. As they are all located at Lake Constance and I'm living in Mainz I think it's not a bad idea to spend some time and travel by ship. ...
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Single/Multiple entry Schengen Visa for visiting Italy and Croatia

I am from India, and I plan to visit Europe for a month. I will be starting with Switzerland, and then I plan to go to Croatia. If I have a single entry Schengen Visa, go to Croatia, will I be ...
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Is it true that a “dekoriert”-sign means that naked women are dancing?

During carnival in German-speaking Europe, there are a lot of bars that have a sign at the front door stating "dekoriert", which means decorated. However, when you go inside, there are no decorations ...
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Tax refund in stores that are not close to the border

I'm living in a border region, and every time I'm shopping abroad, I can fill out a form at the store, let the border officer sign it, go back to the store and get the sales tax back. Now I'm ...
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Paying for transportation with euros in Basel and EuroAirport

I will arrive at Basel EuroAirport and continue my trip in Switzerland. Is it possible to pay the bus fare in Euros to leave the airport on the Swiss side, or will I need to get Francs beforehand? ...
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Is a German BahnCard valid in Switzerland?

Deutsche Bahn offers a "BahnCard" which offers the holder a 25, 50, or 100% discount on Deutsche Bahn rail tickets. The wiki page mentions that, due to the "TEE Rail Alliance", the DB BahnCard 25 and ...
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Any late train from EuroAirport to Zurich?

In a few weeks, relatives will fly into Basel EuroAirport, with arrival time estimated at 9pm. From there, we are thinking about either a car rental or the train to reach Zurich. As the flight ...
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Does the hotel need to be fully prepaid before applying for a Swiss tourist visa?

I am an international student now studying in the UK, and I need a visa for traveling to Switzerland. The visa application requires a confirmed hotel reservation, but it hasn't mentioned what kind of ...
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What are possible traveling plan for Switzerland in December-end for 5 days from Paris? [closed]

I am planning to travel Switzerland in December-end for 5 days from Paris. Possible travel destinations may be starting from Geneva and ending to Zurich (including Laussanne, Interlaken, Berne, ...
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Avoiding tilting trains in Switzerland

I really don't like tilting trains, because I always feel slightly sick in there. With normal trains I don't have any problems at all. Unfortunately, there are a lot of tilting trains on the route ...
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Can I pay with Swiss Franc bills that are cut into pieces?

Is it possible to pay with a Swiss Francs bill that is cut into pieces in a Swiss store such as Migros or Coop?
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Website for budget hotels or hostels for Switzerland

I am planning to visit Switzerland at the end of the month. My preferred places of travel are Geneva or Bern. Could you suggest some online booking websites for budget hotels or hostels?
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Advice on a road trip to Dolomites [closed]

This year, at the beginning of September, I am planning a road trip with my GF. The plan is to visit some sites in the Dolomites, Italy. Also, I would like to visit Franz Josef Hohe (I was there once ...
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Consequences of overstaying Schengen visa in Switzerland

I overstayed my Schengen visa by 2 weeks when I traveled to Switzerland. The police in Switzerland gave me a paper saying that I will receive a penalty order in one or two months requiring me to pay a ...
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Windsurfing in Switzerland (or nearby areas)

What are the recommendations, options, possibilities for windsurfing in Switzerland? I'm especially interested in Zurich and places with nice transport connections. Feel free to write about ...
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Can I travel to Switzerland with EU ID?

I know, that Switzerland and Liechtenstein are not members of EU. However, they are members of Schengen. Schengen rules remove all internal border controls between member countries. If I travel to ...
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Can I visit neighboring countries while in Basel, Switzerland?

I will be traveling to Basel, Switzerland in June and will be staying there for approximately 1 week. While there, am I free to visit neighboring Germany and France freely?
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Would renting a car in Basel, Switzerland be safe for a foreigner?

I am from the US, and will be traveling to Basel, Switzerland for about a week. While there, I need to get from the airport to the hotel, the hotel to a certain location every day and back, and then ...
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How important is it to obtain Swiss Francs before arriving in Switzerland?

I am going on a Topdeck European bus tour that is passing through 20 countries. During the trip, we pass through many countries that don't use the Euro, such as Poland - which uses the Zloty or the ...
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Lockers at train station Hardbrücke in Zürich?

I'm going to Zürich, Hardbrücke tomorrow evening. I have a big suitcase with me which I don't want to carry all along. So I want to place it in a locker. In the Internet I can't find any information ...
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Is Mount Pilatus worth visiting in winter?

I'm going to be in Luzern in late February for a couple of days and a friend suggested visiting Mount Pilatus and going up to the summit. He visited in summer and it looked amazing, however is it ...
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Are there other airport worth considering if you are flying to Basel/Mulhouse?

I need to fly to Basel (CH) soon. I have checked fares to Basel/Mulhouse from Brussels. The fares are ridiculous expensive (>900 Euro for an 1 hour flight). I can take the night train, but before ...
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Are there Christmas markets in Switzerland?

I've been in Germany on christmas and almost every city has a Chrismas Market. Are there Christmas markets in Switzerland? Which are the most famous/interestings? When do they end?
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Building an Igloo if camping is not allowed? (Switzerland/Liechtenstein)

It's winter time and therefore I'm thinking about how to spend the days between Christmas and New Year's Eve. We have the plan to build an igloo somewhere in the mountains and spend some nights there. ...
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Which are the main spa baths in Switzerland and which are their characteristics?

My girlfriend and I love thermal bath and spa and we would like to visit one or more of these places in our stay in Switzerland. Is there any list of the available baths/spa and their characteristics? ...
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How to choose a good restaurant in Switzerland?

I am making a spontaneous day trip to Basel tomorrow, and there is the problem of choosing a nice restaurant for lunch. I don't want a famous place where you need reservations a month in advance to ...
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What taxes do you pay working in Switzerland [closed]

I'm trying to evaluate the tax over income (monthly and yearly) and I couldn't get a full grasp of it, anyone working there can give some insight about how to calculate all taxes?
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What one-day trips are available from Zurich (Switzerland)?

I'm looking for some suggestions for one-day trips from Zürich (Switzerland). It isn't limited to Switzerland, but the place should be reachable within one day. I'm particularly interested in cities ...
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Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic - Suggestions for 3 week vacation [closed]

My wife and I are looking to take a vacation next year, in September, to the above noted countries. I would like to solicit the 'must see' places in those countries. I focus more on the history (ie. ...