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

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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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Touring the Large Hadron Collider [duplicate]

Any ideas as to how one might go about getting a tour of the Large Hadron Collider?
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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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How could a Washington registered car travel to Zürich?

About three months ago, I went to Switzerland from Germany by car. And when I parked the car in Zürich, I realized that the car (BMW Coupe 3er) that parked beside my car had a non-EU registration ...
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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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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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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. ...
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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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Hostel accommodation in Geneva

I'm struggling for choices of hostel accommodation in Geneva first weekend of December. between hostel world, hostel bookers, YHA and Hi hostels there are only four options under (only just under) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Swiss mountain peaks in February - suitable weather conditions?

A friend of mine based in India is planning a trip to Switzerland in Feb 2012 He's worried about how severe the winter will be - will it cause the peaks like Mt Jungfrau or Titlis to be closed or ...
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What kind of power plug adapter do I need in Argentina and Chile?

I'm going to Argentina and Chile and have a couple of electronic devices I want to charge. I have Swiss plugs consisting of two bolts: What kind of adapter should I pack for Argentina and Chile?
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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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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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Pass in the Alps that can be crossed by mountain bike?

I'm looking for a pass in the Alps that I can cross with my mountain bike. I know that if there's a road, I could just use it, but my question is a little bit more special. Ideally this pass ...
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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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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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Swiss customs: necessary when travelling from France to USA via GVA?

I'm a USian planning a summer trip to France. I've already bought my tickets to arrive in Nice and leave from Geneva. I will be travelling thru France mostly via car which I plan on returning to the ...
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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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Elm, Switzerland - Suvorov monument and Glarus thrust

I'm searching for any tours in this municipality from Bern. I'm going to visit Elm to view the Suvorov monument there: and the Glarus thrust: Do you know any variants? I heard there is a ski ...
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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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Getting a passport stamp while walking across a EU border

So I have three different types of passport stamps from my EU travels. One for flying into Frankfurt, one for taking the Eurostar from London to Paris and one for taking a ferry from Dover to Calais. ...
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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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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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How can I get to view the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland?

I can't seem to find information online about trains, buses, to take to get there etc. I would be travelling in from Stainach in Austria. Is there a mountain station or similar that I can view it ...
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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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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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City centre of Lucerne in Google map

I am struggling to find the city centre of Lucerne, Switzerland in Google maps, and how far is it from Lucerne rail station. I cannot spot the city centre of Lucerne in Google maps. Actually I am ...
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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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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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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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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 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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ATM charge in Euros or Swiss Francs

I am from the Netherlands and I recently went to Switzerland. When withdrawing Swiss Francs from an ATM I got the option in which currency I wanted to charge the money on my account, Francs or Euros. ...
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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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How to dress suitably for Jungfrau mountain sightseeing trip?

I have planned to travel sightseeing at Jungfrau mountain in Switzerland. Since I have checked with many weather forecast website on my trip date, they said the weather probably be cloudy, partly ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Traveling without residence card to Switzerland

I am a St. Lucia national living in St.Lucia. I am married to a Swiss national. I obtained my Swiss resident card 2 years ago and it expires in 2015. I left Switzerland last year to tend to a family ...
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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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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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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 ...