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There's plenty of stuff you can do (references are to the German Wikipedia for more extensive descriptions, which I assume you read given your origins). I don't know whether you enjoy visiting castles, churches and museums as well, whether "outdoor activities" include things other than hiking, and what kind of nature interests you most. Anyway, here are a ...


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After living in the USA for over 10 years, I moved to Europe. I did consider bringing my car from the USA to Europe, however later rejected that idea. Yet in the process I did look into various options. There are several shipping companies that will ship vehicles across the Atlantic, usually inside containers on a ship, but for the right price they'll do ...


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You can certainly rent a car in Basel and drive around. I have driven with my European license in the States without any problem, so I asume you can drive in Europe as if you are in the US. There are certain differences in trafic rules, but if you drive carefully you'll be okay. Having said that, I would recommend the public transport system in Basel. When ...


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No! Profitieren Sie als BahnCard-Inhaber von 25% Ermäßigung auf den Normalpreis der Auslandsstrecke bei grenzüberschreitenden Reisen in über 30 europäischen Länder. Die Ermäßigung wird auch im Anschluss an Globalpreise (z.B. Thalys), gewährt - nicht aber im reinen Binnenverkehr des fremden Landes. The last sentence says 'not valid for travel ...


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30 Pounds are just 38 Swiss Franks. This isn't really a lot of money in Switzerland, so I don't think you will find anything that is really a lot of cheaper. Additionally, Geneva is one of the most expensive cities in Switzerland if not in the whole World. To make it worse, Geneva is the domicile of a lot of big organizations like for example UNO, CERN, ...


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Short answer: no, you cannot take your bicycle into all German trains (but you can probably reach any destination in Germany). Many trains in Germany carry bicycles. This is particularly true for local trains, but also most intercity (IC) trains. However, the most common train for long-distance travel is the high-speed InterCity Express or ICE. Usually, ...


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Directly after the train station in Zurich there will be nothing to see. You will drive through a tunnel for a quarter of hour and when you will see the daylight again, you are already at the lake Zurich. The train line follows more or less directly the shoreline, and if the weather is nice it can be interesting to observe the people there sunbathing and the ...


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There are only four types of passport stamps in the EU. Road travel Rail travel Air travel Ferry travel It doesn't matter if you walk, take a bike, or travel by bus; if you cross from a road border, you will get a road travel stamp. And also please note, since Switzerland is a member of Schengen zone, there are no border controls between Switzerland ...


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I would recommend the following things (sorted by country): Switzerland Visit Top of Europe. You can take a train to the Jungfraujoch which is 3545 meters above sea level. There you can exit the train and walk around. For example to a restaurant or over a glacier. Visit Luzern and its world famous Chapel Bridge Visit the Italian part of Switzerland, named ...


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Yes - CERN has an outreach program which does tours along with other activities. From their Visit CERN page: CERN welcomes the general public to visit and tour its exhibitions, experimental areas and other facilities. The admission is free. The permanent exhibition “Universe of particles” and the Microcosm exhibition can be visited from Monday to ...


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Either will work. A Swiss tourist visa is for the following activities: Tourism trip Visits to relatives and/or friends Scientists, professors or researchers attending cultural, technological or scientific conferences, seminars or meetings (services provided must not be paid by organizations/corporations in Switzerland, except reimbursement for expenses or ...


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As it turns out it is possible during the Open Days, which unfortunately in 2013 had taken place on September 28th and 29th. And as of right now there are no such Open Days published for the year 2014. For details you can probably start with the Practical Information page regarding visiting, which is not likely to change much from 2013 to 2014, whenever ...


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Lucerne has an old city and a new city part, split by the river running through it. On this map, you can see the pink "Altstadt" (=old city) where the river ends in the lake, at the centre. The main train station is just south-east of that, across the river. I would consider the Altstadt the center of the city, others might consider one of the bridges the ...


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One of my favorite places in Switzerland is Interlaken. The are is beautiful and you can take a short train ride up to Kandersteg for some beautiful waterfalls and a great mountain hike. It is a 2 hour train ride. Interlaken is known as the extreme sports capital of Switzerland. You can skydive, canyoneer, or mountain climb. Kandersteg: Another option is ...


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foodguide.ch looks fairly reasonable to me (ratings seem to agree with my impression). Comments by owners and patrons are in German for Basel, though.


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When I was traveling in Switzerland and wanted to see Geneva, I would actually stay at a small hotel in Lausanne, some 45 minutes away, but along the main railroad line. At a much lower rate than Geneva itself. Geneva is a "destination," city, hence expensive. Anything "outside" of it would be far cheaper. But Switzerland is a small country, so "outside" of ...


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Château de Chillon near Montreux on the shore of lake Geneva is a must see. You will find some graffiti made by Lord Byron in the dungeon. He wrote a poem about a protestant jailed there. Linderhof Palace in Bavaria is a pretty small castle built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, that tries to mimic Versailles in a pocketsized handkerchief. Its Galerie des ...


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I take it you have seen the pictures of Mt Jungfrau (4,158 m / 13,642 ft) and Titlis (3,238 m / 10,623 ft) on Wikipedia? Mountains in Switzerland will not be closed, but most will require specialized gear (and matching experience) in winter. for Titlis (the lower of the two peaks), the temperatures in February are: Average high °C (°F) -10.7 (12.7) ...


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A Swiss online resource I know is this one. It lists a lot of Spas in Switzerland that are worth a visit. I quickly checked it, and all I know of are on the list. Unfortunately the list is in German, but at least some of the further links are also available in English. If you're looking for an English resource I would recommend this site. It also lists a ...


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This page list all the big Christmas markets in Switzerland. I can really recommend those two that are in the main stations of Lucerne and Zurich. It sounds weird but they are really nice. As a plus next to the Christmas market in Zurich's main station, there are a lot of open air bars in the courtyard of the Landesmuseum where you can get Glühwein and ...


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First of all, Switzerland is very very expensive, especially accommodation. It will be difficult to even find hostels or similar things below 40-50 Swiss francs per night. As I already mentioned in the comments, you can find hotels in Geneva and Berne and all other Swiss cities on major booking sites, such as booking.com or hostelworld.com However, if ...


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At least a partial answer: Raileurope and Wiki has told me that EC (EuroCity, formerly called Cisalpino, not all EC, just the former Cisalpino) and so called ICN (Intercity-Neigezug, German for Intercity Tilting Train) trains are tilt-enabled. Using the Deutche Bahn Travel Service one can exclude EC and IC (InterCity) trains from the search by using the ...


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The sign "dekoriert" in Germany and also in Switzerland means that there will be Fasnacht/Fasching/Karneval decoration in the venue, mostly in Restaurants and Bars. Only decoration - nothing else implied. You will find those signs on the most boring and conservative countryside family restaurants just as well as downtown bars that open at 23:00 and close at ...


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This is, for a 3+ hour drive, pretty much as easy as it can get. It's a drive 100% over Italian and swiss highways. It is also pretty much one straight line north - on the same road, with only one single fork in the road. If you print out a google navigation beforehand and stick to the road, you basically cannot do anything wrong. If you are willing for ...


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The suworow monument shown in your first picture is on Gotthard-Pass. There are lot of excellent tours on Switzerland Tourism described. The second picture show the "Martinsloch" through which the sun shines on church tower of Elm. This happens only twice a year (around march, 12th and september, 30th).


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I was really curious now and that's why I just had a call with a woman from the Bundesamt für Umwelt, the official federal office that is responsible for tourism in Switzerland. The woman was a little bit suprised about my question but was very kind. She told me that generally wild camping is not allowed in Switzerland (and Liechtenstein). But this law is ...


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There are a lot of different questions in here. I tried to answer at least some of them: 1) Apart from a fully functioning car I would recommend to take a GPS navigation device with you. Check if the maps are up-to-date. Additionally, you should inform yourself, if you need any additional gear if you want to travel through foreign countries. If I remember ...


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First of all, if you want to take trains in Switzerland, the website of the national railway carrier is a very important source of information. There you can find the whole train and bus schedule and most tickets you can buy there online. It is also important to mention that in Switzerland you can almost reach every village and every small town by train or ...



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