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Rarely does one see so many misconceptions in one question! coach will definitely or almost certainly be stopped in Switzerland for checks on luggage and things, can I risk being seized all my money by Swiss authorities or will I have to give them something? ... I've been told that Swiss authorities are quite ruthless. ... but even ...


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Signals with a black border and black text on yellow ground are military signals, as defined in Art 101.8 of the Swiss Road Signal Ordenance (Signalisationsverordnung, not available in english): Gelb-schwarze Signale, ausgenommen die Signale «Hauptstrasse» (3.03) und «Ende Hauptstrasse» (3.04), richten sich ausschliesslich an die Führer von ...


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According to the Swiss government's Information on Declaration of Sponsorship (pdf), a guarantor cannot legally vouch for a guest's departure from Switzerland. Any statements you may have made purporting to guarantee your guest's departure from the Schengen area are probably therefore without effect. If you submitted such a form, you have undertaken to ...


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The currency of Switzerland is obviously the Swiss Franc, not the Euro. Many businesses accept euros, but: not all do to make sure they're covered against fluctuations of the exchange rate, they will add a "spread" on the exchange rate in their favour, sometimes quite extreme. For instance, even though 1 EUR is about 1.10 CHF at this time, they may very ...


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The pictogram on the road-sign is just the symbol within the swiss armed forces for a Truck driver. That's the reason why you probably won't find it unless you know what you are looking for. The drivers themselves will get a badge like the one below. So this sign is an instruction for a military truck driver.


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No Can the motorway charge sticker be transferred in the event of a change of car? No. It is forbidden to peel off motorway charge stickers and transfer them to other vehicles. Detached motorway charge stickers are invalid. Source: Swiss Customs Administration Also Note: We and the police check compliance with the obligation to display a ...


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You can send it "Poste restante" to the Post office in the airport. Just address it to: Mr or Mrs Firstname Lastname Poste restante 8060 Zürich The Post Office is located in arrivals 3, and is open every day with pretty long hours (7h30-21h00 Monday-to-Friday, 8h00-21h00 Saturdays and Sundays). Note however that this will probably work only if the parcel ...


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I decided to give my contribution here as I'm often crossing the border between Italy and Switzerland by train and sometimes by bus: Border inspections both from Swiss and Italians authorities are very common (I would say between 50 and 70 per cent of the times); the typical question is whether you are carrying cash, valuables and securities, and they ...


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I've been in Grindelwald early September this year (when there was no snow) but the hill in the background (top two thirds of the picture) is still recognizable as the hill south of the village which leads to Kleine Scheidegg. After a bit of matching with the 3D view of Google Maps (approximate link) I've identified the Stutzgasse (right red circle) and the ...


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Yes, you can use PMR446 walkie-talkies in Switzerland. Usage of PMR446 in Europe is licensed on a country-by-country basis and not mainly by the EU. You can get an up to date list of European countries allowing PMR446 usage and a summary of national deviations from the European Communications Office. Swiss federal authorities also have an information page ...


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If you really want to go 'only' by car, you will have to approach from the south. Coming from the north, you would either have to cross the Grimsel Pass on route 6 or the Furka Pass on route 19. Both are already permanently closed for the winter. As an alternative to crossing the Furka Pass, you can however use the train shuttle service between Realp and ...


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Most foods can be brought in checked luggage without issues. In hand luggage, you must expect semi-liquid or pasty foods (like you mention: nutella, syrup, butter and peanut butter) to be rejected. Going to Switzerland, you will however have more issues with the relatively strict Swiss customs regulations. For some products you have only a limited duty ...


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Switzerland hands down. The US is extremely strict in demanding substantial proof of ties to the country of the applicant's residence. Each time they take in an applicant for an interview, their mindset is: "alright, this guy is trying to become an illegal immigrant, unless he convinces me otherwise". Furthermore, as a Middle Easterner your application is ...


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It's not legal to sell cat meat in Switzerland, neither raw nor cooked. The Swiss Regulation of the Confederate Department of Interior on food of animal origin, article 2 has a list of animals of which the meat can be sold or distributed as food. It is therefore unlikely that you will find a restaurant catering with cat meat. If there are any, they are at ...


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New response from FOM, switzerland when i asked them what should i do next as i tried applying to swiss embassy but they didn't accept my application Dear Inquirer Schengen visas are accepted in conjunction with a valid travel document for entry into Switzerland. If not otherwise noted, the Schengen visa is valid for all Schengen member states. While ...


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I (EU citizen) acted as a guarantor for non-EU citizens more than 10 times and in hindsight, I would never do that again. I had an expert lawyer on Schengen regulations counseling me and they clearly stated that if anything goes wrong the state authorities will make the guarantor pay for any expenses including, but not limited to, deportation. You will not ...


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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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Knives with blades smaller than 6 cm seem to be mostly allowed in hand luggage. For example, this UK government website and SWISS Hand Baggage guide mention it: Not to be carried in hand baggage: (...) Knives with blades more than 6 cm long On the other hand, Forbidden baggage section on TAP site says For security reasons, certain objects are not ...


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It can be a rehearsal, a concert, a regular religious service or even a wedding or baptism. As @phoog mentions in his answer, if there is nobody at the door to ask your money you can enter. When there is a service going on, it will be appreciated if you keep out of the area where the people for the service are, in a busy service please stay near the door, ...


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Google reverse image search says that it might be Feldkirch, Vorarlberg. Indeed the church and the first house in the foreground (the one with the two windows underneath the straight part of the roof) seem to be the ones in the picture below from Wikipedia: File:Feldkirch3.jpg, Wikimedia Commons, CC by SA 3.0 Google maps places it here. By precise ...


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A tip for saving a few bucks on the train ticket: On the baggage claim area there are machines that give you free tickets to Geneva. You just need to press a button and they'll give you one. They are valid only for arriving passengers, so make sure to keep your boarding pass with you. Then, in the machine for buying the train ticket you can select "change ...


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In the Nordic countries, we use a layered clothing method, which has the benefit of being adjustable to the weather: First layer: Moisture-wickening technical underclothing Long underpants Long sleeve undershirt Thin socks Second layer: Warm and breathable Fleece jacket and underpants, wool socks Thin wool gloves Third layer: Outer shell Windproof but ...


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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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Water regulations in Switzerland are very strict and most tap water is of impeccable quality. There is also a law which states that any fountain, which doesn't have regulated drinking water, has to be declared as such, so if you see a fountain with no sign on a village square, it's very likely safe to be drunk. This is most likely the reason why there is a ...


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I did the similar trip this year, starting in Worms, Germany with Zurich stopover and finishing in Milan, Italy. I've decided to pay for the vignette for two reasons: to avoid any fines if I accidentally enter toll road and get caught to travel faster between interesting areas When travelling through Germany, I remember views from highways to be really ...


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It is totally possible to cross Switzerland without a vignette and avoiding motorways and expressways, as @jcaron mentioned. Swiss highways are indicated by green signs and are usually easy to spot. Ramps are clearly labeled before the approach. If you pay a little bit of attention you will easily be able to avoid them. Specifically the toll roads you want ...


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It would be more convenient for you to change your Swiss Francs to US Dollars while still in Switzerland, and you would probably get a better deal too. If you walk down the street in the center of any Swiss town, you'll encounter a bank every block or two. They will all likely post their exchange rates quite visibly, and will happily deal in cash. (The ...


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If it's a Christian church on a Sunday, it's likely to be a service. Interrupting those, at least as a sightseer rather than a member of the congregation, is likely to be unwelcome. If it's not a Sunday, it may well be a rehearsal for a concert. As a semi-professional musician, I do concerts like this most weekends, many of them in churches. I personally ...


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Official punctuality statistics can be found via the website of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB CFF FFS): https://reporting.sbb.ch/en/quality Percentage of passengers who arrive on time or less than three minutes late Customer punctuality: 2015: 87.8%, 2016: 88.8%, 2017: 89.0% The interpreration is left to you. Punctuality statistics are often ...


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