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Identifying a church by a lake and a railway line, claimed to be in the Canton of Lucerne

Alte Kirche St. Georg und Nikolaus, Flüelen, Canton of Uri, Switzerland (from Wikimedia Commons) Found by noting the time & direction of shadows, inferring that the view was facing north, looking ...
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Why are the shops open in Geneva today (on a Sunday)?

In Geneva, following a 2018 vote, shops are allowed to open on three Sundays during the year. France has had similar but more permissive regulations for years (with some nuances between regions and ...
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What does this Swiss black on yellow rectangular traffic sign with a symbol looking like a dart mean?

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): ...
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Transiting through Switzerland by coach with lots of cash

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 ...
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What happens if someone I invited to Schengen area does not leave?

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 ...
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Is using Swiss Francs (CHF) cheaper than Euros (EUR) in Switzerland?

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 ...
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What does this Swiss black on yellow rectangular traffic sign with a symbol looking like a dart mean?

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 ...
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Is this banknote still acceptable in Switzerland?

This note belongs to the 8th series of banknotes. They are no longer legal tender, so banks do not have to accept them. The eighth banknote series was issued between 1995 and 1998. These banknotes ...
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Can you give your Swiss motorway vignette to a friend after using it on your car?

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 ...
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Transiting through Switzerland by coach with lots of cash

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 ...
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Can I receive a package in Zurich airport while on transit?

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 ...
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Where to stand for this winter view in Grindelwald, Switzerland?

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 ...
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Are PMR446 walkie-talkies legal in Switzerland?

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 ...
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Roads in Switzerland in December

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 ...
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Can I put food in my hold luggage for flying?

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. ...
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Can an Airline board you at departure but refuse boarding for a connecting flight with the same airline and on the same ticket?

Surely once they have accepted the documents to be in order, they cannot mid journey change their minds without taking some of the responsibility and at least cost of flights. Yes, they can. When you ...
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Is it better to use swiss pass or rent a car?

It is not just "travel pass" versus rental car. Consider this: With a rental car you still will have to pay for mountain railways. The Titlis trip costs about 100,- pp. Add to that parking. ...
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Traveling to Switzerland from the US with a transit in the Netherlands, what is the maximum amount of currency I may carry with me?

There seem to be two different things asked here. The question title is just, "Traveling to Switzerland from the US with a layover in the Netherlands, what is the maximum amount of currency I may ...
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Is it easier/faster for an Iranian citizen to get a US or a Schengen (Swiss) visa?

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 ...
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Is this banknote still acceptable in Switzerland?

The 8th series bills are no longer legal tender as other answers have said. They are still accepted by federal public institutions for payment (SBB/CFF/FFS and post offices) until October 30, 2021. ...
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Basel Badischer Bahnhof to Basel SBB train announcement: "Only cross the border with valid documents..." Which border?

Despite its location in Switzerland it is an enclave of the EU for customs purposes. The train services are also run by DB (the German operator). See the wikipedia entry Basel_Badischer_Bahnhof which ...
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If a I rent a car in Zurich, Switzerland, can I return the car in Lauterbrunnen?

No, you can't, because as far as I can tell there are zero rental car agencies in Lauterbrunnen. Your options are: Return your car in Interlaken, which is only a few train stops away Ditch the rental ...
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What happens if someone I invited to Schengen area does not leave?

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 ...
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Zurich ZVV monthly/annual pass: how many trips per day?

As many as you would like (and physically possible) within the zones chosen (some night buses and trains may require additional supplement). Like your own link says With a monthly travelcard you ...
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Zones map of Switzerland SBB

I don't think there are any "SBB zones". This is not an SBB zone or ticket. It's a Z-Pass travelcard. Z-Pass is a grouping of several unified fare networks around Zürich's ZVV: Zürich's ZVV ...
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From Geneva airport to Lausanne station

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 ...
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How is it possible to buy a knife after security?

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: (....
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Can someone unvaccinated travel from the UK to France via Switzerland?

French law does not define what “coming from” (being “en provenance”) means. In particular, there is no questionnaire asking where you have been in the X days prior to entry, as there is some other ...
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What clothing should I bring to Mt. Titlis in Switzerland during December?

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 ...
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