As We Travel » Switzerland http://www.aswetravel.com Traveling Tips, Destinations, Videos & Travel Blog Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:10:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Taking the Glacier Express in Switzerland http://www.aswetravel.com/taking-glacier-express-switzerland/ http://www.aswetravel.com/taking-glacier-express-switzerland/#comments Sat, 26 Oct 2013 18:37:00 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=45410 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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What better way to enjoy fantastic views of the Swiss Alps than by taking the Glacier Express? This colorful train takes you through several small villages, across more than 200 bridges, through peaceful valleys and mountainous terrain on the way from Southern Switzerland through the Swiss Alps to the world famous resort, St. Moritz. Described […]

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What better way to enjoy fantastic views of the Swiss Alps than by taking the Glacier Express?

This colorful train takes you through several small villages, across more than 200 bridges, through peaceful valleys and mountainous terrain on the way from Southern Switzerland through the Swiss Alps to the world famous resort, St. Moritz.

Described by The New York Times as “A slow ride, with reason” this is one trip you need to add to your travel bucket list. Imagine this – vast sweeping snow fields, breathtaking views and spectacular white-capped mountains.

Board the Glacier Express in one of several villages- Zermatt, Visp, Brig or another village along the way. You can enjoy the journey and return the same way later in the day, or, as many passengers do, spend the night in St. Moritz on Mount Matterhorn.

 

St. Mortiz, a lovely world renown resort, offers comfortable lodgings with panoramic views of the mountains just outside your window.

Be sure to book reservations for your train ride and reserve lunch for you and your family. You can reserve a 3-course lunch or a luncheon special that is served by Glacier Express’s experienced waiters.

They serve their guests with a special “ritual pour” that is incredibly fun and enjoyed by all. Snacks and beverages are special amenities included in the price of your ticket too.

With tall windows on either side of the train, enjoy photographing the fantastic Swiss Alp mountain passes, the sheer snow covered walls that drop down to ravines, gorges and rivers below.

You will pass over 250 bridges, go through 90 tunnels, cross the beautiful Landmassar Viaduct and continue on up the mountain to St. Moritz. Round trip, it takes 7 hours.

Tired of riding? Get off and spend the night in one of the villages you see along the way.

Many visitors prefer to do this. Zermatt, Visp and Brig are only a few villages that offer overnight accommodations to passengers.

You can board the Glacier Express in one of several pick up points, whatever fits your schedule best. Reservations can be made online. You’ll return by 6 PM in plenty of time for dinner.

Guests are excited to see the wonderful views along the journey from Southern Switzerland through the Swiss Alps, through the Chedivide that crosses the source of the Rhine and Rhone Rivers. Audio speakers keep passengers informed about each point of the journey.

Think you’ll be adding this to your bucket list?

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What To Eat In Switzerland: 5 Foods Beyond Fondue http://www.aswetravel.com/what-to-eat-in-switzerland-5-foods-beyond-fondue/ http://www.aswetravel.com/what-to-eat-in-switzerland-5-foods-beyond-fondue/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=39903 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Guest Post written by Matt Connolly: Switzerland does dairy well – the molten variety in particular. There’s something rather brilliant about eating hot bubbling cheese or chocolate while you sit nestled among the snowy Alps and this a scene the Swiss have nailed. From chocolate shops through to cafes serving raclette and fondue, there are plenty […]

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Guest Post written by Matt Connolly: Switzerland does dairy well – the molten variety in particular. There’s something rather brilliant about eating hot bubbling cheese or chocolate while you sit nestled among the snowy Alps and this a scene the Swiss have nailed.

From chocolate shops through to cafes serving raclette and fondue, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge a penchant for all things warm and milky in Switzerland, but if Emmental, Gruyere or Vacherin don’t do it for you, you’ll find plenty of other local cuisine to tempt your tastebuds.

The Swiss have taken much influence from their neighbours in some of their favourite foods, so expect to find a touch of the French, Italian and German about some dishes.

Traditionally a country of farmers, simple foods reign supreme in this region, but don’t be fooled – there are still a wealth of fine dining establishments.

In fact, Schloss Schauenstein was ranked 30 in the list of the World’s Best restaurants last year and boasts the rather grand setting of a castle. Of course, top class dining anywhere in the world doesn’t come cheap.

You can price up the cost of the Castle’s different course offerings using Travelex’s currency converter here – if it’s a little out of your price range, worry not.

Here are some top Swiss dishes you can sample in small and inexpensive eateries on the streets of Switzerland…

Rösti

Forget hash browns – the proper crisp potato goods you should be heaping on your breakfast place are rosti and the Swiss are big fans.

Eat with eggs and cheese on top for breakfast, or serve as a side to mop up creamy sauces with at dinner time.

Cervelas

This is a very special sausage made predominantly of pork, which crackles up nicely when grilled. Originally the sausage also contained brain, though this ingredient is now thankfully prohibited..!

Sausages in general are very popular in Switzerland thanks to German and Italian influences, so expect to see a Bratwurst or two.

Älplermagronen

This herdsmen’s pasta dish is a Swiss staple. Alongside the key components of pasta and cheese, expect to come across bits of bacon and potato in your Alpine macaroni.

This is definitely not a diet friendly option but it is certainly very tasty and comforting and there’s a slim chance the applesauce Alpermagronen is traditionally served with counts towards one of your five a day.

Leckerli

This biscuit/cake dates back to the 1400s, which pre-dates the Swiss’s love of chocolate and shows they’ve long had a sweet tooth. Made from honey, it’s flavoured with finger and often topped with sugary glaze and candied fruit and nuts.

Müsli

It has become a gourmet breakfast choice all over the world but muesli is a Swiss creation. Invented by Dr Bircher at a diet clinic in 1887, it’s traditionally served with   yoghurt or cream rather than milk and though predominantly eaten at breakfast time, it also makes a tasty supper snack.

Look For Local Products

Another thing to keep in mind when visiting Switzerland is that every region has its own local specialties. In Graubunden for example, they are very proud of their traditional Bündner Nusstorte (nut cakes), a delicious but slightly dry pastry.

Around Vevey you will find some great local wines in the vineyards that surround the small villages on the hills, and since milk chocolate was actually invented in Vevey there is a lot of chocolate fondues on offer as well.

You will also find that depending on which region you visit, the cuisine will either be Italian, French or German influenced.

What is your favorite food to try in Switzerland?

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Things To Do In Geneva, Switzerland http://www.aswetravel.com/things-to-do-in-geneva-switzerland/ http://www.aswetravel.com/things-to-do-in-geneva-switzerland/#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:00:17 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=27204 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Things to do in Geneva, Switzerland - Geneva is without a doubt one of Europe’s finest cities – it’s incredibly picturesque and it’s one of the most important in terms of its place in the world. Unfortunately Geneva is also one of Europe’s priciest cities – which can often put people off from scheduling a short […]

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Things to do in Geneva, Switzerland - Geneva is without a doubt one of Europe’s finest cities – it’s incredibly picturesque and it’s one of the most important in terms of its place in the world.

Unfortunately Geneva is also one of Europe’s priciest cities – which can often put people off from scheduling a short city break there.

However, Switzerland’s third largest city, which sits around the sparkling shores of Europe’s largest Alpine lake, has plenty to offer and you will find many great things to do in Geneva.

Below we’ve listed the best things to do in Geneva, the Swiss city of light:

United Nations HQ

Any trip to Geneva would not be complete without a visit to the United Nations headquarters.

Constructed between 1929 and 1936, the Palais des Nations became the United Nations headquarters in 1946.

The grounds contain a vast wooded park that overlooks the lake and can be regularly seen to be patrolled by peacocks that live on the grounds around Pregny gate.

Geneva is not only home to the UN, it often seems as if the whole of the world is situated here – the International Red Cross, International Labour Organization, World Health Organization. You name it, they’re all here!

The Lake

Geneva’s lakefront has beautiful views of Mount Blanc on a clear day, making it one of the city’s greatest assets.

The impressive fountain Jet d’eau reaches up to 450 feet in the air and is surrounded by beautiful floral displays and boats, and walking along the shore path by the lake on a beautiful day is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Geneva.

The Old Town

The picture-postcard Old Town, or Vielle Ville, contains some of the city’s most notable attractions, including the Barbier-Mueller Museum, the Cathédrale St-Pierre and the Maison Tavel.

This area is also the main shopping area which is a pleasant district to explore with its terra cotta coloured cobblestones and stunning cathedral architecture.

Salève Cable Car

The Salève cable car is situated in the Haute Savoie, just over the French Border – this high alpine ridge has a stunning view of Mt. Blanc and the Lake Geneva area, as well as miles of walking trails.

Prices depend on the age of travellers and whether you want a single / return trip – but generally cost less than 10€.

Medical care is incredibly expensive in Switzerland, so whenever you travel to Geneva (or anywhere in Switzerland), make sure you are covered adequately with the right travel insurance policy by visiting Insure & Away, who have a wide range of single trip, annual multi trip & world travel insurance policies to suit any overseas trip.

Have you been? if so what did you think of the city? do you have any other tips of things to do in Geneva?

Things To Do In Geneva, Switzerland

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Vevey, Switzerland – Europe #9 [VIDEO] http://www.aswetravel.com/vevey-switzerland-travel-video/ http://www.aswetravel.com/vevey-switzerland-travel-video/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2011 06:00:42 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=22516 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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After the stress and fun we had in Barcelona – it was time for us to sit back and chill for a few days. Vevey in Switzerland was perfect for this – amazing nature, clear blue water, wine, chocolate and best of all it was QUIET … Every time we visit Switzerland, we fall more and more […]

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After the stress and fun we had in Barcelona – it was time for us to sit back and chill for a few days. Vevey in Switzerland was perfect for this – amazing nature, clear blue water, wine, chocolate and best of all it was QUIET …

Every time we visit Switzerland, we fall more and more in love with the place – the lifestyle, the nature … for us everything is perfect in Switzerland.

To read more about our time in Vevey, make sure you check out:

We hope you enjoy our Vevey video, and stay tuned for at least 1 new video every week – Next stop Italy!

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Why Budget Travelers Must Visit Switzerland http://www.aswetravel.com/visit-switzerland/ http://www.aswetravel.com/visit-switzerland/#comments Sun, 17 Jul 2011 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=19545 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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We have traveled quite a bit in Switzerland, and even lived down there for a couple of months. When “As We Travel” was founded back in 2010, we were living far up in the Swiss Alps in a tiny cute village called Scuol. It’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to […]

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We have traveled quite a bit in Switzerland, and even lived down there for a couple of months. When “As We Travel” was founded back in 2010, we were living far up in the Swiss Alps in a tiny cute village called Scuol.

It’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to …

… set right in a valley surrounded by high snowy mountains, the villages there were so secluded from the rest of the world that cars actually have to go on a train to reach the valley!

They speak their own language (Romansh), have their own culture, their own traditional cuisine, and – most importantly, nearly everyone we got to know there lived for the moment and enjoyed the simple things in life.

We thought that because it was so secluded and tricky to get to, that was the reason to why it was still so beautiful and such a relaxing place.

But once we left to see the rest of Switzerland, we realized that no matter where you went – the country was breathtakingly beautiful.

Vevey, where we decided to go this time around, was no exception.

Arriving at the train station, I instantly felt my body relaxing.

Since Paris, every train station had felt bigger and more chaotic than the previous one – boarding the trains had been like boarding a flight with bag scanners and everything.

But Vevey’s station was small, quiet and simple – and the town was the same.

Everything here happened slower than normal, it almost felt as though it happened in slow motion:

The cars cruised rather than raced, the boats drove in circles rather than towards somewhere – even the many people working out seemed to do it in harmony, and it was so quiet that I for a moment thought that my ears were blocked.

Vevey is famous for three things: The vineyards surrounding the area, the invention of milk chocolate and being the place Charlie Chaplin called “home”.

The vineyards, which date back to medieval times, are world famous for its great wine, and incredible views.

Perched on top of steep mountains, the view is priceless – and the wine, expensive…

It’s easy to understand why people like Charlie Chaplin and Hemingway chose to live here, and easy to see why the milk chocolate was invented here, in a place full of inspiration and all about indulgence.

Many backpackers choose not to visit Switzerland because they think it will cost way too much to visit - big mistake!

Yeah it might cost more than some other places in Europe BUT trust me, it’s worth it, if only just for a few days…

If the nature alone is not enough reason to visit, than the variety of culture is …

What other country can you experience 4 languages (Italian, Swiss German, French and Romansh), making for such a great variety of local food and culture?

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Top 10 Things To Do In … Switzerland http://www.aswetravel.com/top-10-things-to-do-in-switzerland/ http://www.aswetravel.com/top-10-things-to-do-in-switzerland/#comments Tue, 22 Jun 2010 12:00:30 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=2888 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Top 10 Things To Do Next Time You Visit Switzerland To be honest with you, I never had much interest in visiting Switzerland. I never really thought I would ever visit the country, sure I’d stop by if we happened to pass by, but not more than that really. Well, life is full of surprises […]

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Top 10 Things To Do Next Time You Visit Switzerland

To be honest with you, I never had much interest in visiting Switzerland. I never really thought I would ever visit the country, sure I’d stop by if we happened to pass by, but not more than that really.

Well, life is full of surprises because last year we ended up moving there for a few months to work during the ski season, and Switzerland also turned out to be full of surprises.

It’s a fascinating country with a lot of history, culture and natural beauty. I’ll be honest and say that there were many things we didn’t do and places we never went to, but here are our top 10 favorite things to do in Switzerland:

1. Go Hiking / Tramping

Switzerland has more than 48 300 km marked trails, and the nature is mind blowing. The air is fresh, and you often find yourself alone with nature. Hiking in Switzerland is easy, there are often restaurants and hotels along the way, so you can choose between camping in a hut, or staying over in a hotel.

And even if you’re not the hiking type of person, there are so many different day hikes you can do. Just going for walks in Switzerland is a beautiful experience, at all times of the year. Even in winter time there are beautiful walks you can take up at the ski fields.

Enjoying the nature in Switzerland is the number one thing to do, one way or another.

2. Adventure Time in Interlaken

Interlaken is like a big outdoor adventure park. There is a lot to do for the adrenalin seeker: Sky diving over the Swiss glacier, water-ski etc. It’s a beautiful area, and is also really close to the highest train station in Europe which you can find at over 3,400 metres high.

4. A Day In Bern – The Capital

A beautiful city with a lot of history and old buildings. It’s nice to walk around and let the old city take you back a few hundred years. All shops blend in so well in the old buildings, and some shops have been there for decades.

Another nice city for a day visit is Basel, with its stunning Town hall, bridge and cathedral.

5. Try The Local Delicacies

Switzerland might be a small country in size, but every region has kept their own specialties and cultural traditions close to their hearts. Try out the local food specialties, they’re different everywhere.

One thing the regions have in common when it comes to food is that the food is almost always covered by cheese. Cheese equals Switzerland. But it’s cheese of the best quality you can get. A favorite is to just melt it all down in a pot (fondue) and dip bread in some bread – perfect!

Another specialty you can find all over Switzerland is their nut cakes. There are special nut cakes for different areas of Switzerland.

6. Swiss Chocolate

No other chocolate in the world can compare to the one made here, it’s amazing! Maybe because of the great milk they produce here? anyways you will need to by and eat lots of this while in Switzerland!

7. Go Watch Shopping

I’m not sure why watches are such a big and important thing in Switzerland, but everything and everyone is so punctual it’s ridiculous. Nothing or nobody arrive a minute later than planned, nor earlier… Every second shop is a watch shop,  and watches seems to have become part of the Swiss lifestyle. The best Swiss watch brands don’t even like to call themselves a watch business anymore, but a luxury business.

8. Visit The Old Villages

If you take the time to visit the Graubunden area you’ll be amazed. There are villages with houses dating back to the 13th century that people still live in! They also speak an ancient language called Romanch, which has died out everywhere else but here, and they try their hardest to keep their old traditions as well.

9. Take a Beautiful Train Route

Traveling by train can look expensive at a first sight, but there are so many deals and offers you can get that you may end up with an amazing route cheaper than a one way ticket. One example is their day passes where you can travel as much as you like, anywhere you want for a whole day.

Just ask the staff, read one of their many pamphlets or check out their website for deals!

There is the world famous Glacier Express route, but also countless of other beautiful routes. Traveling by train is more than just a transport from point A to point B here, it’s a destination in itself.

9. Go Alpine Skiing

Yeah I know it’s summertime at the moment, but I just have to mention two of the best things to do in Switzerland. There aren’t many places in the world where you can travel to at any season and have a great time. In Switzerland, winter is just as much of a high season as summer is, and that for a good reason.

Few places in Europe has as good skiing as in Switzerland. Many of the ski-fields are huge and often blend in with each other, meaning you can ski over to another ski resort.

Many people who go skiing in Switzerland don’t actually go there for the skiing, but for the experience. Sitting in the sun 2000 meters high up on the mountain overlooking the mountain tops with a nice hot chocolate is just as nice as skiing by itself. In spring time it gets so warm you can ski in bikini!

10) Go Sledging

This is a crazy sport. Yes, sport. They actually compete internationally with sledging. Not bob sleding, but the wooden one! In Bergün you can sledge down a 6 km long sledge run < – – – watch that video – or a shorter but steeper run for the fear less one. Sledge runs are everywhere around the ski areas, and a lot of fun.

Hope this inspires you to put Switzerland on your next trip, it’s also not as expensive as you think!

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City Guide – Basel, Switzerland Quick Facts: Location: Switzerland Language: (Swiss) German Currency: Swiss Franc Short History: The earliest documented citation of Basilia, the city at the bend in the Rhine, dates from the year 374. Basel’s heraldic animal, the basilisk, is certainly of more recent origin. It is a mythical creature, part cockerel and […]

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City Guide – Basel, Switzerland

Quick Facts:

Location: Switzerland
Language: (Swiss) German
Currency: Swiss Franc
Short History: The earliest documented citation of Basilia, the city at the bend in the Rhine, dates from the year 374. Basel’s heraldic animal, the basilisk, is certainly of more recent origin. It is a mythical creature, part cockerel and part dragon, which appeared for the first time around the year 450. The Basilisk holding Basle’s coat of arms can be traced back in heraldry to a monument reminding of the fatal earthquake in 1356 that completely destroyed the city.

City Guide – Basel, Switzerland

Basel is a very picturesque city with old buildings, narrow streets and a lot of interesting history. It is known as an European culture center with over 40 museums, 25 theaters, operas and ballet and countless art galleries.

If you’re interested in that kind of thing you could easily spend a few days here going from museum to gallery to museum. If this kind of thing doesn’t interest you, there are still quite a few things to see on your trip to Basel.

You can also find many outside art sculptures spread out all over the city, and it’s nice to just walk around the city stumbling upon them.

Basel in general is a really nice city to walk around in, especially in the old town.

It is one of those cities that are nice to look at from afar. The  best way to do this is to walk over the bridge to the other side (new town), where you can walk along the river, have an ice cream and take some awesome pictures. Then you can take the little ferry back to the old part of town again.

Things To Do In Basel:

Town Hall – Rathaus
This is an amazing building, it really stands out with its vibrant red color, and the hundreds of years old painted details are pretty cool. It’s been there since the 14th century.

Münster Cathedral – Brings you back to the old days yet another time. You will find a great viewpoint of the canal from there!

Take the cable ferry across the Rhine river - These little boats taking you across the river have been going for hundreds of years and are still today very popular and widely used.

The boats are attatched to cables so that they won’t get pulled into the strong currents. The ferryman actually puts the boat on a special angle so that the current pushes the boat across.

Going To The Three Corners Of Basel – Switzerland, Germany & France In One Day?

The borders of Switzerland, France and Germany come together at the Three Countries Corner in Basel.

The thought of being able to stand with one foot in Switzerland and the other in France is a pretty cool fantasy, but not that amazing in reality.

We decided to take the chance of going to all three countries in the same day (Switzerland, France and Germany), but after the disappointing arrival in France we didn’t even bother to cross into the German border.

No parades, no ‘Welcome’, no pass port check – nothing. Also I think we ended up in the most boring suburb of France ever, maybe if you would drive a bit furether in to a nicer city it would be better.

Yeah, it would have been cool to say that you went to three countries in one day, but the place we ended up in on the French part across the border was just SO dull!

I think it would be awesome to go to France for a croissant breakfast, Germany for a typical German lunch (a descent bratwurst if you like), and dinner in Switzerland.

And I bet I’m not the only one who thinks so, but all we found on the French side of the border was a Chinese restaurant, and back on the Swiss side the first (and only) restaurant around was an Indian one.

The only main difference really was that the houses looked very different, not at all like in Switzerland, and everyone spoke French – all the sudden the prices had also changed from swiss franc to euro.

WARNING Note:

Nearly everything (shops, supermarkets, cafes etc.) is closed on Sundays in Basel (and Switzerland). The only supermarkets which you will find open are the high-prices ones in the central train station.

Even the restaurants are closed, however you will find that the street-side Kebab shops are still open, thank god.

Swiss people work like maniacs during the week but when it’s the weekend, they take it seriously.

The same goes with their lunch breaks. Every day between 12 and 2 p.m the shops close and the staff has a two hour lunch break, and they don’t reopen a second early – just so you know! ;)

Getting Around:

There are trams going basically everywhere, and like everything else in Switzerland they’re very punctual.

Mobility Pass: All hotels in Basel, including the youth hostels, offer each registered guest a free “Mobility Pass” upon check in. This gives free unlimited travel in Basel and suburbs (including to and from the airport) for the duration of their stay. This is easily worth the price of a lunch every day you stay. (If you have written confirmation of a hotel reservation you can also use this to travel from the railway station or airport to your hotel. At least one respected hotel in Basel advertises this fact on their web site.) This saves you 8 franc per day.

Getting There:

By Train: The Swiss train system is the best I’ve ever experienced. The trains are fast, smooth and punctual, and all the stuff that is usually difficult when traveling by train is easy here. It can be really expensive traveling with train in Switzerland, but they have countless of great deals and bargains, so you can actually get around really cheap if you ask them about it or read more on their website.

There are two train stations in Basel, the German station (Badischer Bahnhof, BBF) on the northenrn part, and the Swiss/French (SBB Bahnhof) in the city’s south.

If you get to Basel with a national train it stops at the southern station. From there trains to Zurich and Geneva leave every hour.

By Air: Euro Airport works as the airport for all three corners, both Basel (Switzerland), Mullhouse (France) and Freiburg (Germany). The budget airline Easy Jet flies from here.

Where To Stay

We recommend staying @ Youth Hostel Basel City – mainly for the fact that it is right next to the central train station, so arriving and leaving is easy.

Youth Hostel Basel City

Pfeffingerstasse 8, Basel, Switzerland 4053

The hostel is a part of HiHotels, so for those who are members the rooms are cheaper. If you’re not a member you have to pay 6 franc extra.

It’s in a great location, only 3 minutes away from the train station, the rooms are clean, you get free linen, free towels and they offer a descent free breakfast, which is good since eating out is expensive in Switzerland.

Find out more info and other hostel options here @ hostelbookers. (no affiliate link)

Enjoy your stay in Basel!

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Swiss Punctuality – Does It Make Life Easier? http://www.aswetravel.com/swiss-punctuality-does-it-make-life-easier/ http://www.aswetravel.com/swiss-punctuality-does-it-make-life-easier/#comments Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:00:31 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=1334 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Swiss Punctuality – Does It Make Life Easier? I used to always be the kind of girl who was late for everything. The closer I was to the place, the later I got there, since I often left when I was supposed to be there. I was a hopeless time optimist. But do you know […]

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Swiss Punctuality – Does It Make Life Easier?

I used to always be the kind of girl who was late for everything. The closer I was to the place, the later I got there, since I often left when I was supposed to be there.

I was a hopeless time optimist.

But do you know what the funny thing was? It happened to always work out great.

How come?

Because everything and everyone else seemed to also always be late as well…

I never really had to run for the bus, because I would assume that it was running five minutes late. In fact, now as I think about it, I often expected the bus or tram to be a few minutes late, so I consciously left later.

All that however, belongs to the past – when we moved to Switzerland, I soon realized that I needed to change this habit of thinking in order to make sure I GOT anywhere.

Everything here in Switzerland is precisely on time – every single time. I don’t know why, but Swiss people definitely have a special connection with time. You never have to wonder what the time is, since there are clocks at almost every corner and watch shops the whole way along the street.

Switzerland and watches just seem to go hand in hand.

If the bus is supposed to leave at 09.31 it doesn’t wait a second longer, and it’s not just the transport system which is like that, the people are too!

If you set a date at a certain time with someone he/she somehow gets it just right, and arrives not a minute late – or early.

At first it’s a little frustrating for someone like me who is basically counting on delays, but since the buses only go once every hour I had to step my game up.

And now I find it incredibly nice.

I mean think of all time you’ve spent waiting for something to come or leave?

All those delays that just turned out to be longer and longer and longer.

Here, you know that when catching a train somewhere, everything is connected, and you never have to wait longer than 10 minutes for the next train. Everything is calculated to the exact detail and creates such a flow in your travels. If a bus is full you usually don’t have to wait for long until they send in an extra bus.

A friend of mine is currently living in Rwanda, and she says that nobody there cares about the time. The bus doesn’t leave at any specific time, it simply leaves when it’s full. This means that you could wait from five minutes to an hour.

If you invite friends over at a certain time, they can either be two hours late or two hours early, and bring some friends along without warning.

If that would ever happen here, the Swiss people would probably have a mental freak-out!

However, she said that in the beginning it was a bit frustrating, but that she’s now used to it and actually likes it – even prefers it.

On the other hand I think exactly the same but opposite, I prefer the Swiss way now.

So what does that mean? Are we just different in our likings, or does it all in the end come down to us getting used to something? Getting used to routines?

How do you like it… do you prefer having everything precisely on time and in order, or do you like a more relaxed system (maybe not as relaxed as in Rwanda though)?

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RECAP – Scuol, Switzerland – Where We Have Been Living For The Last 5 Months. http://www.aswetravel.com/recap-scuol-switzerland-where-we-have-been-living-for-the-last-5-months/ http://www.aswetravel.com/recap-scuol-switzerland-where-we-have-been-living-for-the-last-5-months/#comments Tue, 09 Mar 2010 15:00:44 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=1331 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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The last 5 months we have been hiding in a tiny village called Scuol in the middle of the Swiss alps, surrounded by forest and high mountains. We made our decision to come here, just like we normally do – by a photo we saw online. You know one of those photos where you go […]

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The last 5 months we have been hiding in a tiny village called Scuol in the middle of the Swiss alps, surrounded by forest and high mountains.

We made our decision to come here, just like we normally do – by a photo we saw online. You know one of those photos where you go ”WOW, let’s pack our bags NOW”. And guess what, the photo wasn’t photoshopped, it really looks like this:

When we arrived in Scuol, we didn’t know how long we would manage to survive here. With no job waiting for us, no knowledge of the language (German) whatsoever, and only 800 euro in our pockets, it might have looked like a really stupid idea to come and live in one of the most expensive countries in the world.

Well, I guess now that I think about it afterwords, it probably was… :p

But we figured that since everything always works out for the better, that what ever happens was meant to happen, and the fact that we’re still here 5 months later says it all.

It’s funny, the places we’ve enjoyed the most in our travels are the ones we barely even knew anything about before we arrived there.

A year ago we had never heard about this place, and a few months later we ended up living there.

It’s an amazing place, one of those places where you can easily get stuck and not realize it until 10 years later, that you forgot to leave. In fact, that’s what has happened to many people here.

Many of them are born and raised here and have barely ever been outside the country, but everyone else (which is many) moved here – years ago.

The people we have gotten to know were SO surprised when we told them we were leaving. It was like the only reason you’d possibly leave was because you for some reason HAD to, not because you wanted to.

And they all thought ‘leaving’, meant coming back next winter or in summer.

During our time here Nathan worked as a ski instructor. I, who had barely ever skied before, have become a pretty damn good skier if you’ll allow me to brag a little ;)

We’ve skied probably as many miles as we would normally have walked in Gothenburg altogether in 3 months, and we’ve walked as many miles as we would probably have driven in a year (not that I’m much of a driver, but you get the deal).

I guess we make up for all the Swiss chocolate we’ve been munching on every day..!

It’s the only area left in the whole world where people still speak the pretty much extinct language ‘Romanch’ – the strangest language I’ve ever heard.

I’m going to miss it, and I’m going to miss all the people I’ve gotten to know. I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to see this place from a close angle.

It is so much more than I ever thought Switzerland could be, it has a charm, a personality, that is very special and the people are so generous and helpful, without their help it would have been much harder finding work and for a lot harder for us to have been able to experience such an amazing time.

– Sofia

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VIDEO – Sledding In Switzerland http://www.aswetravel.com/video-sledding-in-switzerland/ http://www.aswetravel.com/video-sledding-in-switzerland/#comments Sat, 06 Mar 2010 15:00:42 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=1317 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Hey everyone, hope you all had a great week! This week is our last week in Scuol, so we have been very busy making the most of the winter sports which they offer around this part of Switzerland. Yesterday we went skiing in St. Moritz (a blog about that coming soon!), and a few days […]

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Hey everyone, hope you all had a great week!

This week is our last week in Scuol, so we have been very busy making the most of the winter sports which they offer around this part of Switzerland.

Yesterday we went skiing in St. Moritz (a blog about that coming soon!), and a few days ago we went sledding down a 6km long sled run – about 2hrs train from here in a cute town called Bergün.

I uploaded a preview video a few days ago, but today you can watch the FULL 3.5min video of us zoooming down the hill as fast as we can! WOW it was so much fun, if your ever in Switzerland in Winter make sure you go to Bergün!

Watch The Video Below: (you might notice the serious look on my face – it was due to the fact that I was holding the video camera in one hand and trying to control the sled with the other while bumping up and down the ice track @ 50km/hr :p Also that is Sofia chasing me behind… and make sure you watch right to the end to find out what happens to my sled :S)

Fun eh?

Tomorrow we are leaving for a 6 day train adventure around Switzerland, France and Italy before flying to Sweden – so look forward to reading and seeing heaps of great pics and info from those places…

/ Nathan

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