Switzerland

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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Switzerland Money-Saving Tips

Travel pass

The Swiss public transportation system operates safe and efficient trains, buses, boats, and lifts. Opt to travel by train when connecting between cities on a tight schedule. Buy travel passes to save money.

Private car

Rent a car if you’re looking for scenic travel or planning a trip through the mountains. Since gas is cheaper here than in neighboring countries, it can also be more affordable than the train.

On the map

When driving, stick to the autoroute to save time. What looks like a shorter route on the map may actually be a tiny mountain road, which can take five times longer to traverse.

Worthy wine

Take the time to experience the country’s beautifully landscaped vineyards and top-quality wines. Wineries in the small villages of Lavaux or Epesses, near the Vaud and Valais wine regions, usually offer tastings.

Layer up

Be prepared with a spare layer: weather in Switzerland is known to change quickly and frequently, and temperatures can drop significantly with change in altitude. Comfortable shoes are another good idea.

Closed Sundays

Everything closes on the seventh day in Switzerland, so don’t expect to do any shopping. Tourist activities and restaurants may or may not be open.

Language barrier

Bring a multi-language dictionary – there are four official languages in the country: German, French, Italian, and Romansh, listed in order of popular usage. When traveling, posted signs and menus will change language frequently.

Swiss Franc

Switzerland chose not to join the European Union and has refused to adopt the Euro currency. Although many tourist places will take the Euro, U.S. dollars must be converted into Swiss Francs.

Sports enthusiasts

Switzerland is an incredibly athletic country and its people participate in sports – jogging, cycling, hiking, skiing – religiously. Tennis success Roger Federer is just one example of a famous Swiss athlete.

Fondue

Gruyère is the main ingredient in Swiss cheese fondue. For the best fondue, head to the medieval, French-speaking, fortress-town of Gruyère, where the cheese (along with spectacular meringue with crème) is produced.

British idea

The Brits championed Alpine skiing as an official sport in Switzerland in 1922. It was British summer visitors (initially drawn to the country for the medicinal “mountain air”) who also championed the Swiss “winter” holiday.

Euro 2008

The biggest European sporting event – the European Football Championships (a.k.a. soccer) – is held every four years. In June 2008, Switzerland shares the hosting honors with Austria.

Three kisses

Though notoriously private and reserved, the Swiss can be quite friendly when you get to know them. Natives give three kisses instead of the customary European two.

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