Below are some expenses from the budgets of actual travelers.
City Pass (2)
Breakfast for 2
1 Day Bicycle Rental
The Swiss Transport Museum Entrance Fee
Cable Cars (for 2)
Tea at Interlaken
Most people who visit Switzerland go there to see the very impressive and breathtaking Alps. They're dramatic, they're beautiful, and they're unlike anywhere else on earth. The highest peak in the country is Dufourspitze, which stands 4,634 meters high. If you head to this area in the winter, it has some of the best skiing and winter sports in the world. If you're not a winter sport enthusiast, you can head here in the summer months and enjoy some wonderful hiking or simply hop from charming village to village on the train or bus.
While the Alps are easily the biggest draw to the area, there are definitely some less famous attractions that are still worth visiting. Switzerland has some absolutely beautiful lakes, as well as rolling hills and flat plains. If time allows, definitely make sure you venture out to some of the less visited parts of the country, as they can be quite charming and enjoyable as well.
Whenever you visit, it's important to realize that this can be an expensive destination. Come prepared, and accept that it will cost you more than you'd like. If you know what to expect, you can enjoy it none the less. There are a few handy tips to help keep costs down. In particular, skip activities like the cable cars. They are a fun way to see parts of the country, but they're also one of the most expensive ways. If you're planning to travel by train, book your tickets well in advance as this will save you a good amount of money. Also consider cooking your own meals as restaurants in Switzerland can be shockingly expensive and can really make a dent in your budget. Definitely give yourself a day or two to enjoy the skiing and snowboarding in the area, but realize that if you make this a daily occurrence it will quickly eat through most of your budget. Also consider couchsurfing if at all possible. Accommodation can be expensive and finding a free place to crash will save you a fortune. Many people speak English and are eager to show you their country. It's a fun way to meet and experience a new country and culture.
Top Tourist Attractions
Chateau de Chillon: A wonderfully preserved medieval castle dating back to the 11th century. This castle is beautifully situated on the shore of Lake Geneva. It is made from over one hundred free standing buildings that have gradually be connected into the structure that is there today. The Gruyere Region: A beautiful region with rolling green hills. Its the best place to sample some fondue, made with the Gruyere cheese that originated in this area. Rhine Falls: The largest waterfall in Europe, it's in northern Switzerland on the Upper Rhine. You can catch a boat to the middle of the river to get perfect views of the falls.
Zurcher Geschnetzeltes: This is a dish that includes thin strips of veal served with mushrooms and a cream sauce along side a potato side dish. It's most popular in and around the city of Zurich, and in some variations includes a bit of veal kidney. Cervelat: The national sausage of Switzerland, cervelat is made from beef, bacon, and pork rind. It is usually prepared by either smoking it or boiling it. Fondue: A Swiss cooking style where cheese is melted in a pot on the table and served with bread or potatoes. Some variations use a broth or oil to cook small pieces of meat. There is usually a flavored dipping sauce and vegetables on the side.
Discount Transportation Passes
By backpackguru on Nov 20, 2011 in Intercity Transportation
There are many ways to get discounts on transportation tickets in Switzerland. You can, and definitely should take advantage of some of the discount opportunities available. There's a "Half-Fare Card" you can purchase which will save you 50% on all national trains and buses. Make sure you push the 1/2 button when you purchase a ticket. This indicates you have the Half Fare Card, which you should already have in your possession. The conductor is likely to check for the card, so no fudging. A one month Half Fare Card costs about CHF99, while the annual card costs around CHF165.
Another option is to buy a Swisspas, which gives you access to national buses and trans in addition to privately operated boats, cable cars and ski lifts. These are much more expensive, with a four day pass costing about CHF 260.
All passes can be bought in any train station ticket office.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis. 2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
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