a VirtualTourist member from Schiedam asked on Aug 28, 2016
we (me & my wife) want to visit Switzerland from 15th September till 24th September, we would be traveling from Holland.we would be traveling by our own car
I want to know everything from accommodation to site seeing, and to do things, as i have heard everything is expensive there, also from where to convert the currency.
While you are waiting for VT-ers to reply with specific suggestions, have a look at the VT Switzerland travel guide.
Everything in all VT travelguides is written by VT member, locals as well as visitors. You'll find loads of information about what to see and do, where to stay etc etc.
If you scroll down the page a little and look in the right-hand column of the page I'm linking below you'll find links to 100 specific locations in Switzerland. Each has its own VT travelguide, written by members, and there are lots and lots more:
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As for money, the best way is probably to use an ATM and just withdraw CHF as you go. Check with your card provider what charges they will make (if any) for using foreign ATMs.
It is also sensible to tell your card provider in advance that you will be in Switzerland. Doing that reduces the chances of your card being stopped for potentially fraudulent use and, if that does happen, it makes it much easier to sort out with the card provider.
A second recommendation for using www.booking.com , which is a long-established and reliable site used by many VT-ers. It has extensive listings in Switzerland and excellent , accurate mapping. Most importantly...and unlike Tripadvisor...reviews can only be posted by people who have booked through the site and completed their stay.
We just returned from a 5+ week trip throughout Europe which included several countries, Switzerland being one of them.
Last year we also did a 6+ week tour of Europe which included driving through different countries - 8 of them. Switzerland is indeed EXPENSIVE! We had been told but were not ready and were quite sticker shocked. We hear not as bad as Iceland nor Norway though.
Please keep in mind you will need to purchase a vignette for your automobile - approximately USD $47.00 or 38.50€ in order to drive in Switzerland on the motorways.
The vignette must be firmly adhered to the inside of the windshield of the car.
We were stopped at a random road check my the Swiss police and our vignette was lightly applied to the windshield being a rental car (we didn't want to risk getting into trouble by rental agency of having the vignette upon return).
The police noticed right away and began questioning us wanting proof of purchase, where we'd purchased it, if it was ours, etc.
After being satisfied with our answers about the rental agency he firmly pressed it into position and sternly warned us that he could ticket and fine us for not having it applied properly!
You can order the vignette on line or purchase it prior to crossing the border at one of the rest areas or immediately after crossing at a gas station or rest area.
Thank you [VT member 97182],that was really informative, as i didn't had any clue about it, but can you help me more regarding the trip, where to stay and over the food, as i have noticed that via TripAdvisor and booking.com its very expensive.
Where in Switzerland do you plan on visiting? We visited Zermatt to see the Matterhorn but of course drove through various towns, etc. The whole of Switzerland is quite breathtaking with all the gorgeous mountain terrain. we LOVED the Netherlands by the way.
just waiting for the recommendations first and then i can easily choose out.
This is very tricky to answer as it's so dependent on your likes, tastes, etc. We stayed in Zermatt - you can only drive as far as Tasch where you will park your car and the rest of the way is by quick train (about 16 minutes) to the no vehicle town. We stayed overnight but honestly, so touristy and expensive we could've easily done it as only a day trip. Yes beautiful views of the Matterhorn but a plate of 6 pieces of shush was USD $50.00 plus $8.00 for a coke! A hamburger (no fries) $39.99 fries and extra $15.00 - get the gist? You can also choose to stay in Bern and be more accessible to Mont Blanc - but also touristy. Zurich has more a larger city feel to it, Lucerne on the lake with beautiful mountains for back drops. We stayed in a hotel overlooking the Matterhorn which was very nice. We had a top floor balcony view of the mountain which was magical. We paid on sale - 60% off with pre-book of 7 months in advance $159.00/night - no breakfast. The name of the hotel was the Ambiance Superior Hotel
Some of my pages may assist you in preparing your itinerary.
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