We started our quiz with the first three questions about traveling in Switzerland. Let’s continue for more useful tips and interesting facts .
4. It is expensive in Switzerland?
Yes, Yes and Yes. Everything in Switzerland is more expensive compared to the European and North American standard. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t travel in Switzerland on a budget. Below are some tips:
- Choose youth hostels or airbnb.com for accommodation. Youth hostels are not designed for teenagers or students only. For airbnb.com spend time to research the host and the location well.
- Do NOT eat FAST FOOD: The Swiss government regulates a higher price for fast food chains (McDonald’s) to encourage healthier eating habits for people living in Switzerland. Accordingly, while a Big Mac at McDonald’s will cost you around $10, a half baked chicken with your choice of side dish at regular food court in COOP will amount to $8. So, avoid fast food and eat healthy in Switzerland.
- Free/discounted transportation pass: All hotels, motels and hostels in Geneva must provide their guests with free public transportation passes during their stay. Besides Geneva you can ask for discount passes in other cities and areas as well. So do inquire information before you use any public transportation means.
5. Interesting things and facts in Switzerland.
- What does CH stand for? As soon as you step into Switzerland you will see many sights, billboards and car plates with CH abbreviation and not supposedly with SW (Switzerland). CH comes from Latin Confederation Helvitica. CH was introduced and after the forming of the federal state in 1848. Since then it has became the shorten name for the Swiss Confederation.
- What to bring home? Besides typical souvenirs, such as postcards, magnets, posters, I’d recommend to bring home some Swiss Franc bills. The bills are beautiful with dedicated art design and fine texture.
- Switzerland has seven presidents or to be precise and politically correct the Swiss Federal Council is composed of a seven-member executives that heads the federal administration.
- Swiss people write to the presidents in order to express or raise questions about their country issues very often. And what’s even more amazing is the responses from the presidents are sent back in a timely manner.
- There is a collection of funny letters that have been delivered to the Swiss presidents. People talked a lot about a letter from a 40 something year-old Swiss guy who wrote to the president asking to return to kinder garden to start his new life.
Share your funny moments, experience and memories in Switzerland if you have visited/lived in this beautiful country.