Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 7)

Day 7 – Preparation for departure back Home

Pack all your belongings and make sure that you have not left anything behind in the hotel room before heading to the airport for your flight departure. The tip is to pack your luggage the night before and remember not to have any LAG (liquid, Aerosol and Gel) that exceeds 100ml in your hand luggage. Next is scan through every corner of the room before checking out from the hotel. My own habit is that I try not to have my “barang barang” (singlish meaning belongings) leaving all over the hotel room

Even as a frequent traveller, I also have my things like make up pouch, glasses, etc misplaced overseas and unable to find it or retrieve back. One of the worst situations that I have experienced myself as an ex flying crew is that I cannot find my make up pouch and I cannot look like I am not wearing any make up for work. Then you have to try your luck by calling the girl on the crew list that you are closer to on the flight to lend you theirs.

Also, seek help from the hotel’s receptionist the day before if the airport shuttle service is available to transport you to the airport for your flight departure.

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Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 6)

Day 6 – Arriving in Zermatt from Lausanne

The average travel time bewteen Lausanne and Zermatt is 3 hours and 16 minutes and the quickest route is 2 hour 52 minutes. The departure station is Lausanne (Lausanne station 1003 Lausanne) and arrival station is Zermatt (Bahnhofplatz 9 3920 Zermatt)

 

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Zermatt lies at the foot of the highest mountain Matterhorn and is a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing and hiking. Zermatt is also one of the world’s most picturesque holiday villages.

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Zermatt is a paradise for adventurers seeking amazing skiing and snowboarding experience with breath taking scenery. Enjoy skiing down the white snowy slope with a spectacular backdrop of mountains.

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Have your lunch at any of the restaurants in Zermatt. Zermatt’s mountain restaurants are blessed with great cuisine and majestic views of the Alps.

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End your day and pamper yourself with a luxury spa indulgence.

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Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 4)

Day 4 – Arriving in Bern from Lucerne

The average travel time between Lucerne and Bern is 1 hour 15 minute. The train fare costs about 40.20 for 2nd class ticket and you can purchase your train tickets in advance from https://www.trainline.eu/.  Bern is in the German-speaking region and is the capital of Switzerland.

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The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is truly a gem of medieval architecture in Europe. The quaint old town is framed by the Aare River and offers spectacular views of the Alps.

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Have your lunch at Restaurant Rosengarten, a laid-back eaterie with the outdoor terrance as the main attraction in the restaurant. The restaurant is also the perfect place to relax over a cup of coffee and drink in views of the UNESCO rooftops. The set menu is well-priced for bargain-conscious diners.

Address: Alter Aargauerstalden 31b Bern 3006

Opening Hours: Daily 9am to midnight

Price: CHF 20-40

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Photo Courtesy of Google Image. Berner Munster.

Take a slow stroll after a hearty lunch along the most famous building in Bern, the Berner Münster is also known as the Bern Cathedral. Climb up 254 steps to the tower and the views over the city is impressive with the Alps appear as a backdrop on a clear day.

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Another point of interest to visit in Bern is the Cheese Market. Switzerland is famous for cheese and walking through the Cheese Market, you can see the wonderful display of local cheese.

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Your body will be tired after touring in Switzerland for the past few days so pamper yourself at Solbad Schönbühl, a large saltwater thermal spa with different saunas, pools and hammams, as well as massage therapies.

Address: Mattenweg 30 Schönbühl Bern 3322

Website: http://www.solbad.ch/

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 8am-10pm; Sat to Sun 9am-10pm

Admission Price: CHF 30 for Adults and CHF 15 for Children

 

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Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 2)

Day 2 – Arriving in Rheinfall from Zurich

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My friend Windy and I took a train from Zurich HB to Neuhausen Rheinfall. The travel time directly from Zurich main train station to Neuhausen Rheinfall is 50 minutes. The Rheinfall is the largest plain waterfall in Europe and along the way, we enjoyed the serenity and picturesque views of the lake.

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Comfortable to have the waves of water cooling off your feet when the sun gets too warm.

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Beautiful home lining the lake

One of my favorite romance movies is “The Lake House” by Sandra Bullock & Keanu Reeves, a remake of the South Korean file Il Mare. It is my dream and fantasy to stay in the beautiful lake house that is shown in the movie, waking up early every morning feeling the morning breeze of the lake. It will make your soul feel much calmer and more relaxed.

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A boat trip to the rock or a round trip in the river basin are simply an unforgettable experiences, marveling at the beauty of nature.

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On a bright sunny day, the spray from the waterfalls create lovely colorful rainbow.

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The highlight is the climb up the famous rock in the midst of the thundering mass of water and the view from the top of the rock is surprisingly great which you can see and hear the waterfall gashing between the big rocks.

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The Rheinfall is one of the world famous natural features in Switzerland and you have to visit this scenic attraction to enjoy the natural spectacle of this nature wonder.

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I was here in Rheinfall on August 2012.

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A visit to Rheinfall is a popular day trip destination from Zurich and you will not want to miss seeing the gorgeous sight of this nature wonder.

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Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 5)

Day 5 – Arriving in Lausanne from Bern

The average journey time between Lausanne and Bern is 1 hour 5 minutes. The train fare costs about €26 for 2nd class ticket and you can purchase your train tickets in advance from https://www.trainline.eu/. Lausanne is in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, and is the fourth largest city in Switzerland.

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Interior of 1st class cabin
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Interior of 2nd class cabin

I always try to book ‘forward facing’ seats for long train journey with the reason that I find that it is not particularly comfortable ending up in a train seat that faces backward.

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The train ride passes through some of the most beautiful mountains and gorgeous views of the Swiss countryside.

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The scenery is simply not to be missed and this is what I adore about taking a train ride in Europe, to admire the beautiful window-framed scenery!

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Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne

Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL) is one of the world’s best hospitality management school. From Lausanne railway station, I took a 20 minutes metro ride to Croisette and 10 minutes bus ride to EHL. I felt that my sense of direction has improved tremedously when I eached EHL to meet my polytechnic friend Shinn.

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This is my friend Shinn and I am so proud of her for being the first student in Temasek Polytechnic’s Hospitality and Tourism Management to gain admission into EHL, which is accepted industry-wide as the best hotel school in the world.

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The mountain and gorgeous views of the Swiss countryside make EHL one of the nation’s most desirable and condusive environment to go grad school.

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We went to the Old Town, one of the beautiful highlights in Lausanne boasting numerous attractions including historical building and cobble stone streets.

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Just strolling around the cobblestone streets and admiring the glory of that beautiful sunset are pleasant enough.

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Lausanne Cathedral

We also visited Lausanne Cathedral, the most beautiful Gothnic church in Switzerland.

The interior of Lausanne Cathedral is Gothic at its most elegant design with beautiful window paintings.

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Another place that you have to visit when you are in Lausanne is Lake Geneva. Lake Geneva is one of the largest lake in Western Europe and is shared between Switzerland and France.

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Somehow or rather, it feels different to catch up with your friend in overseas and know more about their life. It is also great to know that they are doing well in their own field.

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Shinn brought me to have our dinner at Cafe Romand to taste the authentic Swiss food. It was really a lovely and comfortable evening with Shinn and we had so much to talk about ranging from school, work, life, travel, future and etc. It didn’t feel like we have only met and talked to each other for the very first time. Thank you Shinn for hosting me in Lausanne!

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Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 3)

Day 3 – Arriving in Lucerne from Rheinfall

The journey time between Luzern (Lucerne) and Rheinfall is close to 2 hours. You can purchase your train tickets from https://www.trainline.eu/, which you can find all of the train tickets that you need for your travels in Europe.

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Lucerne is picturesque ancient town on Lake Lucerne, with many notable medieval landmarks to see like the Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument.

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Chapel Bridge

Chapel Bridge is one of the town’s most recognizable landmarks, and is Europe’s oldest surviving wooden covered bridge and the world’s oldest truss bridge.

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The covered wooden pedestrian bridge which crosses the Reuss River diagonally connects the Old Tower on the right bank with the New Town on the left.

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The 17th century paintings were added on the interior triangular frames of the bridge to illutrate scenes from Swiss history.

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Lion Monument

Another tourist attraction to visit is the Lion Monument. The dying Lion of Lucerne is one of the world’s most famous monuments and is carved out of natural rock in memory of the heroic deaths of the Swiss soldiers.

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Spend your lunch break at any of the al fresco restaurants in Lucerne and enjoy your lunch with a beautiful view of the lake.

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Lake Lucerne is the 4th largest lake in Switzerland and you have to take a boat trip to enjoy the stunning scenic views, especially of Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus.

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A boat trip is a great way to enjoy the beautiful region at a slow pace.

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Travel Guide to Switzerland (Day 1)

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Geography of Switzerland

Switzerland is surrounded by 5 countries: Germany to the north, Italy to the south, Austria and Liechtenstein to the east and France to the west. Due to the country’s unique geographical location, there are four official languages; German, Italian, Romansh and French. English is also widely spoken and understood in Switzerland.

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Switzerland has 8 major airports commonly used by tourists as shown on the map:

Switzerland is rated as one of the most expensive travel destination in Europe, however, it is possible to travel the country on a budget. It may be difficult to plan but it is definitely achievable. There are so much to see with so little time. You may ask how to plan your one week trip to Switzerland? To help you get started on planning for your trip to Switzerland, I’ve listed out the top places to visit in this most beautiful country in the world. Here is my recommended itinerary:

 

Day 1 – Arriving in Zurich

It was a work trip and my company provided us with accommodation in this 4-star rated hotel, Crowne Plaza Zurich.

Crowne Plaza Zurich

Address: Badenerstrasse 420, Zurich 8040, Switzerland

Tel: 800 186 1081 Email: info@cpzurich.ch

Website: http://crowne-plaza-zurich.hotels-zurich.org/en/

The city is divided into the Old Town and the New Town. Many houses that are historically and architecturally interesting with authentic feel still exist in the Old Town. Whereas the New Town has some very fine streets, mainly composed of suburbs and surrounding townships.

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Zurich Old Town. Photo Courtesy of Sygic Travel

In this historical district, you can enjoy the slower pace of life and dine in one of many exquisite restaurants. Switzerland is famously known for the finest quality of cheese and home to about 450 varieties of cheese.

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  • Lunch at Restaurant Swiss Chuchi

If you’ve never tried Swiss fondue, I’ll recommend Restaurant Swiss Chuchi, a popular spot with tourists and locals. Cheese addicts will love dipping the cubes of bread into this pot of bubbling, gooey Swiss cheese fondue.

Restaurant Swiss Chuchi

Address: Rosengasse 10, Zurich 8001, Switzerland

Tel: +41 44 266 96 96

Website: http://www.hotel-adler.ch/index.php/en/restaurant

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  • Swimming at Lake Zurich

Zurich offers plenty of splendid opportunities for a swim and the water is cleaner than in most European cities. Lake Zurich is one of the best places to take a refreshing dip and the lake itself is so beautiful that you just want to sit beside it and feed the swans.

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  • Dinner at Vapiano

I adore Italian food and I’ll recommend this restaurant called Vapiano, which is taking a unique spin on Italian dining. At Vapiano, you’re in charge and can choose which pasta you prefer and the chef will cook. The restaurant has an open concept kitchen and you can see your food being prepared right in front of you.

Address: Kalanderplatz 9, Zurich 8045, Switzerland

Tel: +41 44 201 15 25

Website: http://ch.vapiano.com/en/home/

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