Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Favorite restaurants in Paris
  2. 2 French Gov't Passes New Labor Law Despite...
  3. 3 European Travel in March
  4. 4 http://boosthightestosterones.com/nitrobuild-plus/
  5. 5 Trip Report Germany, May'16: Four seasons in three weeks.
  6. 6 Europe itinerary
  7. 7 Four favorite things to do in Paris during the Christmas holidays
  8. 8 Iceland in 4 days?
  9. 9 Tuscan Winery Suggestions
  10. 10 Southern Italy
  11. 11 Sept Help Needed Hotels & Timing: Budapest, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam
  12. 12 Day in Dublin with Private Guide
  13. 13 Favorite restaurants in Barcelona, Seville, Granada, San Sebastian
  14. 14 Favorite restaurants in Amsterdam
  15. 15 Madrid city centre?
  16. 16 Barcelona extension
  17. 17 Ireland driving itinerary
  18. 18 Slovania & Croatia
  19. 19 Trip Report Paris, the Bernese Oberland, and Bavaria with 2 kids
  20. 20 Barcelona Car rental return
  21. 21 Help needed for Netherlands itinerary please
  22. 22 Manchester on derby weekend
  23. 23 BIKE AND BARGE
  24. 24 Trip Report Trip Report with Kids: Germany/Austria/Benelux
  25. 25 Restaurants and sights in Puglia
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Trip to Switzerland and Austria, June 2011 - general observations

Jump to last reply

With a lot of help from the people here, our trip turned out great. I'll do more standard trip reports, but first some general observations.
1) Switzerland is expensive, much more than Austria. I was astounded at the cost of food, whether in restaurants or in grocery stores.
2) More smoking than I expected, although it didn't bother us particularly.
3) June was a good time to go. We were a little unlucky with the weather in Switzerland, we were told that it was about 10 degrees cooler than normal and wetter than normal. But we'd brought layers, and it wasn't constant rain, so we got to do most of what we had on our list. The weather was much improved when we got to Austria.
4) There's a lot of English out there. I brushed up on my German for the trip (I used LiveMocha online, I highly recommend it), and I did use it, but we would have been fine even if neither one of us spoke a word of German. I don't regret the study time, I really believe that it's appreciated when you do your best with the local language, and it's obnoxious to assume that everyone everywhere speaks English.
5) We loved Austria. We were in Salzburg and Vienna and adored both. Coffeehouses are my new favorite thing.
6) I'd asked a lot about transportation and we ended up renting a car in Switzerland and getting a half pass and that was perfect. The half pass was paid for just by Jungfraujoch, and applied to anything that moved. When we left Switzerland for Austria, we dropped the car near the Zurich train station and took a train to Salzburg - the half pass applied to the Switzerland part of the train ride as well. We didn't need a car in the cities and traveled from Salzburg to Vienna by train, and used the subway in Vienna.
7) I booked concert tickets at home, online, before the trip, and that worked well.
8) The Salzburg Pass is a steal, well worth the money - it lets you into almost everything free of charge.

That's all I can think of for now, I'll do some more specific posts about where we stayed and what we did - soon.

Alice

Advertisement