Driving in Switzerland

Jul 29th, 2002, 04:35 PM
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"What is the best way to get around in Switzerland?" depends totally upon what you wish to do and where you wish to go.

For our first trip to Switzerland we strictly used public transportation. Now that we are more familiar with Switzerland and have definite likes and dislikes, we may rent a car, like Bob, for at least a portion of our next trip.

I did find that I could not see all the places I wanted to by public transportation and we were somewhat restricted. While I totally enjoy riding the trains and, forgive me, find them almost a Disneyland type experience, I did get confused a time or two reading the schedule (weekend and holiday schedules). You have to make sure you read the schedule oh so carefully to know when you can get back. For example, we spent an afternoon in Morcote instead of 1 hour because I was reading the weekend bus schedule on a Thursday.

Also, the buses we rode were not airconditioned which is fine except the windows don't open. Just a little vent in the roof.
Jul 29th, 2002, 05:04 PM
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Gee, Rhonda if you can't read a train schedule how do you read a map? What place did you want to see that you couldn't get to by public tranportation, I am really curious. And are you saying that Swiss Post Buses don't have windows that open???
Jul 29th, 2002, 05:21 PM
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This debate just goes on and on and on . . . . I'm one of the driving type, even though the car is a royal pain once in a while, especially in a big city, and I sure didn't need it at Muerren. But the car parks are very easy to deal with, and easy enough to find, and we find part of our European Adventure is negotiating the cities.

But we readily accept all of that inconvenience, and arguably more cost, for the convenience of a travelling suit case, and the odd fork in the road time. And we wouldn't trade anything for that. On our latest trip, a decision at a fork in the road took us over JaunPass, on a very narrow little travelled road that in some ways rivaled Amalfi coast, except no retaining wall and no buses (too steep). Up the side of a mountain, with so many swithbacks, I was looking out the side window to see where we where going. It was exhilarating and the views out to the valley we left behind, and the Alps beyond, are unforgettable.
At the top, we stopped at a little village that is not used to seeing foreigners, and bought some incredibly good pastries at a bakery, and talked to some locals. Talk about getting close to the local scene. We loved it.
Some may recoil from that description and experience, but we all have different expectations, so if you're reading this to decide what to do, you must decide what you want from the trip, not what all of us think is best. Happy Trails! no matter how you travel.
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