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Re: Good deals / free in Switzerland <days out>

Swiss National Day

Swiss National day will be on August 1, and like every year, there will be celebrations and fireworks all over Switzerland. For an overvew, go to www.myswitzerland.com. I have been told that the fireworks at the Rhinefalls are spectacular, but do plan enough time for getting home.

By the way, this website is the official Swiss tourist office website, and it is always a good place to start searching for events, excursions, etc.

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Swiss National Day

Swiss National day will be on August 1, and like every year, there will be celebrations and fireworks all over Switzerland. For an overvew, go to www.myswitzerland.com. I have been told that the fireworks at the Rhinefalls are spectacular, but do plan enough time for getting home.

By the way, this website is the official Swiss tourist office website, and it is always a good place to start searching for events, excursions, etc.

Enjoy
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Hi Idgie

Thanks for this info, just checked out the website and can't see any info re firework displays in Zurich on the 1st August, up until now I assumed there would be something going on in Zurich and fireworks at night - am I wrong?

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Old 29.07.2007, 17:07
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Re: Good deals / free in Switzerland <days out>

Hi, Nicky
In the years that I have been living here, I have never seen organized fireworks in Zurich on August 1, and I have never heard anyone or read anything mentioning them. So, I am under the assumption there is nothing going on in Zurich as far as fireworks are concerned (there will be a parade on Bahnhofstrasse and speeches, though), but maybe someone else knows more than I do about that.
There will be private fireworks along the lake, though.
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Old 29.07.2007, 17:21
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Hi, Nicky
In the years that I have been living here, I have never seen organized fireworks in Zurich on August 1, and I have never heard anyone or read anything mentioning them. So, I am under the assumption there is nothing going on in Zurich as far as fireworks are concerned (there will be a parade on Bahnhofstrasse and speeches, though), but maybe someone else knows more than I do about that.
There will be private fireworks along the lake, though.
Idgie
Thanks for getting back to me Idgie, thats strange I had been told a few times that they had major celebrations here in Zurich on the 1st, we weren't here last year so wasn't sure. Infact i seem to remember being told that last years Aug 1st fireworks had to be cancelled due to the extremely dry weather at the time - must have been someone winding me up!!
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Old 29.07.2007, 17:31
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Hi, Nicky
Well, maybe someone else knows more about that than I do... Would be nice to have fireworks. In any event: Have a good one
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Re: Good deals / free in Switzerland <days out>

This is such a great thread, thanks so much Idgie!

Another free thing to do in Zurich is rent bikes. I'm sure many of you know this or already have bikes, but for those that don't, you can rent bikes for the day for free at various spots in and around Zurich. You provide them with a CHF20 deposit and an id (we had to use our US passports since we don't have Swiss licenses) and the bike is your for the day. My husband and I tried it out a few weeks ago and it was extremely simple and made for a fun day! For more info, check out:

http://www.zuerich.com/en.cfm/zurich...es-114045.html

In case you can't open this link, here's basically what it says:

=Free Bike Hire= From May to October, in Zürich, you can hire any of 300 robust City Bikes completely free of charge between 7.30 am and 9.30 pm, seven days a week. Bikes can be picked up at the following locations against presentation of a valid form of ID and a deposit of CHF 20: Globus City, Oerlikon-Swissôtel, Opernhaus, Bahnhof Enge (from July 2007). Bikes are available all year round from the Velogate at the main station.

ATTENTION: No reservation! Address:
Züri rollt
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Tel. +41 43 288 34 45
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Re: Good deals / free in Switzerland <days out>

There is also an animal park outside of Zug (Nature and Animal park Goldau). The guided tours cost a bit but other if you don't do that I think it's only about CHF 5 for parking.

http://www.zug-tourismus.ch/en/navpa...ZT-113662.html
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Re: Good deals / free in Switzerland <days out>

For those living (or visiting) Vaud, http://www.signaldebougy.ch/index.html is a great day out for families and totally free, with regular activities, magic show, etc. If you have young children the Park Adventure is great value for money starting at only 10 Sfr for unlimited access. (http://www.parc-aventure.ch/)
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Old 11.10.2007, 08:23
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Re: Good deals / free in Switzerland <days out>

Cheap classical concerts for people under 25

The Tonhalle, Zurich's main concert hall for classical concerts, has launched a new offer. People who are up to 25 years old can buy a ticket for CHF 20, and they will get the best category available at the time. You can get the tickets beginning on the Monday of the week before the concert you want to see. Bring your ID/student card, etc. both to buy the ticket and to the concert.

That's all the info I saw on the flyer, for more details, if any, please turn to the Tonhalle.

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Re: Good deals / free in Switzerland <days out>

Chemgodess, if you are talking about the deerpark in Goldau it costs 16 chf to get in (you do get a dinky little box of food for the deer though) children under 6 get in free - sneakily our little girl is always 5 on trains, buses and places like this. She got a milky way though
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Old 12.10.2007, 22:03
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Re: Good deals / free in Switzerland <days out>

A bit late for this, but all the beaches in the town of Zug are free. All other beach areas on Zugersee charge a fee.

The Museum Burg in Zug is free on Sundays.
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Re: Good deals / free in Switzerland <days out>

The Geneva Museum of Ethnography (Musée d'ethnographie) offers free admission at its Carl-Vogt location. (The Conches locaton charges adults CHF 5 and offers CHF 3 and free admission to certain groups.)

There's a very good temporary exhibit of the photography by a Genevese globetrotter named Alfred Bertrand. The exhibit was supposed to end this month, but was extended to Dec 9th. http://www.ville-ge.ch/meg/expo05_uk.php


The Museum of the History of the Sciences (Musée d'histoire des sciences) is also good, I heard, and it sits right on the shore of Lake Geneva. Admission is also free. http://www.ville-ge.ch/culture/mhs/pratique.html
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Re: Good deals / free in Switzerland <days out>

The stone age museum is free on Sundays too. Hofstrasse Zug
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Re: Good deals / free in Switzerland <days out>

Hi Hergiswil glass has a really good tour for free and in many different languages. The tour involves the history of glass in Hergiswil and then you can watch the glass blowers at work. At christmas you can have a go at blowing a glass decoration for about 12chf. They also have a glass museum which is excellent. It has lots of instruments made out of glass which you can try. there is also a huge marble run (bags of marbles I think for 5 chf), a nice cafe on the lake side and of course a factory shop where they sell their goods at a really good price.
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Re: Good deals / free in Switzerland <days out>

Zurich

I have just seen that Zurich's official website has a whole page of good deals where they list all types of things from accommodation and restaurants to sights, events, museums and drinks (that would be the water fountains - sorrys, pals).

Here is the link:
http://www.zuerich.com/en.cfm/zurich/inexpensive/

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I went to The Natural History Museum in Lusanne. Its quite reasonably priced but not that big. The photography was great as were the stuffed local wildlife (swiss goats, hawks and various other mountain type dwellers).

The main exhibition they had on when i went was all the bugs/insects & creepy crawlies........the top floor was the best........not for the squeemish!!!!

Worth a visit for sure.


(Just dont go to the chinese place round the corner for lunch.....that was crap and very expensive!)
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Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

I am on a limited budget right now, yet would like to go out and see and do things.

Do you have any suggestions for cheap and or free things do around Swtizerland.
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Window shopping


(best done on Sundays)
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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

The thing I love most about Switzerland is hiking the mountains - and it's (almost ) free...

As for getting to the mountains, consider a GA travel pass. Although rather costly upfront, is perhaps the best bargain in Switzerland - it allows you a year of almost unlimited travel throughout the country on trains, buses, boats, trams, and discounts on most private mountain railways and cable cars.

So, with GA in hand we would set out for wherever our fancy took us, and spend the day hiking the glorious mountains. A great day out, all for the price of Pommes and coffee at a local Gasthaus.

10 years on, I am still filled with wonder and exhilaration at the beauty of this country.

Quite a bargain.
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The thing I love most about Switzerland is hiking the mountains - and it's (almost ) free...

10 years on, I am still filled with wonder and exhilaration at the beauty of this country.
Lausanne is almost perfectly suited for hiking of all levels.

Near Lausanne are the wonderful Lavaux vineyards, where you can hike (or bike) for as long or short a distance as you please. For hiking it is pretty flat on good paths; sneakers and some food/drink are all you need on a fine day.

To the north-west you have the arc of the Jura, stretching almost all the way from Zürich to Geneva, with the Jura High Route on its crest; several of the stages of that multi-day trek are easily reachable from Lausanne.

And, to the east, are the Alps; the Vaud Alps quite near, and the spectacular Valais Alps slightly further away. While both areas have mountaineering routes they also have an immense number of hiking trails. I come to Switzerland every summer to hike in the Valais Alps, so I am obviously biased!!

A good online guide is Some information on walking in Switzerland by Partha Dutta, written while he was a Ph. D. student at EPFL (in Lausanne ).

The AG is only one of many options for reducing the cost of travel, see the excellent post Swiss railways for many alternatives.

Enjoy your stay in Switzerland!!
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