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Old 16.02.2008, 16:43
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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

Bluefish most communities have a couple of day passes for the whole of Switzerland which they rent out to people for about chf 35.00.You can reserve them in advance.
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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

I second the post about hiking. Another option is bike touring, which is cheap and will show you much of Switzerland you wouldn't see otherwise.

SBB offers ticket specials under a section called Click&Rail on their website.
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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

There are a wide range of museums and attractions that are free of very cheap. This is one of the things that I particularly like about Switzerland, its heritage is very accessible and inexpensive to visit. For example in the Lausanne area:

http://www.lausanne.ch/view.asp?domId=63601&Language=E

If you haven't visited the Chateau de Chillon near Montreux or Gruyere Castle, town & HR Giger Museum these are all reasonably priced and well worth a visit

http://www.chillon.ch/en/index.html
http://www.la-gruyere.ch/en/navpage....ory=GruyeresFR
http://www.hrgigermuseum.com/index2.php?option=home
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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

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Bluefish most communities have a couple of day passes for the whole of Switzerland which they rent out to people for about chf 35.00.You can reserve them in advance.
Unfortunately, I believe that Lausanne does not participate in this scheme.

One nice, free thing to do within Lausanne is to go up the tower! The Tour de Sauvabelin is in the Bois de Sauvebillin, which is the park to the north of the cathedral, this map has has the main parking lot and bus stop marked (#16 from St. Francois). Just follow signs saying "Tour" once inside the park. There is no entrance fee, but there is a complicated turnstile system: press the button next to it and then one person can enter, then do the same for the next person (or just wait and watch someone else do it if you are confused, like most people are the first time). It closes at dusk. It is a beautiful wooden structure. After climbing up 100 stairs or so, you get a beautiful panorama of the city, lake, Alps, and Jura.
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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

Smoking is really cheap in Switerland. 200 B&H only 60 CHF in the Denner near me.
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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.
Hi Bluefish.

This thread might be of interest to you.

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

The link is to video of water fountain light show set to Queen's 'I Want It All'. This was filmed in Arosa last summer. It looks more spectactular than some firework displays as it is well choreographed.

I don't know when this is next planned for, or if it free. The video is free though. Certainly looks worth visiting if you are in Arosa in the summer.

http://www.myswitzerland.com/video/index.cfm?id=1003

Other videos here may give ideas for days out.
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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

Are you academically inclined and live near a University?
There are often lectures on a variety of topics, which are free and open to the public.
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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

There's an old thread around about Day Trips in the Lausanne/Lac Leman region. Which reminds me, I really ought to add more stuff to that thread.

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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

Tubing on Mt Titlis is fun and free. It involves careening down a twisty path on an inner car tyre tube thingamajic.

(Getting up there costs about CHF39, but that's another story.)
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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

Free ? and Cheap ? in Switzerland ???

I am sorry , but I think you are in the wrong country ....
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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

Actually, there are several museums that are free on the first Sunday of the month and some are free for the last hour of the day. You have to check your area out. It's not always advertised.
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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

I've merged this into an excellent oldie from Idgie. Hope that gives more ideas too...
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Bluefish most communities have a couple of day passes for the whole of Switzerland which they rent out to people for about chf 35.00.You can reserve them in advance.
I just wondered, how does this scheme exactly work?

How, where and who to contact?

Because this sounds really like a deal, compared to what I am planning to buy once I am in Basel in less than a month (pack of 6 day passes + 1 yr 1/2fare).

Many thanks.

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Old 05.04.2008, 17:22
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I just wondered, how does this scheme exactly work? How, where and who to contact?

Because this sounds really like a deal, compared to what I am planning to buy once I am in Basel in less than a month (pack of 6 day passes + 1 yr 1/2fare).

Many thanks. Samie
If you live in one of these communes, you can pick up a day-card:
http://www.tageskarte-gemeinde.ch/
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If you live in one of these communes, you can pick up a day-card:
http://www.tageskarte-gemeinde.ch/
If you do not see your commune on the list, then ask at the town hall. The listed communes are those using a particular portal.
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Re: Wanted Cheap and Free Things to do in Switzerland

As a visitor, I use a Swiss Pass. This includes all my travel on trains and post buses. It also gives me half price travel on most cable cars and mountain railways. Additionally, it allows free admission to museums. Is this facility not available to residents?
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Re: [Days out] Good deals / free in Switzerland

Grrr, this scheme is not available for Baselstadt
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Grrr, this scheme is not available for Baselstadt
Usually, the smaller communes have these day-cards.
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Re: [Days out] Good deals / free in Switzerland

One of the best value days out that I experienced in Switzerland is the Technorama Swiss Science Centre in Winterthur http://www.technorama.ch/index.php?id=2&L=1

The admission is CHF24 for adults or CHF13 for children. It would be quite easy to spend a whole day there without getting bored unless you have very young children. You don't need to be a "techie" or keen scientist to enjoy it. There are many interactive activities and games such as optical illusions, a gyroscopic rodeo rider, light shows, etc. The wooden machines are quite fascinating works of engineering.

There are several demonstrations throughout the day. Some of these have printed text of the talks available in a variety of languages, but even without these they are still worth looking at.

There are special exhibitions at different times of the year. The current one has various art works created using light as a theme. Some of these are interactive.
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