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Does the country shut down on Swiss Day?

With Swiss day fast approaching, and visitors soon to fly over to enjoy the fireworks on friday night, i'm now beginning to wonder whether or not to show my visitors around Basel on Saturday. Will everything be closed because its a national bank holiday? Or will it just be the likes of clothes shops etc that close for business?
If most things are closed, I presume trains will be running and I could show them a mountain! Or would we get down there to find the restaurants and shops closed and find ourselves alone on the mountain?
Can anyone educate me?
Thanks a million! :-)
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Old 28.07.2009, 19:33
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Re: Does the country shut down on Swiss Day?

Hi,

I would expect it will be like a Sunday in Basel with all the shops closed apart from the ones at the station. I would expect you will find restaurants and bars open. There should be events going in Basel but I would not expect the shops to be open as it is a public holiday.

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Re: Does the country shut down on Swiss Day?

I suggest taking them to one of your nearby Great Swiss Brunches:

Farm brunch on August 1, Saturday (all cantons)

Yes, the trains will run.

Or walk around some mountain armed with a picnic lunch.
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I would expect you will find restaurants and bars open.
In Zurich only some restaurants are open, so if the OP has a favourite restaurant it'd be best to pop in and ask or call them to find out if it'll be open.
Last year I went to Germany (Titesee) on August 1st where there's obviously not a Bank Holiday.
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Or walk around some mountain armed with a picnic lunch.
Not necessary even to bring picnic lunch. We had a nice lunch today in the Bergrestaurant Albishorn, which offered a nice variety of meals even long after usual lunch hours.
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