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GA Travel Club

I haven't really made good use of my GA so far and wondered if other GA holders were thinking the same thing.

I thought maybe of having a GA travel club where we can do a short trips around Switzerland to do a bit of sight-seeing and photography.

Anyone interested? We can come up with some target destinations ahead of time and then fix a location and then can do some research together on what to see and do.

e.g. one destination might be Lichtenstein. lord knows what there is to see and do there (maybe nothing) but hey, why not, and when else are you ever going to go there?
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Old 05.07.2011, 18:49
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Great idea. I used to have a GA, but not anymore.

It's a great pass to discover unknown regions of Switzerland, parts that you don't usually go or are quite expensive, e.g. Unterengadin without Halbtax is sort of not cheap.

I travelled all over Switzerland when I had my GA.
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e.g. one destination might be Lichtenstein. lord knows what there is to see and do there (maybe nothing) but hey, why not, and when else are you ever going to go there?
There is nothing there but a post office, a load of banks and a few resturants. We visit friends there every now and then. Our first time there travelling by car we missed it and ended up in Austria

I've heard that the outlet center "Alpenrhein" at Landquart is well worth the trip though.
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Old 05.07.2011, 18:54
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Alpenrhein is ok, not that many shops. There is one outlet near the German border that is really fantastic, forgot the name though. Also www.fashionfish.ch is nice. Or Fox Town in Ticino.

In Liechtenstein there is a really noteworthy art museum.
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Re: GA Travel Club

i've been to rigi for hiking. also leukerbad, that was nice, but got there by car last time.

i guess major cities would probably be worth a visit: luzern, geneva, lausanne, montreux, neuchatal.

i mean, it would be nice to see a new destination, but also good to head out somewhere, meet new people and have a few beers

EDIT: could also due multi-stops during a day e.g. to FL but making a stop or two along the way.
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Alpenrhein is ok, not that many shops. There is one outlet near the German border that is really fantastic, forgot the name though. Also www.fashionfish.ch is nice. Or Fox Town in Ticino.

In Liechtenstein there is a really noteworthy art museum.
I've heard that Alpenrhein is bigger than Fox Town in Ticino. Is is in fact smaller? A colleague went there last weekend (it's open on Sunday too :-)) and was raving about it.
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Old 05.07.2011, 19:01
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I haven't really made good use of my GA so far and wondered if other GA holders were thinking the same thing.

I thought maybe of having a GA travel club where we can do a short trips around Switzerland to do a bit of sight-seeing and photography.

Anyone interested? We can come up with some target destinations ahead of time and then fix a location and then can do some research together on what to see and do.

e.g. one destination might be Lichtenstein. lord knows what there is to see and do there (maybe nothing) but hey, why not, and when else are you ever going to go there?
good idea. count me in

(I hope this isn't scaring off any other would-be participants)
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Old 05.07.2011, 19:03
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The problem with Alpenrhein is that not many shops have opened yet. Many are closed with wooden tiles (that was two weeks ago). But with a GA I guess it does not matter. You just go and see what's there. I think they are still in the opening process for all the shops.

Yes, the Sunday timing is fantastic
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Old 05.07.2011, 19:05
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One trip I really loved was the Golden Pass Route from Montreux to Lucerne over Gstaad.

http://www.goldenpass.ch/default.asp?Language=EN

But you really have to make sure that you get the panoramic compartments, they are bound to certain times only.
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i've been to rigi for hiking. also leukerbad, that was nice, but got there by car last time.

i guess major cities would probably be worth a visit: luzern, geneva, lausanne, montreux, neuchatal.

i mean, it would be nice to see a new destination, but also good to head out somewhere, meet new people and have a few beers

EDIT: could also due multi-stops during a day e.g. to FL but making a stop or two along the way.
Checkout what's on over the summer. We found a festival of world foods in neuchatal by accident that had amazing street stalls. There's a train route between Luzern - Montreux that's very beautiful and no supplement with a GA. You can also ride on the Glacier Express from St-Moritz/Davos to Andermat or all the way to Zermatt with a small supplement/reservation fee.

Geneva is lovely in summer too where they trusted us with boats without a licence - no way that would happen in these parts.

I had a partner GA during my first year here when I wasn't working and I made a lot of use out of it. One day we even managed to spend 11 hours on the train (Davor to Andermatt and back again..) Our son loved it.
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I'm extremely happy with the value I get for my GA - in my estimation my travel would cost the following without GA...:

No Halfprice card: 1st class 29'300, 2nd class 18'500
Halfprice card: 1st class 14'150, 2nd class 9'250

That's based on my commute 3 x weekly, 45 weeks per annum.

Oh and I pass some of the best photo opportunities in the country including at least half-a-dozen very beautiful or interesting churches.

Greetings from the ICN, btw
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Re: GA Travel Club

I would like to join for some short trip. Haven't used my GA a lot, although its come handy a lot of times. Maybe for starters an event can be created and we can see how many people are willing to come.

One weekend when I was bored I went to alpenrhein village outlet. I had no idea of what it would be like. It was around February and they had some really good valentine discounts. Did more shopping than I thought I would.
If you are thinking of going check out this special offer page and maybe you will be tempted to go http://www.alpenrheinvillage.ch/de-c...langebote.aspx
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Re: GA Travel Club

A mate of mine (who has unfortunately left town) and I used to have regular GA trips. The idea was that we wouldn't prepare or plan anything but catch a random train and the get off at some random place on a whim, maybe because the name sounded nice, and then catch some other random train or bus or whatever and keep doing that until lunchtime by which time we'd probably be out in the sticks and then go into some small village restaurant and have a good meal and then proceed with the same thing until we felt it was time to go home. Only then would we check the map and sometimes we were surprised to see where we'd been.

If you're looking for unexpected photo opportunities there were plenty all round.
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i've been to rigi for hiking. also leukerbad, that was nice, but got there by car last time.

i guess major cities would probably be worth a visit: luzern, geneva, lausanne, montreux, neuchatal.

i mean, it would be nice to see a new destination, but also good to head out somewhere, meet new people and have a few beers

EDIT: could also due multi-stops during a day e.g. to FL but making a stop or two along the way.
I'll organize a site-seeing tour around Lausanne for you if you stop here.
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A mate of mine (who has unfortunately left town) and I used to have regular GA trips. The idea was that we wouldn't prepare or plan anything but catch a random train and the get off at some random place on a whim, maybe because the name sounded nice, and then catch some other random train or bus or whatever and keep doing that until lunchtime by which time we'd probably be out in the sticks and then go into some small village restaurant and have a good meal and then proceed with the same thing until we felt it was time to go home. Only then would we check the map and sometimes we were surprised to see where we'd been.

If you're looking for unexpected photo opportunities there were plenty all round.
We do that! We call them GAy Days, and have ended up in some wonderful places!

Places I'd heartily recommend are:
  • Fribourg;
  • Lausanne - in particular, the museum of Art Brut;
  • Lugano - mainly for the journey, but the risotto is quite nice, too;
  • Arosa - just for the journey;
  • Interlaken - Luzern on the GoldenPass Express.
  • The zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen (just be careful which boat you catch).
There are plenty more - some of which I think we'll keep to ourselves - but the fun isn't in planning to go there. The fun is in doing just what Amogles suggests above.

Go on! Have a GAy Day! You won't regret it!*

(*although you might want to check the time of the last train home before you make your way out of that quaint country station to go for a glass of cider in the village down the road...)
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