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Tips to survive in Bern on next winter

Hi,

im planning to visit Bern and Interlaken on next winter (january) with my family. But Im afraid of some possible problems that can be happen because the season chose to travel. How I visit Paris firstly, Im planning to go to
Bern and Interlaken by train and come back to Paris to go ahead . If someone could help me clarifying some doubts, surely it can be very valuable to planning my vacation.

So does it usual to have long delays or trains closed because the weather in this region of Switzerland ? Probably, what kind of weather and temperature range it will be there (snowing, rainy, sunny days) ? Where should be better to buy coats: Paris or Bern ?

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Re: Tips to survive in Bern on next winter

Swiss train (SBB) from Bern to Basel. French Train (TGV) from Basel to Paris. It is pretty rare for weather to shut down the train, but it is common for strikes in France to shut it down.

As for coats, you will need one in Bern, but you'll find better selections in Paris. Are you male or female? Best shopping in France, in terms of selection and price, is probably the shopping center at Val d'Europe, about 45 mins from Paris. In Switzerland, you could just go to a department store. CA at the bargain end. Globus if you have cash to burn.
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Re: Tips to survive in Bern on next winter

I live in Bern but when I first came here we caught the TGV from Paris. I think it takes about 6-8 hours. If you book well in advance and use the right internet site you can save alot of money. Sorry I don't know which site I used it was 5 years ago. Just surf around.

The weather is generally not a problem here with the trains, just the strikes in France as Phos said. Yes u will need a coat - its very cold in January.
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Re: Tips to survive in Bern on next winter

Dear Phos and Raaaabert,

thanks for your advises. Ive been watching strikes movements in France....but I hope and pray that it can be less strong on next year. Ive already stayed in Bern on my honeymoon and I loved it ! Im a man and planned to return with my wife 10 years after to show Bern and other nices scenes to my daughter. If I faced a strike in French trains, whatd the other way to come back to Paris ?

Phos: how Id like to stay in Switzerland warmly and not spend so much money buying heavy coats, probably Ill drop by shopping center at Val d'Europe. But, what the best way to go there ? Is it a outlet area ?

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Re: Tips to survive in Bern on next winter

Yes, it is an outlet mall by Disneyland Paris. Hundreds of brands. I'm on iPhone at the moment, but will post a URL when I get back to my desk.

Strikes normally means delays, but not total stoppage. You can also fly from Zurich or Basel.
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Re: Tips to survive in Bern on next winter

Dear Phos,

thank you ! Ive already find the URL surfing in web. And knowing alternative routes to return to Paris let me more relax to go ahead to visit Bern ! Its because I have flight tickets bought in advance from Paris, so I must come back there.

Does it common snow in Bern or Interlaken at January ?

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Old 15.11.2010, 18:07
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Re: Tips to survive in Bern on next winter

There are a number of shopping centers in Val d'Europe. The outlet mall is called La Valle Village Outlet Mall:
http://www.chicoutletshopping.com/en...vallee-village

You can save a lot of money on your train fare if you book far in advance for certain train schedules. (Note the trip duration for the trains you book. Some are nonstop, while others may make too many stops.)
http://www.sncf.com/

I believe Easyjet flies from Basel-Paris, and Swiss Airlines fly from Zurich-Paris.
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Dear Phos,

thank you ! Ive already find the URL surfing in web. And knowing alternative routes to return to Paris let me more relax to go ahead to visit Bern ! Its because I have flight tickets bought in advance from Paris, so I must come back there.

Does it common snow in Bern or Interlaken at January ?

gqueiroz2009

I would say, it normally snows, but weather conditions have changed in the last couple of years. In any event, it will be cold. So I suggest layering shirts, sweaters, etc.

If you have the time, I recommend driving along country roads with a GPS, weather permitting. It's the best way to see the country, in my opinion.

Do you already have a place to stay in Paris? I know of some great apartments that are available on a weekly basis.
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Re: Tips to survive in Bern on next winter

Phos,

I see. Climate are change very quicky all over the world ! I believe that driving around is the best way to see the country too, but for this schedule is impossible (only two days in each city). So I bet to use public transport as like as bus, train and bus.
Ive just made a reservation in a hotel in Paris...but if you have great tips to suggest, please send me too because Id like to save some money. I made a reservation for Bern and Interlaken too, but Im free to change all of them if I will make up my mind.
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Old 15.11.2010, 18:56
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Re: Tips to survive in Bern on next winter

You can look at excursions using the Swiss Railway website. Unfortunately the ships are not running from 2 Jan 2011 until 22 April

www.sbb.ch

http://www.bls.ch/e/schifffahrt/fahrplan.php
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Re: Tips to survive in Bern on next winter

Dear Ittigen,

Unfortunately I will be visit there in this period. Thank you !
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Phos,

I see. Climate are change very quicky all over the world ! I believe that driving around is the best way to see the country too, but for this schedule is impossible (only two days in each city). So I bet to use public transport as like as bus, train and bus.
Ive just made a reservation in a hotel in Paris...but if you have great tips to suggest, please send me too because Id like to save some money. I made a reservation for Bern and Interlaken too, but Im free to change all of them if I will make up my mind.
Regards,
gqueiroz2009
Parisienne apartments are only worthwhile if you were staying longer than 4 days. Otherwise, a hotel is better for shorter stays.
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