Are ATM machines common in Switzerland?

Are ATM machines common in Switzerland?

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cecily113
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Jun 5, 2017 - 9:39 AM

Dear sir

I don't want bring to much cash, is this easy to find ATM in Switzerland? Does it available in all Swiss train station? Thank you.

Lucas
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Jun 5, 2017 - 2:58 PM in reply to cecily113

Hi cecily113,

Yes, ATM machines are very common in Switzerland and available in almost all train stations as well as town centres, banks etc.

Lucas

cecily113
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Jun 5, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Dear Lucas

Thank you for your reply. Is this also easily find in Jungfraujoch region such as Grindelwald, Wengen and Murren...

Lucas
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Jun 5, 2017 - 4:55 PM in reply to cecily113

Yes, you should have no problem finding an ATM in any village - the smaller the village the fewer there will be of course.

Slowpoke
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Jun 5, 2017 - 10:36 PM in reply to cecily113

Hi Cecily -

<<"Thank you for your reply. Is this also easily find in Jungfraujoch region such as Grindelwald, Wengen and Murren...">>

Those towns have a lot of tourists, so ATM's are common.

If you go hiking in remote valleys or way out in the countryside, in areas that tourists do not often visit, you'll probably not find an ATM. But, in those parts of the country, there is usually a modest sized town that serves as the commercial center of the region, with a bank and an ATM.

Also, there are many tiny train stations in those remote regions. They are not manned, and may be "Halt on Demand" stations, that the trains pass by unless they get a signal to stop; and they will usually not have ATM's.

You are unlikely to encounter that situation during normal tourist travels.

Slowpoke

cecily113
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Jun 6, 2017 - 6:56 AM

That's great!! Thanks for all your information!!

Alpenrose666
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Jun 6, 2017 - 7:28 AM in reply to cecily113

>> Is this also easily find in Jungfraujoch region such as Grindelwald, Wengen and Murren...

The Post Office in Wengen has an ATM. The Post Office is in a sort of arcade off the main street (Dorfstrasse), quite close to the railway station and just before you get to the "Pasta & More" restaurant if walking from the station. Look for the yellow and white sign for "Die Post".

The ATM machine is called a "Bankomat" or "Geldautomat" in German.

Alpenrose

Last modified on Jun 6, 2017 - 7:34 AM by Alpenrose666
cecily113
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Jun 6, 2017 - 7:39 AM in reply to Alpenrose666

Thanks Alpenrose, I will be staying in Wengen. Is your profile photo taken in Wengen? It looks so beautiful.

Slowpoke
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Jun 6, 2017 - 7:53 AM in reply to cecily113

Hi Cecily-

I forgot about the Post.

It is common to have ATMs at Post offices. Although they are there to support those who have a credit card or debit card from the Post, they usually handle other kinds of cards.

Slowpoke

Slowpoke
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Jun 6, 2017 - 7:55 AM in reply to cecily113

Hi Cecily -

Here is a little light reading about Wengen:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim

Slowpoke

Alpenrose666
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Jun 6, 2017 - 9:09 AM in reply to cecily113

>> Is your profile photo taken in Wengen? It looks so beautiful.

Yes, that's Wengen! It was Christmas Day a few years ago, with a beautiful clear blue sunny sky and a lot of snow. I was there last Christmas as well, hoping for a "White Christmas", but there wasn't a single solitary snowflake in the village :-(

However, Wengen is superb at any time, especially the view from Wengen into the Lauterbrunnen Valley. There is a lookout where you can go for the best view. I described how to get there in my post of Apr 11, 2016 - 11:08 AM on the following page:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/lauterbrunne nmurrengrindewaldwenge ngrutschalp

Sometimes, if you go there to watch the sunset, you can be lucky enough to see the Alpenglow, when the snow-capped mountains turn a beautiful shade of pink, then red. Unfortunately you can't predict when that will happen :(

Alpenrose

Last modified on Jun 6, 2017 - 9:16 AM by Alpenrose666
Drexelius
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Jun 6, 2017 - 8:34 PM in reply to cecily113

You can also charge almost everywhere these days using the traditional Visa/Mastercards and the exchange rates are favorable using them. We find that we don't need much cash these days when traveling in Europe, except the occasional small B&B that will only accept cash.

Slowpoke
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Jun 6, 2017 - 10:04 PM in reply to Drexelius

Hi Drexelius-

There are still some places in Switzerland, even in tourist areas, that only take cash. Thus I always check their websites when I book, to make sure that they will accept a credit card. Not frequent, but still happens that some won't. Even some restaurants.

Slowpoke

Lucas
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Jun 7, 2017 - 6:47 AM in reply to Slowpoke

I'm used to having some CHF on me when traveling around Switzerland....but oddly enough I was in Munich a couple weeks ago and none of the vendors in the train station took credit or debit which surprised me! Germany is usually pretty good with that I have found.

The ones that took a card had a 10 euro minimum and all I wanted was water and a pretzel! Lesson learned to always hide a small bill in my wallet for these things (I was heading back to Zurich so I thought it smart to use up all my cash at the beer hall the night before!) haha

Last modified on Jun 7, 2017 - 6:52 AM by Lucas
Debra
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Jun 7, 2017 - 4:04 PM

Do the grocery stores such as coop take credit cards?

Lucas
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Jun 7, 2017 - 8:08 PM in reply to Debra

Yes, no problem there - it is really only the smaller, private/local stores that may not take credit cards.

cecily113
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Jun 8, 2017 - 7:15 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Dear Slowpoke

Thank you for the link, the report is very very detailed and useful. I spend 2 nights reading it:)

cecily113
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Jun 8, 2017 - 7:25 AM in reply to Alpenrose666

Dear Alpenrose

Thanks for your recommendation, I shall stay in Hotel Belleuve, the location looks close to the sunset viewing place. Is this right?

cecily113
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Jun 8, 2017 - 7:26 AM

Thanks everyone for your advices!!! Hope everything runs smooth.

Alpenrose666
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Jun 8, 2017 - 7:44 AM in reply to cecily113

>> I shall stay in Hotel Belleuve, the location looks close to the sunset viewing place. Is this right?

Yes it is! You walk past that church to get to the Hotel Bellevue. If you have one of the rooms facing the Lauterbrunnen Valley and the Jungfrau, you can also see the same view from your room.

In one of your posts you mentioned you would be in Switzerland in August. When the weather is nice, the Hotel Bellevue serves dinner on the balcony overlooking the Lauterbrunnen Valley, from where you can see the Alpenglow if it happens too!

In my post of Feb 14, 2017 - 3:22 AM on the page below, I posted some photos I took from the Hotel Bellevue, including the Alpenglow, and there is also a photo of the church at the lookout I mentioned.

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/accommodatio ns

Alpenrose

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