Apr 9, 2012 - 4:54 AM
We, a couple and 2 kids aged 13 and 10 are just back from a memorable trip in switzerland. I'm posting this to make others feel how friendly is this place for tourists from all over the world. We've travelled to many places around the world, (including paris in our latest trip ) ..but had never felt so safe and secured in any other place like this.
1. Just buy the swiss pass 1st class preferably...it's worth it and get the facilities for what you pay ! (buy family card if travelling with children- they 'll travel for free even in all the mountain trips - in trains, gondolas, cables cars what ever it may be ...no need to pay even a penny for them...only adults need to pay the amount after discount with swiss pass ) ...get on the train as per the time table - the connecting train will already be there in the platform, waiting for you..this is really great..the way the time is being maintained by SBB - and not to forget that no journey is just on the plains...you go up and down!
2. The time between 2 connecting trains will be moslty 6 - 10 mts, if you miss one train.... no worries the next train will be almost in 30 mts - 1 hr, but try to make quick steps ..... instead of wasting time at the station.
3 . No one bothers you here...and if you ask for some help, there are always someone to help you!
4. Also, at any railway station, just follow the " TOURIST INFORMATION" symbol, there will be official people (who speak in english so no problem for other nationals too ) to help you. They will just give the necessary maps,and what ever a tourist need ,will be circled and directions will be given..and if you follow their instructions properly, no one can go wrong or miss any place there.
5. Again , I phone application of SBB was simply superb, when we checked for a train time, it showed us that it'll be late by 8 minutes...so accurate they are!
6. And there are so many types of trains apart from the panoramic trains- Special one to mention will be the " Tilting Train "- we travelled from Arth Goldau to Zurich which was realy different experince.
Hats off to SBB !