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Stretch Your Dollar in Switzerland

October 23, 2017 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

Switzerland Tourism <> has shared some useful tips on how travellers can enjoy a holiday in the Alpine wonderland without breaking the bank.While many people may perceive a holiday in Switzerland to be impossibly expensive, it is certainly more affordable than one may think, especially with the following hacks.

1. Avoid Peak Travel Seasons

The busiest travel seasons in Switzerland are summer, especially between July and August, and winter from mid-December to early January and February. To avoid high costs and crowds associated with the popular seasons, travellers should consider going over at the start or end of these seasons, also known as the shoulder periods. This is when costs are significantly lower, weather is still pleasant and most outdoor activities still available or accessible.

2. Use the Swiss Travel

Pass The Swiss Travel Pass <> gives holders unlimited travel on all of the country’s public buses, trains and boats. Pass holders also receive up to 50% off mountain railways and cableways as well as free access to more than 500 museums around the country. Note also, children under the age of 16 travel for free when accompanied by a guardian using the Pass.

3. Weekend and Alternative Stays
Many hotels, especially in the cities, offer cheaper rates over the weekend, so it’s advisable that travellers do some research while planning the best route for their visit. Alternatively, they can consider experiencing the country’s numerous Alpine huts> ,which, surrounded by pristine nature, offer a completely immersive and traditional Swiss experience like no other.

4. Meals with Views
When it comes to meals, travellers should consider sampling a variety of local delicacies sold at market stalls or stores and enjoying
their bites by the river, lake or in the middle of a lush meadow. Surrounded by great views, the luxury of picking and choosing the best – and free vantage points for every mealtime is unbeatable.

5. Activities and Experiences
Switzerland offers a range of free activities. Unless tour guides are required to provide in-depth information of a particular place or
subject, travellers should consider picking up a brochure about the destination or reading up about it online so their actual visit can be done at their own pace. Other free activities include the many hikes available (trails are all well marked), swims (in most lakes and rivers) and museum visits. Unlike many major museums around the world, Swiss museums are free to enter for Swiss Travel Pass holders. With museums for all sort of interests from art, history to sports, transport and paper, visitors are spoilt for choice, especially on a rainy day.

Tight budgets aside, with some planning and help from travel agents, travellers will enjoy the luxury of space, spectacular scenery and the
variety of experiences on offer.

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