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Switzerland

Switzerland

Switzerland is a land of alpine pastures, high mountains, and serene lakes. We fell in love with Switzerland from the moment we crossed the German border. And while, we’ve collectively only spent time in Appenzellerland, we can’t wait to explore more of this alpine country in the future.

 

Getting Around

If you’re driving in Switzerland and intend on taking the highways (Autobahnen), make sure to buy a “Swiss motorway sticker” or “vignette” for 40 CHF (approx. 41 USD). It is valid for the whole year. Unlike Austria, there are no 10 day or shorter period options. In Switzerland, the “vignette” can be purchased in petrol stations, post offices, garages, TCS outlets, as well as from the road traffic authorities. More info: here.

 

This Guide Includes:

  • Switzerland Basics
  • Where to Go (Interactive Map)
  • What to Experience in Switzerland
  • What to Eat & Drink in Switzerland
Seealpsee Trail, Alpstein, Switzerland | Moon & Honey Travel
The Basics

Official Name: Swiss Confederation. Confoederatio Helvetica is also a name for Switzerland, hence the abbreviation CH.

Capital: Bern

Government: Federal Republic 

Regions: Switzerland is divided into 26 Cantons

Population: 8.4 Million 

Language: German, French, Italian and Romansh

Currency: Swiss Franc

Tipping Etiquette: Tipping isn’t obligatory. There’s a service charge automatically included in all published prices. 

Water Quality: Excellent 

Something Interesting:  Dog owners must pay an annual tax for owning a dog. 

Where to Go in Switzerland

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Mit däm/däre cha me go Ross stäle.

 

 

 

 

 

Swiss Saying

You can steal horses with him / her.

(You can depend on someone in all situations)

What to Experience in Switzerland

Our favorite things to see and do
Saxer Lücke, Alpstein | Moon & Honey Travel
Saxer Lücke, Alpstein

Hiking the Alpstein in the Swiss Alps 

Alpstein is a mountain range in the Appenzell region of Switzerland. The hiking here is accessible and incredibly rewarding. Trails meander through alpine dairy farms and around lakes. Bell-wearing cattle and goats roam around the alp freely. That particular bell chorus sound is what makes hiking here so special.

A few hikes to consider are:

  • Seealpsee (lake)
  • Äscher (mountain inn)
  • Saxer Lücke (mountain pass)
  • Fählensee (lake) & Bolenwees (mountain inn)

For more details on these hikes, read our Appenzellerland Travel Guide.

What to Eat & Drink in Switzerland

Appenzeller Cheese – regional cheese with a distinct bold and spicy taste.

 

Rösti – hash browns. You can order Rösti with eggs, Appenzeller cheese (recommended), and bacon.

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  • We spent the last 5 days hiking the Schladminger Tauern High Trail in Austria. This hike challenged us with its daily mountain ascents and rewarded us with epic scenery. On Day 1, we passed this stunning alpine lake, Brettersee.
  • An alpine ibex (Steinbock) grazing on a high alpine plateau in the Hochschwab mountains. These beautiful creatures live in the alps above the snow line. It’s such a gift to see them in the wild.
  • A slice of paradise in South Tyrol. When I’m (Sabrina) sick and stressed, this is the place I envision. In Naturpark Drei Zinnen, pale colored mountains frame jewel-colored lakes and our earth meets heaven. #dreizinnen
  • This sexy building is Schiestlhaus, the highest refuge in the Hochschwab mountain range in Austria. After summiting Hochschwab, we hiked down to this mountain hut for dinner and a bed. We were delighted by the cheerful interior and cuisine. #culinaryhiking #hikeforfood

We just published the hike details (link in bio). Take a look 👀
  • The Hochschwab Group is a mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps of Austria. On a day like this, these sun-kissed mountains look violet. Simply stunning! It takes 4.5 hours to reach the summit from the guesthouse-restaurant Bodenbauer and another 30 minutes to the mountain hut Schiestlhaus, where we spent the night. Have you hiked in Austria?
  • We spent last weekend hiking in the Hochschwab Group in Styria. Our two-day hike was filled with gorgeous mountain vistas and plenty of wildlife viewing, including ibex and chamois. #chamois #gams
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