Skip Navigation

Zurich or Geneva ? ? ?

Travel Forums Europe Zurich or Geneva ? ? ?

Page

Last Post

11. Posted by arvyt (Budding Member 31 posts) 9y

Quoting stevenixon

I would vote for zurich and also would suggest that you take a car for rent that evening and drive to geneva.

stevenixon

i wish i could drive in Europe, im only 20 and dont have a full license, no german car company will let me drive, not even a little polo!!!!!

Zurich seems the way to go, and the UN will be closed for tours when i go. So will definately spend the 27th night in Zurich, spend the 28th day in Zurich get a train late afternoon to Geneve. Wake up early on the 29th and have a look around Geneva (the lake and mountains, the water jet wont even be on :( (must be a ghosttown)then fly out in the afternoon. Im going to Innsbruck Austria so i can get my does of the Alps there.

Much Cheers Anthony

12. Posted by arvyt (Budding Member 31 posts) 9y

Soz (sorry) but is lausanne basically the same as Geneva with the lakes and alps??? im a sucker for a nice view.

LOL Train rides in Switerland must be oh so boring, lucky im flying and NOT doing an 11hr Vienna - Geneva train ride like originally planned :D Boy i love European Budget Airlines

13. Posted by Loulabella (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

it's all lakes and alps. i just got home to Australia from about 10 months living in ther german part of switzerland and i noticed that when i show my friends pictures of the different towns they are all the same - lakes and mountains mountains and lakes. i only know which place is which by the architecture style (but i am an architecture nerd most ppl think i am showing them 200 pics of the same place). I think in picking where to go it is also worth considering the language. i speak german so it was the obvious choice for me of where to go but there are a lot more foreigners in the french speaking regoins (this is either a good or bad point depending on your point of veiw) something about me seems to automatically put anyone who speaks french offside but then if u speak german it doesnt mean u can understand swiss german, in 700 years they never got around to writing their language down. the swiss are very complex..... but in 4 days u can see the nice lakes and beautiful mountains and have an alound frezzing but thoroughly enjoyable time oh and u should be glad u cant drive there in winter - i realised the australian government NEVER should have given me a peice of paper that says i can drive when i tried my hand at those tiny windy roads covered in snow

14. Posted by arvyt (Budding Member 31 posts) 9y

Quoting slacker

it's all lakes and alps. i just got home to Australia from about 10 months living in ther german part of switzerland and i noticed that when i show my friends pictures of the different towns they are all the same - lakes and mountains mountains and lakes. i only know which place is which by the architecture style (but i am an architecture nerd most ppl think i am showing them 200 pics of the same place). I think in picking where to go it is also worth considering the language. i speak german so it was the obvious choice for me of where to go but there are a lot more foreigners in the french speaking regoins (this is either a good or bad point depending on your point of veiw) something about me seems to automatically put anyone who speaks french offside but then if u speak german it doesnt mean u can understand swiss german, in 700 years they never got around to writing their language down. the swiss are very complex..... but in 4 days u can see the nice lakes and beautiful mountains and have an alound frezzing but thoroughly enjoyable time oh and u should be glad u cant drive there in winter - i realised the australian government NEVER should have given me a peice of paper that says i can drive when i tried my hand at those tiny windy roads covered in snow

Yeah got a friend that said the only nice parts in Switerland are what the swiss didnt do anything i.e. nature .... all the building are apparently really ugly.

I dont understand a word of German lol but can understand French and speak it with an aussie twang, which sounds really weird lol

I'll be back there in 2008 for Euro so can explore Switzerland more in a couple of years, when i can afford to do something there.

By the way slacker mate, what did you do over there banking? insurance?

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 6, 2006 6:45 PM by arvyt ]

15. Posted by Loulabella (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

hahaha i wish i had been a banker. pays a lot better. i work in health spas so speaking with a strange accent makes u seem exotic and knowledgeable for some reason. My boyfriend is swiss, we met a 2 and a half years ago when he was a dirty backpacker and i was working in byron bay. My visa status was always a bit shakey there so i also spent some time being a housewife (terribly exciting for someone my age). If u like nature then it is beautiful but it is extr4emely expensive, when i lived there i always recommend ppl go to austria - coz it is the same thing with the alps just a lot cheaper. i will never foget the first time i went grogery shopping there. I love switzerland i really do but the ppl cost of living is insane, if u have the money u should see as much as u can but if i dont - like i said Austria is great

16. Posted by ciaobella (Budding Member 43 posts) 9y

Im traveling to luzern late november- so soon! Yeah i have hear the prices are very expensive. But im not sure how that works beacsue one aust dollar buys pretty much one swiss fanc. How can everything be soo expensive?

17. Posted by stevenixon (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

going across zurich in a limo is like heaven.

stevennixon

http://www.philadelphia-limo-services.com/

18. Posted by arvyt (Budding Member 31 posts) 9y

Quoting ciaobella

Im traveling to luzern late november- so soon! Yeah i have hear the prices are very expensive. But im not sure how that works beacsue one aust dollar buys pretty much one swiss fanc. How can everything be soo expensive?

Guessing becaue its a service based economy i.e bank, insurance. But they make milk hmmmmm well bank, insurance and dairy lol Here we make a lot of stuff or buy it cheaply from Asia, there they basically have to buy everything except money, insurance and milk so guess why its more expensive.

How cool another aussie making the treck over to Europe, enjoy your 24hr flight over i know i will maybe ill try to beat Boonies record, well definately not these days with airlines and stuff :D Reminds me ill miss the cricket, and seeing the English loose hehe

10 days time in Paris CAN'T WAIT !!!!!!!!!! 2 more exams (2moz and day after ) then one whole week to be smashing it!!!!!

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 6, 2006 11:11 PM by arvyt ]

19. Posted by Loulabella (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

cioabella - i know it seems really confusing, i was quite puzzled by it at first. They have this strange system where u get paid heaps, i never met anyone who was paid less that 1000 franks in a week, even if u have no few skills, but the frank has very little value when it comes to actually buying anything - as a general rule everything is 3 times (sometimes 5) what it would cost in austrlia (and i dont consider australia to be a cheap country to begin with). Five franks is a coin rather than a note in switzerland because you cant really buy anything for 5 franks it is just change. However there are a few things that are significantly cheaper - ciggerettes alcohol and chocolate

20. Posted by ciaobella (Budding Member 43 posts) 9y

Quoting arvyt

How cool another aussie making the treck over to Europe, enjoy your 24hr flight over i know i will maybe ill try to beat Boonies record, well definately not these days with airlines and stuff :D Reminds me ill miss the cricket, and seeing the English loose hehe
10 days time in Paris CAN'T WAIT !!!!!!!!!! 2 more exams (2moz and day after ) then one whole week to be smashing it!!!!!

Yeah i cant wait until i am in switzerland!! Its going to be awesome! I leave in 13 days time and am flying to london first, then eurostar to paris and train to lucerne! Im not a huge fan of cricket tho- but i do have something in common with you- i have two exams to do before i leave for uni and one assignment, so it still seems far away cos i have so much to do!
ANd slacker- cant wait to dig into the chocolate! Its pretty crazy that things are about 3 times more expensive. Although our accomodation that we got at a hotel was 252 francs- does that mean its about $270 here or like three times 252? I hope not