Who says Switzerland is expensive?

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1. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

One of my pet peeves are people who keep insisting Switzerland is an expensive country to visit. While it isn't cheap, I have found over many visits that is is no more expensive than many other places in Europe. Yet this perception continues to exist that it is.

Recently, I got an e-mail from a hotel in Switzerland where we have stayed in the past. It is a small hotel with only 21 rooms. There is also a very good restaurant in the hotel. For those who go by such things, the TA reviews rate it a full 5 out of 5. So bottom line, it's a good hotel that most people would be happy to stay in.

The e-mail they sent me was to say they had opened a new 'suite' in the hotel with a separate living room area as well as the bedroom. They now have 4 classes of rooms to offer. Standard, Classic, Panorama, Suite. The new suite runs around 350 CHF per night and a Standard room from around 140 CHF per night. All are breakfast included.

Now some may say that when they convert those numbers to their local currency, that it ain't cheap. I agree. However, those are their standard published prices. Yesterday I received an e-mail from them advising me of a 'spring special' in April/May with a price of 60 CHF for a Standard room with breakfast. Plug that number into you r currency convertor and see what it gives you. That's 48 GBP or $60 US. I know what you get for that in the UK or the US and it sure isn't the equivalent of this hotel!

What's more, their price includes a 'guest pass' which provides you with free travel on all the local buses, trains and cable cars up the mountains. That pass alone is worth significant money savings to you.

So my point is that Switzerland is not more expensive than other places in Europe to visit if you do your research and seek out the right places. Do not listen to those who say otherwise who have no real experience to speak of.

For those who want to see the hotel I am referring to, here is the link: http://bellevuewiesen.com/hotelbellevuewiesen/ I am not suggesting anyone stay there, it is an example of what can be found. I can list several others equally as good in other parts of the country that also provide very good value for money.

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1386 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I find myself wondering if this post is written with the purpose of posting the hotel link and should be flagged as spam. ;-)

3. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 334 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I went to Geneva and Lausanne for a few days last year and found it comparible to London, Copenhagen or Paris, granted, as you say not "cheap", but certainly worth the money, there are quite a few dining options and accomodation in the mid-range bracket, you just have to keep your eyes open.

4. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 383 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Well, to us Euro holders prices in Switzerland have increased by 20-25% at least since the exchange rates were 'untied' a couple of years ago.

5. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Come on Andyf, you didn't say I was spamming when I suggested a couple of specific places to you for Banff. I have no connection to the hotel mentioned other than as a satisfied customer. The post was posted for the purpose stated, to debunk the 'Switzerland is expensive' misperception so many people have, by providing a specific example of what you can get for your money.

Kathrin E, prices will always fluctuate with currency fluctuations obviously. So what? That does not change whether a place provides good value for money or is comparable to other places. I live with Canadian dollars. On my last visit to Switzerland, the exchange was at its highest (against us) in 10 years. So by your argument, I should look at the above offer of 60 CHF = $78 CAD today and say, 'oh, that would only have been $60, ten years ago when the exchange was more favourable to me, it's expensive to visit Switzerland.' The numbers are correct but the conclusion is incorrect.

I look at, what will $78 buy me today in a hotel in Canada or the USA or the UK or France or Italy? The answer is not much at all in most places and certainly not more than what is being offered me in Switzerland by this example. So should I see it as expensive to visit Switzerland because the exchange has gone against us or should I look at it relative to what my $78 will buy somewhere else? I don't know what country you live in but if you care to name it and show me a link to what $78 CAD will buy me in your country, I'll be happy to look at it. Show me how Switzerland is expensive compared to a similar hotel in your country.

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1386 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Teasing and banter, OldPro, hence the wink.

As with your stout rebuttal back to Kathrin, you are a very literal thinker.

7. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 383 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

You do not know what I am talking about, OldPro. And I am still rather new here but have already noticed your style of communication.

Euro and Swiss Franc had been tied to a fixed rate of roughly 1 : 1.20 for a long time. Then this tie was abandoned by the Swiss National Bank and the rate became fluctuating (sorry I do not know the correct banking terms). More or less from one day to the next it went up by those 20-25% and has remained like that. Much to our disadvantage. The Swiss are of course happy.

8. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I missed your 'wink' Andyf, they look like this usually. ;) You'll find them under the box in which you type your reply. ;)

Groan, yes I know what you are talking about Kathrin E. The difference is that I am talking about a topic you are not talking about. -snip-

Here is the topic. I am saying that Switzerland is not necessarily more expensive for a visitor than most other countries in Western Europe.

If someone compares a visit to France, Italy, Spain, the UK, etc. etc. I am saying they can as easily visit Switzerland on the same kind of budget. It is not necessarily 'more expensive' to visit Switzerland, regardless of which currency you start out with in your pocket.

If you want to disagree that is fine but you will then have to say that it is not possible to travel in Switzerland for that same budget.

[ Edit: try to keep it friendlier please ]

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 6643 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I can't see how the exchange rate doesn't come into play though. The only way to compare how expensive places are is by converting the prices back to some kind of base currency.

Either that's the US dollar or (more usefully) your own currency.

10. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 383 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I will better avoid any further discussions with you, OldPro.