Long time no see, isn’t it? But finally, I found some time and inspiration to write this small article about our Swiss vacation and the beauty of Swiss landscapes.
This time we decided to spend our holidays in Switzerland because the cost of the road there was the most beneficial for us (so far we use public transport). The destination point became Basel. Why? That one I’ll explain a bit later. It wasn’t going to be the first time in Basel, because a few years ago we dropped by already. So that I’d like to compare our experiences this and last time! Let’s begin?
Our Swiss vacation and the beauty of Swiss landscapes. Now and then.
The loveliness of Switzerland haven’t changed much, thanks gosh ;D But how we experienced everything there and how we managed this and that has changed.
So, let’s begin with how did we get there?
by plane. We flew from Bremen to Basel’s airport and we didn’t have any plans for what are we going to do there.
by train. Everything has been bought and booked in advance, and we had a quite plan (stroll through the city over and over again 😀 and visit Lucerne of course).
Feelings and expectations.
- My first thought was “Where are the damn mountains?!”. Well, that was my first time in Europe and Switzerland was the first foreign country apart from Germany that I visited, so my notion of Europe was super blurry. (Off topic – can you imagine that I didn’t want to go to Amsterdam in the first place ’cause I thought I’ll be like another ugly Russian city? I was super biased earlier, thanks to all the gods it has slightly changed).
- We had no idea about the currency exchange (Rubles and Swiss Franks). You know what? We weren’t even curious enough to find out how much it was ’cause of our assumption, which came out of nowhere, that 1 Swiss Frank equaled 80 rubles, (while 1 EUR equaled ~ 40 rubles). Practically, as I found out much later, it actually cost 40 rubles 😀 (It’s the same if you, for example, suppose that 1 SFr is 0,5 EUR but in fact, it’s 1 EUR.) Hence, we bought nothing there, because everything was ridiculously expensive for us.)
- After being less than a day in Basel we went to Mulhouse since our hotel was there. By the way – I’m sorry, but I can’t recommend this city for visiting. Quite dull in comparison to Basel, even back then. But there was an advantage though, of course, it’s mountains. On the second day, I assume, we went to les vosges, just to wander there during a day. Without water, food or appropriate clothes. In spite of all of that, that’s my favorite story of my life so far because it was so careless 😀
- I was already prepared, that there are no high mountains 😀
- This time we also didn’t check the currency rank, but it wasn’t so essential ’cause our earnings are in Euro, and we had a vague picture of that 1 SFr ~ 1 Eur. But in spite of that, we came to the conclusion that Switzerland is quite expensive especially if you’re not having an average income IN FRANKS.
- Our passion to mountains led us to Lucerne this time – a city which is located in a breathtaking area, near a lake that is actually also named Lucerne 😀 Without outstanding adventurous we used a mountain train to get to the top of mt. Pilatus. Guys, the view out there is just something! Highly advisable for visiting! Besides, the route to the top is also something ineradicable; you experience everything – the beauty of valleys and mountains, the city and the lake; a slight tremble ´cause of the high; snow and the warm snow at the top! (⌬̀⌄⌬́)
Our Swiss vacation – Summary.
I guess now I need to conclude with some advantages and disadvantages that I discovered for myself this time.
- We´ve got pretty lucky with the hotel – the room was super spacious for that price and very good planned. It was located near a tram stop, and they provided us with a free transport ticket for the whole period of staying (!!! you´re going to need that one, because daily tickets are quite expensive, just like everything else there), fast Internet connection. Only one inconvenient thing was there – no breakfast. If you´re interested, the name of the hotel is Apaliving. I´m not advertising, just saying.
- Transport. No need to say, that the public transport in Basel is excellent, so you even don´t need to worry about how to get to your hotel on the New Year´s Eve. For me that´s surprising guys, ´cause I can’t say the same about Reutlingen, where buses go every 20 minutes ಠ_ಠ
- Atmosphere. I really liked celebration of New Year outdoors, especially in Basel. There were pretty a lot of people, but still, I felt safe there (I mean, I was a bit afraid of inappropriate usage of fireworks (´-ω-`) )
- Architecture. Even though it’s a touristic city, there’re still pretty a lot of places without crowds of tourists. Personally, I fell in love with the district Freie str., Leonharsgraben and Petersgasse. Check out Spalentor’s area as well! Besides, there’re plenty examples of modern architecture, which I also found wonderful.
- Belgian waffles. Yes, not Swiss chocolate, but Belgian waffles 😀 I’m a pretty huuuge fan of those, so I was in the seventh heaven.
I can name only one huge disadvantage – it’s prices. So for example, you can get almost everywhere in Europe an excellent breakfast for about 10 Eur pro person and you’ll be full. But not in Switzerland – for 8 Frs you’ll have a cup of hot water and a bag of Lipton tea, one croissant and a standard small box of tea and jam. That’s it. A typical lunch would cost you about ~ 30 – 35 Frs pro person,
Another example is the ascent to Pilatus – pro person it costs somewhat ~75 Frs. Well-well… Please, don’t think I’m stingy or something, but I was just slightly shocked after average German prices 😀 If you feel another way, please, share it with me in comments below ＾ω＾
Thank you for your time and attention!