Travel: Switzerland (part 2)

A few of my friends are interested to know how I plan my trips, so I am going to talk a little about it in this post. Let’s use this Switzerland trip as an example. After deciding how many (9days) days I could get away from Hong Kong, I set out to book my hotels. I read two to three travel blogs to get an idea of the name of the big cities, and then I printed out a Switzerland map to find each of the their locations and plan out the route. As long as I have the route planned out, I could then decide which three cities I would stay at. AND THAT’S IT!

I have gotten to the stage that I don’t bother to find out how to get to the city from the airport anymore as there is always a way! Other than a city app in my phone and my hotel booking confirmation printouts, I carried nothing that told me about Switzerland.

The one question that I always get asked is – How do I know what to see in each city?
There usually is a map outside every train station, which will point you to the tourist information center. From the tourist center, we can get a map, and I always ask the receptionist what should not be missed visiting. They will then either draw me a walking route or it’s simply already printed on the map.

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Fribourg – I read an article earlier that mentioned the most beautiful 19 small towns/cities in the world, Fribourg surprisingly was NOT one of them. I found out about this small city on the map as it’s very close to Bern, so I checked it out on google the day before I visited Bern. I have to say Fribourg is one of the most beautiful cities that I have visited along with Stein Am Rhein that I would visit later on. Fribourg’s old City, sits on a small rocky hill above the valley of the Sarine and one of the best maintained in Switzerland.swiss-14

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Grindelwald – swiss-24

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From here, I hiked for 1.5 hours to Wengenswiss-34

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St. Gallen – swiss-45

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Neuhausen Rhinefall – swiss-52

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Stein Am Rhein – another city that I highly recommended. The medieval part of the town has been pedestrianised and many of the medieval buildings are painted with beautiful frescoes. I was so amazed with the frescos that I walked back and forth on the same street a couple times.swiss-59

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