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Going to Switzerland - Need Tips

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by GoldEagle, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. GoldEagle

    GoldEagle Deity of All Drummers

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    Hey, so I'm taking a trip to Switzerland July 20-30, and I need a little help on making it the least awkward trip possible. We're flying into Zurich, then driving to a place called Lucerne, then either taking a train or driving up to Germany for a day, but we will mostly stay in and around Lucerne. I come from an extremely conservative family (meaning religious and nonsexual, not in a political sense), and I know Europe has a lot of nudity in it...so what can I do to make it not very awkward? Are there billboards with naked women on them? I already know not to channel surf (learned that the hard way in Greece), or really even to turn the TV on. Is pot widespread? How much other sexual stuff is there?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Mirc

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    No there aren't any naked women on billboards in 95% of Europe. You'll find them only if you go in the red light districts, but I'm almost sure they are not in the middle of the city.

    Also, AFAIK pot is not widespread in Switzerland more than in many other European countries, but it's definitely legal though.

    The OP does sound strange to me though. :crazyeye: Is nudity and drugs really the only thing people know about Europe?
     
  3. GoldEagle

    GoldEagle Deity of All Drummers

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    Haha no, it's just what makes trips to Europe awkward. In September I went to Greece and Turkey, and in Greece my mom was channel surfing with me half watching, and I look up and I see this chick getting pounded by this guy, followed by her quickly changing the channel and almost yelling "No, no, no!"

    Was awkard :blush: Eh, I can't help it...damn Christian Conservative parents like mine.
     
  4. Mirc

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    Haha and Greece is a conservative country in Europe! Prepare for more! :D

    Yeah... usually the rule is "don't channel surf after 22:00". Because you'll rarely see porn before that, on public TV. It depends on the laws of the country, but it's not common to see that during daytime.
     
  5. ComradeDavo

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    Ah Lucerne! I've been there. Nice place. Defintely go walking around all the bridges and look at all the pictures of death and disease!! Only complaint was that most of the lakeside seems to be privately owned, which was annoying.

    As for sex and stuff.....I bought a porn mag whilst I was there :yeah: :lol:
    To be honest I didn't notice it but then again i'm very liberal and from the Uk where sex is everywhere :crazyeye:

    If you can take a day trip to Liechenstein, doens't take too long to get tehre and it's a strange place, so small!
     
  6. mitsho

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    So, as a Swiss I feel obliged to post ;). First, I think Switzerland has one of the biggest quota of pot-smoking (there was an article on it sometime ago), but really, you won't see this stuff. Switzerland is clean and organized (that clichee is true!). And it btw. doesn't surprise me that you found channels like that on a hotel tv... ;)

    So, on to Lucerne. Lucerne is a middle seized town (for Swiss standards) that is the heartbeat of Swiss City tourism, you can't get any more clichee than that. There is the beautiful Vierwaldstättesee (Lake of Four Cantons), take a boat trip or something else if you can. Lucerne is also famous for the KKL, the Verkehrsmuseum and the wooden bridge (burn that if you can, they really love that bridge ;)). [sidenote: Afaik it was the oldest bridge or so and got burnt down in '94 or so, and there was great clamoring... ;)]
    Also, the blueballs festival will be held during your stay (at the KKL): www.blueballs.ch

    Regarding Switzerland in general, you might check out other cities as well (a trip to the mountains is ok, but not that impressive in summer): Zürich is the biggest town, thinks itself as a metropole (it isn't), but it is ok to see that shiny rich part of Switzerland ;) Berne is the capital, not much there but the old town, Geneva or Lausanne however are beautiful with the lake and all. Basel at last is my home town (and the best btw ;)).

    I'd rather not go to Germany since there isn't anything that great near the border (other than the Bodensee or maybe Freiburg im Breisgau). Milano on the other hand is actually closer to Lucerne and I don't have to tell you on its reputation. If you want to go really North, chose rather Strasbourg.

    Well, any direct questions?
     
  7. Masquerouge

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    Way to scare him off Switzerland forever... he doesn't want sex and nudity and you offer him the blue balls festival?

    ;)
     
  8. Gangor

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    Isn't there a rather large amusement park somewhere around there??


    Anyhow, I have to say that Switzerland is a wonderful country. I've spent a couple of months there recently, (Rheinfelden, gf ;) ) and got to see quite a bit. I suggest getting a rail pass of some sort - it's horribly expensive to get single tickets all the time, and rail is very fast and efficient. As far as the nudity and stuff goes, I can't say I noticed much of that. Certainly less than in England at any rate. And I didn't see any drugs. FYI about 98% or something of Swiss are registered as christians, so they're a fairly conservative bunch.
     
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    Have you considered going to Amsterdam instead?
     
  10. Leonel

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    Don't drink the water? :D
     
  11. Mirc

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    Now that's the place where you'll surely be in strange situations with such parents. :D I'd recommend Islamabad instead. :p
     
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    @Masquerogue Yeah, I always thought as well that this was a strange name for a music festival... ;)

    @Gangor You're probably referring to the Europapark. Yeah, that's great. You normally have gone there for quite a few times in your childhood and school career. But I think these parks can be found everywhere ;)

    So you were at Rheinfelden, have you once been in the "plant"? (The Feldschlösschen brewery is located there, the largest "mass beer" of CH) I'm not sure about that number of 98% registered Christians, keep in mind that Switzerland has been divided into two 'bout equally large groups of Catholics and Protestants for most of its history and that cuts deep into the character of a society. Doesn't at all mean though that we are religious or conservative... (at least not more than your other average European).

    And I also forgot to mention the Railpass, you were right. If Switzerland were a civ in civ4, its Unique building would be a "public transport" system. Our rail network is excellent and on time all the time (nearly ;)).

    mick
     
  13. Mirc

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    I've heard about that public transportation system so many things... :)

    (but this is also partially due to the fact that a good friend of mine is part Swiss and grew up there)
     
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    Not in New Zealand :(

    I walked up to it but I didn't go on the tour. It's certainly an attractive building, for a brewery.

    I haven't had so much experience with other Europeans, so I can't really comment. But I will say that the Swiss whom I've met have been a whole lot less conservative than the British whom I've met.

    A little local knowledge is vial in buying this - there seems to be so many options to choose from, without some good advice you'll probably spend too much or get the wrong card
     
  15. CCA

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    Are you white?

    A black-asian couple who are friends of the family went to Switzerland and apparently experience massive racism from the locals. I dont really know though.
     
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    ^ Massive racism? :dubious: I seriously doubt that in a country as civilized as Switzerland.
     
  17. CCA

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    Well they weren't getting lynched or having crosses set on fire in the hotels they stayed in.

    It was just a feeling they were getting from people, "massive racism" may have been a hyperbole on my part.
     
  18. batteryacid

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    For going to swiss:

    Take enough money with you!!!
    Its twice expensive as Austria or Germany and the food portions in the restaurants are rediculous! So for someone coming from America it must seem twice that extreme.
     
  19. Mirc

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    Well to me the food portions in Germany were ridiculously big, so if Switzerland has smaller ones, then not a problem to me. :p

    (BTW mitsho I might be coming to your town sometime this autumn)
     
  20. GoldEagle

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    Well I live in America, so I'll probably have to order double portions ;)

    And yes I'm white, doubt there's too many racism problems there though.

    Thanks for all the help guys, it seems that it shouldn't be too awkward. Anything else, culturally or socially, etc that I should know? What food should I definitely eat when I go there? :D
     

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