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Switzerland is a great destination for the whole family. It’s considered one of the safest countries in the world. It’s also small enough to be explored in a couple of days. With one of the world’s most efficient transport system, hopping from one city to another will never be a problem.
The best way to travel in Switzerland is by train. The routes are easy to follow and the trains are always on time. The whole country is postcard-perfect, too, and train rides always give amazing panoramic views.
Travelling by train is a great way to take in great views even if they’re not necessarily your destination.
While Switzerland is beautiful, it’s also a very expensive country, and this applies to train rides, too.
Nevertheless, there are several ways to take advantage of discounts and off-peak fares.
Of course, it all depends on your itinerary, but here are some general tips for getting around Switzerland:
Swiss Travel Pass – This is great if you’re covering a lot of ground. You get unlimited transportation via rail, bus, or ferry, plus free or discounted passes to attractions such as museums and gardens. Children up to 5 years old get to travel for free as long as there is an adult Swiss Travel Pass holder. For those under 26 years old, there’s the Swiss Travel Youth Pass with the same benefits as the Swiss Travel Pass but at a discounted price
Swiss Half Fare Card – As the name suggests, you get half off all transportation. Children under 5 years can still tag along for free. It’s only valid for one month and if you have a short trip, then this might be more cost-efficient than the Swiss Travel Pass
Swiss Family Card – This is for children aged 6 to 15 accompanied by parents holding a Swiss Travel Pass or a Swiss Half Fare Card. This is also free of charge
For families with curious kids, Basel is a great place to visit. It may not be surrounded by peaks and mountains, but it’s home to amazing kid-friendly museums.
One of the best museums to visit with children is the Tinguely Museum, filled with work by Jean Tinguely that features kinetic machines. It’s highly interactive and will surely be a great hit with kids.
Bern is a great combination of city and nature without the strain. The Old Town is beautifully surrounded by the Aare River, and nearby excursions like Reichenbach Falls and the Aare River Gorge are great trips to be awed by nature.
In the summer, there are safe swimming areas in parts of the Aare River, including the water at the recreation area at Eichholz.
Mike is addicted to both adventure and travel, so decided to combine the two to form TheAdventourist. There he shares his journey from one adrenaline rush to another, always exploring new places as he goes. You can find him sharing his travels on Facebook.
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