Places Traveling In Switzerland

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A travel planning for
TurSwiss always wanted to
know about tourist attractions
will be visited during the tour
Switzerland. Fortunately in the
whole Western Europe, who packed
by tourists during the holidays,
Switzerland is a country tour
the most popular.
Most popular in Geneva
Switzerland,Zurich, Lucerne, Zermatt,
Interlaken etc. Apart from these,
there are others also, though less
popular yet beautiful.
Switzerland Tourism is also active in
field trips and promote tourism in
the country. Here in below we provide you
valuable information for you,while your Switzerland vacation.
Major Tourist Attractions in Switzerland
Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich, Interlaken.
More Tourist Places in Switzerland

This northern city (population
170,000) in the River Rhine,
located at the cusp of
Switzerland, France and
Known as a center for
fabric-dye production in the
century mid, Basel now
a place for many
pharmaceutical companies
international level. It is also one
of the destinations most
frequently visited in Switzerland.
Travel while in the resort town
Switzerland Tour includes
Munster (9th-century sandstone
cathedral red), 11th-century cathedral
(Which holds the tombErasmus), University of
Switzerland (The oldest in the country),
Three-Corner of State and Market
Square (with the surrounding
era medieval house). Drei
Konige, or "Three Kings in
Rhine, "is the oldest hotel in
There are a number of
museums: the Kunstmuseum (one
The best museums in the
country fine arts), Antikenmuseum
(Greek and Roman artifacts
old), and small Jewish Museum
Museum Paper (includes
history of printing). Jean
Museum Tinguely offers
sampling of the strange tools
a fun carver Swiss mechanics. The Beyeler
Fondation contains the works
Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and
Other famous artists.
If time allows, You can also enjoy
dinner on a cruise ship
Rhine river at night. If
Your date of Switzerland Tours
likely to coincide Carnival of the city, making
accommodation arrangements
in advance in Zurich or Bern from
where you can get
special morning train to Basel.

Ancient capital of Switzerland,
which also known as the 'Berne' by
French-speaking Swiss citizen.
The whole city was renovated
after destroyed by fire
in 1405. It has many
good example of early century
to-15 architecture - that the
United Nations declared as' Sites
World Heritage '. Old Town
identified by the walled
enlightened by a thick
house stone flower boxes
geranium on balcony
overlooking the River Aare.
11th-century streets of Bern
provide roofed wonderful opportunity for
tourists for sightseeing and
shopping. Mountains around
Bern gave background
beautiful - northwest
dominated by the Jura and
Alps and feet they provide background
beautiful back to the south. Beautiful downtown
with the architecture of the
century located in the middle
The river Aare between peak
tower of striking copper
Nydegg church (Nydeggkirche)
and 13th-century clock tower
(Zeitglockenturm). Vegetables
and flower market held
every day during the summer.
A celebrated onion market
also held here on the day
Fourth Monday in November.
Prison Make sure that you
visited the Rhone Glacier
located nearby when
You are Brig. Ypu can also
visiting tourist attractions
Saas Fee and Zermatt are close
Brig and Italy via
large tunnel through
The Alps.

One of the oldest cities in
Chur has been inhabited since
at least 3000 BC. Chur is the
ibukotakanton Graubünden
(Or Grisons in the language
France). A relic
Stone Age were found in
here has been shown in
beautiful archaeological
museum in the old town.
The main tourist spots in
the city is the River Rhine and
The spectacular mountains
and valleys in the area.
World-famous ski resort St.
Moritz, Arosa and Davos also
the near future. A treat
is specialized in Davos
Romantik Hotel Stern, with
an impressive collection
old coach and train.

Fribourg is the region of
Switzerland where the French language and
Germany and cultures to join
together. Fribourg is
a beautiful little town
built on a hill. Red-
tile building in the old section
leads the way from River Saane to Gothic
Cathedral St.Nicholas. Also have
Beautiful Town Hall and Museum
Art and History.

Cities in the Jungfrau region
offers horse season
winter sleigh ride and skiing
well.Be sure to visit
one of the nearby glaciers
(The higher, Obergletscher, is a
best). The ideal route is
by rail from Interlaken. The trip turned out
to spectacular - if you go
all the way up to the Jungfrau
Station, the highest railway in

Heidi Region
Villa in the mountains, ski
lodges and horse-drawn sleigh rides
illustrating the Swiss
can be seen directly in
Bernese Oberland, and Area
Heidi near Chur in eastern
Alphorn Blower, grassland
beautiful hills, waterfalls,
glaciers and detailed wood
carvings about houses and bridges
is something that will not

A small town that was
really shiny (yellow sand
gleaming buildings in
sunlight), Neuchâtel, located at the foot
Jura mountains in the lake
Switzerland's biggest around.
City This recognized academic
because of special schools
preparation and universities.
Museum of Art and History and
Swiss watch and clock hands
tempt was made in city
tourists to be
part of the old city.

This typical Swiss town near
Lucerne in central Switzerland.
Cantonese around Schwyz (pronounced
shfeetz) is one of
three founding members of the
Swiss Confederation and give
name to the whole country
(Switzerland called "Schweiz" in the language
Germany). Victorinox factory, in
Where the original Swiss Army
knife also made available for
for sale. Travel by train
fires up to the resort town of
Stoos that is worth watching.
St. Gallen
In St. Gallen (pop.73, 000),
visited the city of St. Gallen's
square, baroque cathedral and
Famous Abbey Library
world with a collection of
very well-century manuscript
the middle.
Thun is a well established
market town,
which discusses the Bernese
Bernese Mountain either.
Thun is one of the bases
Switzerland's largest training
military, and relics of early
the origins of the military town.
Thun Castl built in 1190 is
classical monuments. A road
of the century Rathausplatz
middle to the edge of the lake
provides views wonderful views.
Region Valais
This area is home to
multiple views of the Alps
most dramatic in the country,
including the town of Zermatt.
Matterhorn, Eiger and Mt. Blanc
all can be seen (on the day
clear) on the trip
via bus and car in
Pillon Pass along the cable.
Other sights in the canton
including painting
tells the story of William Tell
(It's painted on a house in
Ernen / Muhlebach) and Grand St
Bernard. Sion has enough
old cathedral and buildings
interest to justify
an overnight.

The city (population 85,000)
which quite renowned for artwork
her. Visit the Oskar-Reinhart
Foundation Museum, where
paintings by Swiss artists,
Germany and Austria on the
There is also a good penalty
art museums in town, too. The
Collegium Musicum (established
in 1629) a beautiful concert
Nearby is the Castle Kyburg
worth watching.

5 Best Beaches in America To Swim

The beach is one destination that should get your holiday list. This is where the atmosphere was quite a vacation for the natural beauty of the beach and the air is healthy for our bodies. And the American population includes five beaches below as a vacation spot worthy of your visit is as follows:

1. Siesta Beach
Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida is now the number one spot in the United States. Siesta beach has fine sand, white and has the warm waters. With a larger area, families can make a vacation more comfortable, even when packed with tourists.

2.Coronado Beach
The beauty and richness of trees make Coronado Beach, San Diego entered the top 10 beaches are rich in species trees. Complete subtropical plants, Mediterranean climate and the sparkling fine sand into a family vacation attraction in America.

3. Kahanamoku Beach
With the abundance of shallow reefs, Kahanamoku Beach in Oahu Hawaii is protected from large waves, although the tide was going on. Relatively safer conditions become ideal for family vacations and kids. And Kahanamoku became a major destination family vacation when summer comes.

4.Main Beach
Main Beach in East Hampton, New York, in the summer attract wealthy tourists, because it is a beach with beach conservation are protected and looked untouched. Extensive sand dunes into charm tourists to sunbathe.

5. Cape Hatteras
Coast of Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks area of ​​northern California offers the best surf. Especially on the east coast. This beach also offers other interesting areas such as lighthouses, coastal beaches, fishing villages and fishing area.


Tourisme In Singapore

Singapore is one of the interesting sights in the region of Southeast Asia. Many places to dance for tourists and a lot of good eating. In addition, many shopping centers attractive places to visit, especially when Singapore Sale Exciting Holidays in Singapore If you have money, you want to go to the State where? Hmmm, most would have chosen some places in the area of ​​ Continental Europe is famous for. Italy, UK, France. Occasionally, it could still survive with a choice of continental Asia. Many also, loh, countries in the continent of Asia which has its own beauty, in addition to Indonesia of course. One of them is Singapore. Small country that has become a cosmopolitan region is quite captured the hearts of fans the streets. When it comes to places to shop, do not ask, deh, Singapore provides loads of places to spend time with shopping. But, the way to Singapore just to shop?
Do not, dong. Interested in Country of diverse cultures and races together into a uniqueness of this, should not only focus on shopping. The lyrics are also a fun tourist attractions. Make no mistake, turned out to Singapore to save so many must-see sights. The sights are even already be subscribed the tourists who travel to the Lion Country. Not to know interesting places in Singapore? Hmmm, try,read first. Merlion statue and the Esplanade. Do not admit ever go to Singapore if you have not been to a place on this one. The symbol of the greatness of Singapore has been highly required to become a major destination if a vacation to Singapore. Loads of tourists who take pictures in this place as evidence that they ever set foot in Singapore. While the Esplanade, is a building that is often referred to as building a fly's eye, located just across the Merlion Statue. It should also be pictures in this place. Orchard Road To Singapore but not around the Orchard Road? Really stale. Although not shopping, but this place is one that also must be visited. But, for the shopaholic, certainly does, Orchard Road became the main areas that should be visited for shopping. A wide studded-known brands in this place. Sentosa Island The island is like Ancol, when in Jakarta. Situated slightly apart from the island of Singapore itself and close to Batam. Many exciting games offered at this place, so do not forget to stop by to Sentosa Island so you arrive in Singapore. Singapore Zoo Judging from its name it is clear that this site contains a variety of wildlife. However, Singapore Zoo brings more endangered species that we may never encountered before. Enjoy Night Safari tour. It's a bit similar to the Safari Park, but the Singapore Zoo has a lot of games are very exciting rides. Until all ages too, will feel challenged to participate in this vehicle. Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. For lovers of loud music to light jazz, pub and club atmosphere, it seems appropriate to come to Clarke Quay. The place is very crowded and full of noisy bngar music and people milling around. While the Boat Quay is a place for anyone who wants a romantic dinner in the open edge of the Singapore River.

The island of Komodo

The island of Komodo
Island is an island located
in the Nusa Tenggara
islands with native animal
habitat of Komodo and
currently categorized in
the polls while the magic
World. Until August 2009
the Island of Komodo itself,
there are still around! 300
left Komodo dragons are
still alive even though
threatened with extinction,
coupled with the island of
Rinca and Gili Motang, the
total number reached
about 2500 individuals.
Places must visit at
Komodo Island:

1). Surainadi. In Suranadi there
is a complete hotel with
facilities Warm Water
Swimming Pool, and there
are also field tenis.Selain
there is also the oldest
Hindu temple located about
17 km from Mataram by
using the vehicle.

2). Lingsar. In Lingsar there
Kolama list a lot of sacred
fish and located
approximately 9 km from
Mataram by using the

3). Narmada. A
t Na rmada there Lombok
Raya Gardens with
swimming pool and there is
also a Hindu temple located
12 km from Mataram by
using the vehicle.

4). Batu Bolong. In Batu Bolong
temple there upon a rock
that juts into the sea and
we can also see the peak
of Mount Agung in Bal

5).Sire Beach. In Sire Beach
there is a very exotic
marine park with coral and
fish ar e very banyak.Sire
Beach is about 36 km fro
the city Mataran by using
the vehicle. Komodo Island
is one of rich culture and
tourism in Indonesia
Komodo Island and the
next entry as a wonder of
the world।

Tourist Attractions In Filipine

Hopefully this information helps
you a little who want to visit
Filipinos are the state
an exotic destination in
Southeast Asia and offers
several attractions
interesting in world.

Country Filipinos have a wide area
Overall 300 000 kilomter
square, and consists of 7107
islands (7108 at the time of the
low tide) is stunning. State
is famous for its island-
beautiful islands, beaches and
amazing, as well as wildlife
and dive sites
exotic. Luzon, Visayas and
Midanao a group
The main island in this country.
Is the main island of Luzon
located in the northernmost
Filipinos states, as well
become the largest island in
The island is dotted by
view of the mountains,
lakes, caves, and island-
islands and white sandy beaches
the beautiful. Manila, the capital
Filipinos countries located in
east coast of Luzon island.
founded in 1571, in
the ruins of the settlement
muslim. In this city, there are
banyat sights
very interesting, such as
Intramuros, Rizal Park, the
Malacanang, Fort Santiago,
and Ermita, Japanese Garden,
Museo Pambata, Bahay Tsinoy,
Archdiocesan Museum of Manila,
Palcio del Gobernator, and
several attractions
Other interesting.
Intramuros (Walled City)
is a walled city
famous in the wake of the
Spanish colonial period. In
these attractions, you will
treated with the fort,
churches, monasteries, homes,
and government buildings
Another style that is still stylish
Spain. The oldest areas of
the city is protected by
some of the big wall
still strong, although
fighting in World War
II never happened here. Here
There is also the Church of San
and the Manila Cathedral
located at 2072 sq km
(800 square miles) from the
and the ruins of Fort Santiago.
Binondo district, outside the
Intramuros and Chinatown,
There are many shops and
the restaurant.
Rizal Park or the so-called
also Luneta, a park
dedicated to Dr.
Jose Rizal, national hero
Filipinos country. There,
tourists can enjoy
impressivelight performances
which describes the sound
execution hero Filipinos
by Spain. The park is also
often used as a place
concerts and various events
social, political meetings and
religious, and places
children's play.
Malacanang palace is one
infrastructure of most
historic Filipinos. Place
This is the official residence
chief executive at the highest
country since yahun
1863. Located next to the River
Pasig, where it becomes
lodging for the summer
governor of Spain during the
in the 1800s. Some parts of
This palace used as
museum and opened to
the public.
Other Filipinos who travel
famous beaches.
White Beach in Boracay Island
is one of the most beautiful
tropical beaches in
the world. Alona Beach is
Popular famous Panglao
with its beautiful beaches.
Cebu, Panglao, Balicasang and
Pamilacan in Bohol is also
as a place to dive
a popular and fascinating
the Filipinos.

The Sea Odyssey Giant Spectacular

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Why Liverpool ticks all the boxes

The Liver BuildingThe fact that Liverpool has had the foresight to stage such a complex display of public art/street theatre, further highlights to me that it can and should continue to compete with the best of them. With more and more tourist destinations pushing the boundaries to attract visitors, it is clear that Liverpool has grabbed a well earned place in that list. It's no wonder Liverpool was awarded Capital of Culture in 2008. Despite years of neglect, Liverpool has pulled its socks up and the city has benefited from well thought out regeneration attempts, particularly in the city centre and around the Albert Dock. The emphasis on green, empty spaces is something the likes of Manchester should take note of, where in place of gardens and parks more and more blocks of flats continue to be built and sadly lie empty.
Giant Little Girl, Diver Uncle & Pet Dog

The most recent feather in Liverpool's cap is the Sea Odyssey Giant Spectacular. A three day event that took place between April 20-22nd in the city centre and North Liverpool, an area that has suffered economically for years. Having read and heard a lot about this 'Little Girl Giant', I was intrigued and decided to head over to Liverpool on the Sunday for the culmination of the event. I was astounded at the sheer number of people who had turned out to support the event, there were huge crowds and although difficult to find a good viewing spot for fear of squashing little children, I love that the event brought the community together to share in such a memorable occasion. I found a good spot on the Pier Head and waited for the three marionettes, a 50ft diver, 30ft 'little' girl and a 9ft dog, called Xolo, to float past on the Mersey.
Little girl emerges from the smoke
The Sea Odyssey was inspired by a letter a young girl posted to her father in 1912 when he was a steward on the Titanic. Sadly, the letter was never delivered. A French street theatre company, Royal De Luxe, created the remarkable story, rather like a fairytale, of a giant who died on the Titanic, his orphaned little girl giant, the diver uncle and a giant dog. The whole concept is such a unique and unusual way for Liverpool to mark its links with the Titanic, 100 years after the ship sank to the depths of the Atlantic, taking with her those 1,512 passengers who sadly perished. The Sea Odyssey is a fitting tribute and a inspiring way for children as well as those who don't know much about the Titanic, to develop an understanding of what happened on 14th April 1912 and the legacy she has left behind.

Aside from the cultural impact the Giants will have on Liverpool, the event, which cost £1.5m, has boosted the local economy by at least £12m according to Liverpool City Council. Over 500,000 people visited the city to see the little girl, her pet dog and diver uncle wander through the streets of Liverpool with a wonderful backdrop of some of Liverpool's most beautiful buildings. I wonder what Liverpool will think of next?
I will leave you with the story of the Giants:

The Sea of Liverpool has swallowed up so many sailors, travellers and adventurers that you would think it was a cannibal.

Icebergs are boat hunters and Liverpudlians are huge children with eyes full of hope and rebellion.

For the unsinkable Titanic, her first voyage was also to be her last.

But let's move right away to the story of one stowaway: loaded on board during the night, unnoticed - a thirty foot tall Giant capable of travelling through time, on his way to another continent to meet his daughter, the Little Giant.

Giants don't grow old, don't grow up, they just stay the age they are for eternity - that is, if they don't die. Disaster struck in the Atlantic Ocean; everyone knows the details of the accident. The ocean liner was the pride of Liverpool, and many different Liverpudlian tradesmen were recruited, mainly to maintain the ship and to look after the passengers.

But let's return to our gigantic passenger trapped in one of the holds. He feels the full force of the iceberg's blade. The sea rushes into the ship so fiercely that he is unable to move.

He is a prisoner and plummets 12,000 feet with the Titanic. We believe that, knowing he would soon die, he took his last underwater lift ride before coming to rest in a cloud of dust on the ocean bed.

Above, petrified with fear, survivors hoped for miracles - some were rescued, that too is known.

When the Little Giant heard the news, she sought out her uncle, the Great Giant's brother. While listening to her, the uncle made a decision that was to take him a century to carry out.

First, he would make himself a diving suit. Then he would scour the ocean floor for the shipwreck. After that, he would bury his brother in the deep-sea bed. Most importantly, he would come back with the letter the Great Giant had written to the Little Giant Girl. This is why he walked for many long years across the ocean floor, pulling the Titanic's mail trunk to bring back the post to Liverpool.

Such tragedies do not affect the Little Giant's morale who bravely decided to come to the reunion. While reading magazines before leaving, she discovered that there are another two famed legends in Liverpool - The Beatles music, and the sheer madness for football of the rebel City.

Before setting up her first camp in Stanley Park, between the two football stadiums north of the city, she decides she will go on a cruise through the town on a road-sailing boat. A few hours before her arrival, as if by magic, a geyser shoots up from the ground in the city centre, to herald her arrival."
Story written by Jean-Luc Courcoult, Author, Artistic Director and Founder, Royal De Luxe.

For more information visit: Giant Spectacular and don't miss Liverpool Museum's new exhibition, 'Titanic and Liverpool: the Untold Story'.

Travel deals in N.Y., Chicago and Puerto Rico

Monday, March 5, 2012

Travel deals in N.Y., Chicago and Puerto Rico

The deal: The Hotel Athenee in New York is offering the Savage Beauty package to celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Alexander McQueen, Savage Beauty" exhibit.
Cost: Starting at $1,045 per night for single or double occupancy.
What's included: Deluxe room or classic suite accommodations; daily continental breakfast for two; welcome gift of "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" hardcover book; two priority guest passes to the Met and the exhibit; choice of a 50-minute massage or a 50-minute facial.
When: May 4 through July 31.

The deal: The Affinia Chicago is offering a Shop 'Til You Drop package.
Cost: Starting at $229 per room, per night.
What's included: $50 gift card for 900 North Michigan Shops; two cocktails at C-House or C-View; gift bag with a coffee mug, mini wallet and offers from stores; $25 credit for SPAffinia in-room pedicures or massages; complimentary makeup consultation and custom-blended lip color at Mario Tricoci; overnight parking and accommodations.
When: Through Sept. 6.
Information: name=Shop-Til-You-Drop-Affinia-Chicago.
* * *

The deal: The La Concha Resort in Puerto Rico is offering the LUXE at the Suites package.
Cost: $195 per night.
What's included: $50 debit card per stay; 20 percent off choice of in-room or beach massage; two poolside cocktails; La Concha Candela CD; 20 percent off Dragonfly Adventure Tours; and 15 percent off regular rates in all new Suite Tower suites (this discount is applied to the rate when booking).
When: June 1 to Sept. 30.

Travel to Ireland For $599

Ireland: Tour Dublin, Limerick, Blarney and more for $599 per person
The Cliffs of Moher are one of the stops on the Irish Jaunt, an escorted tour that's discounted in April.(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Last-minute travel can have its pitfalls -- and its perks. Here's a tour of Ireland that rewards procrastinators with a $200 discount on two departures in April.

The deal: The five-day, escorted Irish Jaunt tour stops in Dublin, Blarney, Killarney and Limerick, with visits to the Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher as well. The price, which doesn't include airfare, is $599, including tax, per person based on double occupancy. It includes airport transfers, four nights in hotels, four breakfasts, one dinner, motor coach tours and other sightseeing extras. Use the code BRIJ11 when making a reservation.

When: The discount is good only for the April 9 and April 30 departures.

Tested: Brendan Vacations' website offers a detailed itinerary and overview of the trip, but you have to call to make a reservation. I called Tuesday morning and found spaces available for both April dates at the discount rate. The total cost was $599 per person, with a one-time $10 document fee per booking; travel insurance and airfare are extra.

Discover Dubai's beauty, mystique

Discover Dubai's beauty, mystique

CNN's Destination Adventure series takes a look at travel locations for the explorer at heart. This week, we're taking a look at Dubai, United Arab Emirates. We'll feature favorite regional foods, secrets from the locals and the best photos and stories from readers. Have you been to Dubai? Share your story with CNN iReport.

I have been in Dubai for almost 10 years, and every time I receive a friend who is visiting for a day or two, I discover new and unique adventures.

As one of the seven small emirates in the United Arab Emirates, it has managed to put itself on the international map relatively quickly.

In the last two decades, Dubai became very popular and attractive to a lot of globetrotters, business people and media for many different reasons.

If you're thinking about visiting, here are some tips to help you escape into the mystical world of the fabled "A Thousand and One Nights" and discover the culture, history and captivating beauty of Dubai.

Start with the 'real' part of Dubai

Dubai is often promoted as a modern architectural wonder and luxury shopping, dining and lodging destination, but first-time visitors should not miss starting their adventure with a visit to the "real part of Dubai" which is Souq Nayef (souq in Arabic means market) which is in Deira, a suburb of Dubai.

Although the government has recently demolished the old souq and rebuilt it again, you can still find the most delicious and cheapest bread, maybe in the whole UAE.

In one of the small streets, between small shops that are selling the oldest mobiles ever, you definitely smell the bread, and you will be surprised to find that it is coming from a small shop not larger than 1.5 meter by one meter. Inside it, you look up and you will find the baker, who is Afghani, asking you in mixed Arabic and Afghani words: "How many loafs do you want? (Be advised that the size of the bread is pretty big.) In few seconds you will find the hot bread is sliding down to the small window where you are standing. Take it, don't be surprised when you know that it is less than two cents and enjoy it.

Visiting 'souqs' as a real experience
For a true Dubai experience, proceed to its three popular souqs, but keep in mind that they are all tourist traps. However, they are worth visiting.

Start with the Gold Souq, where you will feel as if you are entering an Indian neighborhood, for it is run by three generations who came before the independence of the UAE in 1971, and the products are mainly Indian yellow gold. Dubai is also known as the City of Gold and for relatively cheap gold, but you will have to haggle for it.

While walking towards a creek, a Gulf inlet, you can clearly smell spices, originating from the next souq, in which you will be introduced by the smiley Iranian merchants to an array of spices, such as cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and, of course, Iranian saffron.

Here you are only a few steps away from an abra station. The abra is a small crossing boat. Hop onto one of them, ignore the smell of the diesel and head to the other side of the creek, disembarking at the textile and curio-filled covered souq in Bur Dubai.

If you explore the streets further back, into the heart of the dizzyingly-colorful Textile Souq, you will find a real community feel. Here you will also see tailors working on old-fashioned sewing machines.

Definitely, it is time for you to eat, but no need yet to go to the fancy hotel. Choose any of the small restaurants and grab a radiantly Turkish meal, but done in Indian style: a chicken Shawerma sandwich with potato and lots of pickles, together with fresh juice.

It is highly recommended, however, to avoid the weekend crowds in these places if you can.

A unique shopping experience comes next, not in the regular big shopping malls that are known in Dubai, but rather in Karama, one of the liveliest areas in this glitzy emirate.

The Karama souq is mostly known for its "copy" items -- knockoffs of everything from souvenirs to watches, such as Rolex or Omega, and of course the latest women's handbags, like Louis Vuitton.

Remember again that once you see something that catches your attention, make sure you bargain because the price they offer you is a lot more than you should actually pay.

Desert dunes, Burj Khalifa are must to visit
It is time now to enjoy the desert, so a three-hour safari trip in the middle of the dunes is a must.

If you are into heights, you may like trying the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, in the newly-built "Old Town" area. The tower's observation deck at the top offers unforgettable views.

While there, enjoy the Dancing Fountain on a lake outside the Burj (Burj means tower in Arabic) and choreographed water shows, which are put on multiple times each evening.

Traditional seafood meals worth trying
Seeing the multinational cuisines in Old Town and experiencing the other adventures will make you feel hungry, so go for it.

Food is really an enjoyable experience in Dubai, as you will find almost all cuisines available in the small cosmopolitan city.

So, if you like seafood, then a must-try is a fish cooked the traditional way, which is either salt cured (called Maleh), sun-dried (Al kaseef) or ground-dried fish (Sahnah).

Before midnight go to one of the local souvenir shops and get a small gift, like the seven colors sand bottle that represents the seven emirates in the UAE.

Time to live the luxury life

Now, if you are into opulence, try one of the palaces, such as Burj al Arab, the One & Only Royal Mirage, the Atlantis or the newly opened Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel and Resort, and enjoy the luxury like a sheikh or a sheikha.

There is a lot to see and experience but this is only a teaser, leaving you with one question: Do you think the "A Thousand and One Nights" came alive in Dubai?

If you've ever visited Dubai, share your photos, videos and travel tips with CNN iReport.

Travel to Switzerland

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Travel to Switzerland

(German: Schweiz, French: Suisse, Italian: Svizzera, Romansch: Svizra) is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It has borders with France to the west, Italy to the south, Austria and Liechtenstein to the east and Germany to the north.

The climate is temperate, but varies with altitude. Switzerland has cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters and cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers.

Switzerland is known for its mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) but it also has a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes. The highest point is Dufourspitze at 4,634 m while Lake Maggiore is only 195 m above sea level.

Switzerland's independence and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers and Switzerland was not involved in either of the two World Wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations, but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

Switzerland showcases three of Europe's most distinct cultures. To the northeast is the beer-drinking, sausage-eating German-speaking Switzerland; to the south-west the wine drinking and shopping spills effortlessly into France; in the south-east the sun warms cappuccino-sippers loitering in Italian-style plazas; and in the center: classic Swiss flugelhorns and mountain landscapes. Binding it all together is a distinct Swiss mentality.

Switzerland can be a glorious whirlwind trip whether you've packed your hiking boots, snowboard, or just a good book and a pair of sunglasses.

Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous, and stable modern market economy with low unemployment, a highly skilled labor force, and a per capita GDP larger than that of the big Western European economies. The Swiss in recent years have brought their economic practices largely into conformity with the EU's to enhance their international competitiveness. Switzerland remains a safe haven for investors, because it has maintained a degree of bank secrecy and has kept up the franc's long-term external value. Reflecting the anemic economic conditions of Europe, GDP growth dropped in 2001 to about 0.8%, to 0.2% in 2002, and to -0.3% in 2003, with a small rise to 1.8% in 2004-05. Even so, unemployment has remained at less than half the EU average.

The capital city of Berne
Zurich - Switzerland's biggest city and a major center of banking also has a thriving nightlife.
Geneva - This center of arts and culture, the second-largest city in Switzerland, is by far the international capital-- home to around 200 governmental and non-governmental organizations. Geneva was the home of John Calvin during the Reformation, elevating the city to the rank of "Protestant Rome," the effects of which drive Geneva today.
Berne - The Swiss capital features an amazingly well preserved old-town with arcades along almost every street. Great restaurants abound, as do bars and clubs. Check out the Einstein sites as well.
Basel - Slightly smaller than Geneva, Switzerland's third city is the traveler's gateway to the German Rhineland and Alsace.
Lausanne - While Geneva is busy being the international capital, Lausanne fills the role in most of the rest of French-speaking Switzerland. Scenery, dining, dancing, boating and the Swiss wine-country are the draws.
Lugano - Italian-speaking Switzerland's top destination, with a gorgeous old-town and a pretty lake. The food is simply amazing.
Lucerne - Central Switzerland's main city with direct water links to all of the early Swiss historic sights. It's pretty too, and though it is heavily touristed the views and museums make putting up with the crowds well worthwhile.

Regions of Switzerland

By Airplane
Major international airports are in Zurich, Geneva and Basel, with smaller airports in Lugano and Berne. Flying into nearby Milan (Italy), Lyon or even Paris (France) or Frankfurt (Germany) are other options though rather expensive and time-consuming (3h Frankfurt-Basel, 4h Milan-Zurich, 5h Paris-Berne) by train. Some discount airlines fly to Friedrichshafen, Germany which is just across Lake Constance (the Bodensee) from Romanshorn, not too far from Zurich. The Flagcarrier of Switzerland is SWISS which is a member of Star Alliance and successor of the famous Swissair.
By train
Trains arrive from all parts of Europe. Switzerland is together with Germany one of the most central-lying countries in Europe, making it a center of railways and highways to the rest of Europe. Some major routes include:

The TGV, with several trains daily from Paris, Avignon, Dijon, and Nice.
Hourly trains to/from Milan with connections to all parts of Italy
Hourly ICE (German high-speed trains) from Zurich to Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Frankfurt in Germany, many continuing toward Amsterdam, Hamburg or Berlin.
Regular ICE trains from Zurich to Stuttgart and Munich
Night trains from Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Prague, Vienna, Belgrade, Barcelona Rome and Venice to Basel, Geneva, Zurich and some also to Lausanne. These trains are either "EuroNight" (symbol: EN) or CityNightLine (symbol: CNL) services

By bus
Eurolines has incorporated Switzerland in its route network.
Due to the Bosnian war in the 1990'ies there are several bus companies serving the Bosnian diaspora, which provide a cheap and clean way of getting to the Balkans. Turistik Prošić runs from various destinations in the Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina to Switzerland.

By car
Common tourist destinations within Switzerland are easily reachable by car, e.g. Geneva from central eastern France, and Zurich from southern Germany. Although Switzerland is now part of the Schengen agreement, it is not part of the EU customs/tariff union. Therefore EU/Swiss border posts will focus on smuggling etc. and checks on main roads will remain in place even after 2008. Delays are usually short but cars may be stopped and no reason needs to be named. Some delay may be caused by queuing at busy times and there are often queues lasting hours to use the tunnels under the Alps from Italy such as Mont Blanc, Gotthard etc. Swiss motorway vignettes can and should be purchased at the border if your car does not already have a valid one for the year and you intend to use the Swiss motorways which is almost unavoidable.

By plane
The following carriers offer domestic flights within Switzerland:
SWISS (Basel/Mulhouse (EuroAirport Swiss), Geneva (Geneve-Cointrin Airport), Lugano Airport, Zurich Airport)
Darwin Airlines (Berne (Belp Airport), Geneva (Geneve-Cointrin Airport), Lugano Airport)
FlyBaboo website (Geneva (Geneve-Cointrin Airport), Lugano Airport)

But in almost every case you will be better off taking the train.

Public transport
The Swiss will spoil you with fantastic transportation - swift, disturbingly punctual trains, clean buses, and a half dozen different kinds of mountain transport systems, integrated into a coherent system. The discount options and variety of tickets can be bewildering, from half fare cards to multi-day, multi-use tickets good for buses, boats, trains, and even bike rentals. In general there's at least one train or bus per hour on every route, on many routes trains and buses are running every 30 min, but as with everything in Switzerland the transit runs less often, or at least for a shorter period of the day, on Sundays. Authoritative information, routes, and schedules can be found at or from a ticket window in any train station.

Almost nobody in Switzerland pays full fare for the transit system. At the very least they all have a Half-Fare Card (Demi-tarif/Halbtax) which saves you 50% on all national buses and trains and gives a discount on local and private transit systems. Press the '1/2' button on the ticket machines to indicate you have this card, and be prepared to hand it to the conductor along with your ticket on the train. Annual half fare cards cost CHF165; visitors from abroad can buy a 1-month Half-Fare Card cards for CHF99. You save CHF 57 on a round-trip ticket from Zurich to Lugano, so if you are planning on traveling a lot, it will quickly pay for itself. Children between ages 6 and 16 pay 1/2 price for travel around Switzerland.

The next step up from a half-fare card is a Swisspass, which grants you access to all national bus and rail, all city transit systems, and hefty discount on privately operated boats, cable cars, and ski lifts. These range from CHF 260 for a 4-day, 2nd class pass to CHF 578 for a month pass, 2nd class. Like the half-fare, you can buy this from any train station ticket office.

Only two trains in Switzerland require reservations: Bernina Express, running daily between Chur and Tirano and the Glacier Express running from St. Moritz to Zermatt.

On most trains in Switzerland, tickets can be bought on board, but with a surcharge of CHF 10, so it is recommended to buy tickets before hand. Though this does not apply for the suburb trains (you'll get fined if you haven't got a ticket). Swiss Rail kiosks accept credit/debit cards, although they require that a PIN be entered. You can also buy a ticket on the Swiss Federal Railway website or on the SBB iPhone app.

Map of languages in Switzerland

Using the trains is easy, although the number of different kinds of trains can be a bit confusing unless you know that the schedules at a Swiss train station are color coded. The yellow sheet is for departures and the white sheet is for arrivals. Faster trains appear on both of these sheets in red, while the trains in black stop at more stations. For long trips it is often easier to use the website, as it will pick transfers for you. You need not fear transfers of five minutes or less. You will make them, provided you know exactly which platform you arrive on and which one you depart from. Many Swiss commute with a one or two minute transfer!

At the track, the signs indicate the destination and departure time. The small numbers and letters along the bottom show you where you can board the train. The letters indicate the zone you should stand in, and the numbers indicate the class. The class (1st or 2nd) is indicated by a "1" or "2" on the side of the car, these correspond with the numbers on the sign. All Swiss trains are non-smoking — this is also indicated on the side of car, as well as inside.

Luggage can be stowed above your seat or in between seats, or on a rack at the end of the car. During busy periods, people often stow large luggage (or skis) in the entrance area in between cars. This is usually fairly safe, but use common sense.

The variety of trains is bewildering at first, but is actually quite simple. The routes the SBB-CFF-FFS website suggests will make much more sense if you understand them. All trains have a one or two letter prefix, followed by a number, for example RE2709, IR2781. Only the prefix, the destination, and the time of departure are important.

Regio/Régional (R) trains are local trains. They stop everywhere or almost everywhere, and generally reach into the hinterlands of a major station like Lausanne, but not to the next major station (in this case Geneva). If you are going to a small town, you may transfer at a large station to an R train for the last leg. Often you can use tickets from city public transit on the S system, but ask before trying.

RE (RegioExpress) trains generally reach from one major station to the next, touching every town of any importance on the way, but don't stop at every wooden platform beside the tracks.
IR (InterRegio) trains are the workhorses of Swiss transit. They reach across two or three cantons, for instance from Geneva, along Lake Geneva through Vaud, and all the way to Brig at the far end of the Valais. They only stop at fairly large towns, usually those that boast three or four rail platforms.

IC (InterCity) trains are express trains with restaurant cars. They are sumptuous and comfortable, often putting vaunted services like the TGV to shame, and make runs between major stations, with occasionally stops at a more minor one where tracks diverge.
ICN trains (InterCityNeigezug, or Intercity Tilting Train) are the express tilt-trains, as luxurious as the IC trains. They run between major cities like Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich, Biel, and Basel.

There are also a number of narrow gauge railways that don't fit this classification that supplement the buses in the hinterlands, such as the line from Nyon to La Cure or the line from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen.

You can bring your bicycle on every train in Switzerland, with two provisos: you must have a ticket for it (available from the ticket machines, CHF 10 for a day pass), and you must get on at a door marked with a bicycle. On ICN trains and some IR trains this is at the very front of the train.

As good as the Swiss train system is, if you have a little time, and you only want to travel 1-200 miles, you could try purchasing the world's best footpath maps and walk 10-20 miles a day over some of the most wonderful and clearly-marked paths, whether it is in a valley, through a forest, or over mountains.

The trails are well-planned (after a number of centuries, why not?), easy to follow, and the yellow trail signs are actually accurate in their estimate as to how far away the next hamlet, village, town or city is--once you've figured out how many kilometers per hour you walk (easy to determine after a day of hiking).

There are plenty of places to sleep in a tent (but don't pitch one on a seemingly pleasant, flat piece of ground covered by straw--that's where the cows end up sleeping after a lazy day of eating, and they'll gnaw at your tent string supports and lean against your tent sides. And definitey don't do this during a rainstorm!), lots of huts on mountain tops, B & B's on valley floors, or hotels in towns and cities. You could even send your luggage ahead to the next abode and travel very lightly, with the necessary water and Swiss chocolate!

Switzerland has some universites of world renown, like ETH in Zurich, University of Lausanne or the University of St. Gallen (also known as the HSG). Keep in mind, it's much better to speak the local language, so if you can't speak either French, German or Italian, better go for a language course first. There are a few English courses as well, but it will be much easier to go with local language. Also have in mind that if you're a foreigner, and you want to go for popular subjects, you have to pass entry-tests, and it will cost you a lot, not only for university fees, but also for living.

If you like cheaper learning, go for Migros Klubschule, they offer language courses in almost every language as well as a lot of different courses for many subjects, just have a look on their website. You may also want to try the different "Volkshochschule", which offer a large variety of subjects at very reasonable fees (such as in Zurich, for instance).

If you are looking for quality French courses for adults or juniors, you can learn French in one of the ESL schools centres located in Switzerland. You can also choose LSI (Language Studies International) and go for one of the many schools in their extensive network to learn French in Switzerland.For more info about Best 5 colleges in Switzerland

If you want to work in Switzerland, be aware that you generally need to obtain a work permit.

Switzerland signed an agreement with the European Union that allows citizens of the old EU-15 states to work and search jobs at arms length with Swiss citizens. In these cases you only need a valid passport and have to register with the local administration. The same system applies in general to citizens of the new EU-10 states (Eastern European states in general) plus Bulgaria and Romania but there are limitations on the number of permits. For all other countries in the world the best way is to check with your embassy if there are, for example, exchange programs.

Switzerland has an unemployment rate of about 4.2% (Mar. 2010) and skilled academics will have good job opportunities.

The high level of Swiss salaries reflect the high costs of living, so keep in mind that you must spend a lot for accommodation and food, when you negotiate your salary. Still, if you want or have to make money fast, you can save a substantial amount per month while working in a low-paying job. In general, you work 42 hours/week and have 4 weeks of paid holidays.

Switzerland has no legal minimum salary. The salary depends on the industry you work in, with most companies paying at least 3500 CHF per month, for example as cashier in a supermarket. Overtime work is usually paid (unless otherwise agreed in contract).

If you want to check the average salaries by industry or make sure you get the right amount paid, Swiss employees are heavy organized in trade unions SGB and always keen to help you.

Most tourist areas in Switzerland have a tourist office where you can call and have them book a hotel for you for a small fee. Each town usually has a comprehensive list of hotels on their web site, and it is often easiest to simply call down the list to make a reservation rather than try to book online. Many hotels will request that you fax or email them your credit card information in order to secure a reservation. In general, hotel staff are helpful and competent, and speak English quite well.

Hotel rates in Switzerland can get quite expensive, especially in popular ski resort areas.

There is also a hostel network in Switzerland for students. Types of hotels in Switzerland include historic hotels, traditional hotels, inns located in the country, spas and bed and breakfasts.

Stay safe
Switzerland is not surprisingly one of the safest countries in Europe, but anywhere that attracts Rolex-wearing bankers and crowds of distracted tourists will also bring out a few pickpockets. Obviously, keep an eye on belongings, especially in the midst of summer crowds.

Quite a few Swiss establishments will print your entire credit card number onto the receipt, thus raising identity theft concerns when shopping with a credit card in Switzerland. Therefore, visitors utilizing credit cards should carefully review the information printed on all receipts prior to discarding them. This happens, for instance, in some book and clothing stores and even at the ubiquitous K-Kiosk. This list is obviously not exhaustive; therefore, the visitor must beware whenever using a credit card.

Women traveling alone should have no problems. The younger Swiss tend to be very open with public displays of affection - sometimes too open, and some women may find people getting too friendly especially in the wee hours of the club & bar scene. Usually the international language of brush-offs or just walking away is enough.

Swiss police take on a relatively unobtrusive air; they prefer to remain behind the scenes, as they consider their presence potentially threatening to the overall environment (practice of deescalation). Unlike some more highly policed countries, officers will rarely approach civilians to ask if they need help or merely mark their presence by patrolling. However, police are indeed serious about traffic violations. Jaywalking (crossing a red pedestrian light), for example, will be fined on the spot. The upside to stringent traffic rules is that automobile drivers are generally very well-disciplined, readily stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks, for example (but note that, in Basel city at least, whilst the cross-walks give priority to pedestrians many drivers will stop on and reverse over cross-walks without much care or attention). Generally, you are safe anywhere at any time. If, for any reason, you feel threatened, seek a near restaurant or telephone booth. The emergency phone number in Switzerland is 117, and operators are generally English-speaking.

Football (soccer) games are the only notable exception to the above rule. Due to the potential threat of hooligan violence, these games (esp. in Basel or Zurich) are generally followed by a large contingent of police officers with riot gear, rubber bullets, and tear gas, in case of any major unrest.

Switzerland has very strong Good Samaritan laws, making it a civic duty to help a fellow in need (without unduly endangering oneself). People are therefore very willing and ready to help you if you appear to be in an emergency situation. Be aware, though, that the same applies to you if you witness anyone in danger. The refusal to help to a person in need can be punishable by law as "Verweigerung der Hilfeleistung", i.e. refusal of aid. The general reservation of Americans to avoid entanglement with strangers due to possible future civil liability does not apply in Switzerland, for it would be practically impossible to wage a civil suit against anyone providing aid.

The drinking age for beer, wine and alcoholic cider is 16 (but not in all cantons, so make sure to ask before buying) while the age for any other alcohol (e.g. spirits, "alcopops",...) is 18. The public consumption of alcohol in Switzerland is legal, so do not be alarmed if you see a group of teenagers drinking a six-pack on public property; this is by no means out of the ordinary and should not be interpreted as threatening.

Switzerland is not a country of insane civil lawsuits and damage claims; consequently, if you see a sign or disclaimer telling you not to do something, obey it! An example: in many alpine areas, charming little mountain streams may be flanked by signs with the message "No Swimming". To the uninitiated, this may seem a bit over the top, but these signs are in fact a consequence to the presence of hydroelectric power plants further upstream that may discharge large amounts of water without warning.

In mountain areas, be sure to inquire about weather conditions at the tourist information office or local train station as you head out in the morning. They should be well informed about severe weather conditions and will advise you about possible avalanche areas.

There have been problems with police assuming that any Black, East European, or Arab person without an ID card or passport is an illegal immigrant, and treating them accordingly. That could be a considerable problem if you are travelling alone.

Stay healthy
Generally there is no problem with food and water in Switzerland. Restaurants are controlled by strict rules. Water is drinkable everywhere, even out of public fountains unless specially marked. There are many organic food stores and restaurants available and it's currently illegal to sell any genetically modified food.

RespectLearning the mother tongue of the area you will be staying in is a great sign of respect. English is widely spoken in Switzerland, but any attempt to speak the local language is always appreciated, even if you're replied to in English. It’s always polite to ask if they speak English before starting a conversation.

Make an effort to at least learn Hello, Goodbye, Please, and Thank You in the language of the region you will be traveling in. "I would like..." is also a phrase that will help you. If you are in the German speaking region of Switzerland, it is generally wise to try to communicate in German rather than attempting to speak Alemannic. The German Swiss almost instinctively switch to German once they notice that they are speaking to a foreigner.

German, French, and Italian all have formal and informal forms of the word you, which changes the conjugation of verb you use, and sometimes phrases. For example, the informal phrase don't worry about it in French is ne t'en fais pas and the formal is ne vous en faites pas. The formal is used to show respect to someone who is older than you, who you consider to be a superior, someone who has a greater rank than you at work, or simply a stranger in the street. The informal is used with close friends, relatives, and peers.

As a general rule, you shouldn't use the informal with someone you don't know well, someone who is your superior in rank, or an elder.

Use the informal with your close friends and younger people. Peers can be a gray area, and it is advisable to use the formal at first until they ask you to use the informal.

Friends kiss each other on the cheek three times (left - right - left). This is the usual thing to do when being introduced to someone in the French and German speaking part. If it is a business related meeting you just shake hands. Don't be shy as you if you reject the advance it appears awkward and rude on your part. You don't have to actually touch your lips the skin after-all, as a fake kiss will do.

Do not litter. While Switzerland will not fine you (as in Singapore), littering is definitely seen as bad behaviour in this country and in general in German speaking Europe or Central Europe for that matter. Also make sure that you put it in the correctly labeled bin (e.g. recyclable). Some bins actually have times to when this should be done to avoid excess noise!

Be punctual. That means no more than one minute late, if that! Not surprisingly for a country that is known for making clocks, the Swiss have a near-obsession with being on time.

Many of the internet cafes that have emerged in the 1990's have closed since, probably because Switzerland has one of the highest rate of high-speed internet connections in homes in the world, but almost any video rental shop and most train stations will have a few internet terminals. The tourist office should be able to direct you to the nearest one. The going rate is 5 CHF for 20 minutes. Also, you can send email, SMS (text messages to cell phones) or short text faxes from just about every public phone booth for less that 1 CHF. Some public phone booths allow you to browse the internet. There are many shopping centers and cities (Lausanne and Vevey for example) that offer free wireless internet access: ask the young locals, maybe they know where to go.

The public phones are surprisingly cheap, and have no surcharge for credit cards.

If you stay for some time, it may be advisable to buy a pre-paid cell phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard on the 900/1800 Mhz bands - they usually cost around 10-40 CHF and are obtainable in the shops of the mobile service providers Swisscom, Orange or Sunrise in most cities. Mobile network coverage is close to 100% by area, even in the mountainous, non-populated areas.

There are also a lot of cheap prepaid cards for local calls from other providers. The prepaid cards of the big supermarket chains Migros (M-Budget-Mobile) and Coop ( Coop Mobile) for example cost around 20 CHF and include already 15 CHF airtime. The cheapest prepaid card for calls within Switzerland is Aldi Mobile0,14 CHF/min Switzerland fixed and Aldi mobile, 0,34 CHF/min other mobiles. The cheapest prepaid card for international communication is yallo: 0,39 CHF/min within Switzerland as well as to all European and many more countries (to the mobile and fixed networks). This includes the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. SMS cost 0,10 CHF. The prepaid cards can be bought online (30 CHF with 30 CHF airtime inclusive), in most post offices (29 CHF with 20 CHF airtime inclusive) or Sunrise shops (20 CHF with 20 CHF airtime inclusive). An other prepaid card with cheap rates offers Lebara Mobile (Sister concern of Sunrise). The prepaid card is available for 5 CHF with an equivalent talk time and recharge vouchers offer the talktime equivalent to the price of the voucher.