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Instructions for Visitors

If you remember these two phrases, you will understand why things work the way they do in Switzerland. "Waste not, want not" explains turning off your car while waiting at a stop light and all the automatic lights in the hallways. "For every thing a place and every thing in its place" helps you understand the shoe scraping bar outside the train station doorway or the very organized vacation rentals.

This section contains my notes about doing things in Switzerland. This is not a Survival Guide - survival is easy in Switzerland. These are Instructions for Visitors - how to do things correctly, so you will fit in and life will be easier.

"Waste not, want not."

"For every thing a place and every thing in its place."


Driving: Notes about driving on the Autobahn, mountain roads, parking, and navigating.


Food Shops: Types of food stores, how to find them, how to use them, opening hours

Photo Tour of Grindelwald Food Shops: Photos showing shops and what to expect.

Restaurants: This is in the Restaurant section, but I am including the link here because this section tells you all you need to know about restaurants and tea rooms.


Learning Swiss-German

Language Lessons: A little bit of Swiss-German to use on the hiking trails.

Phones, Cell Phones and Dialing

Phoning To, From and Within Switzerland - How to Dial: How to call Switzerland from another country, long distance calls from Switzerland, calling within Switzerland.

Cell Phones: Options for using a cell phone in Europe. (In the Europe Trip Planning section.)

Vacation Rentals

All About Vacation Rentals in Switzerland: What to expect in vacation rentals in Switzerland, how to find and book them.

Other Things

Laundry: Using Swiss washing machines and dryers. Notes about laundries.

Everyday Costs: Some costs of everyday items.

Other Notes: A few more instructions notes.

Switzerland Photo Albums

Grindelwald: Town photos.

Grindelwald Shops: Examples of shops in the mountain town of Grindelwald.

Grindelwald Hikes 2002: Photos from our week in Grindelwald, September 2002.

Engelberg Hikes 2002: Photos from our week in Engelberg, September 2002.

Slow Travel Community Photos: See our Members Photo Gallery for over 25,000 photos by other Slow Travelers.

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