Shop Till you drop in Geneva

 If you make Geneva your next shopping spree destination, then be sure you are ready for an elegant experience where you will indulge in the finer things in life.  Known for its exorbitant prices and centuries old watch making industry, Geneva is often compared to Paris and London for it’s shopping.  

There are more than just watches to find in Geneva though, including;

Chocolate – Of course you will need to try some famous Swiss chocolate for a boost of energy on your Genevan shopping trip. There are tasty specialty shops scattered throughout the city that serve everything from decadent truffles to chocolate filled treats. 

Boutique Clothing - Rue du Rhône is a famous shopping mile where you can find the most exquisite boutique shops. This famous area is well known to receive celebrities and the world’s elite throughout the year.

Antiques - The Grand Rue in Old Town is the most famous street to find some of Switzerland’s most beautiful antiques. Some of the shops even have items from the medieval eras and the shops are scattered throughout the winding alleyways of this area of the city.

Retro Items – Plainpalais is the place to go if you are looking for second hand or retro pieces to add to your wardrobe. The area hosts a large flea market on Wednesday’s and even has a skate park and a mini amusement park for the kids. Rue des Paquis is another area where you can seek out more unique retro items such as; clothing books, Jewellery, rugs and other antiques.

Markets – Geneva has an abundance of outdoor markets (weather permitting). Generally, markets are a great option for people looking for a bargain or just a tasty treat. Negotiating prices is usually fine for non-edible items if you do it right.

Whatever type of shopping experience you are seeking, Geneva has it all. It truly is a shopper’s paradise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to be entertained in Switzerland

 If you are relocating to Switzerland you will surely not be bored in this entertainment haven. With its multicultural flair, Switzerland has a variety of festivals throughout the year catering to all ethnicities that call the country home. The Italian, French and German speaking regions have their own line of festivals, whilst there are famous music events such as; the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Verbier Classical Music Festival and the Zurich Cultural Festival.

If you are looking for a quieter entertainment experience, then you may want to check out one of the many museums or castles of the country. You can try the Ballenberg Open Air Museum for a blast from the past, or the Salt Mines of Bex to experience a miner’s world. There are always new exhibitions featured at the many Swiss museums. The Musees d’Art et d’Histoire contain some of the most prestige art collections in the country. If you are in Zurich you can try the Kunsthaus to view works by Monet and Alberto Giacommetti.

 

 

You will never struggle to find a café, open terrace restaurant or cinema whilst visiting Switzerland. There is always somewhere where you can take a load off and enjoy a band live drama or comedy show. There are nightclubs that operate into the early morning hours and pubs lining almost ever streets, but nightlife is more popular in larger cities like Zurich. The country is bursting with entertainment options for every type of experience, so you often will stumble into a truly unique experience without having to plan.

So you do not miss out on special events, make sure you keep up to date with the Swiss holiday calendar to seek out the corresponding festivals or live entertainment. There is never a dull moment in this fun alpine country, so take it all in at your own pace. 

 

 

   

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Cost of Living – How to Budget in Switzerland

 So you are moving to the land of Swiss banking and you want to make sure you have your budgets worked out and your finances in order. The best way to ensure you stay on track is to know the cost of living in Switzerland. If you are sending your money to Switzerland from your home country, make sure you take the exchange into consideration when calculating the cost of goods. 

 

What does it cost to live in Switzerland?

Prices indicated below are based on a monthly average estimate and are subject to fluctuations. At the time of writing this article, Swiss Franc (CHF) is approximately USD.

 

Rent

Whilst a one bedroom apartment in the city centre costs around 400CHF, a three bedroom unit could cost about 2600CHF. In rural areas these prices will likely be less.

 

 

Utilities 

Basic utility costs for an 85m2 home will be about 200CHF. depending on consumption. The cost of Internet is roughly 45CHF.  

 

Food

Like most countries, the cost of food is greatly reduced when purchased from markets and grocery stores rather than dining out. Generally consumers can find most of their products for under 0CHF. The most expensive items will likely be meat, cheese and wine. Eating out in a restaurant is always a nice treat and the cost doesn’t have to break your bank if you want to sample Swiss cuisine. If you eat out at an inexpensive restaurant the cost per meal is about 20CHF, whilst a three course meal at a mid range restaurant could cost around 90CHF for two people.

 

Fuel

In Switzerland the rough cost of a litre of fuel is about .6CHF.

 

Here are some of the tips on being a frugal consumer in Switzerland.

  1. Shop at local markets and grocery stores for food, instead of eating out.
  2. Opt for an apartment outside the city centres to save on rent costs.
  3. Rent a smaller apartment to save on utility bills.
  4. Utilise the public transit system rather than driving your vehicle around.
  5. If you dine out, pick an inexpensive place rather than a mid range eatery.

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A Guide to the Swiss Alps

If you are planning an excursion to the Swiss Alps then you are in for a treat. It is easy to see why they are one of the main attractions to the country, as it is home to the Matterhorn, Bernese Oberland and some of the most glorious views in the world.

Bernese Oberland

The Bernese Oberland is one of the first stops on many peoples itinerary, as the region is often said to be the place where skiing was born. The area hosts many international winter sport events such as the world cup races and it has over 350km of cross-country trails. The region is easily accessible by train and is home to the Jungfrauloch station – located at 3,454m above sea. In this area you will also find the longest toboggan run and a suspension bridge that connects to mountain peaks. There is never a dull moment in the Adelboden-Lenk area that is the third largest Swiss ski destination. Home to the Eiger and Wetterhorn mountains, the views in this area are second to none. Challenge yourself to the famous Eiger north face climb or choose from one of the many hiking trails in summer.

 

 

Zermatt and the Matterhorn

If you are seeking a close up look at Switzerland’s most famous mountain - the Matterhorn, then you will likely stumble upon the town of Zermatt. This cute tourist town is located at the foothills of the towering Matterhorn and it has one of the best views of the famous mountain. You can visit in summer or winter to take advantage of some of the best hiking or skiing in the country. There are not cars allowed in this town, but you can take a bus from the train station to any part of town and there are cable cars that shuttle people to the hiking trailheads and vantage points.  [...]

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