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Walking through Lucerne, Switzerland

Walking through Lucerne, Switzerland

After enjoying our stroll along the Ruess River waterfront and the famous Chapel Bridge, we decided to head further into the city to see what it was like. As always, I admired the amazing murals and traditional hanging signs. I also oohed and aahed at the treats through the windows, but unlike our trip to France, we did not stop to taste these goodies! Lucerne is surrounded by the “Musegg Wall”, which was built in 1386 and is almost...

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Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland

No visit to Switzerland is complete without a scenic tour around Lake Lucerne. Jared wanted to drive the circumference of the entire lake, and we also stopped for a nice walk through the city of Lucerene. We were immediately drawn to the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), which is an eye-catching landmark that crosses diagonally over the Reuss River. The bridge was originally built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications....

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Bern, Switzerland and the Suisse Toy Expo

Bern, Switzerland and the Suisse Toy Expo

When we wandered into Bern, Switzerland, we had one goal: Go see a movie at the cinema. Imagine our surprise when we learned that adult tickets for the movies were nearly $20 USD each, and kid’s tickets were nearly as much! Add into that some popcorn…and we were looking a $60+ for our small family to visit the movie theater. Um, no thank you. Instead…we took a short sightseeing tour through town and managed to get...

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Cables Cars up to Schilthorn, Switzerland

Cables Cars up to Schilthorn, Switzerland

What trip to Switzerland would be complete without embarking on a summit in the Bernese Alps? Since we weren’t up for the 5+ hour hike, we did it the easy way–albeit, the much more expensive way. After paying a hefty $187 fee (which was at a huge student discount, thanks to the sympathetic sales clerk who offered it to our family!), we jumped on a cable car transit system that began in Stechelberg. The cable system consisted of...

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Stein am Rhein, Switzerland – The Painted Village!

Stein am Rhein, Switzerland – The Painted Village!

We crossed the border into Switzerland for the first time, and immediately noticed a huge increase in costs. Everything comes at least double the price—literally. While so much of Europe has switched to the Euro, Switzerland has refused to give up his high-value currency—and I don’t blame them. If you want to see a comparison of US costs vs the Swiss Franc exchange rate, check out this website. We were forewarned of the price...

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A Farmstay in Eggiwil, Switzerland

A Farmstay in Eggiwil, Switzerland

Finding affordable accommodations in Switzerland is not the easiest task in the world. When we were headed there in October 2012, we searched and searched for a place that wasn’t too far South from the majority of things we wanted to see, and didn’t cost an arm and a leg. We fortunately found an airbnb.com rental in Eggiwil, which is a municipality in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Eggiwil is about 45 minutes Southeast of Bern, and...

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