Things to remember on Swiss trains


Tips for travelers GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Trains are longer and more crowded than usual thanks to the car show, which opens to the public Thursday 6 March. Here are a few tips to make your journey smoother if you’re part of the crowd: Keep a close eye on your luggage at all times. That said, […]

New digital distance surveillance home camera

Switel in Geneva has just come out with a CHF99 home or business surveillance camera system that you can access with your mobile phone, to keep an eye on your home or your baby or your small office while you’re away.

It has an alarm that you can programme in case of unusual noises, for example in a baby’s room.

The BSW 100 is quick and easy to set up and use. It’s available at a number of retail outlets including Fust, Media Markt, Interdiscount and Jumbo.

Swiss Post, get your mail electronically

Swiss Post Box is a useful service for people who needs to access their mail but don’t want it forwarded, or who need it more quickly, since forwarding takes a few days. It can be used inside or outside Switzerland and is the electronic equivalent of your mailbox. You can access your account with a mobile phone as well as computer. You register for an electronic mailbox and your mail is scanned when it arrives, Monday to Friday, and you receive the digital copy.

It’s then held for your or forwarded, depending on what you sign up for. It can be used temporarily or more permanently.

Costs vary depending on whether you want a personal or business solution and the forwarding options you select, but note that you can’t use it for packages and certain types of mail and documents won’t be accepted, such as court orders and mail with unpaid postage.

Geneva airport app

GVApp2_trioGENEVA, SWITZERLAND – More than half a million people have downloaded this award-winning application for iPhone and Android. You can check your flight information, track flights, check on parking lot availability, find out about shops – if you fly in and out of Geneva, this is must-have app.

Version 2 is now out, a reminder to those who should upgrade.

Contact lens safety net for travelers

Contact lens owners, if you don’t yet have one of these (or family or friends: here’s a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer), rush out and get one before you take another trip. If you’re like me, you’ll have found yourself sleeping on the plane, then putting your contacts back in over a sink without […]

Label your bags ahead for CFF pickup

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The new CFF trial programme for door to door baggage pickup in Switzerland comes with a bonus. You can download their luggage labels and print them out ahead.

Swiss-UK ski link deals

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Ski Club Great Britain is gearing up for the season and for Brits in the UK but also in Switzerland, the club offers bargains – starting with a Swiss Gatwick specail deal – nnd good information throughout the winter.

Send your bags to the station

There are times when you just don’t or can’t lug a heavy suitcase around easily. If you’ve never used the CFF early check-in for air travel service, you might want to consider it for the October school holidays or longer vacations at the end of the year. You pay: it’s CHF22 per bag, so not […]

Spectacular Furi-Zermatt hike

Take advantage of the last weeks of autumn to do the 1.5 hours, 2.8km long easy level hike that covers Furi – Hängebrücke – SI-Feuerstelle – Gletschergarten – Furi, near Zermatt Glaciers, marmots, and good restaurant options. You can cross the spectacular suspension bridge, but there is an alternative route for those who aren’t happy […]

Swiss 2014 historic hotel of the year

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Northeastern Switzerland’s Gasthof zum Hirschen in Stammheim has been named the country’s 2014 historic hotel of the year. It boasts reasonable prices, excellent local food and wine, and the restoration work has created a gem for anyone who love old-time but comfortable hotels. The hotel has close ties to an old Zurich […]