Should I avoid Switzerland?

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David Brown
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Should I avoid Switzerland?

Friend and I are going to Garmisch in July, he on his BMW bike and me in my CSR, to the BMW annual meeting. Only intend to spend a day at the event and spend the rest of our time doing some passes. Only have 10 days to and from Glasgow so can't do too much. Intend doing Vosges and Black Forrest on the way. 
Have the impression that Switzerland isn't very driver friendly in either costs or regulations/attitudes. Should we avoid driving through or would we miss some must see passes?

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Hi David, we avoided Switzerland on a trip down to Italy in 2018 mainly because of the annual toll pass (can't recall its name) but were persuaded to head through the Simplon Pass on the way back and it was worth the £30 odd quid we spent even for the one day we used it.

The views were superb and we enjoyed the few hours we were there. As the Swiss say, it's an annual pass (albeit calendar year) but does cover all their roads so no extra tolls to pay that I know

 

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Don't forget that the annual International Seven club meeting held by the Swiss club attracts usually over 100 Sevens from Britain each year.  I went back in 2018 (and was there in 2005 and 2006 as well).

Aside of needing to buy a Vignette (motorway toll fee) which you can either buy in advance and have posted to you, or you can buy from a shop near the border, we never found any issues with enjoying the amazing passes over the Swiss Alps. Well worth it and nothing to worry about.

Check out Susten Pass, Splugen Pass (into Italy if you are going that way), Furkha Pass, Grimsel Pass, Julier Pass (into St. Moritz where the club meet is held) the list goes on...

 

Cheers

David

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Just remember Anthony lives there??

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The Swiss do hate speeding but they only really check on the popular routes. If you get a map and go over the passes that don't go anywhere interesting you'll a) not get bothered by speed cameras and b) not get stuck behind motor caravans.

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Meal for 4 always seems to be at least £250

Jonathan Kay
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Meal for 4 always seems to be at least £250

I was prepared for high prices on last year's visit but was still amazed. And by small restaurants and big campsites not accepting credit cards.

But we'd have gone even knowing that. :-)

Jonathan

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You should actively try and get to Switzerland. There are some wonderful passes through outstanding scenery.

Just don't go in a big group and be sensible.

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Susstenpass - another vote, for a fabulous road ;and my first encounter with a glacier . I like the country - much of it looks amazing , it has some sublime roads and while  it isn't cheap , neither 's Venice . Which is lovely too , if  a a tad lacking in good roads . Or, indeed , roads of any type ...

I've enjoyed some cracking food there too- perch in breadcrumbs from Lac Leman . mmmm

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If you're going through Black Forest head for Austria, some great passes, Grossglockner Hauptalpenstrasse, and you won't get bankrupted if you get nicked for speeding. 

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Coffee and cake for 4.. £50.00 And I still love Switzerland Longy