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As the Spring weather returns, what better time to treat yourself to a weekend break with family or friends? With the lake and mountains on your doorstep, you really don’t need to spend hours in the car traveling to your destination – in fact you don’t even need to drive! The Swiss train network covers most popular resorts along Lake Geneva, and if you choose your hotel carefully, then a pleasant 2 minute stroll is all you need to reach your destination!

For total relaxation, comfort, convenience and stunning views, we recommend you stay at the Eurotel Montreux.  Situated right on the lake front in Montreux, near to the railway station but with its own underground car park, this luxury 4-star hotel offers customers a warm welcome in a stylish setting.  The entrance foyer, restaurant and breakfast rooms, as well as many of the bedrooms have recently been redecorated – indeed, when I went to stay there at Easter with my family there was still a pervading smell of leather from the new furnishings!

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The luxury family holiday company, Country Kids, is once again offering a special discount to knowitall.ch clients. This year, our clients can expect to receive a € 300 discount on the standard weekly rate, for all April stays booked, as well as a free bottle of champagne on arrival.

First featured on the knowitall.ch website in 2011, and again in 2013, Country Kids was recently recognised by the UK's Daily Telepgraph as one of the top 4 European resorts for families with young kids, and was voted by Mumsnet as the Top European Family Resort for 2013.  Located on a beautiful country estate amongst the vineyards and olive groves of Southern France, the company has a great program of Easter activities lined up for the rapidly approaching April holidays, including egg hunts, a special Easter parade, Easter bonnet making, eggshell mosaic creations, and a range of games for older kids with real eggs, that may apparently get quite messy!

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As we approach the last few weeks before Christmas, many of you will be out and about, dining with friends, partying in town, or having a drink after work with colleagues.

 

If you’re planning to have a drink, be sure to plan ahead and make arrangements for your return home — if you’re driving, then you need to remain below the legal limit (click here for Swiss limits and here for French limits) and if you’re not, then you need to make sure you have a sensible means of transport back home.

 

If you can’t rely on friends to give you a lift home, and if public transport is not an option, think about putting some extra money in your purse for a Swiss taxi or French taxi home. At this time of year, fees can be extremely high, so be prepared.

 

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New law as of January 1, 2014. Drivers must drive with their headlights lit at all times, including daytime. 

 

Cars, trucks, delivery vehicles, buses, and motorcycles will be obligated to drive with their lights on. Drivers who do not follow this requirement shall be fined Fr. 40.-.

 

The daytime use of headlights will not be required for mopeds, electric bikes, and cycles and vehicles put into circulation before 1970.

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If you like exploring Switzerland, then you should try and take advantage of at least one of the great deals being offered this autumn by the Swiss train operator, SBB.

Priced at just Fr. 35.-, the new Companion Ticket is perfect for anyone wishing to take a day trip with a family member or friend throughout Switzerland.  Valid for one day, this ticket will enable you to go absolutely anywhere in Switzerland on trains, boats and postbuses.

Available until 31 October, 2013, the Companion Ticket is available online from the SBB Ticket Shop, via SBB Mobile, from ticket machines and railway station counters.  It can be “combined” with any of the following tickets and travelcards:

  • 1-day travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcard
  • 9 o’clock travelpass for the Half-fare travelcard
  • GA travel card, (1st or 2nd class)

Alternatively ,if you fancy taking a longer break, the Holiday Passport will provide you with unlimited travel throughout the entire GA travelcard area of validity, even without the Half-Fare travelcard, for as little as CHF 149 for 4 days of your choice. With the Combined Holiday Passport for Germany, priced from just CHF 119, you can also travel throughout the whole of Germany as well.

The holiday passport is only available for those with permanent residence in Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein. It may only be purchased when presenting official identification (passport, ID, residence permit) at the ticket counter.

For more details and the full terms and conditions, click on the following links:

Companion Ticket

Holiday Passport