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If you drive a car, the chances are that you have, at some time, become frustrated by the process of trying to pay for your place at a parking meter – either because you don’t have the right change, or you have to spend ages keying in bank card details.

In Lausanne, this problem is rapidly disappearing with the introduction of a new range of parking meters covering up to 2500 places throughout the city.

Manufactured by Parkeon, in collaboration with Parkomatic, the new meters will enable customers to pay with bank cards using contactless technology – but will also accept coins, or allow payment using bank cards that employ traditional insertion technology.  For security reasons, the contactless method only works for payments less than Fr. 40.-. Payments above this amount will still require your PIN code.

125 of the 140 designated machines have already been installed throughout Lausanne, which is the first city in Switzerland to take advantage of this state-of-the-art technology.  Similar machines have also been installed in Italy, Poland, UK and France.

Source: http://www.24heures.ch/economie/lausanne-innove-stationnement-carte/story/10595661



For one day only, download the App for free on 1 August, Swiss National Day

Following on from the useful App we mentioned recently for travelers in and out of Geneva airport, we have just received news about another handy little App for anyone traveling through Switzerland.

Called "Switzerland Traveler", the App is ideal for anyone holidaying in the country, or local expats keen to get to know the country a little better, and provides a comprehensive and portable travel guide to covering the most popular and interesting sights, trips, activities, cities and experiences of Switzerland.

Launched on iTunes at the beginning of July, the App and has been produced by local travel writer, Sally O'Brien, in conjunction with an American developer of travel guide applications called Sutro Media (www.sutromedia.com).

genevaairport app

Photo courtesy of Bill Abbot, Creative Commons

A handy little app for the smart phone has just been launched that local air travelers should definitely take a look at.

Created as an iOS app for the iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, Geneva Airport: The Unofficial Guide provides everything you need to know about Geneva Airport in the palm of you hand. There is also an Android version of the app, which can be downloaded by clicking here. With over 100 entries and 330+ photos, it includes essential information on airport access, car hire/rental, airlines, parking, airport shopping and much more - in short, everything you need to know to make travel through Geneva Airport as stress free as possible.

Amongst its many useful features you will find offline maps, dynamic updates, offline mode, search function, favorites and sorting by topic. If you have any questions not answered in the app, there is a comment function so you can contact the app's American author, Jeff Steiner, directly. There is also a web link to some 100+ questions related to Geneva Airport and personally answered by Jeff.


Book through knowitall.ch and receive a free gift of local Aravis reblochon cheese too!

If you fancy a relaxing break in the mountains, but don’t want to travel too far, then a week’s holiday in the 4-star Chalets de la Serraz may be just what you are looking for.

Situated in the Aravis valley, just an hour’s drive from Geneva, this traditional mountain hotel is a relaxing haven of tranquility and provides a wonderful base for exploring the beautiful Haute-Savoie region. As one of the members of the Hotels-Chalets de Tradition (www.hct.net), the hotel retains a wonderfully authentic farmhouse character, dating back to 1874.

English-speaking Managing Director, Raphaël Gallay, told knowitall.ch, “ With our 4-star rating, we have been hosting diplomats from Geneva for many years. We now welcome this opportunity to invite knowitall.ch clients to our hotel. Families with children, couples and singles can all benefit from the wide range of luxurious facilities we offer to our guests.”

countrykids pool

Featured on our website two years ago, the family holiday company, Country Kids, is offering a special 5% discount to knowitall.ch clients, for holidays booked in any of their apartments remaining available throughout June and July. This represents a saving of at least € 300, depending on the size of apartment booked.

For families with young children looking for a truly relaxing holiday, in luxurious accommodation, this is an offer that deserves serious consideration.

Situated on a beautiful country estate amongst the vineyards and olive groves of Southern France, Country Kids has created what they call a “Paradise for Kids” and “Heaven for Parents”.  Given that 70% of their guests rebook, it seems they can’t be far wrong! Read our article from two years ago to find our more about the fantastic range of facilities on offer. In summary, the package includes: