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Take plenty of money! Laugh | :laugh:

Switzerland doesn't like US$. They use Swiss Francs but will accept the euro. Changing US$ to Swiss Francs should be ok but changing US$ to the Euro would mean the banks change it first to the Swiss Franc and then to the Euro, involving two commissions and two poor exchange rates. (This was my experience at a bank in a village.)

Eurail Pass doesn't work on private rail lines. Have Swiss Francs or Euros as they won't take US Dollars on the train or a credit card. Being stuck on a train between Interlocken and Grundelwald with only US dollars and credit card and a Eurail Pass wasn't fun! The ticket-taker talked to his supervisor on his cell phone and we were finally able to give him US dollars. Otherwise we would have been offloaded at the intermediate station, I suppose.

Lost a backpack due to carelessness with 4 US passports and $4,000 in cash. Went back within 30 minutes to the station and was told no backpack was found. Same answer the next day too. Reported it to the local police the next day and he said it was impossible for the backpack not to be found, got on his motorcycle and rode off to Lautenbrennen, and retrieved the backpack for us, with passports and all the money intact!

As to friendly Swiss folks, forget it, they don't smile at all. Polite, yes; friendly, no!

Don't go up Jungfraujoch on the private rail line. Unless you want an Indian experience! The restaurant on top was named "Bollywood", played Hindi film music and half the visitors spoke Tamil or Hindi. Laugh | :laugh:
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