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What a day for a daydream

tonyndan Visiting from Iceland, exploring Switzerland. Just got a Freedom Camper, drove to the mountains and when it got freezing cold a cottage presented itself. A stack of wood, a beer and a Bratwurst does the job. This is what life is all about… Enjoy it with the guys from Camper King: www.camperking.ch. There is no cheaper way to visit Switzerland… 69 EUR per day for a full functional camper… deivde it by 2 and you get 34.5 EUR/day for each person… Thats 10% of what a decent Hotel costs…

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Hiking in Switzerland

Daniel from Camper Iceland went hiking this summer and made a short video for Camper King. In his opinion the Swiss Alps are the greatest place to go hiking and whilst doing so he had the pleasure of using one of our campers. The base prise is between 74 and 110 Euros per day. So if you travel by 2 it means you will spend approx 37-55 Euros per day/person. Does it get any cheaper then that, we guess not. All vehicles are 2016 and newer by the way.

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge. The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.

Visit Switzerland, we are sure you will love it

 

 

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Zürich

A must see, when travelling to Switzerland

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Welcome to Zürich, one of our favorite places in the world. Do you have a favorite city? Perhaps a city where you grew up in or a city close to you? Well, thats what Zurich is to us. In our opinion this city is a safe place to travel to and has many things to offer.

Zürich or Zurich (/ˈzjʊərɪk/, Swiss Standard German: Zürich [ˈtsʏrɪç], German Standard German Zürich [ˈtsyːʁɪç], Swiss German: Züri [ˈtsyɾi], French: Zurich [zyʁik], Italian: Zurigo [dzuˈriːɡo], Romansh: Turitg [tuˈritɕ]) is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich. It is located in north-central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zürich. The municipality has approximately 400,028 inhabitants, the urban agglomeration 1.315 million, and the Zurich metropolitan area 1.83 million. Zürich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zürich Airport and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.
Quick facts: Zürich, Country … before we teach you how to say Züri (ZURICH IN SWISS GERMAN, WITH THE PROPER DIALECT)

Permanently settled for around 2000 years, Zürich has a history that goes back to its founding by the Romans, who, in 15 BC, called it Turicum. However, early settlements have been found dating back more than 6400 years ago. During the Middle Ages, Zürich gained the independent and privileged status of imperial immediacy and, in 1519, became a primary centre of the Protestant Reformation in Europe under the leadership of Ulrich Zwingli.

The official language of Zürich is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.

Zürich is a leading global city and among the world’s largest financial centres despite having a relatively low population. The city is home to a large number of financial institutions and banking giants. Most of Switzerland’s research and development centres are concentrated in Zürich and the low tax rates attract overseas companies to set up their headquarters there.

Monocle’s 2012 “Quality of Life Survey” ranked Zürich first on a list of the top 25 cities in the world “to make a base within”. According to several surveys from 2006 to 2008, Zürich was named the city with the best quality of life in the world as well as the wealthiest city in Europe. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking sees Zürich rank among the top ten most liveable cities in the world.

Many museums and art galleries can be found in the city, including the Swiss National Museum and the Kunsthaus. Schauspielhaus Zürich is one of the most important theatres in the German-speaking world.

Name
The Swiss standard German pronunciation of the name is [ˈtsyːrɪx]. In Zürich German the name is pronounced without the final consonant, Züri [ˈtsyɾi], although the adjective remains Zürcher [ˈtsyrxər]. The city is called Zurich [zyʁik] in French, Zurigo [dzuˈriːɡo] in Italian,  and Turitg [tuˈritɕ] in Romansh.

In English, the name is usually written Zurich, without the umlaut. It is pronounced /ˈzjʊərɪk/ (zewr-ik) or /ˈzʊərɪk/ (zoor-ik); more recently sometimes also with /ts/ as in German.

The earliest known form of the city’s name is Turicum, attested on a tombstone of the late 2nd century AD in the form STA(tio) TURICEN(sis) (“Turicum tax post”). Neither the name’s linguistic origin (most likely Rhaetic or Celtic) nor its meaning can be determined with certainty. A possibility is derivation from *Turīcon, from the Gaulish personal name Tūros.  The Latin stress on the long vowel of the Gaulish name, [tuˈriːkon], was lost in German [ˈtsyːʁɪç] but is preserved in Italian Zurigo [dzuˈriːɡo] and in Romansh Turitg [tuˈritɕ].

A first development towards its later, Germanic form is attested as early as the 6th century with the form Ziurichi. From the 10th century onward, the name has more or less clearly been established as Zürich (Zurih (857), Zürich (924)).

Zürich is sometimes referred to as “Downtown Switzerland” for publicity reasons.

Learn to say the name correctly:

Our Top Five of what to see and do there:
1: Hauptbahnhof
Visit Zürich Tourism at the main train station, Hauptbahnhof. You can combine 2 things there, the train station itself is a work of art and the tourism people will give you tons of brochures and advise.

2: Lake Zürich
The lake is beautiful during all seasons. Did you know that you can take the ferry and bring your camper along.

3: Niederdorf
The old part of the city where you will find a great night life experiance. During daytime it turns into a place with traditional Restaurants and nice shopping possibility. Stroll upwards from the Hauptbahnhof area and soon enough you will find yourself at Bellevue *Beautiful view* at the lake.

4: Bahnhofstrasse
This is the place where the famous and rich people shop. The most expensive street in Switzerland is filled with nice stores but not to worry if you can’t afford a dinner at one of the Restaurant visit McDonalds there.

5: Swiss National Museum
The Museum is located next to the main train station. Switzerlands most frequently visited museum of cultural history represents our history from its origins to the present day. A broad range of special exhibitions also offer in-depth views of current topics.

Of course there are many other places to visit while in Zurich. We reccomend leaving the vehicle at one of the many camp sites around Zurich. That way you will get the feeling of public transportation and if you fancy a drink you will not risk loosing your drivers license. The parking spaces as in all mayor cities are rather small and only suitable for the *freedom king* category. You should be safe to drive through Zurich with all our motor homes. Remember that there are 40 tonn trucks that drive through zurich and if they can do it, you can to.

Thank you for reading our advice.