|Language:||german, french, italian|
|Currency:||Swiss Frank (Schweizer Franken), CHF|
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Switzerland is a country in Western Europe.
In Switzerland people speak three different languages, depending on the area you are hanging around: German in the north and east, Italian in the south and French in the western part of the country. There is a large percentage of foreigners, as well as many tourists. Most people will be able to understand some English.
Hitchhiking works very well in Switzerland, especially in the mountain regions and small country roads, where it is quite common to pick up wanderers and hitchhikers. It's also quite easy to get lifts with truck drivers from Germany to Italy and back. There are not that many service stations along the highways, and some are not open 24 hours.
Since the mid-December 2008 Switzerland is officially part of the Schengen Area, and long existed cross-border passport checks are on a way to be abolished.
Hitching at the border
Since in not legal to hitch on motorways (petrol stations are allowed though), you should avoid to get dropped at the border.
Bikepunk got dropped at the border on the motorway close to Geneve and the border staff asked him to get out of there (He just went a bit further and hid behind a wall (not the best to hitch) and finally someone picked him up).
- Bern - the capital
In Switzerland, everybody is legally allowed to use pasture and woods to a certain extent, including camping. The same goes for agriculturally not usable space such as public bodies of water, rock, snow or ice.
- Anarchopedia's information about hitch spots, in German, under GFDL.
- You can find a nice online map at http://map.search.ch, including zoom, service stations and integration with the Swiss railways.
- Service Stations in Switzerland
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