Switzerland - any PHers live there?

Switzerland - any PHers live there?

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Whitean3

2,101 posts

157 months

Thursday 23rd July
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Greetings from Basel- been here 14 years now.

There used to be some awesome hooks organised around the various passes; this being Switzerland, you could always guarantee some very nice metal turning up...

Ayahuasca

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25,784 posts

238 months

Friday 24th July
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Thanks everyone for the info! I am trying to get a feel of how it all works. Are there any places to avoid? The Swiss equivalent of say Stoke on Trent, lol. Needs to be in commuting distance from downtown Zurich. Lake views sound good.


nw28840

955 posts

138 months

Friday 24th July
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My girlfriend lives in Siebnen, it’s the next village along from Lachen. I’m driving down next Tuesday for a couple of weeks.

I hope to move over next year.








Edited by nw28840 on Friday 24th July 06:46

W99KSY

311 posts

97 months

Friday 24th July
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Ayahuasca said:
Thanks everyone for the info! I am trying to get a feel of how it all works. Are there any places to avoid? The Swiss equivalent of say Stoke on Trent, lol. Needs to be in commuting distance from downtown Zurich. Lake views sound good.
I’ve not come across a Swiss version of Stoke yet haha! Most of the towns on the lake have train lines that run into central Zurich. I’m at the very bottom of the lake and it takes about 35mins to Zurich HB. Driving isn’t so great in the morning with quite a bit of traffic backed up around the Zurich junctions.

One thing to bear in mind is your tax depends on where you live. Whilst Kanton Zug and Schwyz are a bit more of a commute, the tax is a little friendlier. That said, rent costs adjust accordingly!

A good site for looking at property is https://en.comparis.ch/ and will give you an idea of what’s available. You can then use sbb.ch to find out how long the commute will be

dmahon

609 posts

23 months

Friday 24th July
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How is the atmosphere and restrictions in Switzerland with regards to COVID?

I considered moving there last year and could be tempted if they aren’t wetting the bed as much as the English.


chris_gilmartin

20 posts

159 months

Sunday 26th July
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Switzerland is taking the Coronavirus seriously and there are new restrictions coming into effect next week e.g. masks to be worn in shops. There has been an uptick in cases here recently, also it probably helps relations with neighbouring countries to be seen to be taking appropriate measures. In general the population seems to be following the rules without too much complaint. We're not going to know for some years which approaches went relatively well or relatively poorly, but so far things seem to be going OK, all things considered.

hyphen

17,500 posts

49 months

Sunday 26th July
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Ayahuasca said:
Thanks everyone for the info! I am trying to get a feel of how it all works. Are there any places to avoid? The Swiss equivalent of say Stoke on Trent, lol. Needs to be in commuting distance from downtown Zurich. Lake views sound good.
Different councils offer different tax rates based on how popular the area is.

So just get a list, and sort it by price. The ones at the bottom will either be less commutable, or undesirable.

mabbott

124 posts

136 months

Friday 31st July
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10 years a fraction outside Zürich on the lake, I did one of the drives out that used to get organised on here ca. 2010-11, maybe time to do another?

speedfr0g

35 posts

107 months

Monday 3rd August
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Hi

9 years in the Lausanne area.

PH not active at all, despite having quite a few members as this exercice demonstrates ...


Ayahuasca

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25,784 posts

238 months

Monday 3rd August
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Thoughts on importing a car from UK (or somewhere in EU) to Switzerland vs buying locally ?

rastapasta

824 posts

97 months

Tuesday 4th August
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Ayahuasca said:
Thoughts on importing a car from UK (or somewhere in EU) to Switzerland vs buying locally ?
Don't.

They have their own specific 'tests' and it will be an absolute pain in the holio to get the car lights etc to conform. Not worth your time or hassle. I have a mechanic up the street and he even told me at the time not to even bother. Plus its a pain with getting into carparks etc.

Just buy/lease here. Beyond the German brands there is a lot of value to be had, especially for an expensive country.

cannedheat

906 posts

234 months

Thursday 6th August
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Another Geneva resident here, since 2014.

speedfr0g

35 posts

107 months

Saturday 8th August
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Ayahuasca said:
Thoughts on importing a car from UK (or somewhere in EU) to Switzerland vs buying locally ?
I have imported cars from Germany. Whilst the information on how to do it is a bit difficult to understand in terms of the customs clearing process, it is actually reasonably easy to undertake.
It can be quite a bit of a money saver depending on FX but also provide you with a much bigger choice of cars to pick from.

Cheers

Speedfr0g

Marcq

48 posts

56 months

Monday 10th August
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Totally agree about not importing from the UK. I moved to Lausanne in January with my UK car, still have it here (you can keep UK registered it for up to 1 year, it's an old blue Landcruiser!). Also agree that getting an apartment is quite the nightmare, so if you can find an agent to help, particularly if you don't have much time or your French/German isn't great! Best of luck, if you have the salary it's a pretty good life

chandrew

752 posts

168 months

Thursday 13th August
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Sorry for being late to this party.

17 years in Switzerland. 3 in Geneva (Collonges Bellerive) then Winterthur then a village outside Winterthur and now 3 years in St. Moritz.

We were in a loft-style apartment for 3 years near the railway station in Winterthur whilst I worked in the centre of Zurich. My colleagues thought I was too far away but in truth I had a shorter commute than most of them. I quite like Winterthur, it's a pleasant town with lots of galleries and museums plus an old industrial area. Tax isn't the cheapest but for most people this is offset by cheaper rent.

Naturally I think St. Moritz is the best place to be, but close to the rest of the country it is not! It's two hours from Chur which is our Kantonal city. Milan is as quick to get to as Zurich. However the quality of life here is amazing with festivals, skiing, the Cresta and I believe more Michelin Stars than Ireland.

I did import a car when there was arbitrage to be done between the UK and Switzerland and used a broker. It was a LHD Lotus, ordered new and they handled the import hurdles. However, as others have said I would advise buying one here if you can.

There is no way I'd return back to the UK now. I do miss some things and obviously my family and friends but life here 'just works'.