Practical Tips

Getting a telephone line:

Land line

You need to go through SWISSCOM to get a land line for your phone. You will find the necessary information at the following link

You will also find a Swisscom Shop in the center of Lucerne located at the

Swisscom-Shop
Bahnhofstrasse 5
6002 Luzern/LU
Tel.: 041 207 71 79

They will help you take care of all the formalities.

After establishing a line with Swissom, you are free to choose another carrier for cheaper calls. 


Internet
There are many providers for Internet. You may choose to go through cable or a telephone line depending on where you live.

The cable provider is Cablecom www.cablecom.ch/en/index.htm?setlang=4


General Opening Hours in Switzerland
This information is just a general one. Stores, Post Offices and Offices have different opening times according to the size or location of the business.

Shops

Mo,Tu,We,Fr   08.00 h - 18.30 h (smaller stores and boutiques might open at 09.00 h)
Th                     08.00 h - 21.00 h (smaller stores and boutiques might close at 18.30h)
Sa                     08.00 h - 17.00 h (smaller stores and boutiques might close at 16.00h)
Su                     CLOSED

At the train station in Lucerne, Rail City Luzern, you will find many different stores that are open 365 days until 21.00 h - these include a grocery store, a flower shop, a cd store, a hairdresser, a pharmacy, restaurants, etc... You will find a list of the stores here with the exact opening times.


Post Offices

Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr  08.00 h - 12.00 h and 13.00 h - 18.00 h
Sa                              08.00 h - 11.30 h
Su                              CLOSED


Office Hours

Mo - Fr   08.00 h - 12.00 h and 13.00 h - 17.00 h
Sa, Su    CLOSED

 

Electricity

Electricity in Switzerland is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. You can use a voltage converter for your electrical appliances but most people decide to buy new equipment when moving here.
The following link will show you which plugs are used in Switzerland

 

Embassies

You will find a listing of the Foreign Embassies in Swizerland
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/reps/forrep.html


Useful Expat Links and Yahoo Groups
www.xpatxchange.ch
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Expats-in-Luzern/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Expat-Moms-In-Switzerland/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Expats-in-Switzerland/
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/index.html
www.englishforum.ch
http://www.shootingthecheese.ch/


 

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