"My extremely short first stay in Switzerland" Top 5 Page for this destination Samnaun by Anjutka
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Samnaun was the only chance for me to visit Switzerland in summer 2004. Normally it had not been possible because I held only a Schengen visa with multiple entries. It was good to visit most of Europe, from Iceland to Greece and from Finland to Portugal. Only Switzerland was off limits for me. It is strange, this country is together with Liechtenstein completely surrounded by "Schengen" countries and Switzerland has already negotiations to join the Schengen agreement, too. But since the road from Austria enters the duty free area of Samnaun without passing a Swiss customs checkpoint I could enter it. The Swiss checkpoint is some km further upstream at the river Inn in Martina. And the Austrians only checked whether I am authorized to enter the Schengen area when I came back from there. I did all this only because my friend Lothar, living less than one hour drive from there took this short sidetrip from the way over the Reschen pass in order to fill up the car with the cheaper duty free fuel there.
The Austrian (EU) customs officers appear to be very friendly and easy going and do not check every car entering Austria... more travel advice
I had an icecream here and Lothar an Irish Coffee. Both was OK. When Lothar was talking with the waitress it was in an... more travel advice
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