I’ve used lots of information from this forum and very thankful for all helpful tips that I got. We went to see Switzerland for 10 days and fell in love with this country. It is so beautiful with majestic mountains and scenic roads. Very clean and safe country.
I guess, this information is for those who would like to explore Switzerland by car. We arrived to Geneva and rented a car at the airport. We drove more than 2.5k km all over Switzerland, part of France and Germany. Driving in Switzerland is very easy – roads are in great shape, signs are easily understandable even though they are in French (west part) and German (north and east part). We brought Garmin portable navigation system with us that were a great help. We did bought micro CD card with Europe maps on ebay ($25) that we used with navigation system.
Most of the suggestions that I got on this forum is using train system in Switzerland to get everywhere you need. We only used train once to go to mt. Pilatus. The rest of the country we explore by car. Everywhere we go; there was a either parking lot or parking garage available to park. Cost is about 1 frank an hour. Parking is always right near the main attraction for the place we were visiting (either old town or center of the city). Having that flexibility to be able to leave anytime we want and not rely on the train schedule was very important for us. Gas price was about $1.90 a liter which is about $7.20 a gallon.
I don’t regret one bit that we rented a car rather than using trains and I think, especially for Americans, who used to drive a lot, this information could be helpful.