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More places consider Venice-like fees

Hope you can read this. I don’t think it is behind the paywall. https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/life-aging/swiss-village-of-lauterbrunnen-mulls-venice-style-tourist-entry-charge/77700618?utm_campaign=top_en&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=o&utm_term=automatic

FYI, I find a subscription to “The Local” very interesting. One subscription allows you to access the countries of your choice and you can change as your interests and travel plans change,

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Thank you for the article, Laurel - it came up, easy to read. Lots of places are tourism hotspots, but the smaller the location, the bigger impact from visitors. Trash and litter? That’s a problem, regardless of the number of selfie-takers. Venice is losing its resident population, which makes the overtourism numbers even higher. Wow, places in Thailand are really getting overwhelmed. Is that from proximity to China?

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Thanks to Carrie, I now realize this article was not from “The Local,” LOL! I guess I have too many feeds! Swiss Info is a good site, too, and free.

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Interesting. I wondered why I am seeing Iseltwald on so many itineraries recently. As for Valle Verzasca, I will “take the pledge” and stop suggesting it.

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It's also on the CNN homepage, the comments are kinda nasty. Frankly if you can't or won't pay 10 francs to visit Lauterbrunnen, just don't go.

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Lola, I fear I have contributed to recommending some places a bit too much myself.

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Frankly if you can't or won't pay 10 francs to visit Lauterbrunnen, just don't go.

Exactly! Or even better, just take the train - problem solved.

“The exception would be guests who have booked an offer such as a hotel or an excursion or who arrive by public transport,” he explained.

I can't even count the amount of times I have seen people driving into Lauterbrunnen and getting out their phones to film (yes, even the driver is doing this). Of course you will get a much better video once out of your car and walking, but this does not seem to occur to people.

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I am always confused at whether these villages actually want to curb the amount of tourists or just want revenue. If you really don't want daily car tourists, make the fee 100CHF a day. 5CHF won't stop anyone from coming.

I feel the same way about people who damage sights with graffiti. Slap a couple of $5,000 fines and spread the word. People might think twice about carving their initials or doing some other graffiti.