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Swiss militarism and the tourist

Unless you're a returning Swiss citizen who hasn't paid his Militärpflichtersatz, Switzerland's emphasis on military matters isn't likely to affect you directly. However, you'll sometimes encounter large groups of soldiers on railroad trains, and you may be taken aback by the sight of tank traps zigzagging across a cow pasture or an armored doorway leading into an alpine bunker.

Many Swiss railroad and highway bridges are said to be wired up with explosives, ready for demolition if an enemy should invade. And it's possible that you may hear the sound of troops firing live ammunition over each other's heads during infantry maneuvers, since the Swiss army favors realism over safety.

Related Web sites

Swiss Military Net
This unofficial military site in Suisse Romande will give you a chance to practice your French.

AIRcraft PICtures of Switzerland
Click the "Swiss Air Force (Unofficial) Site" link for information on planes, bases, etc.

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