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Switzerland Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency Swiss Franc (CHF)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = CHF0.89
💬Languages German, French, Italian, Romansh
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Bern
👥Population 8 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs C, J
🕑Time Central European Time (UTC+01:00)
🍽️Must-Try Fondue, Rösti, Zürcher Geschnetzeltes, Raclette

Backpacker Budget: US$108 (CHF 96)

Hostel Dorm US$45 (CHF 40)
Takeaway Meal US$15 (CHF 13)
Public transport US$7 (CHF 6)
Long-distance bus US$40 (CHF 36)
Entrance Fee US$30 (CHF 27)
Beer US$6 (CHF 5)

When to go?

April - June Spring
July - September Summer
October - December Autumn
January - March Winter

What's unique?

Welcome to Switzerland, a country that truly captivates the imagination with its breathtaking landscapes, charming cities, and rich cultural heritage. Nestled in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is renowned for its majestic Alps, pristine lakes, and picturesque villages that seem straight out of a postcard.

Whether you are an adventure enthusiast seeking thrilling outdoor activities or a culture aficionado looking to explore historical landmarks and museums, Switzerland offers something for everyone. The country's well-preserved medieval towns like Lucerne and Bern transport you back in time with their cobblestone streets and beautifully preserved architecture.

One of the most iconic symbols of Switzerland is certainly the Matterhorn, located in the famous resort town of Zermatt. This magnificent peak attracts mountaineers from all over the world who aspire to conquer its challenging slopes.

What sets Switzerland apart is its exceptional transportation system. Trains not only connect major cities like Zurich and Geneva but also traverse through scenic routes such as the Glacier Express and Bernina Express, allowing travelers to admire stunning panoramas along their journey.

Brienz
Brienz

Switzerland 1 Week Nature Itinerary
(1 week)

  1. 1
    Grindelwald

    Grindelwald is a picturesque village with stunning views of the Swiss Alps. It offers various outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and snowboarding.

  2. 2
    First

    First is a mountain peak located in the Bernese Alps. It is a popular destination for hiking and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

  3. 3
    Interlaken

    Interlaken is a charming town located between two stunning lakes, Thun and Brienz. It is a popular base for outdoor activities such as paragliding, skydiving, and river rafting.

  4. 4
    Jungfraujoch

    Jungfraujoch is a famous tourist destination in the Swiss Alps, often referred to as the "Top of Europe." It offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

Gornergrat
Gornergrat

Fun Fact

Switzerland is home to the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, CERN.

FAQ

What is the official language of Switzerland?

Switzerland has four official languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh.

What is the currency of Switzerland?

The currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF).

What is the driving side in Switzerland?

Switzerland drives on the right side of the road.

What are some popular tourist destinations in Switzerland?

Some popular tourist destinations in Switzerland include Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, and Interlaken.

Is Switzerland a safe country to visit?

Yes, Switzerland is generally considered a safe country to visit with low crime rates.

Travel Tips

  • Money Cards are accepted at most places
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge no fees
  • ATMs to avoid (high fees) Euronet
  • Do arrive on time for meetings or social events.
  • Do remove your shoes when entering someone's home.
  • Don't expect Switzerland to be budget-friendly - even on a low budget, some expenses such as cable cars are hardly avoidable.
  • Don't drive your car into Zermatt, as it is a car-free village, accessible only by train.
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