Destination Overview

SWITZERLAND

From palm-lined lakeshores to sparkling glaciers, from medieval villages to buzzing cities – Switzerland offers an incredible number of sights. The concentration of attractions is unrivalled worldwide. Renowned for its chocolates and watches, tourism in Switzerland is a delight. With numerous stunning lakes, Alpine passes offering spectacular views, mountains perfect for skiing and snow-walking, and UNESCO World Heritage sites aplenty, Switzerland is a country just waiting to be explored.

Capital

Bern

Time

GMT +1

Currency

Swiss franc

Language

French, German, Italian

Religion

Christianity


Population

8.7 Million


International Airports

Bern, Geneva, Zurich, Basel

Weather

The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. From July to August the daytime temperature range is 18 to 28 °C (65° - 82° F) and from January to February the range is -2 to 7 °C (28° - 45° F). In spring and autumn, the daytime temperature range is 8 to 15 °C (46° - 59° F).

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Top Highlights

Matterhorn & Mountains

The Matterhorn and Switzerland are inseparably linked to each other. The pyramid shaped colossus of a mountain, which is very difficult to climb, is said to be the most-photographed mountain in the world. The Klein-Matterhorn ("Little Matterhorn"), which can be reached via a funicular, lies adjacent to the Matterhorn, and makes for a wonderfully scenic and enjoyable visit.

Chocolate & Cheese

Switzerland is synonymous with chocolates and cheese and makes some of the best chocolates and cheese in the world. These Swiss culinary delights are famous internationally for their high quality and varieties. Cheese was first made in Switzerland in the 15th century and over the years, its popularity abroad has led to exports worth over 700 million US dollars!

Swiss Villages

Switzerland is full of little villages, towns and regions with plenty of charm, character and surprises awaiting. Discover the secret treasures of some of Switzerland’s less-familiar places and journey through Idyllic landscapes, traditional small towns and mountain villages where it seems as if time has stood still. The villages of Switzerland offer romance, culture and history throughout.

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Top Places to Visit

Geneva

Feel the urban nature. A walk along the lake, a ride on a boat and then a café on a terrace in the Old Town. The Rhône crossing the city, saying hi to the building with its crystal-clear water. Welcome to Geneva!

Winter sports & Ski Resorts

Switzerland have their snow-capped peaks to thank for being made of one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Up until this very day, their mountains still captivate skiers, snowboarders, tobogganers and other winter sports enthusiasts.

Zurich

The cosmopolitan city by the water combines creative urban life with nature in all its glory. Zurich is abuzz with activity day and night with its countless events, diverse museums, own food festival and Switzerland’s most vibrant nightlife. And if you’re after rest and relaxation, you can be in the Swiss mountains in less than an hour.

Albula/Bernina railway

130kilometres in one train. The Albula/Bernina railway line forms the heard of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing and is regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular routes. The UNESCO route itself overs 122 kilometres from Thusis to Tirano, passing 196 bridges, 55 tunnels and 20 towns along the way.

Interlaken

Interlaken lies in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The vacation destination, which is presided over by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, is the starting point for numerous activities.

Bern

Not many cities have managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thanks to its 6 kilometres of arcades - the locals refer to them as 'Lauben' - boasts on of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.

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