One of the most expensive, and richest, countries in the world, Switzerland has been famously neutral since 1815. The landscape is noted for the Swiss Alps, mountain villages, ski resorts, and lakes.
Geneva is a global hub for banking and diplomacy, while Zurich is a global hub for banking and finance. The capital city is Bern, which has a well-preserved Old Town along the Aare River.
QUICK SWITZERLAND FACTS
Currency: Swiss franc can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Switzerland, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.
Power Points: Most power points are the same as most other European power points (2 circular prongs). I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter especially for non Europeans.
Official Language: The official languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian and Romansh.
Health: There are no major health concerns in Switzerland for travellers. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination. T
Drinking Tap Water: The tap water is generally safe to drink, however, if you are unsure, make sure to ask your hotel receptionist or host.
Visa: Most countries don’t require a visa for short stays, to visit Switzerland.
Popular foods: – Cheese fondue (cheese is melted with white wine then dip small cubes of bread). – Raclette (half a cheese wheel is heated, once melted, the cheese is scraped off onto a plate). – Rosti (Thinly grated potatoes, pan-fried until crisp and golden). – Leckerli (gingerbread-like biscuits).
When to go: The spring/early summer and early fall, from April through June or September and October, are the ideal times to visit Switzerland. You’re less likely to come across large tourist crowds during this time, and the weather is often at its most pleasant.