Switzerland Tourism

Switzerland conjures images of snowcapped peaks, glacial lakes and quaint mountainside villages. Of the finer things in life like exquisite craftsmanship and creations from chocolates to watches. It is a place synonymous with peace and stability. Sitting in the heart of Central Europe, it shares borders with five of the continent’s wonderful and unique countries — France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. All of this combined puts Switzerland tourism high on almost every tra-veller’s bucket-list. Venture into the land of the majestic Alps, of glorious cities and picturesque rural life, of castles and old town squares, of the most beautiful blend of European influences. For this is not an experience that should be simply be seen in photographs or the movies, it is one to be had.

Swirzerland Tourism: A Quick Overview

Continent

Europe

Official Languages

French, Italian, German & Romansh

Dial Code

+41

Population

8.59 Million (As of 2019)

Currency

Swiss Franc (CHF)

Time Zone

UTC+1

Area

41,285km²

Highlights of Switzerland

Cities

Zurich - Switzerland’s largest city resides on the banks of the picturesque Lake Zurich, at the base of the Alps. With such a scenic spot to call home, it’s little wonder this lively city is surrounded by beautiful vistas. Get close to nature by boating on the lake or hiking up Utliberg Mountain. Immerse yourself in art and culture, with the over 50 museums and 100 galleries all over town. Experience world-class dining and nightlife at the countless restaurants and clubs. Zurich really lets you fulfill every holiday fantasy.

Geneva - A centre for arts, culture and humanitarian efforts, Geneva is another of Switzerland’s main desti-nations. Apart from the lovely Lake Geneva and its fabulous fountain, the city boasts an indulgent side with its many elegant monuments, museums, galleries, hotels, boutiques, theatres, operas and restaurants that all exude a sense of luxe. From sightseeing to shopping to sipping on fine be-verages, Geneva will treat you in ways you can’t imagine.

Bern - The capital city of Switzerland, Bern is set along the shores of the pristine Aare River and has a wonderfully intact old town that instantly transports the mind to a bygone era. Those sandstone buildings, cobbled paths and arcades and juxtaposed by amazing modern bars, clubs and restau-rants, making this a really balanced modern city to explore. 

St. Moritz - St. Moritz is like a painting — one of the most pristine regions in the country, with fresh air, lake views and picturesque hamlets all across the countryside. There are plenty of exclusive stays here, allowing you to spend luxurious moments soaking it all in. The surrounding mountains can also be explored with plenty of mapped treks and trails.

Shopping At Switzerland

Any holiday shopping in Switzerland is defined by craftsmanship and exclusivity, whether it be watches, chocolates, cheese, apparel or traditional handicrafts. Zürich offers some great shopping venues like the world-renowned Maurice de Mauriac watch store, the Bahnhofstrasse 31 shopping arcade with every kind of store imaginable, vintage clothing store, Scotch and Soda, as well as the Negozio Lindt Chocolate Factory to satisfy your sweet tooth. For those visiting Geneva, the wine and cheese are worth a place in your suitcase. Swiss Army Knives, cuckoo clocks, cow bells and music boxes are popular local souvenirs found across the country.

Activities In Switzerland

The amazing thing about Switzerland is that it can satisfy your wanderlust no matter where it leads you. Mountains like Mt. Titlis, Mt. Pilatus, Jungfraujoch and Mt. Rigi are the most popular, offering a plethora of outdoor activities, from scenic train rides to trekking trails to skiing. Mean-while, the cities enthral with their lively ambience, spectacular culinary and nightlife culture, shopping, leisurely lakes and parks and grand old monuments to explore. Other must-have expe-riences include visiting the country’s luxurious spas and sampling delicious fondue.

Cuisine Of Switzerland

Expect a whole lot more than simply continental cuisine, here in Switzerland. The country is known for its fine wines, cheeses and chocolates, but there’s also an incredible fine-dining, café and pub culture in every region or city. Culinary tours offer a chance to sample a variety of preparations, or you could visit some of the top restaurants across the country including - Haus Hiltl in Zurich, Brasserie Anker in Bern and Café du Soleil in Geneva.

 

Interesting facts about Switzerland    

Switzerland is only about twice the size of New Jersey, yet homes 208 mountains — 65% of its total land mass is covered under the Alps.

  • There are more than 1500 lakes and 1000 glaciers in the country.
  • Some of the world’s most famous inventions are Swiss, including the Swiss Army Knife, Velcro, Cellophane and milk chocolate.
  • Research shows that Switzerland consumes more chocolate than any other country.
  • Switzerland is widely regarded as one of the happiest places to live in the world.
  • Albert Einstein invented his famous formula, E=MC2, while in Switzerland.
  • Indian films are produced in Switzerland more than any other country.
  • Famous Swiss personalities include tennis superstar Roger Federer, acclaimed artist H.R. Giger, iconic psychologist Carl Jung and founder of Chevrolet car company, Louis-Joseph Chevrolet.

Location Of Switzerland

Switzerland is a landlocked country in West and Central Europe, surrounded by France to its west, Italy to its south, Germany to the north and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. The Alps run through the south and south-east region, with the Swiss Plateau to its north and the Jura Moun-tains further beyond. The Swiss border with Germany follows the River Rhine, which flows into the country near Schaffhausen. Part of the borders with Germany and Austria are drawn through Lake Constance, and Lake Geneva with France.

Best time to visit Switzerland 

The class and beauty of Switzerland can be experienced all through the year. But different seasons can be more favourable for certain activities and regions. Generally, the spring and summer months from April to August is considered the best time to visit the country, as the winter chill subsides to reveal bask-worthy sunshine, a blossoming countryside with endless meadows, lakes and trails to explore. Meanwhile, for snow enthusiasts, there are perennially snow covered peaks with ski resorts and lodges aplenty. With perfect outdoor weather, the many cities, festivals and activities are at their bustling best, truly making this the ideal time to plan your trip.

How to Reach Switzerland  

By Air - Flying to Switzerland is the quickest most sensible way to reach the destination, with Zurich Airport being the main international terminal. There are direct flights available from Mumbai and New Delhi to Zurich, with indirect flights from most other major cities like Kochi, Bengaluru and Chennai. Swiss Air is the national carrier, while others offering flights to Switzerland include Emi-rates, Eithad, Air France, Lufthansa and Air India — your choice of airline will determine the layo-ver. Zurich has amazing connectivity with all parts of the country, with road, rail and flight services available at the airport itself to take you to your final destination in the country.

By Rail - Since Switzerland shares its borders with five different European countries, you can easily enter via the rail network. High-speed railways run between all major cities on the continent and the various regions of Switzerland. While you will still need to fly into Europe, once you’re here, the scenic and efficient Euro rail services make one of the best ways to arrive into the country. You could also opt for a Eurail Pass as it allows unlimited train access across 31 countries.

By Road - Similar to the railways, there’s an immense network of motorways connecting Switzerland to all parts of Europe. Driving in, taking a long-distance taxi or inter-country bus services are all great ways to make a road trip into Switzerland, offering stunning views every second of the way. Some of the roads can get quite mountainous, so caution is advised.

History Of Switzerland

The earliest inhabitants of the regions that make up current-day Switzerland were the Helvetians of Helvetic Celts. By about the 1st Century BC, the land fell under Roman rule and began to flou-rish. Cities were formed, commerce thrived and military presence was strong.

After the decline of the Roman Empire, a period of invasions by Germanic tribes followed, taking over large territories. By year 800 AD, the country became part of the empire of Charlemagne and eventually a dominion of the Holy Roman emperors. But soon after, their power began to recede and a historic charter was signed by the ruling families on 1st August 1291, that stated the land was to be under autonomous administrative and judicial rule. The date is now celebrated as Switzerland’s National Day.

In the centuries to follow, the Swiss Confederates continued to suppress harsh takeovers while slowly expanding its boundaries. While at the same time, they remained notably neutral during the wars taking place around Europe. By the 19th Century, Switzerland began to rapidly develop and historically managed to maintain its neutrality during the two World Wars  which ultimately led to its increased role during the Cold War as a diplomatic nation, with the UN headquarters set in Geneva, alongside its many specialised agencies.

Language Spoken

German, French, Italian, Romansh

Currency used:

Swiss franc

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SEP-DEC 8 to 15oC
DEC-FEB -1 to 4oC

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Cost and Money

Being an exotic destination, Switzerland is considered to be one of the most expensive tourist places in the world. However, the country offers the best of both luxury and budget hotels and even backpacker hostels that help cater to the needs of different types of tourists from around the world. You can get accommodation in Swiss apartments and hotels at approximate prices starting at Rs. 3,500 and go all the way up to Rs. 1,50,000 per night. The higher range hotels are a haven for luxuries and prime location and views of the Alps and are designed to give you the best of Swiss experience. 

There are thousands of ATMs throughout Switzerland that offer you the local currency for applicable bank fees. The ATMs have the option of displaying information in English, making it convenient for tourists. Travelers often suggest you withdraw the amount you are likely to spend for a couple of days at once to avoid repetitions to ATMs and keep getting charged for it. Most places accept credit and debit cards in Switzerland. One of the things you should keep in mind when withdrawing currencies in Switzerland is your daily local limit. Due to the conversions, know your local withdraw limits and then decide on how much you intend to withdraw. If your daily limit is Rs. 50,000, withdraw only 500 Francs for use. Euros are accepted in a few places but on applicable charges.There are also amazing Switzerland Tour Packages to choose from,here at Thomas Cook

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