TRAVEL GUIDE to SWITZERLAND
This is your ultimate travel guide to Switzerland!
The French name is Swiss, so you will see a lot of this name when referring to Switzerland.
There are countries where a city is more popular than its capital. Well, Switzerland has two cities more popular than its capital: Zurich and Geneva.
Either way, Switzerland is a country worth visiting for its landscape, beautiful cities, crystal clear lakes, and rolling hills.
If you love chocolate and cheese, the iconic fondue here is the place to come.
In Swiss, depending on its borders with other countries, 65-75% of its citizens speak Swiss-German, 20% speak French, and 4-7% are fluent in Italian.
Say Hello in SWITZERLAND
Grüezi = the Swiss-German word for hello, used mostly in more formal settings.
Other informal ways are:
The Italian Ciao
The French Salut
GOOD TO KNOW
When in Switzerland
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European Union: Switzerland proclaims its neutrality as a trademark, therefore it is not part of the EU. Nevertheless, Switzerland is part of the European area of freedom, security, and justice. Therefore, the citizens of EU member states have the right to enter and stay in Switzerland.
Language: There are four national languages in Switzerland, depending on the borders with the other countries. The most widely spoken language is Swiss-German, spoken by over 60% of the population. Near the border with French, Swiss-French is spoken, and near the border with Italy, Swiss Italian is spoken. The smallest national language is Romansh, a descendant language of the spoken Latin language. That’s why there are words I can understand.
Currency: the official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). Due to its agreement with the EU, many shops, hotels, and train stations will also accept euros.
Card Payments and Cash Withdrawals:
If you want to talk like a French, call your credit carte Carte Bleue which designates a Visa or MasterCard.
You can pay with international credit cards everywhere, starting from 1€. Some restaurants might impose a minimum payment of 10€. You can split the bill on different cards.
ATM: they are easy to find everywhere in the country, you just look around you and you will find a Bank with an ATM.
Connexion: The Internet is at a very good speed, with 5G. Wi-Fi connection everywhere you go, free or on demand in some restaurants or hotels.
If you are from the EU, please note that Switzerland is not a part of the new roaming-free zone agreement. Despite that, some foreign mobile phone companies are extending their roaming-free zone to Switzerland.
Railroads: You will have connections through the country and connecting other important cities in Europe, easily accessible. The Red Bernina Express is one of the most famous train rides in Switzerland. The four-hour ride between the Italian border town of Tirano and the town of Chur in the Graubünden canton of Switzerland is stunning and very popular among travelers, even more among travel influencers.
Plugs: Plugs are Type J. The standard voltage is 230V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz.
Best Time to visit
The best time to visit Switzerland is between April and October when you have fewer crowds, mild weather, and lower prices. The spring months bring Alpine blooms, blossoming trees, and the iconic swiss-alpine cows heading out to pasture.
June and September offer stunning scenic views for hiking trails lover with lots of sightseeing opportunities
WINTER in Switzerland is widely known among ski lovers. If you are planning on visiting Switzerland during the winter, for snow and winter activities, the best time is between December and February.
During these months, the higher altitudes of Switzerland register an average snowfall of up to 36 feet. Perfect to enjoy winter sports, including skiing, sledding, snow tubing, and so much more.
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