Switzerland’s greatest assets are the scenery and its mountains in particular.
There is enough to go round for every budget and every taste. Whether it’s the dramatic landscapes and charming country settings or the historic castles and heritage? Whatever it is, Switzerland has something special for you whether your idea of the perfect holiday is hiking in the breathtaking landscape or pampering yourself in the lap of luxury.
Enjoy the skiing, snowboarding and winter hiking, you’ll be taking a wealth of rich memories back home with you. The most visited Alpine area is the central Bernese Oberland, where the small but crowded resort of Zermatt provides access to the country’s most distinctive mountain, the Matterhorn. In the south-eastern corner of the country, the isolated mountain valleys of GraubÜnden provide the background for the world-famous resorts of St Moritz and Davos.
Switzerland is situated in the centre of western Europe, landlocked by France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria and Italy. The Alps occupy the central and southern regions of the country and the Jura Mountains span the border with France in the north-east. The Bernese Mittelland – an region of hills, rivers and winding valleys – lies between the two mountain systems that have produced Switzerland’s most inhabited cities. Over 60% of the country is mountainous and a quarter of it is covered in forests. Switzerland was founded more than 700 years ago. Long years of peace have left their mark on it’s heritage, history and culture.
Switzerland Sights are breathtaking almost everyone speaks some English along with at least one of the official Swiss languages, German, French, Italian.
Of the northern German-speaking cities, ZÜrich has an abundance of sightseeing and night-life and offers easy access to the tiny independent principality of Liechtenstein overlooking the Rhine. South of the Alps, sunny Ticino can seem a world apart from the rest of the country, particularly the Italian-speaking lakeside resorts of Lugano and Locarno, with their Mediterranean atmosphere. The blend of German, French and Italian ingredients has formed a hearty national culture, and the country’s Alpine landscapes have enough vitality to revive the most jaded traveller.
Events in Switzerland
Popular events, both cultural and festive, take place all year round. Festivals are organized in the summer and offer something for every taste: classical music, jazz, blues, rock, dance, film and theatre.
Weather in Switzerland
The conditions vary considerably. In the northern plateau surrounded by mountains the climate is mild and refreshing. South of the Alps it is warmer, coming as it does under the influence of the Mediterranean. The Valais area is noted for dryness. The mountains are mainly responsible for the variety of local and regional micro-climates. Ticino in the south has a hot, Mediterranean climate, but most of the rest of the country has a central European climate, with temperatures typically between 20?? and 25C in summer (June to September) and between 2 and 6C in winter (November to March). Travellers need to be prepared for a range of temperatures depending on altitude. There is a perennial snow cover at altitudes above 3000m
Essential Information Switzerland
Languages spoken Swiss, French, German, English
Visa requirements Holders of a valid British Passport and any other EU nationals do not require a visa. Citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the USA do not require a visa. A maximum stay of three months applies though passports are rarely stamped. Travellers of other nationalities should apply to the Swiss Embassy.
For more information on holidays in Switzerland see the Swiss Tourist Authority Web Site Swiss Tourist Board