Switzerland’s greatest assets its scenery and its mountains in particular – cost absolutely nothing. 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 southeastern 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. Swizerlands 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 nightlife 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 traveler.
Ski holidays Switzerland
If you are looking for the perfect ski trip then consider Swiss ski resorts as your destination. Swiss ski resorts offer great accommodation, excellent off piste skiing and wonderful pretty villages and views to die for. Ski with the rich and famous in Zermatt or go Royal family spotting in Klosters and Davos.
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Weddings in Switzerland
Only a civil service can be conducted in Switzerland for your wedding. There is no minimum residency required, however you will require the following documents.
Wedding legal requirements; Full birth certificates for both bride and groom showing both parents names, Passports, if divorced documents showing final divorce, if widowed the death certificate of former husband or wife, if you have changed your name you will be required to provide documents proving the change of name, if you have been adopted you will be required to provide adoption certificates. You may also be required to provide a certificate of no impediment and a sworn affidavit that you are free to marry or a certificate of single status
No minimum residency is required.
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City Breaks in Switzerland
With daily flights from the UK to Switzerland with both national and low cost carriers a city break is an excellent option. Both Zurich and Geneva are great cities to visit for a short break. Take a tour of the lake in Zurich, visit the many shops and restaurants or take the train out to the mountains for a quick few days skiing.
Swiss Restaurants & Food
The line between a cafe and a restaurant is blurred: either can do you a meal, although usually at set times (mostly noon-2pm & 610pm), with only snacks available in between. Tips are automatically included on all hotel and restaurant bills.
Regional cuisine is wide and varied. There’s a match for every taste and budget. Find fish dishes on lake shores. Colorful salads and spicy meats almost everywhere. Ask about the specials of the day. Stop for an impulsive snack, or enjoy superb elegance in a castle. Regional specialties include; minced veal in cream sauce, smoked pork, sausage and sauerkraut, polenta, risotto, pasta& and of course real muesli.
Accomodation in Switzerland
The Swiss Hotels Association classifies all its hotels according to a 5* rating system, which stipulates a range of facilities from 5* (Luxury): Very high standard of comfort and facilities including all rooms with private bath, colour television and 16/24-hour room service. Minimum size of hotel: 35 rooms. To 1* (Simple): Simple, clean accommodation offering basic amenities.
Chalets & Apartments: Information regarding the rental of chalets, houses, flats and furnished apartments is available from local tourist offices and estate agents in Switzerland. A list of contacts is available from Switzerland Tourism.
Spas: Switzerland has about 22 different mineral springs for the treatment of various health conditions. A guide to Swiss spas, including hotels, is available from Switzerland Tourism.
Private Clinics: Details of accommodation in private sanatoria and clinics are included in the publication Private Clinics in Switzerland, available from Switzerland Tourism.
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 microclimates. 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 20ￂﾰ and 25C in summer (June to September) and between 2 and 6C in winter (November to March). Travelers need to be prepared for a range of temperatures depending on altitude. There is a perennial snow cover at altitudes above 3000m.
Banks in Switzerland and Currency
The currency of Switzerland is Swiss francs. Each franc is divided into 100 Rappen (Rp), centimes or centisimi (c). There are coins of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, Sfr1, Sfr2 and Sfr5, and notes of Sfr10, Sfr20, Sfr50, Sfr100, Sfr200 and Sfr1000. Train stations are the best places for changing money; almost all have a commission-free change counter that is open long hours.
You can also change money at banks, which are usually open Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm (small-town branches often close noon-2pm). Some city and tourist resort banks open Sat 9am-4pm, although times vary. Post offices give a similar exchange rate to banks, and ATMs are everywhere
Driving in Switzerland
For the motorist travelling throughout Switzerland is safe and easy. Driving is on the right and distances are given in kilometres. Switzerland’s road network is comprehensive and well planned, and although the mountainous terrain can make for some indirect routes there is, of course, the compensation of remarkably scenic mountain drives. Speed limits are 50kph in built-up areas, 80kph on main roads and 120kph on motorways. To drive on motorways (signposted in green) you must pay Sfr40 for a vignette or tax disc, which is valid for a year and available from Swiss tourist offices abroad, at every border-post and most petrol stations. It’s easy, though, to stick to main roads (signposted in blue), which are fast and free.
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Calling Home for Switzerland
There is usually a surcharge on calls made from hotels. The Swiss phonecard, called Taxcard, allows cashless phone calls to be made from public payphones that are equipped with card readers. PTT-Taxcards are on sale for CHF 5.– CHF 10. and CHF 20. at post offices, newsagents, railway stations, etc.
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.
For more information on holidays in Switzerland see the
Swiss Tourist Authority Web Site Swiss Tourist Board
|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. Travelers of other nationalities should apply to the Swiss Embassy.|