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Destination: Switzerland. An essential travel guide.

WHY TO VISIT SWITZERLAND

The peculiarity of this country is the diversity offered by the origin of the different populations: French-Speaking Switzerland, German-Speaking Switzerland, Italian-Speaking Switzerland, all with a different language and lending their colours and features to multiple regions.

Geneva and its privileged situation will enable you to enjoy beautiful journeys alongside the lake as well as through the old town, or visiting its monuments like the Cathedral of St. Peter, or the Clock Museum. Further north, Lucerne and its surroundings will enchant you with its mountain villages that populate meadows inhabited by fat contented cows, peaceful and relaxing landscapes, and idyllic sceneries for excursions.

Climbing or skiing fans will want to visit Zermatt, where they can admire Mont Cervin and all the surrounding peaks; in addition they can practice their favorite sport. To breathe the fragrance of Italy, Ascona, in the south of the Alps, offers you art galleries, and the proximity of Lake Maggiore might make you think that you are at the seaside.

You will quickly find that Switzerland is not only about chocolate or banks, and its richness is rooted also in the vestiges of its medieval past, in the splendour of its mountains, and its renowned cultural events such as the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Source: http://www.thebesttimetovisit.com/

WHAT TO SEE IN SWITZERLAND

Top destinations in Switzerland are:

  • Zurich
  • Lucerne
  • Geneva
  • Zermatt
  • Berne
  • Lugano
  • Basel
  • St. Moritz
  • Lausanne
  • Andermatt
  • Montreux
  • Grindelwald

WHEN TO GO TO SWITZERLAND

Weather in Switzerland

Best period to visit Switzerland is from May to September.

The best time to visit Switzerland largely depends on whether you’re planning a city or mountain break. The former are best visited in the temperate summer months (June–Sept).

Rainfall varies widely, with the northern cities (Bern, Zürich) experiencing more overcast skies than, for instance, Lugano, which tends to have long periods of sunshine occasionally punctuated by short downpours. During winter most cities receive generous dumps of snow, though this rarely causes life to grind to a halt.

In the mountains the two main seasons run from June to October, and from mid-December to mid-April; between these times, most mountain resorts close down altogether.

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Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Switzerland

Source: http://www.swissvistas.com/

HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH SWITZERLAND

by plane, main airports are:

by train

by car

GENERAL INFORMATION ON SWITZERLAND

country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa

health tips & vaccination: none

local currency: Swiss franc

local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)

electricity: type C nad J (230 V - 50 Hz)

mobile phone operators:

WHAT TO DO IN SWITZERLAND

typical food in Switzerland

  • Fondue; cheese melted (usually a combination of Gruyere and Vacherin) in a pot;
  • Raclette, gilled Raclette cheese served with potatoes, vegetables and pickles;
  • Tartiflette, a combination of potatoes, bacon, caramelised onions and lashings of sauce made with that tasty local cheese;
  • Rosti, grated potatoes fried until they are golden brown and super crispy;
  • Bündnerfleisch meat, air dried meat;
  • not forgetting of course the famous chocolates.

souvenirs from Switzerland

  • Cow bells
  • Style watches
  • Chocolate
  • Cheese
  • Wood carved figures
  • Swiss army knife.

SIMPLE DICTIONARY

Hello: Bonjour

Goodbye: Au Revoir

How are you?: Comment allez-vous?

Thank you: Merci

What is your name?: Comment vous appelez-vous?

How much is it?: Combien ça coûte?

Sorry: Pardon

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