Switzerland is a landlocked country in Western and Central Europe. Its neighbors are Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany borders to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein border to the east.

The Alps, which is basically the Swiss Plateau, and the Jura divide the country. Switzerland is independent of the major European powers and is neutral in any political affairs. As a member of the United Nations since 2002, it maintains its commitment to peace and keeps the line of political neutrality. 

Great outdoor activities await visitors in the country’s beautiful landscapes.

Things To Do

The capital city, Bern, combines rustic beauty with stunning cityscapes, modern art, medieval architecture. Also, it offers fabulous Geneva shopping centers. Or, you can visit the rooftop bars in Zurich.

During winter, skiing and snowboarding are popular in Graubunden, Bernese Oberland, and central Switzerland. Go hiking and biking in glacier-covered mountain areas during the summer.

Language

There are four official languages in Switzerland, depending on the region: German in central and eastern areas, French in the west, Italian in the south, and Romansch in some areas of the southeast. The majority of the population also speaks English as a second or third language. The predominant religion is Christianity, mainly Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

Currency

The official currency is Swiss Franc. It is approximately equal to US Dollar. The exchange is available in bureaus de change at train stations and banks. All major credit cards are widely accepted. Also, ATMs are available throughout the country, particularly in big cities. However, it is better to have cash, if you go to the rural area.

Getting Around

Roads in Switzerland are in good condition. Though, in mountain areas, they are narrow and winding. Also, only electric cars are allowed in the mountains, to avoid air pollution. This makes rail connection often more efficient than driving a car. However, if you still want to rent a car, there are multiple opportunities for this at hotels, rail stations, and airports. Cars drive on the right side of the road here.

Electricity

As for electricity, Switzerland uses type J sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

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