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

Fun Fact: 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.

Things To Do In Switzerland

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.

Switzerland is a charming place to fulfill your dreams. Its alpine beauty calls to you. The fairytale beauty will leave your jaw dropping. The snow-capped mountains, the deep blue lakes; the tiny cottages will give you a magical experience.

The best resorts for hiking, skiing, paragliding are present here. There are plenty of places you can visit to experience the magnificent picturesque of Switzerland.

GENEVA

Who doesn’t love Switzerland? It is the happiest country in the world. Geneva is taken from the name the Lake Geneva. It is located at the base of snow-topped Alps. It is the largest Alpine lake. Geneva is the mixture of Swedish and French culture. It is the capital of United Nations.

The gothic mystery surrounds these cathedrals. The Jet d’Eau is a fountain. It shoots water till 150 meters in the air. You can visit the opera house. The streets lined with cute cafes and elegant boutiques. Montreux hosts Jazz Festival every year in June. A lovely view of mountains and lakes coupled with some music. It will jazz you up.

JUNGFRAUJOCH

It seems like everything of giant size should be in Switzerland. The Great Aletsch Glacier is the longest glacier in Europe. It is present in Jungfraujoch. It is a world heritage site.

The most beautiful way to visit this place is to take a train. You can view the top of Europe from here. It is 3454 meters high. You can take a walk on the first slope Glacier Gorge.

You can view the Alpine scenery. Those who are a bit inactive the old or the ill tourists can take gondolas. Isn’t it wonderful? We all love to think of those misty lakes and gondolas. The hikers should gear up because of Switzerland one of the toughest climbs — The Eiger. Hope you have an adventurous tour.

ZURICH

The shopping hub of Switzerland. As well as the center of transportation. The city is located near Lake Zurich. Just breath in the air and walk down streets full of cultural extravaganza.

The Old town has a lot of art galleries you can visit. The street of Bahnhofstrasse has a line of classy boutiques, designer shops.

You can buy a token for your loved one. From funky watches to elegant jewelry you can buy anything here. You have a vast array of art galleries and museums waiting for you.

The best is Kunsthaus Zurich. It has art collections from middle ages to the modern day. If you are with your family, spend a day at the zoo. Your kids will love it.

A train ride to Uietliberg mountain will give you a breathtaking view of the mountain ranges. You can visit the National Swiss Museum too. Its exquisite architecture and lighting will appeal to any goth.

ST MORITZ

Are you looking for some winter sports? You can do any winter sports here. St. Moritz has hosted two Winter Olympics. You will love skiing here.

This chic town is present on both side of Lake St. Moritz. The one side has sunny weather whereas the other is on the floor of the mountain.

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The mirror-like ice helps efficiency in sports. It has some pricey resorts. People flock down here to enjoy the sports of skiing, hiking, biking. The St.Moritz Bad, which is on the floor of the valley, is less pricey. If you don’t want pricey bills, you can stay on this side. Have fun skiing.

MATTERHORN

It is the highest mountain in the Alps. Matterhorn’s peak is as high as 4478 meters. The intimidating range is iconic to watch from afar. The first climb to Matterhorn was tragic. The climbers died during the descent.

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At the foothills of the peak, there is a lovely village. Zermatt will take you back to middle ages.

Horse-drawn carriages are popular here. Motorized vehicles are not allowed here. The people want to preserve the untouched beauty of the village. That is why they keep it clean and pollution free.

This village has expensive restaurants. Zermatt can be a solace. You can also do biking, hiking, swimming here.

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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 the Swiss Franc. It is approximately equal to the US Dollar. The exchange is available in bureaus de change at train stations and banks. All major credit cards are widely accepted.

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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