About Switzerland

Switzerland is a country located in Western Europe.  It was founded in 1291.

History [Founded in 1291] • Capital [Berne] • Government [Federal Republic] • Currency [Swiss franc (CHF)] • Language [German(Official),French(Official), Italian(Official), Romansh(Official)] • Religion [Roman Catholic, Protestant, non-denominational, Muslims, Christian ] • Electricity [230V, 50Hz (Type J)] • Time Zone [UTC+1] • Country Code [+41] • Internet TLD [.ch] • Emergencies [Dial 117 for police, 118 for fire service, 144 for ambulance]

Switzerland Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to Switzerland and find the best things to see, do and experience in Switzerland even  before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Zytglogge

Zytglogge
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Chapel Bridge

Chapel Bridge

Chateau de Chillon

Chateau de Chillon

Grindelwald

Grindelwald

Jet d’Eau

Grindelwald Jet d'Eau

Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch

Matterhorn

Matterhorn

Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls

Bernina express

Bernina express

Map

Tipping

Hotel –  1-2 CHF
Restaurant – No tipping expected.
Tour Guide – No tipping expected.
Taxi Driver – Fare will be rounded up.
Spas – No tipping expected.
Hair Dresser – No tipping expected.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Swiss Franc:  CHF with symbol : SFr = 100 cents
Swiss Franc Notes denominations(SFr): 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 1000
Swiss Franc Coin denominations(SFr): 1, 2, 5
Swiss Franc Coin denominations(cents ): 5, 10, 20, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted. in Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0830-1630

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dial 117 for police, 118 for fire service, 144 for ambulance

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.