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About Switzerland

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

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

Facts

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]

Climate

Events, Festivals and Holiday

January

– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri

March

– Good Friday, March 25, Fri

May

– Labour Day, May 1, Sun
– Ascension Day, May 5, Thu

August

– National Day, August 1, Mon

December

– Christmas Day, December 25, Sun

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