Located in the confluence of Western, Central, and Southern Europe Europe, Switzerland produces and eats the most chocolate in the world. The country also offers spectacular mountain scenery and peaceful environments, cosmopolitan cities and is one of the safest and cleanest countries in the world.
Why Visit Switzerland
CULTURE & DIVERSITY
Switzerland is a melting pot for many reasons. To start, the country was inhabited by the Celts, the Helvetii, and the Raetians, who shaped the culture of Switzerland and were the reason why there are so many different languages spoken in the country. Three of the continent’s major languages, German, French and Italian, are national languages of Switzerland, along with Romansh, spoken by a small minority. Switzerland was also a place of refuge for political exiles from all over the world. Nowadays, the country is home to more than 190 nationalities.
Switzerland is famous for its snow-capped mountain ranges that dominate the skyline. However, there is much more to it. The country is home to impressive waterfalls and lakes, emerald valleys, glaciers, and picturesque lakeside villages that will make you feel like you are on a fairytale.
Switzerland is well-known for its chocolates, as it was the place where milk chocolate was invented. It is not just an important part of their history but also an important source of wealth for the country. They are recognized worldwide for its quality.
SAFETY & CLEANLINESS
Switzerland ranks 7th globally in terms of safety and security according to the Safe Cities Index. It also has one of the best environmental records in the world. It is heavily active in recycling and anti-littering regulations and is one of the top recyclers in the world.
What to expect in Switzerland
Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. The most-widely spoken language in Switzerland is “Swiss German.” Spoken by just over 60% of the population. However, and thanks to its diverse background, most Swiss people often speak excellent English.
In Switzerland the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The Swiss franc is the official currency in Switzerland. Other foreign currencies, like dollars and euros, might be accepted at tourist attractions and hotels, but they won’t be accepted at other establishments. Credit cards are widely accepted, and you can exchange your money at any bank or withdraw it directly from the ATM. 1 USD equals 0.97 Swiss Franc (2020)
The climate in Switzerland is very diverse thanks to its different altitudes. The average annual temperature is 48° F (9° C), moderately continental in the plateau, Alpine in the mountains, and more temperate in the Canton of Ticino. The best time to visit Switzerland is during the shoulder seasons, between April and June, and September to October, when the weather is no extreme.
Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world. There may be pickpockets in tourist areas, but that’s about it. The country place ranks low for violent crime.
Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Switzerland for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay and Vanuatu.
Citizens from all other countries (except, of course, european citizens) need to request a visa in advance through the embassy.
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