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Best Places to Visit

Switzerland holidays offer tourists plenty to see and do. Geneva"s old town and main sights can be explored on foot, including St. Pierre Cathedral, the flower clock (L'horloge fleurie ) and the huge Jet d'Eau fountain.

Switzerland's largest city and business hub, Zurich, is cosmopolitan and loaded with sights. It's not as pretty or well situated as Geneva, though its Altstadt (old town) has delightful cobbled streets, churches and fantastic museums. The shopping on Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse is unrivalled.

Lucerne is a beautiful waterfront town on the lake of the same name, between Zurich and Bern. Its main draw is its medieval old town and connections to major ski resorts in the region. Nearby Interlaken (around 2-hours drive) is of similar disposition, giving tourists a taste of the stunning Berner Oberland with its typical Swiss scenery: green hills and wildflowers backed by jagged, snowy peaks. The Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch peaks are world famous, and Grindelwald is a top ski resort.

Sat on the border with Italy is the distinctive Matterhorn, Switzerland's most famous peak, which is worthy of a Swiss holiday on its own. The famous ski-resort, Zermatt, sits under the peak and is a typical alpine village of chalet restaurants and carriage rides. For stunning photo opportunities, nearby Gornergat has the best views of the mountain.

The small Canton of Appenzell lies to the north and offers plenty of picturesque villages. It"s a place of painted houses, lush valleys and rolling hills, backed by the likes of the Santis peak.

The Swiss capital of Bern is noted for its medieval core of ancient, arcaded streets. It is less popular with tourists, so is quieter, though nonetheless beautiful. Keep an eye out for the centuries-old clock tower.

Along with nearby Klosters and St Moritz in the east, Davos is one of Switzerland's best-known ski resorts. It is suitable for beginners and advanced skiers alike, and is loaded with hotels, restaurants and apres ski delights.

Europe's largest plain waterfall, the Rhine Falls, are worth a look for those crossing from Germany. There are well-set platforms and a boat takes intrepid visitors right up to a rock island amid the falls. A children's playground and nearby castles are also worth visiting on holidays to Switzerland.

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Need to know

Language

Swiss is not a language. What you will hear here is a combination of languages of the countries that surround Switzerland. That is, German, French and Italian. Language in Switzerland is regional, with French speakers in the west, Italian speakers in the south and German speakers in central, northern and eastern areas. English is widely spoken and many locals speak all four languages.

Currency

The Swiss franc is the local currency (Switzerland is not part of the EU), though euros are accepted in shops, restaurants, hotels and train stations nationwide. If you pay in euros, the change could come back in Swiss francs. Money can be exchanged at banks, street changers, train stations and hotels. ATMs accept foreign cards though not all businesses take credit cards. Switzerland is more cash-oriented than many of its neighbours.

Visas

Visitors from the UK and most of the rest of Europe, as well as from the USA, Canada and Australia don't need a visa on Switzerland holidays. Visitors must have passports which are valid for their stay, while other visitors, such as those from South Africa, must have at least three months' validity from their exit date.

Climate

Switzerland has two climates; it's temperate in the north and generally alpine in the south. Spring lasts from March to May and is usually sunny and quiet, while summer lasts from June to September and is predominately warm and busy. Autumn lasts from October to November and is pleasant early on, while winter is the main ski season and lasts from December to February/March. Summers are generally mild and humid with light rain while winters are cold, cloudy and snowy. Average summer city temperature highs are around 28°C.

Main Airports

Zurich Airport is the main air gateway, receiving flights from around the world, including from London and other UK cities. Geneva also receives good connections, along with the Franco/Swiss EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse Freiburg. Bern has a small international airport with flights from London and Paris, though many travellers fly to Zurich and then take a train to the capital on package holidays to Switzerland.

Flight Options

Local Swiss carriers regularly fly from London to Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Some also serve Manchester and Birmingham. Large British carriers serve routes from London-Heathrow and London-Gatwick to Zurich and Geneva, while budget carriers offer similar routes. Flight time from London to Zurich is around 1 hour, 30 minutes.

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Both summer and winter are high seasons in Switzerland while cheaper flights can typically be had in the spring and autumn shoulder seasons. Budget airlines have well-priced flights from London-Luton to Zurich. It is usually cheaper to fly to Basel or Geneva than Zurich due to higher operating costs at the latter. Zurich and Geneva airports both have rail connections and all airports are connected by shuttle buses and taxis.

Other Transport Options

Travelling by train is popular, with the Eurostar offering a fast connection from London to Paris (via the Channel Tunnel), from where services run to Switzerland. Coaches serve Geneva, Basel, Zurich, Bern and other cities, with a journey time from London of around 18 hours. Numerous car ferries cross the English Channel, making driving to Switzerland from the UK possible.

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Feiten

  1. De beruchte noordwand van de Eiger werd voor het eerst met succes beklommen in 1938 en heeft vele levens geëist. Een treinrit naar Jungfraujoch, Europa's hoogste treinstation, is een veiliger manier om de Eiger te verkennen.
  2. Zwitserland heet officieel de Zwitserse Bondsstaat. In het Latijn wordt dat vertaald als Confoederatio Helvetica, vandaar de afkorting CH.
  3. Le Corbusier, een van de meest invloedrijke architecten van de 20e eeuw, werd hier geboren.

Feiten

  1. De beruchte noordwand van de Eiger werd voor het eerst met succes beklommen in 1938 en heeft vele levens geëist. Een treinrit naar Jungfraujoch, Europa's hoogste treinstation, is een veiliger manier om de Eiger te verkennen.
  2. Zwitserland heet officieel de Zwitserse Bondsstaat. In het Latijn wordt dat vertaald als Confoederatio Helvetica, vandaar de afkorting CH.
  3. Le Corbusier, een van de meest invloedrijke architecten van de 20e eeuw, werd hier geboren.

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