Switzerland Travel Guide - Travel Insights and Tips

Traveling to Switzerland? Our detailed Switzerland insights, blogs and travel tips will help you plan the best trip.

Switzerland, the playground of Europe, might be a small country but it packs a lot of sights and adventures. Whether you spend 7 days or 10 days in Switzerland, you are in for a treat. This handy Switzerland travel guide will help you maximize your time in the land of milk and honey and decide how many days to spend in Switzerland.

If you are wondering when is the best time to visit Switzerland, then you are in luck. Switzerland is a year-round destination, there is always something to see or do here no matter when you visit. If you are traveling to Switzerland in September, sip on some fine wine as the vineyards put on an autumn display or wait a month and take part in harvest festivities in Switzerland in October. On the other side of the spectrum, you can visit Switzerland in April when spring is in full swing and you can celebrate Easter in Swiss fashion.

Switzerland tours take you past innovative cities and storybook villages and all the way up the roof of Europe. You will indulge in the finest cuisine, breathe the freshest air, and soak in the most awe-inspiring views in Europe. Have a look at our Switzerland Travel Guide to get in-the-know as you start to plan your visit.

Top Destinations in Switzerland

Discover the highlights of Switzerland.

Explore the Large Urban Center of Zurich

Explore the Large Urban Center of Zurich

Switzerland’s largest city is polished and refined but maintains its old-world charms. From window shopping for luxury goods in Bahnhofstrasse to appreciating fine art at Kunsthaus Zurich, you will have no shortage of things to do here.

Discover the Captivating Sights of Zermatt

Discover the Captivating Sights of Zermatt

Uncover the breathtaking charm of Zermatt through captivating sightseeing tours. Explore the picturesque Alpine landscapes, marvel at the iconic Matterhorn, and embrace the allure of this mountain paradise with its rich history and natural wonders.

Experience Unforgettable Boat Rides in Basel

Experience Unforgettable Boat Rides in Basel

Embark on unforgettable boat rides in Basel, Switzerland. Cruise along the Rhine River, taking in the picturesque cityscape and historic landmarks. Enjoy the soothing waters and stunning views, creating cherished memories of your time in Basel.

Switzerland at a Glance

Quick facts about Switzerland .

CAPITAL CITY

Bern is the capital of Switzerland. It is a surprisingly small capital but it was chosen in this important role around 200 years ago to avoid a concentration of power in larger cities.

SIZE

41,285 km². This landlocked country is just about the size of New Jersey, but it is home to some beautiful lakes, villages and mountains.

COUNTRY CODE

+41. If you want to call in Zurich, just add 43 after the country code followed by the phone number.

CURRENCY

The currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. The currency code is CHF. Although Switzerland does not use the Euro like the rest of Europe, you can use Euros at most major department stores, hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Cards are widely accepted and there are ATMs available, many of which do not charge fees.

MAIN AIRPORT

Zurich Airport is the main airport in Switzerland. It is located about six miles from the city center. CODE: ZRH CLOSEST CITY: Zurich

VISAS

Switzerland is part of the Schengen Zone and many travelers are allowed to enter the area for 90 days. If you are unsure, we recommend that you check the country-specific travel advisories set up by the Swiss government.

LANGUAGE

Switzerland has four official languages: French, Italian, German, and Romansh. Many people speak English too and it is easy for tourists to get around using English or any of the official languages.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

Phone 112 for all emergencies in Switzerland. You can phone this number with a foreign SIM and without credit on your phone.

WHAT'S UNIQUE

Switzerland has some of the cleanest drinking water in the world. In every city, you will find hundreds of drinking water fountains.

When to visit Switzerland

Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit Switzerland.

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Best Time To Visit Switzerland

Best Time To Visit Switzerland

Switzerland has been one of the most popular tourist destinations for many reasons. The snow-capped peaks, the stunning vistas, endless snow sports, or just relaxing by a roaring fire with a cup of world famous Swiss hot chocolate or cheese fondue in hand...Read more

Switzerland in January: Travel Tips for Festive Time

Switzerland in January: Travel Tips for Festive Time

Winter in Switzerland is a magical time. It is the peak of the winter season and the country offers some of the best snowboarding and skiing conditions in the world. The mountain resort town of Zermatt is one of the prime locations for snow sports and is...Read more

Switzerland in February: Winter Holiday Travel Tips

Switzerland in February: Winter Holiday Travel Tips

Thinking about visiting Switzerland in February? It’s definitely worth visiting this beautiful country in the winter. Switzerland receives plenty of snowfall during this month, offering the best skiing conditions. This is the time to take advantage...Read more

Switzerland in March: Witness Fun Festivals and Events

Switzerland in March: Witness Fun Festivals and Events

A holiday in Switzerland in March marks the perfect time to explore the outdoors and visit the country's famous attractions. Winter starts to recede, making way for spring during this time. In higher altitude places like Zermatt, it is still a peak season...Read more

Switzerland in April: Weather, Jazz and Easter

Switzerland in April: Weather, Jazz and Easter

The spring season casts its spell all over Switzerland in April, with slightly warmer conditions and its beautiful countryside in bloom. Snowfall is limited to the mountain areas and the low-lying places are awash with a kaleidoscope of colors. And what&r...Read more

Switzerland in May: Spring Travel Tips

Switzerland in May: Spring Travel Tips

Switzerland in May means the spring season, albeit a short one. Pleasant weather and spring bloom lend themselves well to a perfect holiday experience. May is the month when the trails like in the Engelberg Valley burst with life as lush meadows emerge, c...Read more

How long to stay in Switzerland

Read about the ideal duration to stay in Switzerland.

7 Days in Switzerland: Our Recommendations

7 Days in Switzerland: Our Recommendations

From the Unesco-recognised Gasterntal, a valley hidden deep in the Alps, to the stunning beauty of Oeschinensee Lake—there is a lot to experience during your seven days in Switzerland. Drive past Swiss cows in the idyllic meadows of Berner Oberland...Read more

10 Days in Switzerland: Our Recommendations

10 Days in Switzerland: Our Recommendations

Do not be fooled by Switzerland’s size. For this stomping ground of the world’s richest punches way beyond its weight. Give yourself a week if all you want to do is zoom through its idyllic countryside and picture-postcard cities. But for a mo...Read more

Great Switzerland Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

Great Switzerland Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

With stunning natural scenery, cities that are magnet to the jet set from the world over and a fairy tale ambiance tying it all together, Switzerland is a country filled with staggering beauty. With the luxurious city of Zurich in the north, the metropoli...Read more

5 Days in Switzerland: Top 3 Recommendations

5 Days in Switzerland: Top 3 Recommendations

Switzerland has towering Alpine peaks, pristine lakes, picture-postcard villages, and modern cities. With so many beautiful landscapes to visit and attractions to enjoy, planning a trip can be overwhelming. While you could spend weeks traveling around Swi...Read more

FAQs for Switzerland

Read the most frequently asked questions and answers about traveling to Switzerland below.

  • What is the best month to travel to Switzerland?
  • What is the best way to tour Switzerland?
  • How many do I need in Switzerland?
  • How much does a Switzerland tour cost?
  • What are the best places to visit in Switzerland?

Sustainable travel — How to travel through Switzerland responsibly

In line with Bookmundi’s vision, we wish to provide our travelers with a sustainable travel experience through Switzerland. As part of this effort, we carbon-offset any Switzerland tour that you purchase through us. You can read more details about our carbon offsetting efforts.

Here’s what you can do to travel to Switzerland more responsibly:

  • Carbon-offset your transport to Switzerland via Finnair. The moment your tour starts in Switzerland, and provided that you have purchased your tour through Bookmundi, we will carbon-offset your tour from its starting point to its ending point.
  • The Swiss tourism board has put together a list of sustainable travel tips, including use of public transport as much as possible and supporting sustainable accommodation practices, that you can follow to reduce your carbon footprint.

Switzerland travel tips and insights

  • One of the best ways to view the scenery in Switzerland is by train.
  • Bring some Swiss Francs with you on your travels as Euros are mostly used in large cities.
  • Switzerland is not one the most budget-friendly travel destinations.
  • Do not miss out on Swiss hot chocolate.
  • Recycling is taken seriously in Switzerland, so find a bin to dispose of your waste.
  • The Swiss are very, very punctual. Do not be late.

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