I create the Switzerland Travel Guide to reveal to you a fascinating country, small in size but huge on the world stage. It’s a picturesque country, and the best way to show it to you, is through words and pictures. Through this, I hope that you will get to know Switzerland better than ever before. Let’s now embark on this mersmerizing journey to discover Switzerland.
Switzerland, or officially the Swiss Confederation, or Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin, is a relatively small landlocked country in Central Europe. It has a total area of 41,285 sq km (15,940 sq miles), making it slightly bigger than the US state of Maryland.
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Switzerland is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Much of Switzerland is mountainous, with most of its 7.8 million inhabitants concentrated in its major cities.
Switzerland is home to two global cities, Zu”rich and Geneva, which lead the country in having some of the highest per capita gross domestic product in the world. Three major languages are spoken in Switzerland, predominant according to region. They are German, French and Italian. In the canton of Graubu”nden, the people speak Romansh, an obscure language believed to have been derived from Vulgar Latin. Together they form the four national languages of Switzerland.
Traveling in Switzerland pose a challenge to many budget travelers at it is an expensive country. Having said that, every major town and city has at least one budget hostel. Alternatively, you should compare the price of hotel rooms in Switzerland before making any bookings. (Use our free hotel search engine – scroll down below – to compare prices quoted by different booking sites.)
Fast Facts about Switzerland
* Official Name: Switzerland, Swiss Confederation
* Capital: Bern
* Population of Switzerland: 7,318,000
* Languages: German, French, Italian, Romansch
* Currency: Swiss Franc
* Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, others
* Size: 39,770 sq km (15,355 sq miles)
Preparing Money for your trip to Switzerland
The currency used in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). The following are the latest rates for Swiss Franc in the last 24-hours.
Recommended Travel Guidebook
My favorite travel guidebook for further reading in preparation of your trip is the Switzerland Eyewitness Guide, because it follows a format that I find useful to users, not to mention I have also contributed to some of the titles in the Eyewitness series of guidebooks.
Planning your visit to Switzerland
By Plane The major airports in Switzerland are located in Zu”rich, Geneva and Basil. Budget travelers can also opt to fly to Friedrichshafen in Germany, a short distance from Zu”rich.
Being in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is connect by rail to most of the major cities on the continent. There are several high-speed trains that links Switzerland to its neighbors. Major Swiss cities are served by the French TGV trains from Paris, Avignon, Dijon and Nice. The German ICE links Zu”rich with Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin as well as to Amsterdam.
Planning your travel within Switzerland
The most practical form of transport in Switzerland are the trains. Switzerland has a high level of public transportation that is famously punctual. When traveling in Switzerland, you should get the Half-Fare_Card entitling you to half fare on all national buses and trains. The card costs CHF99 for one month and CHF150 for a whole year. The Half-Fare Card is available from the train station ticket office.
Here’s some tips to understand the train schedule sheet in Switzerland. The yellow sheet shows departures while the white sheets are the arrivals. Express trains are printed in red while regular trains in black.
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Towns & Cities of Switzerland
Biggest City: Zu”rich
Other Principal Cities of Switzerland
Major Tourist Destinations in Switzerland
1. Crans-Montana: Ski resort in western Switzerland.
2. Davos: The highest city in Europe with the largest ski resort in Switzerland.
3. Grindelwald: City located 1,034-meters above sea level in the Bernese Alps, with panoramic views of the mountains.
4. Gstaad: German-speaking city with one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the world.
5. Interlaken: The outdoor sports destination of Switzerland.
6. Locarno: Scenic city at the tip of Lake Maggiore, the largest lake in Switzerland.
7. Montreux: Resort town on the Swiss Riviera renowned for its annual jazz festival.
8. St._Moritz: The oldest winter resort in the world.
9. Verbier: Largest holiday resort in the Swiss Alps.
10. Zermatt: Pristine mountain resort with views of the Matterhorn.
Central Switzerland and Ticino
Mittelland, Bernese Oberland and Valais
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Switzerland
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