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Welcome to Switzerland

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Known for its superb snowy mountains, beautiful scenery and delicious cheese, Switzerland is a wonderful European holiday destination. Located in central Europe, this land-locked country’s strong Alpine traditions are evident in every corner. Lively mountain villages, pristine lakes, soaring snow-capped mountains and local fairs are all part and parcel of Swiss life, and gastronomic celebrations mark the passing of seasons and every special occasion in between.
This country is as diverse as it is beautiful. In contrast to the rich agricultural heritage is the small set of cosmopolitan cities that feature modern art, hip clubs and rooftop bars. Bold architecture contrasts strikingly with medieval old towns and designer stores and traditional cafe’s jostle for space beside each other.
The perfect combination of urban and Alpine, Switzerland offers something for everyone, and you can enjoy everything from exhilarating snow sports to shopping. It's home to three very distinctive European cultures. You’ll find the more conservative Swiss Germans in the north-east, the more laissez-faire wine-drinking crowd in the south-west and the cappuccino-sipping, sun-worshipping set in the south-east. In the centre, classic Swiss mountain landscapes abound and tiny villages dot the landscape. When you book a holiday in Switzerland with JiveHippo, you can enjoy all the activities this glorious destination has to offer and immerse yourself in a land that holds a very distinctive allure.
 
It may be the birthplace of skiing, but Switzerland boasts so many other attractions that your itinerary will fill up fast. There’s plenty to do, see and eat when visiting this glorious country, and Geneva is often a popular starting point for many travellers. Hugging the shores of the famous Lake Geneva, this city is Switzerland’s third largest and you’ll find attractions such as the world’s tallest fountain. It’s also home to 30 museums and art galleries. If you have to choose, the ancient Maison Travel museum, Natural History Museum and ultra-modern Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art should definitely be on your list. Even if you don’t have a particular interest in history, these museums will captivate you, as they offer insight into the heritage of a country that has steadfastly remained neutral and has taken its influences from such a varied and diverse range cultures.
Also on the shores of Lake Geneva lies the town of Montreux, where you’ll find the Chillon Castle, the most frequently visited historical building in the whole country. A tour of this castle will take you through the dungeons, up into the towers and into the many rooms adorned with frescoes, 11th-century furniture and weaponry.
The old town of St Gallen dates back to 612 AD, and a visit here is also must for anyone looking to trace Switzerland’s roots. Picturesque buildings with beautiful curved balconies, ornate decorations and relief statues are in abundance, and the cathedral is home to remarkable stucco designs and well-preserved frescoes. 
Zurich is also a very popular destination with visitors wanting to enjoy all the cosmopolitan delights of Switzerland, and there are many designer boutiques. There are over 50 museums and galleries here, making it easy for you to pick and choose ones that appeal to you. Lying in the heart of Europe and with magnificent views of the Alps, this city’s multicultural flair attracts visitors in their droves. Featuring the liveliest nightlife in the whole country, Zurich is a hive of activity and deserves to be on your list of must-see places. It combines recreational activities such as sailing on the lake in the city centre and spectacular hikes on the Uetliberg Mountains with all-night revelry and world-class cuisine.
Switzerland is a haven for nature lovers, and the striking vistas of the Alps capped with snow are a huge attraction. The Jungfrau region is a wonderful place for anyone looking to enjoy spectacular scenery, and the three towering mountain peaks form a beautiful background to the lush green meadows and valleys. If you’re an avid walker, a visit to the Swiss National Park should definitely be on your list, and this 169-square-kilometre park is home to a variety of wildlife and scenery that will take your breath away.
The Matterhorn is the most famous peak in the Alps, and a visit to this mountain is a must if possible. Mountaineers flock to this 4, 478m-high peak, and the skiing here is exceptional. At Mount Pilatus you’ll also enjoy incredible views, and a cable car will take you to the top of this 2, 120m-high mountain, giving you an almost bird’s eye view of the surroundings. If you can, a trip to the Rhine Fall is also exceptional as this is Europe’s largest waterfall, and it’s in close proximity to Schoss Luafen, a fascinating medieval castle.
It may be the birthplace of skiing, but Switzerland boasts so many other attractions that your itinerary will fill up fast. There’s plenty to do, see and eat when visiting this glorious country, and Geneva is often a popular starting point for many travellers. Hugging the shores of the famous Lake Geneva, this city is Switzerland’s third largest and you’ll find attractions such as the world’s tallest fountain. It’s also home to 30 museums and art galleries. If you have to choose, the ancient Maison Travel museum, Natural History Museum and ultra-modern Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art should definitely be on your list. Even if you don’t have a particular interest in history, these museums will captivate you, as they offer insight into the heritage of a country that has steadfastly remained neutral and has taken its influences from such a varied and diverse range cultures.
Also on the shores of Lake Geneva lies the town of Montreux, where you’ll find the Chillon Castle, the most frequently visited historical building in the whole country. A tour of this castle will take you through the dungeons, up into the towers and into the many rooms adorned with frescoes, 11th-century furniture and weaponry.
The old town of St Gallen dates back to 612 AD, and a visit here is also must for anyone looking to trace Switzerland’s roots. Picturesque buildings with beautiful curved balconies, ornate decorations and relief statues are in abundance, and the cathedral is home to remarkable stucco designs and well-preserved frescoes. 
Zurich is also a very popular destination with visitors wanting to enjoy all the cosmopolitan delights of Switzerland, and there are many designer boutiques. There are over 50 museums and galleries here, making it easy for you to pick and choose ones that appeal to you. Lying in the heart of Europe and with magnificent views of the Alps, this city’s multicultural flair attracts visitors in their droves. Featuring the liveliest nightlife in the whole country, Zurich is a hive of activity and deserves to be on your list of must-see places. It combines recreational activities such as sailing on the lake in the city centre and spectacular hikes on the Uetliberg Mountains with all-night revelry and world-class cuisine.
Switzerland is a haven for nature lovers, and the striking vistas of the Alps capped with snow are a huge attraction. The Jungfrau region is a wonderful place for anyone looking to enjoy spectacular scenery, and the three towering mountain peaks form a beautiful background to the lush green meadows and valleys. If you’re an avid walker, a visit to the Swiss National Park should definitely be on your list, and this 169-square-kilometre park is home to a variety of wildlife and scenery that will take your breath away.
The Matterhorn is the most famous peak in the Alps, and a visit to this mountain is a must if possible. Mountaineers flock to this 4, 478m-high peak, and the skiing here is exceptional. At Mount Pilatus you’ll also enjoy incredible views, and a cable car will take you to the top of this 2, 120m-high mountain, giving you an almost bird’s eye view of the surroundings. If you can, a trip to the Rhine Fall is also exceptional as this is Europe’s largest waterfall, and it’s in close proximity to Schoss Luafen, a fascinating medieval castle.

Climate

In this land of cheese and chocolate, the climate is relatively cool, and the snow-capped peaks keep temperatures relatively low all year round.

Getting Around

Switzerland follow postal routes, linking towns to the less accessible mountain regions.

Bus stops are conveniently located next to train stations and your tickets are purchased from the driver. On long haul journeys, advanced reservations are necessary.

Health

Before visiting Switzerland you should get your free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card entitles you to state provided medical treatment that you may need during your stay.

If you do not have your EHIC, you will need to show your travel insurance documents and have accessible funds to be able to cover any treatment that you may need.

Between the months of April and October, there is a huge risk of tick bites. To avoid this happening, speak to your GP for the best advice.

Language

 Due to this county’s cultural diversity, four languages are spoken here, with German being the most popular, followed by French, Italian and Romansh.

Money

The commonly accepted currency is the Swiss franc, but euros can also be used when visiting this superb snow-capped country.

Safety

The crime rates in Switzerland are low, however you should always be on the look out for pickpockets and thieves. 

Always safeguard your belongings and never leave your luggage unattended. 

Time

Switzerland are under the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00).

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