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Written by Arundhati Toshniwal on August 3, 2021 Share on

15 Things to Know about Switzerland before Travelling to Switzerland

Did you know that Switzerland has four national languages; it gave us Muesli and Velcro, and Swiss people are not big fans of night parties? If not then here you will get to know 15 things to know about Switzerland before travelling to Switzerland. Yes, a place with expensive living and tons of natural beauty that can please your soul. Excited? Let’s know then!

15 Things to Know about Switzerland

  1. Switzerland speaks many languages
  2. Switzerland is a small country
  3. They start early and end early
  4. No small talk welcome in Switzerland
  5. The capital of Switzerland
  6. Not famous for its nightlife
  7. Swiss milk is loved across the globe
  8. Pay to use the bathrooms (in major cities)!
  9. Home to beautiful natural sights on Earth
  10. Weed is legal in Switzerland
  11. Switzerland invented some cool stuff
  12. Everything is expensive here!
  13. Go local for good Swiss chocolate
  14. Reliable public transportation  
  15. Fondue wasn’t always famous

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1. Switzerland speaks many languages

Doesn’t it feel like Swiss is the official language of Switzerland but the fact is Switzerland has four official languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh. The majority of the country speaks Swiss German; the western provinces which are called cantons speak French. The southern canton of Ticino speaks Italian and Romansh is the least spoken in Switzerland making up 1% of the Swiss population. Not to worry as Swiss people have some knowledge of English too.

2. Switzerland is a small country

You can cross the country by train in 5 hours ONLY! Also, Switzerland’s whole population is approximately 8,723,115. This is the reason why cities in Switzerland, like Zurich and Basel, are easily manageable and have rapid growth.

Zurich, Things to Know about Switzerland
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3. They start early and end early

A country that starts early and goes to bed early, what this means for you is that cafes open at 6:00 AM, Grocery stores at 7:00 AM, Classes start by 8:00 AM and so on. By the time you’re done with your day, so are everyone else and go off to sleep. The country truly follows early to bed early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, hope you are not a night owl!

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4. No small talk welcomed in Switzerland

Swiss people are not much into talking with strangers. The culture to show friendliness or warmth to strangers is not followed in Switzerland, for example, friendly small talk with waitresses and cashiers is strongly discouraged. People do follow “Mind your own business” seriously here, so do not take it personally.

5. The capital of Switzerland

It is so easy to get confused and wrongly assume either Zurich or Geneva is the capital of Switzerland but the actual capital of the country is Bern which became the capital in 1848.

Bern, Things to Know about Switzerland
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6. Not famous for its nightlife

If you are looking to party and have fun with your friends at night in clubs then Switzerland is not the place. It does not mean that it does not have clubs at all; The Swiss city best known for its nightlife is the student hub of Lausanne but there are not many partygoers in the country. If you do decide to venture out, firstly check the train and bus schedules because public transport halts after midnight, even on the weekend.

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7. Swiss milk is loved across the globe

The Swiss milk is very rich and creamier and is exported to many other countries. The cows in the alpine region are the secret to such amazing milk. Also, this milk is used in cheese and chocolates which make them tastier and make people fall in love with them.

Brown cows on Swiss Alps.
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8. Pay to use the bathrooms (in major cities)!

In Switzerland, you have to pay to use public washrooms. In big cities like Zurich, Basel, Bern, and others, if you need to use a toilet or need a private space to freshen up or change your clothes you will have to pay up to 2.00 CHF (roughly $2.00 USD) for a sit-down toilet and 1.50 CHF for a standing toilet. Washrooms in small cities are free to use.

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9. Home to beautiful natural sights on Earth

Switzerland is a place that we can resemble heaven. Amazing Alps mountain range, serene lakes, historic buildings like castles, and more. These natural and beautiful sights in Switzerland are worth seeing with the naked eye!

the alps, switzerland
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10. Weed is legal in Switzerland

Yes, you can buy and consume weed in Switzerland legally. The THC levels (the part that makes you ‘high’) has to be less than one per cent which results that it won’t get you high but still feel mellow.

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11. Switzerland invented some cool stuff

Things we use in our daily life like Velcro (mostly used in shoes), Muesli (a famous breakfast eaten all over the world), Milk chocolate, Rex Peeler, Fondue (cheese dip dish), Aluminum foil, etc are all invented in Switzerland. Surprising, isn’t it?

muesli
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12. Everything is expensive here!

Switzerland is an expensive country and has one of the highest costs of living in the entire world. You will forget how it feels to pay less than twenty dollars for lunch, no free water, and thinking before paying two dollars per minute for a taxi ride. All you have to take care of is your finances or you’ll be out of cash before you even know it.

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13. Go local for good Swiss chocolate

Switzerland is very famous for its Swiss chocolates all over the world; Lindt to Toblerone is tasted by everyone. So, to taste the real Swiss chocolates, go to a local grocery store or chocolate shop. It is said – to know the real side of any country, go on the streets to explore!

Swiss Chocolates, Things to Know before visiting Switzerland
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14. Reliable public transportation

Public transportation in Switzerland is very reliable, and the view makes it even better. There’s a handy application with schedules for every type of transport, like buses, trains, metros and are always on time. If you’re planning to stay in Switzerland for a long time, it is better for you to buy a Swiss Pass. This pass allows you to take any train, bus, cable car, boat, anything for free all the time so it is quite beneficial. You can use a Swiss Pass card for a minimum of four months and it will cost you around sixty dollars a week.

 

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15. Fondue wasn’t always famous

Fondue is a famous Swiss dish made of cheese and cheese! Unfortunately, fondue wasn’t always this famous, and got its popularity in the 20th century. Thanks to the Swiss Cheese Union, they aggressively advertised both Swiss cheese and fondue to raise their sales and profits.

Also read – 10 Things to Do in Switzerland in Christmas

Fondue, things to know
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So, aren’t you excited to visit Switzerland and explore it ASAP? There are a ton of reasons to travel to this beautiful country. So, Check out Pickyourtrail for ravishing Switzerland tour packages or you can customize your Switzerland itinerary by your own likes and choices.

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