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Switzerland Travel Guide: Your Alpine Adventure in Switzerland's Timeless Charm

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Switzerland, a beautiful mountain country is home to numerous lakes, alpine villages and magnificent alpine peaks. Beyond Swiss watches and chocolates, the country is also famous for its adventurous ski resorts and hiking trails. As a country with a vast range of museums, galleries and music festivals, Switzerland proves to be a true paradise for aficionados of culture, tradition and contemporary art making it a must visit destination with a Switzerland tour package.

There are numerous remarkable attractions in Switzerland that offer a unique experience to the visitors, be it summer or winter. Some of the must-dos include exploring the famous Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe and experiencing the wilderness and breathtaking mountain views of the Bernese Oberland on Mount Schilthorn. Hop onto the Gornergrat Railway in Zermatt, reach the top and enjoy the beautiful panoramas including the Matterhorn. On your Switzerland holiday packages, head to Mount Titlis where you can experience a number of adventure rides. Visit the iconic Jet d’Eau fountain at Geneva and stroll along the streets to get the most of the city.

Getting in switzerland

Flights operate from most Indian International airports to Zurich, which is the main International Airport in Switzerland. Popular operators in this route are Jet Airways, Swiss International, Lufthansa and Aeroflot.

Best rates for this route is usually available when you book 6-7 months prior.

Delhi15h, 1 stopRs. 19961
Mumbai13h, 1 stopRs. 24184
Chennai13h, 1 stopRs. 30657
Bangalore13h, 1 stopRs. 27256
Hyderabad13h, 1 stopRs. 34039
Kolkata16h, 1 stopRs. 33428
Kochi14h, 1 stopRs. 27151
Trichy18h, 2 stopsRs. 38370

Best time to go

The annual average temperature stands at around 10 degrees Celcius with a humidity level of about 75%. July is the hottest month in Switzerland with an average temperature of 19°C (68°F) and the coldest is January at 0°C (32°F). July/August are the months with the most daily sunshine hours at 7. The wettest month is August with an average of 120mm of rain. Peak Season in Switzerland is during June, July and August and the best time to visit Switzerland is during shoulder season during Spring.

Visa requirements in switzerland

You might need a visa before you come to Europe on holiday, depending on where you're from and how long you're staying. A general visitor visa (tourist visa) will normally allow you to stay in Europe for 3 months. You can apply for up to 9 months in an 18 month period, but more than 3 months will only be granted in special cases.

  • Cost of visa: 7500 INR
  • Processing time:Min 15 days working days
  • Documents to carry
    • Passport: Original Passport with validity of minimum six months.
    • Flight Vouchers
    • Hotel Vouchers

Public Transport in switzerland

Switzerland has a really good transportation system with various networks connecting the entire country. You can travel either by trains, trams or buses. Further, cycling within the cities are a good way to get around and explore.

Taxi & Airport transfer in switzerland

Frequent shuttles and taxis are available at the airport. Some of the popular service providers that you can make use of include Uber, Suntransfers, HolidayTaxi and Hoppo.

Transport & city passes in switzerland

Transport passes are a great way to explore Switzerland. The all-in-one ticket Swiss Travel Pass allows you to use all of the public transport networks: Trains, buses and boats. The pass is available with a validity of 3, 4, 8 or 15 days and has a starting price of INR 15000 for adults. Adults below 26 and children below 16 can avail discounts/offers. The Swiss Pass can be bought online at https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-in/swiss-travel-pass.html. There are also city-specific passes that provide special discounts to tourist spots.

Driving & Car rental in switzerland

There are many car-rentals that operate in Switzerland that allows you to explore the country at your own pace. They are comparatively a bit expensive than public transportation but facilitates the thrill of exploring the lush green country-side and the breath-taking scenery of the mountains. Make sure to abide by the road rules and other safety measures applicable to Switzerland. Alternatively, you can also hire a driver while renting the car.

Culture & Etiquette in switzerland

Switzerland is most famous for its beautiful mountains, cheese, chocolates and watches and they form a part of everyday life. The Swiss believe in neutrality and peace, and take pride in being one among the most peaceful countries in the world. They are known for their punctuality and conservative attire. Swiss people are fond of their wines and beers and follow an unique and rich culinary customs. Meetings in Switzerland begin with grüezi(hello) and end with adieu(goodbye) accompanied with handshakes.

Major events & Public holidays in switzerland

Swiss National Day which falls on the first of August is the only official federal holiday which is celebrated with a wide range of festivities throughout the country. Another important festival is Grindelwald Snow, happens every January where you can watch the international artists play with giant blocks of snow and create masterpieces. Switzerland's most important festival marking the end of winter is the Swiss Carnival. Starting from March 6 throughout the country, it is the time when the Swiss let loose and celebrate.

Road rules and driving license in switzerland

Like any other European country, Switzerland also follows right-hand side driving. Travellers do not require an international driver's licence unless their regular licence is in English or any other official language of Switzerland. To be able to drive in Switzerland, you should be atleast 18 years old. Wearing seat belt is mandatory and driving barefoot is not encouraged. The traffic conditions may not be very easy due to the large population and limited space. It is therefore recommended to use the Park and Ride (P & R) option inside the city borders, that is, parking with an access to the public transports. You can always call 163 for any latest information on traffic rules and 140 in case of an accident or vehicle breakdown.

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