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Swiss Info

The perfect romantic destination that needs no introduction, Switzerland, home to famous towns of Zurich, Basel & Lucerne has something for everyone. The capital, Bern with its cobbled streets and medieval architecture is perhaps the most immediately charming Swiss city. Geneva, a Swiss city with a french flair and clear-water lakes, is a popular hotspot. And if you’re looking for a shorter vacation, head to St. Mortiz, synonymous with glamour, decadence and luxury.

 

Here you can find a lot of information about Switzerland, a small but well known country in the heart of Europe. We make effort to keep this information accurate and up to date, there is no guarantee for correctness. All information is subject to change without notice. For comments, suggestions and questions use our contact form.

 

General Information:
Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities, the so-called Bundesstadt:

 

The establishment of the Swiss Confederation is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291, which is celebrated annually as Swiss National Day.

 

Bordering Countries: Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Liechtenstein
Capital of Switzerland: Berne
Population: 7,4 million
Population density: 172 per sq. km
Languages: Swiss-German, French, Italian, Romansch English is widely spoken.
Government: Parliamentary Federal State since 1848, Direct democracy
Cantons: 20 full cantons, 6 half cantons
Religions: Catholic (48%), Protestant (44%), others (8%)
Currency: Swiss Francs (CHF)

 

Post offices:
Post boxes are yellow. Post offices are open Mo-Fr 7.30-12 and 14-18, Sa 8-11.

 

Shopping:
Shops are generally open Mo-Fr 9-18.30 and Sa 9-16. Usually they accept credit cards.

 

Money exchange:
The swiss currency (Swiss Franc CHF) can be bought at all banks, post offices, railway stations and some exchange offices.

 

Banks:
Banks are open Mo-Fr 8.30-12 and 13.30-16.30.

 

Phone:
The ISD code of Switzerland is Dial 0041
Popular mobile phone companies are Swisscom, Sunrise and Orange.
Prepaid cards are available for about 40.- sFr.

 

Emergency:
Dial:
144 for ambulance,
117 for police,
118 for fire brigade
1414 for the rescue helicopter.

 

Public Holidays:
May 13 Ascension Day
May 01 Labour Day in Canton Schaffhausen, Zürich, Ticino, Thurgau, Basel
May 11 Mother’s Day
May 23 Whit Sunday
June 24 Whit Monday
August 01 Swiss National Holiday
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas
December 26 St. Stephen’s day
December 31 New Year’s Eve

 

Security
Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates of all industrialized countries. But it is always wise to keep an eye on wallets and luggage in busy areas.

 

Health
Drinking and eating-out is hygienic and the tap water is safe. Immunization for contagious diseases is only required if the traveler has been in an infected area within 14 days preceding arrival in Switzerland.

 

Insurance
Personal travel insurance is strongly recommended, including coverage of personal accident, sickness, loss or damage to luggage and personal effects and cancellation charges.

 

Weather:
Swissmeteo has accurate weather information.

Location Height above Winter (Jan) Summer (July)
sea level Mean Value Maximum
m ft ° F ° F ° C ° F ° C ° F
Geneva 375 1230 1 34 19.2 67 35 95
Lausanne 447 1467 1 33 18.2 65 33 91
Montreux 372 1220 1 34 19 66 33 91
Sion 491 1611 1 32 19.2 67 35 95
Zermatt 1616 5302 -15 22 12.6 55 27 81
Bern 540 1772 -8 30 17.4 63 33 91
Interlaken 564 1850 -8 31 16.6 62 31 88
Jungfraujoch 3454 11332 -35 6 -1.8 29 10 50
Basel 260 853 -9 34 18.8 66 35 95
Aarau 382 1253 -11 31 17.3 63 33 91
Zurich 408 1339 -11 32 17.7 64 35 95
Schaffhausen 390 1280 -11 30 17.2 63 33 91
Frauenfeld 420 1378 -11 31 17.7 64 33 91
Kreuzlingen 403 1322 -9 31 17.9 64 33 91
St. Gallen 676 2218 -11 29 15.6 60 30 86
Mount Säntis 2502 8209 -24 17 5 41 18 64
Lucerne 435 1427 -8 32 17.9 64 33 91
Mount Pilatus 2109 6919 -20 19 7.8 46 23 73
Altdorf 447 1467 -8 33 17.5 64 35 95
Glarus 472 1549 -11 29 16.6 62 33 91
Mount Rigi 1797 5896 -15 24 9.8 50 26 79
Mount Titlis 3239 10,627 -33 9 -0.3 31 12 53
St. Gotthard 2109 6919 -20 19 7.8 46 23 73
Chur 585 1919 -8 31 17.3 63 35 95
Arosa 1739 5705 -15 23 10.2 50 27 81
Davos 1560 5118 -22 20 12 54 27 81
St. Moritz 1775 5824 -15 20 11.1 52 27 81
Scuol 1287 4223 -15 22 14.9 59 27 81
Bellinzona 230 755 10 35 21.2 70 33 91
Locarno 205 673 18 37 20.8 69 33 91
Lugano 276 905 10 35 21 70 35 95