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Switzerland

Travel agents & Tickets Switzerland

Club Med

Darwin Airline

Helvetic Airways

InterSky

Magic Switzerland

Pharos Reizen

Swiss

Swiss Holiday Company

Swiss Travel System

Transavia




Bed & Breakfast/ Chalets Switzerland

Amina ferienwohnungsvermietungen

B&B Les Airelles, Leysin

B&B Switzerland

Chalet Atlantique, Courchevel

Chalet Balthazar, Villars

Chalet Wachsmuth

Dakini´s B&B, Zürich

La Demeure Des Elfes, Albinen

Lausanne Guesthouse

Verbier Ski Chalets

Swiss Youth Hostels



Villas and Apartments Switzerland

Apartment in Grächen

Engelberg Apartment

FerienWohnungen HazeWinkel

Florhaus Apartment, Bern

Grindelwald Apartments

OK Logements, Lausanne

Résidence Mont Blanc, Genève

Swiss Alps Apartment, Nendaz

Swiss Chalets

Swiss Inn, Interlaken

Villa Sonnenhof, Interlaken

Villa Vals

Switzerland Rental

Removals

Switzerland Mover


Hotels Switzerland

Accor Hotels

Fassbind Hotels

Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola

Hotel Ibis Lausanne

Hotel Wagrainerhof

Hotels Davos

La Prairie, Montreux

Swiss Holiday Park, Morschach




Winter sports

Interlaken Ski Information

Langlaufen Switzerland

Avalanche information

Summary Winter spors areas

Palazzo Varesi, Locarno

Rescue Service

Saas-Fee

Ski Resorts Switzerland

Skischool Sedrun

Snow- and Avalancheinfo

Snow Heights

Snowboarding Switzerland

Wind- en Temperatureinfo

Zermatt

Sightseeing Switzerland

Basel Stadt

Berry Museum, St. Moritz

Château d'Aigle

Chillon

Conny-Land

Davos

Gletschergarten

Heidiland

Castles in Switzerland

Lago Maggiore

Saint-Maurice

Webcam Mont Blanc



General information

Basler Zeitung

Glaciers Switzerland

The Weather in Switzerland

Dutch in Switzerland

Dutch Embassy Bern

Region Vierwaldstättersee

Languages in Switzerland

Ticino

World Fact Book Switzerland




Culture and History

Culture in Hagerbach

Dadaism

First Climbings

History Switzerland

Helvetic Republic

Historical Lexicon

Yodeling

Timeline Swiss History

People and Culture

Peace of Lausanne

Wilhelm Tell

Swiss Gard

Restaurants Switzerland

2 Akt, Zürich

Altes Tramdepot, Bern

Cheval Blanc, Bazel

Kronenhalle, Zürich

Leone Nero, Lugano

Restaurant guide

Restaurants of Geneva

Scala Restaurant Luzern

Vegetarian Restaurant Tibits, Bazel




Going Out/ Events Switzerland

Basler Fasnacht

Bejart Ballet Lausanne

Club Hey, Zürich

Concerts Zürich

Cuba Bar Bern

Cult Concerts Agency

Kiwi Kino

Cult Concerts Agency

Swiss Casinos

Camping sites Switzerland

Camping Eigernordwand

Camping Reussbrücke, Zürich

Camping Stuhlegg, Krattigen

Camping Vidy, Lausanne

Swiss Camps





Bern Switzerland

Bears Park

Einstein Museum

Fasnacht

Hauptstadt Bern

Arts museum

The City of Bern

Unesco



Zürich Switzerland

Antropological Museum

Kulturama

Kunsthaus

Lonely Planet Zürich

Moods

Museum Rietberg

Polybahn

Schauspielhaus

Stadt Zürich

Geneva Switzerland

Genève Central

Mamco

Lake of Geneva Region

Red Cross Museum

United Nations Office

Welcome to Geneva




Lausanne Switzerland

Athletissima

Cathedral of Lausanne

Lausanne

Olympic Museum

Parking Lausanne

Prix de Lausanne

Shopping Streets Lausanne



Lugano Switzerland

Culture Museum

Learning Italian in Lugano

Lugano Turismo

Malcantone Museum

Ticino


Region Graubünden

Arosa

Das ist Graubünden

Biosfera Val Müstair

Monastery Disentis

Arts Museum

Ruinaulta

Region Wallis

Grand Dixence

Valais

Wallis Quelle der Alpen

Walkingin Wallis

Ice Cave


Jobs & Internships

Dreamjob in Switzerland

Financing Internships and Study

Jobs Switzerland

Language Jobs

Luxury Watch Industry

Internship in Switzerland

Swiss Deluxe Hotels

Jobs Switzerland

Nursing Jobs


Transport & Car Rental

Bernina Express

Car Hire Switzerland

Glacier Express

Kloten Airport

Public Transport Lausanne

Public Transport Switzerland

TCS

Traffic rules Switzerland

Swiss Railways


Sports/ Activities Switzerland

Cycling

Golf de Lavaux

Canoeing

Kulm Gold St. Moritz

Paragliding

Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks

Sportclimbing in the Swiss Valais

Sportfishing

Walks in Berner Oberland

Swiss Football

Photos/ Travel stories/ Blogs

Baardwijk's Worldview

Mountain photo

Mountain pointer

The Traveller, Saas-Fee

Photos Berner Oberland and Wallis

Cabins Trip aroundVal Medel

Jacoplaza

Paragliding

PicSwiss

Health Care Switzerland

Clinic Valens

Dutch Asthma centre Davos

Privatklinik Meiringen

Salem Spital Bern

Dentists Switzerland

University Hospital Zürich




Business Switzerland

Foreign Banks

CERN

Ernst & Young

Collecting Switzerland

Chamber of Commerce

Right of establishment




Government Switzerland

Department of Foreign Affairs

Federal Supreme Court

Politics of Switzerland

The Federal Authorities

The Swiss Parliament



Religion Switzerland

International Church of Zug

Freikirche Basel

Religion in Switzerland

Swiss Brethren

Westlake Church



Shopping Switzerland

My Swiss Chocolate

Tissot

Vilterij Trijnie Veenstra

Swiss Beer

Swiss Cheese

Swiss Wines

Westside

Education Switzerland

Business School Lausanne

Hospitality Management School

Institut Villa Pierrefeu

Study in Switzerland

University Basel

University Bern

University Lausanne

Travel guide Switzerland A-Z

Area

Switzerland covers an area of 41'285 km².

Border formalities

For Switzerland a valid passport or a valid tourist card is required. A visa is for Dutch, Belgians and Luxembourgers not required.

Capital

The capital of Switzerland is Bern.

Climate

There are various types of climates in Switzerland from a polar climate in the mountains to a Mediterranean climate in Ticino. Generally, there is a transition from land to sea climate and in the higher parts of the Alps is a mountain climate.

Electricity

The voltage in Switzerland is 230 volts. To connect equipment you'll often need a plug adapter, since Switzerland has different plugs and sockets.

Culinary

The cuisine of Switzerland has many facets. While some dishes such as fondue, raclette or rösti are known throughout the country, each region has its own gastronomy according to the differences of climate and languages​​. Traditional Swiss cuisine uses ingredients similar to those in other European countries, as well as unique dairy products such as gruyère of Emmental, produced in the valleys of Gruyères and Emmental.

Education

In Switzerland usually kids start Kindergarten at five, they attend 2 years. Then they start primary school at age of seven, it takes 6 years. Secondary school takes another 3 years. Some kids go to a higher school, either after primary school for 5 years or after secondary school for 4 years. After this, they may go to university. Those who do not go to university usually start an apprenticeship which takes between 2 and 4 years. Boys and girls in Switzerland attend the same classes; they are not separated except for gym at secondary school and universities. Kids are done with school if they chose to be at age 16. The literacy rate for Switzerland is close to 100%.

General

Switzerland is officially named the Swiss Confederation, it is also called "Confoederatio Helvetica", therefore the abbreviation "CH". The name Switzerland is derived from the name of one of the founding cantons, Schwyz.

Flag

The white cross of the Swiss flag is a symbol for the cross Jesus was put on. The red color is a symbol for his blood.

Government

Administratively, Switzerland is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons. The country is not a member of the European Union.

Greet

Business in Switzerland: Shake hands (perhaps nod. Family/friends in Switzerland: Embrace, kiss (recently, people started to kiss three times on the cheek (left, right, left)).

Inhabitants

Switzerland has approximately 7.7 million inhabitants. Switzerland is not a nation state, there is no "Swiss ethnicity". Instead, Switzerland is a society of essentially four native ethnic groups: Swiss Germans (65%), Romandiërs (18%), Italian-Swiss (10%) and Rhaeto-Romans (1%). End of 2005, there were 17,055 people with the Dutch nationality and 9,822 people with the Belgian nationality living in Switzerland.

Lakes

The largest lakes in Switzerland are Lake Constance and Lake Geneva, but both of these lakes are shared with other countries. The largest lake lying entirely in Switzerland is Lake Neuchâtel.

Language

The national and official languages ​​of Switzerland are German (spoken by 63.7 percent of the population), French (spoken by 20.4% of the population), Italian (spoken by 6.5% of the population), Romansh (spoken by 0.5% of the population). The German that is spoken by the German-speaking people is Swiss German, which in many respects differs from High German and also has major differences between the various towns and villages. The Swiss French differs in details on the official French. The Romansh is spoken in a part of the canton of Grisons.

Money

The currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF). Nevertheless, prices in many places are indicated in CHF and euros. In many shops it is possible to pay with euros. The change, however, you'll get in CHF. The VAT you pay on products in Switzerland is 8.0%. Ask the stores for the Global Blue Cheque, so you can ask the VAT back. Global Blue offers is also offered at the airports of Zurich and Geneva, it is a fast and safe service to get your money back. Shops are generally open Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 18.30 and on Saturdays from 9.00 to 17.00. On Sunday the shops are closed, except the shops at the airport and at some gasstations and motorway restaurants. Private Goods are to a total value of CHF 300.00 per person free of import duties

Mountains

Switzerland is an Alps country. The highest mountains are in the south and east of the country. The highest point is the Dufourspitze (4634 m) in the canton of Valais. Other famous mountains in Switzerland are the Matterhorn, the Jungfrau and Eiger. In the northwest is the Jura. The north and center of the country are less mountainous and therefore the most densely populated. About 3000 km2 of the Alps is covered by glaciers and eternal snow. The largest glacier is the Grosse Aletsch glacier with an area of 115 km2.

National anthem

The national anthem of Switzerland is  "Trittst im Morgenrot daher".

Religion

Aaccording to the most recent count (2000) was at that time 42% of the Swiss Roman Catholic, 40% Reformed, 2.5% are members of a so-called Frei Kirche (Protestant church without a special relationship with the government), 4% Muslim, 1% belongs to another religion and 11% is not affiliated with any religion. The Roman Catholic Church in Switzerland does not have its own church province, but has six straight from the H. Chair dependent dioceses. In Geneva are the WCC and the Lutheran, Reformed and Methodist world unions.

Rivers

The main rivers are the Rhine with its tributary the Aare, and beyond the Rhone and Inn, all of which originate in Switzerland.

Traffic

On most highways in Switzerland a vignette is required. There is a toll for motorways, which in 2007 costs 40 Swiss Francs and is valid for 14 months, from December in year A, B throughout the year, and January of year C. Some mountain passes require toll. Also for the tunnel La Drossa between Switzerland and Italy, and the Great Saint Bernard Tunnel toll must be paid.

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