Switzerland

Switzerland is located in the Alps and has a cold weather most of the time and it is blessed with all the bounties of natures. One should visit Saas Fee for skiing or snowboarding. In some tourist resorts like Zermatt and St. Moritz(known as a celebrity resort) you even can live in a real igloo.


Grindelwald, Switzerland

Culture

The official languages being spoken in Switzerland are German, Italian and French. Also many English people can be found here. When invited to someone’s house unwrapped flowers are common as a gift for the house. But make sure to get the right flowers because white asters and chrysanthemums for example are reserved for funerals also red roses are better avoided. Dressing can be casual but formals are expected when attending social gatherings or when eating out at a fine restaurant. The currency used here is Swiss Franc.

Shopping

Switzerland is famous for its exotic chocolates, finest handmade clocks and luxury watches,embroidered linen, music boxes, wood carvings, Swiss cheese and Swiss army knives. Some shops are remain closed on Mondays, so shopping should be avoided on that day. Service Charge is applied on all services which means tipping is an issue of gratitude. The VAT is 7.6% and it is charged on all purchases made in Switzerland. The good thing about the VAT is that it can be reclaimed later by asking for a global refund check or if the purchase crosses 400 CHF.

Electricity

The Voltage is 230 volts (AC) and the frequency 50 Hz.


Chateau de Chillon Castle, Montreux, Switzerland

Getting There

The national airline of Switzerland that connects to 71 destinations all over the world is Swiss airline. The most populat airport of the country is Zurich located 11km away from the city. Trains are running every 15 minutes to transport passengers to their destinations. One can get a Fly-Rail ticket if he wants to collect the luggage at the railway stations rather then the airport. The airport is also providing facilities such as duty free shops, banks, restaurants and car hire. Other airports in Switzerland are Geneva, Basle and Bern.

The weather conditions are worst during winter so train is an efficient and most of the time cheaper option. Another great thing about traveling by train is that you get the chance to enjoy the scenic beauty of the countryside. One can get the Swiss Pass to visit most of the tourist attractions in Switzerland.

The roadnetwork of Switzerland is well maintained and has high quality roads which connect the country to Austria, Germany, Italy and France. But the problem during winters is the same, so it is recommended to carry chains and snow tires when traveling during winter also cars should be kept to the right.


Matterhorn, Stellilake, Valais, Switzerland

Duty Free Items

Visitors from other European countries are allowed to carry:
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
- 2 liter of alcohol (up to 15 per cent) and 1 liter of alcohol (over 15 per cent)
without customs duty being levied on them.

Visitors from Non-European countries are allowed to carry 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500g of tobacco and 2 liter of alcohol (up to 15 per cent) and 1 liter of alcohol (over 15 per cent) without customs duty being levied on them.

Meat items, narcotics and absinthe are strictly not permitted. Other items that come under the prohibited items list are firearms and animals.