Overview of Switzerland

 

Our bespoke holidays to Switzerland offer a wide variety of experiences, enabling you to create your own perfect break. There are snow-capped Alps, forested hills, fairy-tale castles, Renaissance cathedrals, shimmering lakes, stylish spas and luxury ski resorts – it can be hard to know where to start, but we’ll help you to plan your agenda and experience everything you wish to.

Switzerland is one of the countries that historically helped to fashion the tourism industry, so there is lots to do at every time of the year.

In spring and summer it offers lakeside chalets, mountain trails and spa resorts. In the sunny southern region of Ticino, near the Italian border, you can find unexpected palm-fringed Riviera-style resorts and water sports. Or perhaps you would prefer to take advantage of the perfect climate for hiking and mountaineering on some of the 31,000 miles (50,000km) of mountain and forest trails?

In November, the country's ski resorts open and remain in thriving business until the snow begins to melt with the onset of spring. Boasting the highest pistes in all of Europe, Switzerland offers reliable snow and breathtaking views. Couple this with a log cabin, a winter fire and fantastic fondues and you begin to appreciate the country’s appeal. Switzerland's cities are pristine and beautifully laid out with the celebrated Swiss precision. Zurich is the intellectual and artistic centre and contains incredible architecture, enthralling museums and more than a thousand fountains. Geneva is the international city and provides home to hundreds of world organisations from its setting on the shores of romantic Lake Geneva.

Switzerland is a country that exudes wealth – it has more millionaires (and more mountains) per capita than anywhere else on earth. You can certainly expect to find many of the finer things in life here.

With cold winters perfect for skiing and mountain viewing, and glorious summers to enjoy the exciting cities of Geneva and Zurich along with charming Alpine villages, Switzerland is truly a year-round destination.

Climate

Summer is warm in Switzerland, lasting from June to September. Ski resorts open in late November and remain busy until the snow begins to melt in April.

In Geneva, average summer temperatures are around 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit) while the winter months average over 2 degrees Celsius (35 degrees Fahrenheit).

Language

The three official languages in Switzerland are Swiss German, French and Italian. A few people in the southeast speak Romansch.

Most people know at least three languages, and English is typically one of them.

Passport Visa

Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, but entry may be gained by EU nationals holding EU nationals holding a valid national identity card. Otherwise, you will need a passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay (or for the duration of stay for EU nationals), which must have been issued within the previous 10 years. You may need a visa to stay in the country for more than 90 days. Please check rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

Safety

Switzerland has a low crime rate compared to other European countries and is generally a safe country to travel in.

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For all your high-end, bespoke leisure and corporate travel needs to Switzerland, contact our Travel Managers on 0203 535 9290 or info@simplexitytravel.com today. 

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