Practical Points for Switzerland

Switzerland is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations and with good reason; there are plenty of sights and attractions to keep you busy, an extensive transport network and English is widely spoken throughout the country.

Wherever you decide to visit in Switzerland you will find tourist information offices in every town, generally located in close proximity to the train station. Here you can find a whole wealth of information and get assistance with anything and everything from booking accommodation to hiring a car.

You can also buy passes for various sights which entitle you to discounted entrance fees, for example, if you plan to visit lots of museums then it might be worth investing in a Swiss Museum passport which gives you free entry to more than 250 museums, galleries and castles around the country.

When it comes to money matters you will find most banks are open Monday to Friday so you can change cash and sort out travellers cheques with ease.

As a general rule post offices are open Monday to Saturday so if you have postcards to send then you have plenty of time in which to do so.

You may want to book accommodation before you go and using the internet is an easy way of doing this. The summer months are the busiest so it might be wise to book in advance. A wide range of accommodation is available throughout Switzerland, from inexpensive hostels to five star luxury.

Berne is the capital of Switzerland. A medieval city which was founded in 1191 on and around the River Aare, Berne has quite a few attractions and historic sites and in 1983 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and is home to the country’s largest concentration of banks. The picturesque old town makes a pretty place to stop.

Between Zurich and Berne lies Lucerne, which many deem the cream of the crop of Swiss cities. With the Alps as a backdrop, Lucerne epitomises everything you have ever associated with Switzerland and makes for a truly authentic experience.

Basle is the second largest Swiss city and culture capital. Basle’s medieval centre is well worth a look and its crossroads position to France and Germany make it a handy place to stop if you fancy exploring other countries as well.

Switzerland’s third largest city, Geneva is a destination with lots to offer. The shores of Lake Geneva have attracted visitors for years and the city itself sits on the lake's western shore, with soaring snow-capped peaks creating a pleasing backdrop.

Flights to Geneva from London run regularly, as well as from a whole host of other international destinations, so matter where you are heading, you can book your trip to Switzerland with the minimum of fuss.

The information contained within this article is the opinion of the author and is intended purely for information and interest purposes only. It should not be used to make any decisions or take any actions. Any links are included for information purposes only.

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