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Tourist guide Switzerland


Switzerland is a country in Central Europe that shares borders with Germany, France, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy.  With its snow-capped Alps, forested hills, fairytale castles, Renaissance cathedrals, shimmering lakes, stylish spas and luxury ski resorts, it has been one of the world's top tourist destinations for the past two centuries. The cities of Switzerland display a variety of architecture ranging from the medieval to the modern. In the historic city of Berne, shopping, dining and sightseeing are magnificent and bestow a new appreciation for city life. Geneva, on the other hand, is home to hundreds of world organizations, while its setting on the shores of Lake Geneva lends it a romantic atmosphere. Here the Alpine scenery meets the Mediterranean landscape in a uniquely Swiss combination. Switzerland's largest city, Zurich, boasts even more amenities and many sophisticated elements such as design and arts, posh nightclubs and hip bars, cultured theater and traditional entertainment as well as a large number of museums and galleries. There are also more than one hundred ski resorts dotted throughout the country which offer premier winter activities along with a slew of warm weather pursuits, from hiking mountainous peaks to cycling through fragrant meadows.

Switzerland's economy is amongst the most developed and prosperous in the world. Orientated towards service industries, such as banking and insurance, and the production of precise mechanisms (such as clocks), the country produces essential goods with strong added value. In addition, this destination hosts innumerable congresses, seminars and motivation trips, thanks to its infrastructure, service and accessibility, as well as its huge choice of recreational activities. Lausanne, home of the International Olympic Committee, and Montreux Riviera are well-equipped for the largest congresses in the Lake Geneva Region. Countless modern and historical hotels, mostly situated in dream locations, are well suited for work and reflection.

Some useful information

Airport number : 2

Number of railway stations : 5

Timezone : GMT +1 in winter; GMT +2 in summer

Telephone prefix : +41

Electricity : 230 volts, European 2 round pins plug.

Identity card

Capital : Bern

Main cities : Zurich, Geneva, Lausane, Montreux, Bern

Official language : German, French & Italian and Romansch


Swiss franc (CHF) / CHF 1.00 =  AED 3.90 / A$ 1.07 / C$ 1.06 / € 0.78 / NZ$ 1.38 / £ 0.67 / US$ 1.06 / R 7.63

Public holidays

New Year's Day: 1 January 2011 / 2012
Easter Monday: 25 April 2011 / 9 April 2012
May Day: 1 May 2011 / 2012
Ascension Day: 2 June 2011 / 17 May 2012
Swiss National Day: 1 August 2011 / 2012
Assumption of Mary: 15 Aug 2011 / 2012
All Saints' Day: 1 November 2011 / 2012
Immaculate Conception: 8 December 2011 / 2012
Christmas Day: 25 Dec 2011 / 2012