Switzerland

Switzerland. Travel information

Swiss Confederation is a mountainous country in Central Europe. Zürich, Geneva and Basel have been ranked among the top ten cities in the world in terms of quality of life, with Zürich ranked second globally.

Zurich (Zürich, map) — Switzerland’s largest city on a lake as well and a major centre of banking and culture. Geneva (Genève, map) — this centre of arts and culture is an international city home to around 200 governmental and non-governmental organisations.  Basel (map) — has a beautiful medieval old town centre, a fascinating carnival, and several world class art museums. The traveller’s gateway to the German Rhineland and Black Forest and French Alsace.

Switzerland showcases three of Europe’s most distinct cultures. To the northeast is the clean and correct, 8-to-5-working, more stiff Swiss-German-speaking Switzerland; to the southwest you find the wine drinking and laissez-faire style known from the French; in the southeast, south of the Alps, the sun warms cappuccino-sippers loitering in Italian-style piazzas; and in the center: classic Swiss alphorns and mountain landscapes.

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Berne (Bern, map) — The remarkable design coherence of Berne’s old town has earned it a place on the UNESCO. It has 6.4 km (4 miles) of arcaded walkways along streets decked out with fountains and clock-towers.

Interlaken (map) — the outdoor and action sports capital of Switzerland; anything from skydiving, bungee jumping, hiking, white-water rafting, to canyoning. Lausanne (map) — scenery, dining, dancing, boating and the Swiss wine-country. It is also the public transport hub of Vaud, and a gateway to the alpine Canton of the Valais, home to some of the best known ski slopes in the world.

Lucerne (Luzern, map) — is a beautiful small city in the heartland of Switzerland with direct water links to all of the sites of early Swiss history. Lugano (map) — a gorgeous old-town, is a lakeside city in Ticino; much Italianatà combined with Swiss seriousness.

The most convenient and therefore the most visited months are from late May till early October with a particular, often overcrowded high from July to August.

> Welcome to the Swiss Alps! | MySwissAlps.com
> Map of Switzerland with points of interest | map.search.ch
> Swiss Parks Network | paerke.ch (Interactive Map)
> Swiss Alpine Club | www.sac-cas.ch
Region: Valais and Vaud
Region: Bernese Oberland
Region: Central Switzerland
Region: Graubünden
Region: Eastern Switzerland

Grindelwald (map) — the classic resort at the foot of the Eiger. In summer and early fall, is also possible to hike into Grindelwald from well-marked Bernese Oberland trails. *Lavaux (map) — A region of terraced vineyards on the shore of Lake Geneva and a UNESCO cultural heritage site. St. Moritz (map) — glitzy ski resort in the Engadine valley in south-eastern Switzerland. Zermatt (map) — famous mountain resort at the base of the mighty Matterhorn.

There are more than 60,000 km of well maintained and documented hiking trails and cycling routes >> Hiking in Switzerland. You could even send your luggage ahead to the next abode and travel very lightly, with the necessary water and Swiss chocolate! >> lots of huts

Cycling in cities is safe and very common. >> Cycling in Switzerland

Water is drinkable everywhere, even out of every tap, especially so of public fountains, unless explicitly marked with “Kein Trinkwasser”, “Non potable” or “Non potabile”. Do not drink from temporarily installed trough on a meadow in order to water the cattle served by the close-by brook.


 Privacy.  Take care not to inadvertently violate the privacy of anybody in Switzerland. The Swiss Civil Code and Federal Act of Data Protection states that it is forbidden to make recordings of a person without their explicit consent and this is also true for pictures and video recordings as soon as a person is recognisable. Potentially you could be sentenced for up to three years in prison for taking and especially publishing pictures and other recordings of any person without their explicit consent, so be mindful of what you take pictures of and respect the privacy of both the general public and celebrities alike.
Eastern Switzerland:
Cantons of St. Gallen / adm. center St. Gallen
Thurgau / adm. center Frauenfeld
Appenzell Innerrhoden / adm. center Appenzell
Appenzell Ausserrhoden / adm. center Herisau
Glarus / adm. center Glarus
Schaffhausen / adm. center Schaffhausen
Graubünden / adm. center Chur
Zürich:
Canton of Zürich / adm. center  Zürich
Central Switzerland:
Cantons of Uri / adm. center Altdorf
Schwyz / adm. center Schwyz
Obwalden / adm. center Sarnen
Nidwalden / adm. center Stans
Lucerne / adm. center Lucerne
Zug / adm. center Zug
Northwestern Switzerland:
Cantons of Basel-Stadt / adm. center Basel
Basel-Landschaft / adm. center Liestal
Aargau / adm. center Aarau
Espace Mittelland:
Cantons of Bern / adm. center Bern
Solothurn / adm. center Solothurn
Fribourg / adm. center Fribourg
Neuchatel / adm. center Neuchatel
Jura / adm. center Delémont
Région lémanique:
Cantons of Geneva / adm. center Geneva
Vaud / adm. center Lausanne
Valais / adm. center Sion
Ticino:
Canton of Ticino / adm. center Bellinzona

Public transport

Switzerland boasts the world’s densest public transportation system. The Swiss Travel System includes a rail network of 29 000 kilometres, including several popular rail lines. Authoritative information, routes, fares and schedules for almost all public transport can be found online on Swiss Federal Railway’s.

BUS >> Swiss PostAuto bus network

Association of Swiss Navigation Companies

Major international airports >> Genève Aéroport,  Zurich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.

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