SwitzerlandSwitzerland

Jagged, snow-capped Alps form the backdrop for glacier trekking or shopping in ritzy St. Moritz. The world’s oldest democracy is delightfully clean, safe, and healthy. On-time trains carry Swiss toting bicycles and trekking poles. A melting pot with four official langueges, it holds Europe’s highest coffee roastery and the loneliest train station on the “Heidi Express.”

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New Independent Package Captivating Rhine with AmaWaterways
7 night captivating Rhine River cruise with shore excursions in Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest cities; medieval Ludwigshafen; Strasbourg, with its French & German influences; and historic Breisach
from $3599 w/ Flights from $2799 Tour Only 9 days
per person, double occupancy*

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Fast Facts

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Overview

Capital: Bern
Population:  8.287 million
Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
Languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: UTC +8

Entry requirements Please see our Entry Requirements page.
Staying Healthy

There are no health requirements to enter Switzerland. 

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

Spring, summer and autumn are all very fair in Switzerland despite snow on its highest peaks year-round. June and July are when the alpine wildflowers bloom; they are also the peak season for tourists. Take a sweater no matter when you travel, and an umbrella.

Tipping

A 15% service charge is included in the price of all services and on your hotel bill. Round up taxi and restaurant bills if the service has been good.

Money & Credit Cards

The Swiss franc is the only currency accepted everywhere. Note that the Euro is a foreign currency in Switzerland, so accepting it results in extra costs and risks for shop owners. Therefore, if you pay with Euros, change will be in Swiss francs and the exchange rate is mostly not in your favor.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.

Shopping

When shopping in Switzerland, look for watches, crystal, embroidered items, clocks, pottery, Swiss army knives, lace, cowbells, antiques, cutlery, ski clothing and equipment, shoes, chocolate, cheese, and liquors. 

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. Plug J. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? Read up on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

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* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

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