Business Travel in Switzerland
- Passport and Visa Service
Entry to Switzerland (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs)
- Diplomatic Representations
List of diplomatic and consular representations of Switzerland
Organizing Your Trip
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
- Switzerland has a very efficient and modern urban public transport system. There are tramways and light rail services in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Neuchâtel and Zürich. These and a further dozen cities also have trolleybuses.
Fare systems are generally automated with machines issuing single or multiple tickets at the roadside. There is a day ticket for travel in one or more Swiss cities on any given day at a standard fare.
Taxis are widely available and drivers expect a 15% tip.
- Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
|Basel (BSL)||9 km / 6 miles||EUR 28-32 / 15 min||Available||-||Available|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
- Domestic air travel is fast but expensive. Most people prefer to travel by train or road.
Rail transport is well developed across the country. The Swiss railway company Schweizerische Bundesbahnen(SBB) and many other rail operators provide excellent services. Use of the SwissPass(Visit: Swiss Travel System website is a superb way to view the scenery.
The condition of roads is generally good. Postal motor coaches provide bus services even the remotest villages. However under the integrated national transport policy, few long-distance coaches are allowed to operate.
- Rail Companies
Swiss Federal Railways
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|Swiss InterNational Airlines||Major||Yes||Yes|
You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Traveling By Yourself
- The car registration sticker is compulsory in order to use Swiss highways. It is available at border posts, post offices, police stations. It is imperative to use snow tyres as soon as the weather requires it. In the event of an accident, call the police. The car insurance is compulsory. It is better to subscribe a good insurance policy since car repairs are very expensive.
- Road Maps
Live Search Maps
- Find an Itinerary
Different Forms of Tourism
- Zürich (Switzerland's largest city) has many monuments to visit. One should definetly visit the gothicFraumünster with its stained-glass windows by Chagall; the imposing twin-towered Grossmünster cathedral; and the Swiss National Museum.
Visit the Horological Museum and watch-making factories at La-Chaux-de-Fonds In the elegant ancient city cenre of St Gallen, enjoy the baroque cathedral and famous Abbey Library (Stiftsbibliothek) in the old Benedictine monastery (incunabula and illuminated manuscripts), named a World Heritage Treasure by UNESCO.
Some other important historical places to visit in the country are:
- Kunsthaus (Zurich),
- The Clock Zytglogge ( Bern),
- The Kunst Museum (Basel),
- The Swiss Transport Museum (Lucerne).
- Some of the important cultural places in Switzerland recognized by UNESCO are: - Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair - Convent of St Gall - Lavaux, vineyard terraces - Old City of Berne - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes - Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzone
- There are many beautiful lakes in Switzerland which could be visited by a lake cruise or ferry trip. These include Lake Zürich, Lake Geneva, Lake Constance and the picturesque Vierwaltstättersee at Luzern.
Also visit Berner Oberland, a major tourist area that includes spectacular scenery including famous peaks (Jungfrau, Mönch andEiger), mountain lakes, alpine streams and wild flowers.
One should not miss to visit one of Switzerland's most photogenic villages, Gruyères, home to the nation's most famous cheese, to explore its castle and various cheese factories.
- In the ancient city of St Gallen, one can visit the baroque cathedral and famous Abbey Library ( Stiftsbibliothek)in the old Benedictine monastery (incunabula and illuminated manuscripts), named a World Heritage Treasure by UNESCO.
- Switzerland's has many thermal spa resorts. The Graubünden resorts of Arosa, Davos, Klosters and St Moritz are renowned the world over. Interlaken, near Bern, is another celebrated health resort and the gateway to the Berner Oberland.
- There are no sea beaches in Switzerland.
- Winter Sports
- These include skiing, ice climbing, ski touring, snowboarding, heli-skiing and glacier walking. Top ski areas include Portes du Soleil, Davos, Klosters, Zermatt, Verbier, Saas Fee and glamorous St Moritz.
- Outdoor Activities
Hiking is a favorite Swiss pastime.There are over 5,000km (31,070 miles) of marked trails. Hiking times are given on the signposts, and trails are colour-coded according to difficulty .
Cycling is another big outdoor activity. There are 3,300km (2,046 miles) of well-marked interlinked trails, and most of them offer easy cycling. Many railway stations offer bike hire (return it to any other station at the end of the tour) .
- Some of the traditional Swiss items one can shop for inlcude embroidery and linen, Bernese woodcarving, chocolate, cheese, Swiss army knives and luxury handmade clocks and watches. Zürich is the shopping capital. It has luxury boutiques and department stores of the reputed Bahnhofstrasse.
- Tourism Organizations
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
- There is no mandatory vaccination required. However it is advisable to take tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccinations.
- International Hospitals
- Hospitals Worldwide – Switzerland Directory
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
- For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Visit: Travel Report provided by the site of the Canadian Foreign Office
The Current Travel Warnings given by the American State Department
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|Telephone support for children||147|
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
- It is %T:%M %A In Geneva, Bern, Lausanne (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
- Summer Time Period
Yes+1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October.
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
The Alps mountains cause climatic variations across the country. In the higher Alpine regions temperatures tend to be low, while the lower land of the northern area has higher temperatures and warm summers.
The temperature can go as low as -10 degree centigrade during winter and during summer it reaches up to 25 degree centigrade.
- For Further Information
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
Switzerland is commonly associated with chocolate and cheese Fondues, but also has a rich and varied culinary tradition inspired by French, German and Italian cultures with some uniquely Swiss additions.
Traditional Swiss Fondues are a blend of Emmental and Gruyere cheeses, nutmeg, garlic, cornflour and Kirsch (Swiss Schnapps) all melted in a ceramic Fondue Pot into which diners dip small cubes of bread, and served with pickled gherkins and onions.
Some of the other national specialties are:
- Viande sèchée (dried beef or pork) from Valais and the Grisons (where it is calledBündnerfleisch),served with pickled onions.
- Pieds de porc (pigs' trotters).
- Rösti (shredded fried potatoes).
- Fondue Bourguignonne (cubed meat with various sauces).
- Leckerli(spiced honey cakes topped with icing sugar), decorated in Bern with a white sugar bear.
- Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are the most common beverages, although tea tends to be drunk with a slice of lemon rather than milk.
Lager beers such as Hurliman are drunk more in the German Cantons, with wine being drunk in the Italian and French Cantons.
- Dietary Restrictions
- There are no culinary restrictions in Switzerland.
- Domestic Currency
- Swiss Franc
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
- There are ‘bureaux de change’ at train stations and banks.
- Possible Means of Payment
- Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs : American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are widely available.
Traveller's Cheques: Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Euro or Swiss Franc cheques are accepted at airports, railway stations and banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, visitors are advised to take traveller's cheques in Pounds Sterling, Euros or US Dollars.
- Official Language
- Switzerland has three official languages: German, french and Italian and four national languages: German, french, Italian and Romansch.
- Other Languages Spoken
- Serbo-Croatian , Albanian, Portuguese , Spanish , English.
- Business Language
- Widely used.
- Getting Some Knowledge
Yes = Ja
No = Nein
Thank you = Danke
Hello = Guten Tag
Good morning = Guten Morgen
Goodbye = Auf Wiedersehen
I do not understand = Ich verstehe nicht
How much does this cost ? = Wieviel kostet das?
I would like to buy. please = Ich möchte kaufen.
Do you accept the credit card? = Akzeptieren Sie Kreditkarten? Nehmen Sie Kreditkarten?
Where is...? = Wo ist?
Airport = der Flughafen
Train station = der Bahnhof
Post office = die Post
bank = die Bank
Police station = Polizeiwache
Pharmacy = die Apotheke
One ticket to. please = Eine Fahrkarte nach,
Would you have any available rooms for tonight ? = Haben Sie noch ein Zimmer frei?.
- Free Translation Tools
Eurodicautom : The European Union Dictionary (12 languages available)
Babel Fish : Free English-German-English translator of texts and web pages
Leo : German-English-German dictionary with over 300,000 entries
Babel Fish : Free French-English-French translation of texts and web pages
Grand dictionnaire terminologique : Free French-English-French dictionary with 3 million terms
- To Find an Accommodation
Swiss Hotels Association
The Swiss Camp Site Owners Association (VSC/ASC)
Swiss Youth Hostels
- To Find an Apartment
Apartments Swiss Star
- To Find a Job
EURES (The European Job Mobility Portal)
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