Switzerland

Good to know

Some surprising Facts about Switzerland

  • Switzerland has a square flag; the only other square country flag belongs to the Vatican

  • Switzerland has four official languages: French, German, Italian and Romansch

  • Switzerland has more than 1500 lakes

  • This explains why you are never more than 10 miles from a lake...

  • And why 60% of Switzerland’s electricity is produced by hydroelectric power

  • Not surprisingly, 70% of Switzerland is covered in mountains

  • Switzerland's rail system extends some 3,100 miles

  • Thus, it makes sense that the Swiss rank only second behind Japan in relying on trains.

  • However, you can’t turn right at a red light

  • If you still want to drive a car, you would be surprised to find out that fuel economy is measures in "quantity per distance" (liters per 100 km). In the US, it is measured in "distance per quantity" (miles per gallon)

  • Drivers have to stop for pedestrians to cross the road

  • There are more banks than dentist

  • Heidi, one of the most famous children’s books ever written, by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, has been translated into over 50 languages and been adapted for film or television about 20 times

  • more...

 

Best time to visit
May - October
November and December for wonderful Christmas markets

Currency Swiss Franc (CHF)

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Electricity

230V/50 Hz.

Emergency Numbers in Switzerland

  • General emergency calls 112

  • Fire service 118

  • Police 117

  • Ambulance 144

  • REGA (helicopter rescue service) 1414

  • Vehicle breakdown service 140

  • Toxicological Institute (in case of poisoning) 145

  • Toxicological information centre 044 251 51 51

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Time Zone

Current Local Time in Switzerland

Swiss Customs

Informations

Swiss Rail Information

Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB)

Swiss Top Events

The Swiss Top Events seal of quality has been awarded to eight world-famous cultural and sports events. They all are among the best in what they do. And they successfully convey an open and innovative image of Switzerland.

Health Regulations 

Please inform yourself in good time before booking and departure on protection against infections, vaccination and other preventive measures. 

We recommend to contact the Travel Clinic of the University of Zurich, Hirschengraben 84, 8001 Zurich, Tel:  0041 900 575 131 or your family doctor. 

Visas and other consular services needed abroad are issued or provided by the representations in Switzerland of the destination country. The address of other countries' representations in Switzerland can be found in the link.

General Travel Advice
Pearls of Switzerland Cristina Tschuppert accepts no liability for damages arising from political risks.

Liability

We explicitly declare that we only act as an intermediary of the hotels, transport companies, etc. included in the travel program. We are therefore not liable in any way for any damages (accidents, losses, delays or other irregularities) incurred in the execution of these services.